Reformation Day highlights past and present contributions of women

Candler School of Theology | Oct. 21, 2013

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Lectures, exhibits and musical performances mark the 26th annual Reformation Day at Candler School of Theology Oct. 24.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Candler School of Theology will host the annual Reformation Day at Emory, including a full day of lectures, exhibits and music centered around the theme "Reformation Women." Register at www.pitts.emory.edu/reformationday or by calling 404-727-6352.

This year's featured speakers include Kirsi Stjerna, professor of Reformation church history and director of the Institute for Luther Studies of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg; Carol Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Emory; Jan Rippentrop, doctoral student in Emory's Graduate Division of Religion and Armin Siedlecki of Pitts Theology Library. Rev. Barbara Day Miller, associate dean of worship and music and assistant professor in the practice of liturgy and The Candler Singers will present a luncheon musical program.

The lectures and music celebrate the contributions by women to the Reformation of the 16th century, as well as their contributions to the renewal of the church and academy today. 

As a complement to the day's schedule, Pitts Theology Library will have an exhibit of 16th century works illustrating politically influential and enterprising women of the Reformation Era. These rare pieces include a letter to Frederick III by Argula von Grumbach, considered to be the first Protestant woman author, and several documents produced by women printers, who continued the operation of printing presses after the deaths of their husbands. 

The display is housed in the library's reading room and will be available for viewing through the remainder of the calendar year.

Reformation Day schedule

9:00-9:45 a.m. — Registration and Reception 

Brooks Commons, Cannon Chapel

10:00-10:45 a.m. — Kirsi Stjerna, Professor of Reformation Church History and Director of the Institute for Luther Studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg on "What Can We Learn from the Writings of the Reformation Women?"

Sanctuary, Cannon Chapel

11:00-11:50 a.m.— Chapel service, Rev. Jan Rippentrop, doctoral student, Graduate Division of Religion preaching

Sanctuary, Cannon Chapel

12:15-1:30 p.m. — Rev. Barbara Day Miller, associate dean of worship and music and assistant professor in the practice of liturgy and The Candler Singers present a luncheon musical program, "Finding Voice: Texts and Tunes from Women Hymn Writers." 

Cost: $10 per person, Registration required at www.pitts.emory.edu/reformationday

Cox Hall

1:45-2:45 p.m. — Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament on "Women and the Re-formation of Theological Education: The Case of Candler, 1977-2007" 

Sanctuary, Cannon Chapel

2:45-3:15 p.m. — Refreshments and break 

Brooks Commons, Cannon Chapel

3:30-4:30 p.m. —Armin Siedlecki of Pitts Theology Library on "Women and the 16th-Century Printing Industry"

Sanctuary, Cannon Chapel

Continuing education credit is available.