See weeks 1 to 6 for course syllabus and other details.
Case Study: Ableism and Disability Rights
Case Study: Racism and Anti-Racism
Thomas and Michael have also shared the following addition resources.
Living God’s Future Now Conversation No 11 with Revd Dr Sam Wells and Dr Jonathan Tran
Mother Katherine on “Racial Identities and Racism”
Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative, “Orthodox Conversations on Racism – Galatians 6
In this lecture, scholar Kate McCray offers a critique from the perspective of trauma theory of the typical (North) American reading of Elder Thaddeus’s Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives, a recent but already classic work in Orthodox spirituality.
Kate McCray is a PhD candidate studying Christian Ethics at the University of Toronto, University of St. Michael’s College. She holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a ThM from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. Her research examines the mythologies of the disabled body, offering alternative theological constructions of personhood. She specializes in areas of critical theory, hermeneutics, and moral theology, specifically questions moral agency in disability ethics. She can be contacted at email@example.com
Kate has two book chapters under contract as well as several articles expected for publication this year, including ethical examinations of Orthodox funeral practices for suicidal parishioners and a reexamination of Balthasar’s aesthetics to include disabled bodies as images of God’s beauty.
Question to ponder:
Mindful that these are some heavy readings (particularly at this stage of the semester), here are two video alternatives. In the first Behr himself largely reprises his article above; the second, by eminent patristic theologian Sarah Coakley, picks up many of the same themes as Boersma’s chapter on St Gregory of Nyssa.
Fr John Behr: “From Adam to Christ: From Male and Female to Being Human”
Dr Sarah Coakley: “The Developed Patristic Doctrine of the Trinity: The ‘East/West’ Story vs the Story of the Trinity and Gender”
Case Study: Role and Ministry of Women in the Church
Initial Assessment Template
Additional resources (from which patristic quotes were drawn in the class, and which may be read along with rereading this week’s other materials before next week):
As this week is an extension of week 9’s discussion, you are invited to revisit the readings and videos delving into patristic theology of sex and gender, and how they are necessarily transcended as we grow towards the life of the kingdom. The following additional readings given after the week 9 class supplement the selections from Behr and Boersma, and the video with Coakley.
As you review these materials, consider the further dimensions of gender identity and expression that we will be discussing in week 10.
Case Study: Transgenderism
Watch (focusing on the Q&A at the end) Fr Myroslaw Tataryn: “Gender: But That’s What the Church Has Always Taught!” (response to the above Vatican document by a Ukrainian Catholic priest)
Nicholas Metcalf, “Why We Need Gender Fluidity”
Ma-Nee Chacaby: “Two-Spirit Identities”
Suggested Improvisation Template
And here’s a link to that chapter on “LGBT Identity” from Sam Wells’s book, How Then Shall We Live? Christian Engagement with Contemporary Issues (Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2016):
Note that, in the presentation, the truncated quotation referring symbolically to Egypt and Babylon was perhaps a bit unclear. Here’s the full sentence from the chapter: “After hundreds of years of seeing LGBT people as living in Babylon, in an exile of their own making, the church is finally beginning to realize that they’re not in Babylon — they’re in Egypt, in a captivity imposed upon them by others.”
Case Study: Marriage, Sex, and Procreation
Case Study: Same-Sex Partnerships and Marriage