Wednesday, February 01, 2006
The first retreat for Women Graduates of Orthodox Theological Schools,
held at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, attracted
approximately 30 participants from across the country. Women
representing Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese), St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary (Orthodox
Church in America) and St. Nersess Seminary (Armenian Diocese) met in an
atmosphere of prayer, reflection and respectful discussion. Together
they shared joys, experiences and concerns affecting their witness and
service, so they may better assist in the "building up of the body of
Christ" (Eph. 4:12).
This unique event was blessed by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), and organized by St. Catherine's Vision (SCV), a working group of women seeking to study and support the many ways women and men are called to serve within the life of the Orthodox Church today.
The participants vigorously affirmed three vital and shared obligations: