Divine Compassion and Women of the Church: Theological Perspectives is the theme for the second in a series of conferences to take place at Holy Cross on June 20-21, 2014. The conference opens Friday evening June 20 at 7pm at the Maliotis Cultural Center with a keynote address by His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware who will speak on “Divine Compassion and the Ministry of Women.” An opening reception immediately follows the keynote address.
“It is very gratifying for us to be co-sponsoring this conference with the Metropolis of Boston and Saint Catherine’s Vision. We are delighted and honored that His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia will be delivering the keynote address engaging the theme Divine Compassion and the Ministry of Women in the Church stated Professor James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross. “Truly, it is our joy and privilege to welcome into our midst, His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos. Engaging this important topic through the lens of Divine Compassion, we believe, may inspire further theological and spiritual reflection in a number of other facets of Orthodox Christian life.”
The two-day conference will be held at the Maliotis Cultural Center. Distinguished speakers will highlight a select number of dimensions of theology, Church life, and human life, itself, regarding the “eleos”, the Compassion of God, from an Orthodox perspective. Topics and speakers include: Divine Compassion as Incarnated Mercy: The Theotokos and Women Saints, by Dr. Despina Prassas and Iulia Curtright, Ph.D. cand.; Divine Compassion and the Healing of Relationships between ‘Adam and Eve’, Today, by Fr. Robert and Matushka Susan Arida; Encountering Divine Compassion through Everyday Relationships: Home, Community and the Workplace, Dr. George Stavros and Kh. Christina Reimann, M.A., M.Ed., CADA II; Encountering Divine Compassion: Women, Worship and Ministry, Dr. Fotini Kapsalis and Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald.
“Divine Compassion, the eleos of God is Love Applied. Divine Compassion is at the very heart of what it means to be a human person and at the same time, what it means to be a member of the Church. There will be a specific focus during the conference on how Divine Compassion influences the participation and ministry of women (and men) within the life of the Church.” stated Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Director of Saint Catherine’s Vision.
Holy Cross has been working closing with the other two co-sponsors of the conference: the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, under the spiritual leadership of Metropolitan Methodios, and St. Catherine’s Vision. Saint Catherine’s Vision is an association of women theologians and other lay servant-leaders, blessed by the Canonical Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in North and Central America.