A Festival of Women's Voices on Jesus | Fall Soul Conference | The Strength of Her Witness: Theology in Women's Voices

Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Co-Sponsored by St. Catherine University Theology department; Good Ground Press, A Publishing Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph; and Wisdom Ways
*The Friday evening session will be held at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Catherine University; tickets can be purchased here.

In this globally interconnected, lopsided world—marked by disparities, discord and violence—what witness can the church bring to the many issues that divide us from one another and the shared ecology in which we live?  We are in need of theologies that will lead us in new directions--from opposition and dominance to new community and mutual respect for one another and all living creatures of Earth.

“What difference do women’s voices make in interpreting the meaning of Jesus Christ today?” At the Fall Soul conference, we’ll find out! Come hear women theologians who seek to loosen the shackles of patriarchal structures and liberate all persons and creation with fresh theological perspectives on Christology.

Through conversation, ritual, and music, we will immerse ourselves in edgy, rich, diverse and even contradictory ideas and insights with Elizabeth Johnson and the following women who contributed to her newest book, The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in Global Women’s Voices:

  • Teresa Okure (Nigeria)

  • Joy Ann McDougall (USA)

  • Maria Clara Bingemer (Brazil)

  • Maria Pilar Aquino (Mexico/USA)

  • M. Shawn Copeland (USA)

  • Jeannine Hill Fletcher (USA)

  • Astrid Lobo Gajiwala (India)

Our time together will be an opportunity to illumine ways we can “do for our age what the early councils did for their own, namely, to express the meaning, challenge, and love of Jesus Christ in the idiom of our day,” urges Johnson.

*The Fall 2016 Hedgerow class will be studying Johnson's book, The Strength of Her Witness, on Monday evenings, 9/26 - 12/12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Join a session!


Jessica Lopez Lyman was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. As a poet/organizer turned scholar, Jessica believes deeply in the transformative power of art. She has performed at First Avenue, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA), and at the Mujeres de Maíz festival in Los Angeles. Her writing has been published in Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques, Chicana/Latina Studies Journal, and Label Me Latina/o. Lopez Lyman is a member of Electric Machete Studios, a Chicanx/Latinx/Indigenous art collective on St. Paul’s West Side. She holds a Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a lecturer in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota.


Mary Preus is first, a song leader and second, a singer, teacher, worship leader and choir director. A colleague once said of Mary, "She could teach a stone to sing."

Mary has been working in neighborhood businesses, community arts endeavors, and progressive Christian peace and justice communities for twenty-five years. Mary can sing in several different languages and has led singing around the world. In addition to her work as artistic director of Minnesota Community SINGS, Mary has worked as the music director and song leader at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Minneapolis since 1991. She is also the worship and music coordinator for the Community of St. Martin. Mary is a co-founder and member of Bread for the Journey, where she co-leads the teaching and singing of songs of justice, community and faith from around the world. Mary says, “When we join our voices to the song of all creation, we not only build community, but we do what comes naturally which helps us know our place as just one part of the big, beautiful whole. Singing together is irresistible joy!"

From left to right: Joy Ann McDougall, Teresa Okure, Jeannine Hill Fletcher, M. Shawn Copeland, Jessica Lopez Lyman (Conference facilitator), Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, Maria Clara Bingemer, Maria Pilar Aquino, Barbara Lund (Wisdom Ways Director)

October 28, 2016, St. Kate's University

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Photo credit: Kabeya Media


Friday, October 28, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Catherine University
Register/purchase ticket from O’Shaughnessy Auditorium here

Saturday, October 29, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wisdom Ways (Carondelet Center)
Registration for the Saturday program is now closed. Please call 651.696.2788 with any questions.


Friday, October 28: $15.00. Free for students with ID
Register/purchase ticket from O’Shaughnessy Auditorium here

Saturday, October 29: $55.00, includes lunch
Registration for the Saturday program is now closed. Please call 651.696.2788 with any questions.