Thursday, December 7, 2017
As we mark the 500th Commemoration of the Reformation, what do Martin Luther and a contemporary feminist Catholic theologian have to tell us about Mary’s Magnificat? Together we will read, sing, and delve into Mary’s song in Luke 1:46-55.
Guided by the words and insights of Martin Luther and Elizabeth Johnson and other theologians, we will consider Luke’s and Mary’s relationship to power and compare it to our own. We will also examine the biblical connections among Mary, Elizabeth and Hannah, especially Hannah’s Song.
Come explore the many ways the Magnificat has shaped Catholic and Lutheran understandings and faith perspectives, as evidenced by our presenters – a Lutheran professor of Old Testament and a Catholic Marian scholar.
Mary Kaye Medinger, MA, is a lifelong educator, writer, editor, spiritual director and retreat leader with a particular interest in women’s spirituality, especially Mariology. A consociate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, she has spent nearly 40 years in various ministerial positions in parish, diocesan and ecumenical settings.
Diane Jacobson, professor emerita of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, was the first woman to teach Bible at any Lutheran seminary in the US. A frequent speaker and author of many publications, Jacobson is a lover of Scripture whose calling is to teach Scripture for the sake of God’s world, and to invite others into the wonders and rewards of exploring the Bible together.
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