Join the women of St. Paul’s Cathedral for guest speakers and discussions on what it means to be a Christian woman in a diverse world. Together we seek to deepen our faith as we interact with the world and explore the challenges women everywhere face in their daily lives. We invite theologians, professors, authors, and artists to present on a wide range of topics. All women are welcome!
The 2022 – 2023 Season:
- October 6 – Dr. Carol Snodgrass Blessing
- November 3 – Steph Johnson
- December 1 – Rabbi Devorah Marcus
- February 2 – Mia Vaughnes
- March 2 – Rev. Gloria Espeseth
- May 4 – Rev. Meg Decker
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Rev. Meg Decker
Spiritual AND Religious: Being Christian in an Interfaith Age
May 4, 2023
6 pm to 7:30 pm
Rev. Meg Decker will speak on Christians upholding their unique identity of only one pathway to God without being offensive. Is there a place for specific religious claims in an interfaith world?
An optional meal will be served for $15, payable at the door. Underground parking is available at 525 Olive on a first come, first served basis. Take the elevator to the 1st floor and proceed to the Guild Room.
RSVP, meal or no meal, by Monday, May 1st at:
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Video Recordings of Past Events
May 5, 2022 – Seeing God Anew with Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas
Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas discusses how the rules and characteristics we have of God may hinder our having a growing, living faith. We examine how we might expand those images to embrace our living God in a fresh way.
April 7, 2022 – Seeking the Sacred and the Self Through Torah Study with Rabbi Lenore Bohm
Rabbi Bohm talks about her new book Torah Tutor: A Contemporary Torah Study Guide, in which she explores the first five books of the Bible (“the Torah”), raising up words, phrases and questions for personal reflection and conversation.
March 3, 2022 – Reality, Forgiveness and Hope in the Era of Climate Change with Erika Morgan
From a fascination with the Maine woods to a career pushing for sustainable solutions, Ms. Morgan has shaped a perspective on the unique challenges of this moment. She will describe the sobering reality of the current climate crisis, provide concrete examples of what we can do, and share reasons to look ahead with hope.
February 3, 2022 – Journeying Together Across Cultures, With Humility, Respect and Joy presented by Rev Laurel Mathewson, Ruth Japtok & Katherine Bohm
These three women from St. Luke’s share their perspectives on how we can engage faith, food, and cultural art with mutual respect and joy. They discuss how to share across lines of culture with authenticity, Christian love and care.
December 2, 2021 – Ignatian Spirituality and Mental Wellness with Dr. Maureen Day
Dr. Maureen Day’s talk explores the tools of Ignatian prayer, highlighting the value they bring to our spiritual imagination and mental well-being. It includes a 10 minute practice of the Examen prayer.
November 4, 2021 – Reading Women Writers, Reading Scripture with Dr. Bettina Tate Pedersen
Dr. Bettina Tate Pedersen’s talk addresses the ways that her reading and teaching of women writers and feminist literary theory have influenced the way she reads scripture herself and the way she listens to others interpret biblical passages.
October 7, 2021 – Laying Down the Sword in Everyday Dilemmas with Phyllis Olins
Phyllis Olins will walk through a radical, scripture-based approach to making conflict disappear. She will present the basic principles of her book, How NOT to be a Jerk (or a Victim): Transcend Your Ego in Everday Crises, through examples and practice.
May 6, 2021 – “Becoming Anti- Racist: Reflections from a White Christian on the Sin of Racism” with Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry
Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry discusses the sin of racism from the perspective of a white Christian who needs to both “learn” and “unlearn” in the journey of becoming antiracist. She will discuss how Christianity remains complicit in racism in its construction of theology and God and some of its pastoral practices.
March 4, 2021 –“Gendered Journeys”: Women’s Experience of Migration” with Oliva Espin, PhD
Speaker Oliva M. Espin, PhD asks:
October 4, 2018 – Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schiori: “Women and Leadership: MeToo > WeTogether”
Systemic sexism and harassment continue to emerge from the shadows of shame and social control. Bishop Katharine examines ways in which women lead change, and spiritual practices that support that leadership.
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