The Women’s Center will be observing the Labor Day Holiday by gathering energies for big events coming later in the month, including:
Enjoying Fall Convocation!
The 3rd annual LPTS Tailgater (Friday, September 10, 12:30, LPTS main parking area) — oh, yes, the Women’s Center will attend, and defend the trophy we’ve taken such good care of during the past year! Without giving too much away, we would say our interpretation of this year’s “Welcome Home” theme will be epic — but that would be the wrong genre . . .The Fifth Annual Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture and Interfaith Conference “A Woman’s Voice,” (Sunday, September 12 and Monday, September 13). [Here’s more information about the conference.] Plans are coming together in a big way for a unique two-day conference focused on the authoritative presence of women in the three different, linked religious traditions of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Conference-goers will deepen their appreciation of sacred space through interfaith ritual, deepen their acquaintance with women’s authoritative presence in different traditions and their own in interaction with the presenters (Suendam Birinci, Dr. Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, and Dr. Gay Byron, our 2010 Katie Geneva Cannon Lecturer) and one another, and solidify their grasp of key areas of these traditions in workshops led by the presenters, and by Dr. Johanna Bos, Dora Pierce Professor of Biblical Studies at Louisville Seminary and Faculty Liaison for the Women’s Center.
Late registrations for conference events (rituals, plenary sessions, and workshops) are being accepted now through September 7 at the Women’s Center’s online site; the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture (Sunday, September 12, 7:30 p.m., Gardencourt – Hundley Hall) is, as always, free and open to the public.
The 2010 Louisville AIDS Walk (Sunday, September 26, gathering 2:15 p.m. at the Belvedere). Team Women’s Center invites members of the Seminary community, as well as friends, neighbors, and peripatetic pets, to join us in raising money that funds direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS, and their families, in the Louisville area. Check out our team page, and join us for some exercise of faith, compassion, and hamstrings in the service of our neighbors living with HIV/AIDS.
This month, we are also hoping to inaugurate a weekly Bible study with a special emphasis on gender, open to gendered persons, at a convenient time in the Women’s Center. Right now the plan is to use the uniform study series texts, an informal “read and reflect” approach, and a practice of noticing and reflecting on the appearance and significance of gender themes in the Biblical text, along with all the other great stuff we will find. Heather Thiessen hopes to hear from whoever is interested in participating in this study by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we know who we are, we can figure out what “a convenient time” means, and start reading and reflecting.