Dr Karen O'DonnellI studied for my undergraduate degree in Politics and Religious Studies at Newcastle University, before embarking on a career as a secondary school teacher of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Ethics. In 2012, I began studying for an MA in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham where I focused my research in the field of Mariology. I was awarded an AHRC Studentship to study for my PhD at Exeter University, producing a thesis entitled "Somatic Memories: Trauma and the (Eucharistic) Body" in 2016. I became a postdoctoral research fellow at Durham University focusing on digital theologies before taking up a post at Sarum College where I was programme … [Read more...]
Trauma and Theology Conference
AWSC goes to Samoa
After three years of Zoom meetings, we will meet face to face! A group of AWSC Council and Links is excited to be flying to Samoa on 17 February, to meet up with Anglican women at All Saints in Apia. The theme of the POP UP hui is ‘Women, Faith and Society’, and will feature story telling, theological reflection , and lots of time to build friendships across our three tikanga church. The three day program includes a visit to the Anglican School, and an old people's home, attending church on Sunday. sharing meals, and much conversation. groups members are donating theological books, and gifts of the AWSC publications, Talanoa, telling our Stories, and Vashti's Banquet. … [Read more...]
A Writing Retreat- is it for me?
Writing retreats can be a very helpful (and needful) way to carve out some precious time to write. Cassandra Burton Wood In this Virtual Theology Chat, Cassandra shows how to organise and run a retreat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPCzhV7vstA&t=31s Are you a person who writes? photo , linked-in, unsplash Whether it’s academic study, sermons, creative writing, family histories, reflective practices, or research, many women have a thread of a love of writing woven through their lives. Actually finding the time and space to do the writing can be an on-going challenge. Writing retreats can be a very helpful (and needful) way to carve out some precious time to write. … [Read more...]
Women’s Writing Retreat, Vaughan Park Retreat Centre, Auckland 25-29 October 2022
Confidence, honesty, soul food, scholarship, publishing, laughter, connection, three tikanga, spirituality, challenge, inspiration, academic support Twelve women from Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia gathered for some days of intentional writing. Some were polishing a piece of writing, some were writing proposals, some were developing poetry, some were seeking some guidance and collegial input. Retreat costs were funded by the St John’s College Women’s Leadership Group, while travel costs were funded by the Anglican Women’s Studies Centre. Read some comments by participants. from left: Akanesi Folau, Moana Hall-Smith, Tekweni Nyamukachi, Jill Fleet, Ceridwn … [Read more...]
Blood, Bellies, and Breasts: A Theology of the Womb
Join Jess Hall and Bridie Marsden-Boyd for a Review and Discussion of Bauman’s Theology of the Womb, introduced by Ceridwyn Parr, Administrator of Anglican Women's Studies Centre https://youtu.be/Tp840NErkpo Women’s bodies tell and re-tell the story of divine activity through their many rhythmic and cyclic processes; bleeding, birthing, growing, creating, holding, and dying. In this work, Bauman comprehensively investigates the implications of believing that the body, and in this case the female body, is a site of revelation. What results is a disarming read of intelligent and intimate proportions, which invites every reader to consider how their body tells God’s … [Read more...]
Three ways to go to Lambeth
Three outstanding women, three different ways to experience the Lambeth Conference of Bishops. You are invited to listen in to a three-way conversation with Bishop Denise Ferguson, the Revd Jacynthia Murphy and Ms Teresa Kundycki-Carrell, as they discuss ’Lambeth from the Inside’. Originally recorded as virtual Theology Chat, on 17 November 2022. Video link https://youtu.be/Bmqmai_OdgI Jacynthia Murphy is an Anglican priest, an indigenous woman, with strong links in the Environmental Network. Jacynthia Murphy Jacynthia has worked in various capacities within the public sector for most of her working life. She lived in Sydney, Australia for 15 years … [Read more...]
Climate Change in the Pacific: how one woman is making a difference.
Island hopping is part of my life. I have been specializing in Climate Change and Health supported by WHO for more than 5 years now.’ Kelera has worked as an Environmental Health Officer for the Fijian government for about 25 years. She is one of the two AWSC Council members from tikanga Polyneisa: she is deeply involved in climate change action, in the Anglican Church and in her family life in Fiji. https://youtu.be/ibeE10B8vQk Kelera Oli was born into a Christian family and baptized in the Anglican Church in Naviavia, Savusavu in 1966 and confirmed for Holy Communion in 1979 at St John’s Church, Wailoku, Suva. Kelera is experienced in all the groups within the church … [Read more...]
Energy and Exploration: Waikato Women’s Clergy Gathering
Ethos Café in Hillcrest welcomed a number of women clergy at the end of September for an informal time of table fellowship at the Ethos Café in Hamilton. It was hosted by Ceridwyn Parr on behalf of the AWSC who kindly covered the costs of drinks and encouraged us to enjoy both the food and the conversations which arose during our time together. We renewed old friendships and introduced ourselves to those we were meeting for the first time which led on to further discussions regarding life and ministry. There was some significant energy generated during our time together and a definite desire to not only meet again, but to further explore some of the topics and issues raised. These … [Read more...]
Virtual Theology Chat with Sepiuta Hala’api’api
introduced by The Revd Bettina Maxwell, Convenor Anglican Women's Studies Centre. https://youtu.be/dKU3JCM6tB0 A rare young woman My name is Sepiuta Hala’api’api – born to Tongan missionary parents, born and raised in Fiji. I currently serve as an ordained minister – one of the few young women in ordained ministry in the Diocese of Polynesia. now Diocesan Secretary I also currently serve as the Diocesan Secretary and Registrar for The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia. once was Youth Director, Fisheries officer.... I previously served as the Diocesan Youth Director for my Diocese. Prior to taking up fulltime ministry, I also served in Government as a Fisheries … [Read more...]
Leading Lady Seeks Stipend: how humour, honesty and a robust prayer life have been key to one priest’s leadership journey.
Join Rev Annette Cater, freshly appointed Vicar of Lower Hutt Anglican Parish as she shares openly and honestly about her 20 year journey of paid ministry in the Anglican Church. No question off limits - in fact the bolder the better! A third generation Anglican, Annette was born and raised in Upper Hutt. She drinks her coffee black, paints and does upholstery for fun, preaches without notes and loves liturgical worship. She also loves mentoring and creating opportunities for others to grow into their God-given potential. https://youtu.be/pIIk-ir8D9s Hear Annette Cater on a Virtual Theology Chat Thursday 18 August 2022, https://youtu.be/pIIk-ir8D9s The Sunday Star Times … [Read more...]
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