Saint Mary’s Theology on Fire series examined gender’s role in Christian theology with a discussion on “American Women and the Permanent Diaconate” facilitated by Katherine Harmon, a theology professor from Marian University.Harmon began the conversation by recalling a project given to her by a former professor at Notre Dame called “On the Archives.” She said the assignment was fairly open-ended and meant to delve into a particular subject of the student’s choice.Harmon said she researched the word “women” and soon came across “woman diaconates.”Harmon asked the event’s attendees if they could recall the role of a deacon. The audience said deacon’s responsibilities include teaching, reading and assisting with baptism.“The role of the deacon has to do with service,” Harmon said.Harmon listed statistics pertaining to the average American deacon, including level of education, age and marital status.“One-hundred percent of contemporary deacons are male,” she said.Harmon said the historically, this hegemony was not always the case. Harmon said various sources, like unclear passages from books in the Bible like Timothy and Romans, as well as letters from Church authority recognized the role of deaconesses.Given this public information, Harmon said she pondered why the idea of a woman in the role of deacon seem so foreign to Catholics today.“The issue, it seems, is dealing with the word ordination,” Harmon said. “If you took the present definition and tried to apply it to the past, these women were not ordained.”Harmon said although she was unaware of a specific modern-day movement to return women to the role of deaconess, she was personally motivated to share this information because it is the unknown truth.“To me, it is crucial to see that women were there and to see where they were. It is important to recognize the presence of women in history, especially in the liturgy,” Harmon said.Tags: theology on fire
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, 370 entries were submitted in the 2020 Southeastern Hay Contest (SEHC), just below the record-setting number of submissions for 2019. More states submitted samples to the contest than ever before, with nine represented.The grand prize was awarded to Brian Johnson of McKenney, Virginia, for his alfalfa hay sample. Johnson received $1,000 from Massey Ferguson and the choice of a new Massey Ferguson DM Series disc mower or RK Series rotary rake to use for next year’s hay production season. The top three entries in each category received cash prizes of $150, $100 and $50, respectively.All of the winners were announced Jan. 5 at the American Forage and Grassland Council annual conference in Savannah, Georgia.The contest is a collaborative partnership between the thirteen university Cooperative Extension programs in the southeast. Entries were judged by the UGA Feed and Environmental Water Lab using near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy testing procedures. The sample with the highest relative forage quality (RFQ) score wins. The RFQ score rates the forage quality based on protein, energy and fiber digestibility.This year’s winners in each category are as follows:Warm Season Perennial Grass Hay:Eddy Turner Farm; Tennille, GeorgiaJeff Bacon; Dudley, GeorgiaJ & R Farms; Edge Hill, GeorgiaAlfalfa Hay:Brian Johnson; McKenney, VirginiaStegall Farms, LLC; Peachland, North CarolinaBucky Malcolm; Madison, GeorgiaPerennial Peanut Hay:Bill Conrad; Malone, FloridaMcGehee Farms; High Springs, FloridaWilliams Farm; Graceville, FloridaCool Season Perennial Grass Hay:B & B Farm Services; Thomaston, GeorgiaOak Ridge Ranch, LLC; Dahlonega, GeorgiaSeldom Rest Farm; Pulaski, TennesseeMixed, Annual Grass or other Hay:Pittman Farms (Jerry Pittman); Nicholson, GeorgiaR+A Farm; Brodnax, VirginiaThousand Hills Farm LLC; Philomont, VirginiaGrass Baleage:Walters Farm; Barnesville, GeorgiaSSS Farms; Thomaston, GeorgiaKenneth D. McMichael; Monticello, GeorgiaLegume Baleage:Walters Farm; Barnesville, GeorgiaSewell Farms; Chipley, FloridaRob Woods; Vernon, FloridaThe contest is open to any hay or baleage producer from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia, as well as parts of Oklahoma and Texas.All entries for the 2021 contest must be received by Sept. 1, and winners will be notified by Oct. 1. Awards will be presented during the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo on Oct. 19.More information on how to enter the contest can be found at www.sehaycontest.com or by following on the Facebook page @SEHayContest.