Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Save the Date!

Spring Conference 2011

Women and the Future of the Church:
An Intergenerational Conversation

Saturday April 2, 2011
9:00am – 3:30pm

Mayflower Church

106 East Diamond Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Women and the Future of the Church

Much of the discussion on Women and the Church has focused on ordination. Important as this is, the patriarchal make-up of the Roman Catholic Church insures that all women are affected by institutionalized sexism. Women, in many ways, keep the work of the church alive. Parishes, for instance, would fold without their service. Are we really aware of the patterns of sexism? Will women continue to belong to a Church that devalues them? What can men, working as partners, do? Will generations of women, born after Vatican II, accept a Church that remains entrenched in sexism? Or do younger Catholics view the problem in the same way as “old reformers”? What is the perspective of a new generation of women?

These are some of the questions we hope to explore at the CTA Spring Conference. Besides our major speakers (see below), we hope to include the voices of some younger folks who are concerned about the future of the Church. Our two major speakers, women of different generations, will challenge us to look to the future.

Young Adults – Be Our Guests at this Conference!

Note: Scholarship funds have been donated to make it possible to wave the registration fee for young adults (age 30 and under) to attend at no cost. Complete and mail a registration form and indicate that you are using the scholarship option.

Registration: Before March 7: $30 per person; After March 7: $40 per person. Young Adults (under 30) please complete and mail form by March 25 to help determine food/beverage needs.

Major Speakers

Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D., is a feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. A Catholic active in the women-church movement, she lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to liberation issues.

Jamie Manson is a regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter with a weekly column called "Grace on the Margins." For her work, she received first place from the Catholic Press Association for Best Column/ Regular Commentary in 2010. Jamie earned her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics.

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