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First Annual Women & Religion Student Conference

Women’s Studies in Religion hosts

The First Annual

Women & Religion Student Conference


March 2, 2012


Tucson Room at the

Church Divinity School of the Pacific

2451 Ridge Road

Berkeley, CA 94709


12:30       Gather, refreshments and introduction

Session I:  Locating Women in History and Society

Chair:  Darleen Pryds, Franciscan School of Theology

Alex McDermid, MA, Buddhist Studies, “Gender in Jodo Shinshu Temple Families”

Mee-Yin Mary Yuen, PhD, IDS, “Enhancing the Capabilities of Rural Women in China”

Khalia Jelks, PhD, Liturgical Studies,  “His Body, Her Voice: Two Sixteenth-Century Female Reformers on the Eucharist”

2:30   Break

Session II: Exegeting Gender

Chair:  Carol Robb, San Francisco Theological Seminary    

Diandra Chretain, MA, Biblical Studies, “Deborah’s Conflicted Relationship with Patriarchy: A Feminist-Critical Analysis of Judges 4:1-16”

Ross Ponder, MA, Biblical Languages and Studies, “Hearing  and Receiving the Word:  A Consideration of Cultivation in Mark 4:1-20”

Beth Anderson, PhD, Christian Spirituality, “Mary and Martha as Mediators in the Raising of Lazarus: A Feminist Re-reading and Re-viewing of John 11:1-45”

Philip Erwin, PhD, Biblical Studies, “Reconfiguring Gender in the Self-Baptism of Thecla”

4:45   Break

Session III:  Mind the Gap: Contemporary Approaches to Gender

Chair:  Gabriella Lettini, Starr King School for the Ministry

Beth Ritter-Conn, PhD, Systematic and Philosophical Theology, “Reconfiguring Bodily Agency Interreligiously: A Christian Feminist Perspective”

Christina Wong, PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies, “Beyond Binary: Critical Examination of Current Historiography of Western Missions and Asian Women”

6:00   Concluding comments and reception
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