Women of Faith in the Gospel of Luke & Acts

Tuesdays, January 26, February 2, 9, and 16, 2016, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Luke’s gospel tells more stories about women than the other gospels, but women’s place in Luke and Acts warrants a suspicious feminist eye.  In Luke, Mary Magdalene acquires seven demons, Mary of Bethany listens without speaking, Martha is too hospitable.  When Jesus straightens up the bent-over woman and forgives the woman who wipes his feet with her tears, their stories become all about the men who discuss their legality.

What place do women have in the early Christian communities?  What about the women who labor with Paul as coworkers, deacons, and apostles in his missionary world?  How do these sacred canonical texts contribute to claiming equal place for women in our churches today?

January  26    
Women Full of Grace and Faith:
Luke 1.1-8.1-3
Mary, Elizabeth, Anna, the forgiven woman who loves too much, Peter’s mother-in-law, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Suzanna, widow of Nain

February  2    
Women Preachers and Models:
Luke 8.4-56; Luke 10; 13.10-20; 15; 18.1-8
The hemorrhaging woman, Jairus’s daughter, the seventy, Martha and Mary of Bethany, bent-over-woman, woman who demands justice

February  9    
“Remember How He Told You
”:  Luke 23-24, Acts 1-2
Women at the Cross, Tomb, and Upper Room, Daughters of Jerusalem, Mary Magdalene, Cleopas’s wife, Mary the mother of Jesus and the women among the 120 awaiting the Holy Spirit

February 16  
Women of the Mission Church:  
Acts 4.32-37; 5.1-2; 6.2-7; 9.36-43; 16.11-15; 18; Romans 16
Widows, Prophets, Deacons, Teachers, Leaders, Tabitha, Prisca, Lydia, Junia, Phoebe

Joan Mitchell, CSJ, Ph.D. New Testament, Luther Seminary. Joan is co-editor of Good Ground Press.


When: Tuesdays, January 26, February 2, 9, and 16; 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Text: New Revised Standard Bible or New American Bible; Optional Reading: Choosing the Better Part, Barbara Reid, OP; Women in the Acts of the Apostles, Ivoni Richter Reimer

Cost: $10.00 per session, $35.00 for the series