2020 Women's Caucus Programming (in process)

Session #1 - Wednesday, December 2, 11AM-1:00 PM (EST)

Re-Engaging Praxis Through Publication: New Books on Gender and Religion

Session #2 - Wednesday, December 2, 1:45 PM-3:15 PM (EST)

Womenʼs Religious Biographies – A Call to Action: Raising Up the Marginalized Voices

Session #3 - Thursday, December 3, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM (EST)

AAR/SBL Women's Caucus Business Meeting

Session #4 - Monday, December 7, 4PM-5:30 PM (EST)

Emerging Scholars Re-Engaging Praxis

Session #5 - Tuesday, December 8, 11AM-1:00PM (EST)

Feminist Theologies and Religious Studies – Publications from Around the World

Friday 9:00am

1000 Women in Religion - A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

The 1000 Women in Religion Project – a major initiative of the AAR/SBL Women’s Caucus – works to raise up the underrecognized work of women in the world’s religious and wisdom traditions by adding 1000 women onto Wikipedia.  
This is a practical effort, situated in the public square, that addresses the problem of systemic gender bias on Wikipedia where only 17% of the biographies are about women.  In this workshop participants will sign up as wiki-editors, learn the basics of editing, do hands on editing that improves existing articles and start their first article by outlining the all-important lead paragraph.  
We will work on submissions pre-selected from our list of 1000 women but if you are passionate about a particular unrecognized woman bring your project along. You do not need to be a technological expert!!  We will walk you through the Wikipedia editing process one easy step at a time.  Join us!!
Thank you to the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) for their support of the 1000 Women in Religion Project and this workshop.


Presenters/facilitators for the Wikipedia Workshop/Edit-a-thon:


Colleen Hartung Ph.D
Chair of the 1000 Women in Religion Project
Developer and Facilitator, Ministries to Families and Children, Holy Wisdom Monastery
Elizabeth Ursic, Ph.D.
Co-chair of the Women’s Caucus at the AAR/SBL
Mesa Community College
Alicia Panganiban, M.Div., Th.M.
Co-chair of the Women’s Caucus at the AAR/SBL
Northwestern Medicine

Mary (Polly) Hamlen, M.Div.
Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Janice Poss
Claremont Graduate University
May May Latt
American Theological Library Association (ATLA)
Deborah Fulthorp, D.Min.
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Rosalind Hinton, Ph.D.
Mary Ellen Chown, M.Ed., M.Div 
Past National Coordinator, Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (CNWE)
Ontario, Canada 




Weaving Public Spaces: Extending Scholarship on Gender and Religion

Come enjoy the camaraderie of the Women's Caucus and network with other scholars. Learn about the caucus and join in this workshop-style session as we engage the 2019 AAR conference theme, Scholarly Workers in Public Spaces with the Women's Caucus focus on gender and religion. Join in this exciting conversation as we reflect on how we responsibly create, redefine, and expand spheres of public discourse. We invite you to share your ideas on how we might advance the public engagement of this topic through our research, in our institutions, and beyond. 

     Elizabeth Ursic, Mesa Community College


     Alicia Panganiban, Northwestern Medicine


     Women’s Caucus Leadership Team Members 


9:00 am

Creating and Expanding Public Spheres and Climate Change


This session’s papers will consider our role as feminist theologians, scholars of religion and educators’ responsibilities to public spaces in times of anthropogenic climate change. They will debate on the commitment of scholars and academic institutions in relation to creating and expanding public spheres. They will engage with questions related to How can feminist scholars use our experiences and skills to promote respectful discussions on difficult topics? How might these skills and experiences be used in communicating and bridging people's denial and/or unawareness of anthropogenic climate change? What would the next step in inclusivity in our own public spaces look like? This session is a collaboration between the AAR/ SBL Women’s Caucus, and the Feminist Liberation Theologian’s Network (FLTN).



  • Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, Methodist Theological School in Ohio


  • Theological Education in the Mobile Classroom: Working toward Justice for Migrants and Climate Justice along the Border”

      Jennifer Owens-Jofré
      abby mohaupt

  • “The Women of Cancer Alley, at the Center of the Public Sphere”

      Rosalind Hinton, LATLOUD

  • “Ecological Literacy Should be the Foundation for Religious Education: Re-Visioning Teaching Systematic Theology”

      Julia Enxing, University of Dresden, Germany

  • Mary Hunt, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual


11:45 am-

12:45 pm

Presenting at the AAR/SBL Annual Conference Made Easy


Women’s Caucus invites you for a brown bag discussion on best practices and engaging conference presentation that will showcase you and your work to the best advantage. We ask this session’s participates to read beforehand Be Brief, Be Witty, Be Seated (Mary Hunt).


  • Mary E. Hunt, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual


  • Elizabeth Ursic, Mesa Community College



1:00 pm​

Emerging Scholars:  Redefining Fields: Considering New Resources

The disciplinary histories of religious and theological studies have been shaped by patriarchy, White supremacy, and colonialism in ways that are being challenged in two new introductory books in both fields: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Susan Shaw’s Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide and Sarah Bloesch and Meredith Minister’s Cultural Approaches to Studying Religion: An Introduction to Theories and Methods. Both texts seek to redefine their respective fields by reimagining foundational patterns of teaching in theology and religion courses. This roundtable explores these interventions, creating a path toward better introductions to both fields, cooperation between the disciplines, and reducing the need to draw sharp lines to protect hegemonic ways of knowing.


  • Theresa Yugar, California State University, Los Angeles

  • Alicia Panganiban, Northwestern Medicine



  • Alejandro Escalante, University of North Carolina

  • Deborah Fulthorp, Grand Canyon University, SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

  • Sheryl Johnson, Graduate Theological Union

  • Geoffrey Seymour, University of Ottawa


  • Sarah Bloesch, Elon University, 

  • Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham School of Religion

  • Meredith Minister, Shenandoah University

  • Susan Shaw, Oregon State University


9:00 am​

Women’s Religious Biographies: Growing the Space for Women on Public Platforms like Wikipedia

In support of the 1000 Women in Religion Project’s efforts to address systemic gender bias on Wikipedia, this panel presents biographies about women who are not on Wikipedia but should be. Panelist will present original research and analysis that makes a strong case for each subject’s notability in her religious or spiritual area of influence even as they critique and reconsider these notability standards. Their research will be used to create a Wikipedia page for each of these notable women.


Janice Poss, Claremont Graduate University


  • “Eclipsed by the Shadow of her Husband: Hymnist and Evangelist Bertha Mae Lillenas”     Melisa Ortiz Berry, Azusa Pacific University


  • “Being Bold and Speaking Clearly: The Pioneering Ministry of Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk”          Mary (Polly) Hamlen, Harvard Law School


  • “The Mother with Faith, Dr. Anna May Say Pa”

      May May Latt, American Theological Library Association (ATLA)


  • “New Orleans’ Jewish Legacies: Ida Weis Friend (1868-1963)” 

      Rosalind Hinton, Ph.D., LAOUTLOUD


  • “Mae Eleanor Frey – Early 20th Century Pentecostal Matriarch”

      Debbie Fulthorp, Grand Canyon University, SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary


Colleen Hartung, Holy Wisdom Monastery


11:45 am​

AAR/SBL Women’s Caucus International Network


The AAR/ SBL Women’s Caucus is forming a network of gender and religion international scholars. Come join this exciting new initiative and participate in a brown bag discussion on how the AAR/ SBL Women’s Caucus can best serve international scholars at the AAR/ SBL annual conference and beyond.


  • Elizabeth Ursic, Mesa Community College



  • Julia Enxing, University of Dresden, Germany

  • May May Latt, ATLA

  • Kathleen McPhillips, University of New Castle

  • Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

  • Jea Sophia Oh, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

  • Alicia Panganiban, Northwestern Medicine 


1:00 pm

Publishing Panel: Scholars on Women’s and Gender Studies Constructing Knowledge and Influencing the Public Discourse

This session presents women scholars who have published books in the discipline of women’s studies, gender, theology and religion in 2018 and 2019. This panel’s authors will provide an overview of their books and share their perspectives on current research being published on women and gender studies. Authors will also discuss how they visualize their books in constructing knowledge and influencing the public sphere. In addition, these scholars will also share their experiences regarding strategies and mechanics for getting women’s studies in theology and religion books published, and to offer advice for those seeking publication of related book manuscripts. 



  • Deborah Fulthorp, SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

  • Alicia Panganiban, Northwestern Medicine 


Papers (Book Titles and Authors):

  • Contemporary Theological Approaches to Sexuality

      Lisa Isherwood, University of Winchester, UK
      Dirk von der Horst, Mount St. Mary's University, Los Angeles

  • God Forgive Us for Being Women: Rhetoric, Theology, and the Pentecostal Tradition 

      Joy E. A. Qualls, Biola University

  • Buddhist Feminisms and Femininities 

      Karma Lekshe Tsomo, University of San Diego

Film Showing "Maryam: A Woman of Bethlehem"


This play was a project of Fulbright Scholar Victoria Rue at Dar Al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture. It explores how the Biblical/Quranic figure of Mary/Maryam expands or constricts Palestinian women’s identity. Like a Rorschach test, Mary is used to talk about women’s lives. Some thirty Palestinian women and men living and working in the area of Bethlehem were interviewed from ages of 14 to 87, including Christians, Muslims and those who were indifferent to the subject. From a university dean, Islamic scholar, Lutheran theologian, architect and iconographer, to an eighth grader, college students, and high school teacher, these Bethlehemites identify with Mary/Maryam as a source of solace, long-suffering, indifference (“I never think of her”), empowerment and resistance. Through stories, this play illuminates daily life in Occupied Bethlehem, in which vulnerable, funny and resilient women and men celebrate the strength of Palestinian women and addresses the intersections of gender, culture and theology, representation and occupation. The play uses the geographic place of Bethlehem to talk about how the religious icon of Mary is seen in Christian and Muslim women’s lives today. One hour in length, performed in Arabic with English subtitles, the video records the first performance of the play Jan. 25, 2019 in Bethlehem. The session will include a discussion following the video with Victoria Rue. This session is co-sponsored by the Feminist Liberation Theologians Network and the AAR/SBL Women's Caucus.



  •     Mary Hunt,  Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual(WATER)



  •     Victoria Rue, San Jose State University

  •     Elizabeth Ursic, Mesa Community College

Bridging Faith and Feminism: The Role That Religion Can Play in Advancing Gender Equality

When one considers the depth and scale of change required for the realization of gender equality worldwide—change that is not only material and technical but also moral, spiritual, and cultural—it becomes clear that the tremendous social, spiritual and intellectual resources of religious communities and faith-based organizations will be a key component of these efforts. Efforts to replace the often confrontational dynamic between secular and faith-based proponents of gender equality are extremely important, recognizing that such tensions are often rooted in conceptions of culture and are driven by broader political agendas and geopolitical realities. No one part of society will succeed in realizing the goal of gender equality in isolation. Faith-based organizations and actors need to join together with secular organizations and social justice movements working towards the same ends—combining their experiences, insights, and resources—to work towards a goal that requires and promotes the participation of all. A wide range of papers are invited from different perspectives and academic approaches to examine how religious and secular actors can work together to advance gender equality worldwide. How can a new narrative that encompasses the ideals inherent in respective worldviews of gender equality be created—a narrative that focuses on our common humanity, on justice and the establishment of peace?


  • Julia Berger, Baha'i International Community


  • Maha Marouan, Pennsylvania State University

  • Saphira Rameshfar, Baha'i International Community, United Nations Office

Women’s Caucus Business Meeting



  • Elizabeth Ursic,  Mesa Community College

  • Alicia Panganiban, Northwestern Medicine



  • Julia Berger, Baha'i International Community

  • Kate Common, Boston University

  • Julia Enxing, University of Dresden, Germany

  • Deborah Fulthorp, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

  • Colleen D. Hartung, Holy Wisdom Monastery

  • Farsijana Risakotta, Indonesian Consortium of Religious Studies, Indonesia

  • Rosalind Hinton, LAOUTLOUD

  • Meredith Minister, Shenandoah University

  • Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

  • Jea Sophia Oh, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

  • Janice Poss, Claremont Graduate University

  • Saphira Rameshfar, Baha'i International Community, United  Nations

  • Theresa Yugar, California State University, Los Angeles

  • Rosemarie Kowalski,  Northwest University, Kirkland, WA


3:30 pm

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