Religion and the Feminist Movement Conference

Videos are available from the Religion and the Feminist Movement Conference, held at Harvard Divinity School on November 1-3, 2002. The conference included addresses from two notable biblical scholars, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Rosemary Radford Ruether, reflecting on the feminist movement:

 

 

 

Program

Introduction

  • Ann Braude, Director, Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School

Welcome

  • William A. Graham, Dean of Harvard Divinity School

Panel I: Religion and “the Movement”

  • Charlotte Bunch, President, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University (video)
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Co-founder, Ms. magazine (video)
  • Roberta Hestenes, minister-at-large, World Vision (video)
  • Azizah al-Hibri, President, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (video)
  • Moderator: Ann Braude, Harvard Divinity School

Panel II: Feminist Theology

  • Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Harvard Divinity School (video)
  • Judith Plaskow, Manhattan College (video)
  • Carol P. Christ, Ariadne Institute (video)
  • Moderator: Leila Ahmed, Harvard Divinity School

Mary Daly and the Exodus from Patriarchal Religion

  • Introduction: Mary Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual
  • Speaker: Mary Daly

Panel III: Feminist Theology II

  • Rosemary Radford Ruether, Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary (video)
  • Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Drew Theological School (video)
  • Virginia Mollenkott, Founder, Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus (video)
  • Riffat Hassan, University of Louisville (video)
  • Moderator: Sarah Coakley, Harvard Divinity School

Panel IV: Women Clergy

  • Addie Wyatt (Church of God) (video)
  • Jeanne Audrey Powers (United Methodist Church) (video)
  • Delores S. Williams, Union Theological Seminary (video)
  • Betty Bone Schiess (Episcopal Church, USA) (video)
  • Moderator: Claudia Highbaugh, Chaplain, Harvard Divinity School

Religion and the Creation of Feminist Consciousness

  • Gerda Lerner, University of Wisconsin

Panel V: Outsiders Within

  • Vicki Noble, Co-creator, Motherpeace Tarot (video)
  • Lois Wilson, Senator for Human Rights, Ontario, Canada (video)
  • Margaret Toscano, founder, Mormon Women’s Forum (video)
  • Letty Russell, Yale Divinity School (video)
  • Moderator: Diana L. Eck, Harvard University

Panel VI: Women’s Organizations

  • Nadine Foley, O.P., coordinator, first Women’s Ordination Conference (video)
  • Blu Greenberg, President, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (video)
  • Donna Quinn, O.P., cofounder, Women-Church Convergence (video)
  • Moderator: Nancy Richardson, Harvard Divinity School

Closing Discussion

  • Clarissa Atkinson, Harvard Divinity School, and all conference panelists
  • Moderator: Bernadette Brooten, Brandeis University
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Nili Sacher Fox on Biblical Laws concerning Israelite Dress

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On March 1, 2012, Professor Nili Sacher Fox, of the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, speaking as part of the “Matter of Israelite Religion” lecture series, delivered the lecture “Fashion vs. Ideology: Biblical Laws Pertaining to Israelite Dress” at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

The lecture is available in mp3 audio format.

Lauren Berkun – “Eshet Hayil: Women Warriors in the Jewish Tradition”

Rabbi Lauren Berkun discusses the motif as women as warriors and saviours in the Hebrew Bible. In so doing, she applies Mary Douglas’s analysis of the body and its boundaries as symbolic of the body politic. The lecture was delivered at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, July 1, 2014.

 

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza interviewed on her Life and Work

Prof Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza is interviewed about her life and work, at the 2012 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, on receipt of the Martin E. Marty Public Understanding of Religion Award.

Shaun Allen Casey, Wesley Theological Seminary (Presiding)
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Harvard University
Judith Plaskow, Manhattan College

A18-251 The Marty Forum: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza from American Academy of Religion on Vimeo.

Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza: “How the Power of Empire has Historically Shaped Christian Scriptures”

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza discusses the use of the language of Empire in Christian scriptures, in a 2007 Burke Lecture, against the backdrop of modern globalization and U.S. empire.

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza of the Harvard Divinity School has done pioneering work in biblical interpretation and feminist theology. She explores how the power of empire has historically shaped Christian Scriptures but also how it continues to shape our self-understanding and public discourse in the present.

Beyond Belief: Eve

This edition of BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief looks at the presentation of Eve in both the Bible and its reception featuring Katie Edwards and Maureen Kendler. They are also joined by the apologist Amy Orr Ewing.

In the trailer for the final run of Desperate Housewives, viewers are seduced into watching the series with a variety of tantalising images. Four beautiful women in provocative poses, attracting the longing gazes of their easily led men. Snake like belts draped sinuously around their waists are provocatively removed or loosened. And there’s an apple, red and luscious, newly plucked from a tree. A 21st century television hit makes its appeal by drawing on an ancient biblical character which it assumes will resonate with the viewer.

Joining Ernie Rea to discuss the Biblical figure Eve, and what has been made of her down the centuries are Katie Edwards, lecturer in Biblical Studies at Sheffield University; Amy Orr Ewing, Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics; and Maureen Kendler, head of Educational Programming at the London School of Jewish Studies.

Katie Edwards offers the angle from the perspective of critical biblical scholarship, including the use of Eve in advertising. Maureen Kendler looks at close readings of the biblical texts and provides ancient contextualisation, including how Eve compares and contrasts with Lilith.

Ernie Rea: If Eve, the original Eve, were to come into this room now, what would you say to her?

Edwards: “Blimey”, because I don’t think she ever existed in the first place

Rea: I suppose, “Put some clothes on”

Katharine Doob Sakenfeld: Female/Feminine Imagery for God in the Bible

Dr. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, the William Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary presents the second of two lectures entitled “Female/Feminine Imagery for God in the Bible”. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the George Knight Lecture Series, sponsored annually by the Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University, and is designed to promote Biblical scholarship. This lecture was presented on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 during the weekly university Chapel service at Hardin-Simmons University.

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Beverly Roberts Gaventa Lectures on Paul

The following lectures were delivered by Beverly Roberts Gaventa to the Women’s Study Program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

The first is ‘Listening to Phoebe Read Romans’ (12 March, 2012) (another version is available here).

The second is ‘Listening to Romans with Junia and Her Sisters’ (13 March, 2012)

Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Helen H.P. Manson professor of New Testament literature and exegesis, specializes in the interpretation of the Pauline epistles and Luke-Acts. Her numerous publications include “Our Mother Saint Paul” and “Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus.” In her lectures, Gaventa will bring her feminist theological scholarship to the reading of Romans.