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
Got nothing to do this weekend but eat pumpkin spice cookies and binge on Golden Girls reruns? We’ve got you covered. There’s a gaggle of Broadway ladies performing with a great singer-songwriter, the star-studded return of A Delicate Balance, and Hugh Jackman (enough said). You’re welcome. Here are this week’s picks! View Comments Get Jazzed Up For Ladies’ Night October 20 at Birdland Usually, if you’re referring to hanging with “the ladies,” it’s a crew featuring someone you can barely stand from HR and your Aunt Connie. And they’re your all-stars! If you’re songwriter-performer Lance Horne, it’s different. In Lance & the Ladies, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Julia Murney and more fabulous performers join Horne to sing songs from his CD First Things Last, and his opera The Night Before My Wedding. Click for tickets! Move In with Glenn Close & John Lithgow Begins October 20 at the John Golden Theatre The revival of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Delicate Balance stars Glenn Close and John Lithgow as a husband and wife whose marriage faces a strain over a weekend that features visitors from friends and family. This includes their 36-year-old daughter (Martha Plimpton), who is fresh from her fourth divorce. Expect terrific performances—Tony winner Lindsay Duncan is also here, folks—and acerbic insight from one of America’s greatest living playwrights. Click for tickets! Bid Two Tony-Nominated Favorites Adieu October 26 at the Walter Kerr Theatre & Helen Hayes Theatre You’re always saying, “Oh, I’ll see [insert name of talented performer] in [insert Broadway show] after I [insert pointless, mundane activity]”? Well, it’s the last time to see Lauren Worsham in Gentleman’s Guide and Constantine Maroulis in Rock of Ages. After that, it’s job hunting on Monster.com. Just kidding—they’re Tony nominees! They should be back on the Great White Way soon. Click here and here for tickets! Do a Sondheim/Lloyd Webber Double-Header October 26 at 54 Below Sunday night is for more than dreading Monday, so stay up late for two musical tributes to the men who have ruled Broadway before most of us were born. (Don’t worry, you can sleep during Daylight Savings.) First, there’s Sondheim Unplugged featuring Broadway and cabaret vets, accompanied by piano, performing songs from the Company man’s brilliant career. That’s followed by Christina Bianco, Lennie Watts and more in Aspects of Andrew: Lloyd Webber @ 54. Click here and here for tickets! Get Up with Kelly & Michael…and Hugh! October 22, check local listings On Live with Kelly and Michael, Hugh Jackman joins America’s perpetually cheerful odd couple to talk about his upcoming performance in The River, which begins previews October 31. Since this is morning TV, anything can happen. Perhaps Hugh will demonstrate chest exercises by bench-pressing Kelly or belt songs from The Boy from Oz. Since it’s close to Halloween, maybe he’ll come out dressed as Wolverine. Oh, the suspense!