You are invited to another opportunity to hear Emily Colgan, this time in person, in Hamilton.
Friday 29 April 10.30 am -1.30pm
Chartwell Cooperating Parish
124 Comries Rd, Chartwell, Hamilton
Dr Emily Colgan, Biblical scholar, reveals the dangers of dualistic thinking about women and earth in sacred text.
Feminine and land-based metaphors in sacred texts can influence real world assumptions, attitudes and behaviours towards women and the earth – without the readers’ knowledge.
At the heart of the problem, said Dr Colgan, is a mindset formed in ancient times and perpetuated in ‘the West,’ that categorises everything into an ordered list of value-laden opposites, known as a ‘dualist hierarchy’. In that system of thinking, she said, women and land are linked together on the ‘inferior side’ of the chart.
Attributes that we associate with earth have traditionally been associated with women too. Words like nurturing, lifegiving, fertile/fertility, barrenness, purity, beauty, virginity, feeding/nourishing, generosity… and also untamed, wild, fruitful, desolate, polluted, economically valuable are all associated with both women and the Earth. These female-earth linking concepts run through modern language and modern thinking as well as in biblical thinking.
All welcome, entry by koha
RSVP for a delicious lunch(provided)
firstname.lastname@example.org text: Ceridwyn on 0275 73 80 73
Emily presented a Virtual Theology Chat which can be seen on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCH0At1BlcQ. There was also an article in Taonga https://www.anglicantaonga.org.nz/news/common_life/women_earth_drec
This is a fantastic opportunity ! Do come!