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Reaching Out in New Ways: Highlights from the History of Alverno's Research Center on Women

Twenty-one women theologians ecumenical and nationwide convened at Alverno College for the first national Conference of Women Theologians from June 7-18, 1971.

 

Theologians from various denominations and academic institutions convened to explore together the spiritual and religious experience of women. The work accomplished by the participants was coordinated with a June 1972, Conference sponsored by Church Women United, and the International Conference of Learned Societies held in Los Angeles in Fall 1972.

 

Prior to the conference the press release below was sent out on May 28, 1971.

This is page one of a press release about the Conference of Women Theologians dated May 28, 1971

 

This is page two of a press release about the Conference of Women Theologians dated May 28, 1971

 

Below is a printable PDF copy of the press release announcing the Conference of Women Theologians


After the conference there was a story about it published in the Fall 1971 issue of Alverno Today on page 2

This is an article from the Fall 1971 issue of "Alverno Today" about the Conference of Women Theologians.

 

Here is a printable PDF copy of the article.


Conference participants included: Carol Christ, Margaret Earley, Phyllis Agnes Edwards, Laura Cameron Fraser, Susan Jane Gruenhack, Marion Greene Jenkins, Rita Gross Leposky, Margaret Nan Mazey, Lilias Joan Morrison, Nelle Morton, Maryellen Muchenhirn, Elaine H. Pagels, Claire Randall, Patricia Sylvester Ross, Alice M. Rutherford, Jane Stier, Divina del Carmon Tapaya, Sallie TeSelle, Emma Justes Trout, Patricia Ann Wilson, Eva Zabolai-Csekme and Barbara Brown Zikmund. There were also two observers: Barbara Roche and Ellen Kirby.

Below are some photographs of conference participants in action.

 

This black and white photo from the Conference of Women Theologians includes Lilias Morrison, Nelle Morton and Elaine Pagels.

Lilias Morrison, Nelle Morton and Elaine Pagels

 

 

This is a black and white photo of Carol Christ from the Conference of Women theologians

Carol Christ

 

This black and white photo from the Conference of Women Theologians includes Phyllis Edwards, Divina del Carmon Tapaya, and Emma Trout.

Phyllis Edwards, Divina del Carmon Tapaya, and Emma Trout

 

This is a black and white photo of Sister Margaret Earley at the Conference of Women Theologians.

Sister Margaret Earley


After the conference concluded a second press release was issued. It describes the proceedings and developments that occurred as a result of the conference.

This is page one of a second press release that was issued After the conference concluded. It describes the proceedings and developments that occurred as a result of the conference.

This is page two of a second press release that was issued After the conference concluded. It describes the proceedings and developments that occurred as a result of the conference.

This is page three of a second press release that was issued After the conference concluded. It describes the proceedings and developments that occurred as a result of the conference.

This is page four of a second press release that was issued After the conference concluded. It describes the proceedings and developments that occurred as a result of the conference.

 

Here is a printable PDF copy of that second press release.


Want to read the conference notes? Click the link below. [PDF]