Women and the Word is June 11–15

In celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order, Dominican Center at Marywood presents a week-long conference and retreat for women, men, preachers, hearers and doers of the Word. Each day will begin with Morning Prayer with Preaching. Optional workshops, including storytelling, poetry, photography, music, movement and art, will be offered Monday through Thursday afternoons. Each day will close with Eucharist or Evening Prayer with Preaching.

The program sessions will take place Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Major presentations and speakers include:

Preaching with the Mind, Eyes and Heart of a Woman
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon
Presenter: Barbara Reid, OP, Professor of New Testament Studies, Vice President and Academic Dean, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago

How can women and men work as partners to bring feminist perspectives to preaching the Gospel? Monday we will explore some of the global realities of women’s lives and the importance of bringing women’s perspectives to the reading of Scripture. Tuesday through Friday, we will explore ways of reading the Scriptures and preaching with the mind, eyes, and heart of a woman from each of the four Gospels.

Misunderstanding Judaism Means Misunderstanding Jesus Tuesday, June 12, 7 to 9 p.m.
Presenter: Amy-Jill Levine, PhD, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University and School of Divinity. Response and dialogue with Barbara Reid, OP.

Jesus of Nazareth followed the Torah of Moses, found inspiration in the Prophets of Israel, and founded a community of fellow Jews. Yet often Jesus is misunderstood as rejecting Judaism, and first-century Judaism is misunderstood as legalistic, misogynist, vengeful, and xenophobic. Correctly locating Jesus in his Jewish context not only brings new meaning to his parables, his politics, and his piety, it both prevents anti-Jewish teaching and opens a new path for Jewish-Christian relations.

Entrusted with the Word
Friday, June 15, 1 to 3 p.m.
Presenter: Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

According to Vatican II’s Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, the Word of God has been entrusted to the entire church. This presentation will focus on the share of all baptized persons in the prophetic mission of the church and the charisms given by the Holy Spirit as the source of the authority to preach. Particular attention will be given to the experience of women since the time of the Second Vatican Council and how Dominican spirituality can be a resource for the preaching ministry of the entire church.

Afternoon workshops include:

  • Music, Life and the Word (Joan Thomas, OP)
  • Creative Writing (Miriam Pederson)
  • Nature (Marcia Good)
  • Movement (Denise Solomon)
  • Storytelling (Bob Sadowski)
  • Beyond Words, Icons and Prayer (Diane Hamel)
  • Praying with Color (Zulema Moret, PhD)
  • Seeing the Holy Through Photography (Christine Parks, CSJ)

Program Fee: $300 ($360 after April 15, 2012). Includes continental breakfast Monday through Friday at Dominican Center.

Lodging: Options range from $22 to $69 per night.

Meals: Options range from $50–$90 for the week; Dominican Center can accommodate most special dietary needs.

Register online

Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids MI 49503. For more information, contact Mary Vaccaro at mvaccaro@dominicancenter.com.