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Conference Schedule

Young Women and the Word ’09

“Adventist Women and the Earth: A Response to Ecofeminism”

Friday, April 24, 2009

Evening Vespers at La Sierra University Church
Speaker – Jared Wright, “Where Does the Accent Go?”
7:45pm to 9:00 pm

Sabbath, April 25, 2009

Early Church (8:30am)
Speaker – Maritza Duran, “Resurrection and the Earth”

Sabbath School (9:30am)
Worship in Study—Somer Penington, “I Came for the Wildflowers, and All I Got Was a Snake”

Morning Worship Service (10:50am)
Speaker – Pastor Chris Oberg, “Going Green Is Going Home”

Afternoon Program (2:00pm)
Keynote Speaker – Rosemary Radford Ruether, “Ecofeminism in Comparative Perspective”

Panel Session (3:00pm)
Featuring Rosemary Radford Ruether, John B. Cobb, Jr., Warren Trenchard, and Sheryll Prinz-McMillan. Moderated by Professor Ginger Hanks Harwood.

Breakout Sessions I* (4:15pm)
Breakout Sessions II* (5:15pm)

Conservation
Wendy Walters

Workshop in Art and Ecology
Ann Isolde, Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein, and France White

Student Papers
Trisha Famisaran (moderator)
Ana Cristina Lee Escudero, “The Earth is My Mother”
Felisa Samarin-Meier, “Differentiating Feminine and Feminist”

Spirituality and Ecology: Fostering Awareness
Ginger Hanks-Harwood

Eco-Dome: Building a Bright Green Future
John Razzouk and Steven Salcido
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Prayer Labyrinth for Contemplation
Provided by Somer Penington
Room: Sierra Vista Chapel

7:30 pm
Film Screening: Earth (Rated: G)
Edwards Corona Crossings Stadium 18 (2650 Tuscany Street, Corona)
Tickets are available for purchase at the theater or online.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Outreach Projects — All are welcome! Meet at 9:00 am at the La Sierra University Church parking lot to help with cleaning and yard beautification at several locations in Riverside/Corona. If available, bring yard tools and cleaning supplies, or consider donating supplies for others to use. We also need pots, plants, and potted plants for at least one location, the Circle-Hope Homeless Shelter in Corona. Sign up on Sabbath for the outreach projects and indicate whether you’re available to carpool, or simply show up at the church parking lot at 9:00 on Sunday morning.

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Ivone Gebara Lectures

7th Annual Pat Reif Memorial Lectures

Ivone Gebara

Theologian and author of Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation, Out of the Depths: Women's Experience of Evil and Salvation, Levantate Y Anda: Algunos Aspectos Del Caminar De La Mujer En America Latina, and many other books in English and Spanish.

Gebara is a theologian and author of Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation, Out of the Depths: Women's Experience of Evil and Salvation, Levantate Y Anda: Algunos Aspectos Del Caminar De La Mujer En America Latina, and many other books in English and Spanish.

“Happiness and the Construction of Right Relationship- A Feminist Perspective”

March 30, 2009 @ 7pm

Donohue Conference Center

Mount St. Mary’s campus in Los Angeles, CA

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“Feminism & Religious Identities”

March 31, 2009 @ 7pm

Mudd Theater

Claremont School of Theology campus in Claremont, CA

Both Lectures are Free and Open to the Public

FMI, contact 909.607.9592 or e-mail Lisa.Maldonado@cgu.edu

Visit our website at: http://www.cgu.edu/pages/674.asp

“Adventist Women and the Earth: A Response to Ecofeminism”

Young Women & the Word ‘09
“Adventist Women & the Earth…a Response to Ecofeminism”
La Sierra University Church, Riverside, California
April 24-26, 2009
Hosted by the Women’s Resource Center and co-sponsored by La Sierra University and the School of Religion at La Sierra University.

This conference aims to address our responsibility to the environment and to explore connections with gender justice. We hope to lead out and show how young Adventist women care about the abuse of the earth and women; and challenge others not only to recognize this problem but to actively create and practice solutions that respect the dignity and value of God’s creations. The main topic will be addressed utilizing discussions on leadership, practical solutions, dialogue on the parallels between our ethic toward the environment and women, and so forth.

Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Radford Ruether

Also featuring: John B. Cobb, Jr., Chris Oberg, Jared Wright, Maritza Duran, Ginger Hanks-Harwood, Somer Penington, Wendy Walters, and Sheryll Prinz-McMillan.

Conference organizers will incorporate the following elements to address the main topic:
1. Bring together pastors, professors, professionals, theologians, philosophers, and persons engaged in social justice and ethics.
2. Feature transdisciplinary panel discussions.
3. Provide an opportunity for community outreach and grassroots action.

For more information please call (951) 785-2470, or visit www.adventistwomenscenter.org.

This conference is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.

What is Ecofeminism?

Rosemary Radford Ruether and Ivone Gebara provide two examples of ecofeminist thought. I’ve summarized Gaia & God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing (1992) by Ruether and Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation (1999) by Gebara. Please note that what follows are summaries and not my original thoughts. – Trisha Famisaran

Summary of Gaia & God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing (1992) by Rosemary Radford Ruether
In her book Gaia & God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing (1992), Rosemary Radford Ruether critiques the classical Christian theological tradition for what she understands as a parallel subjugation of women and nature. She begins by defining a few important terms.

The word ecology refers to a biological science that examines natural environmental communities. Ecologists investigate how these natural communities function to sustain a healthy web of life and how they become disrupted, causing death to plant and animal life. Human intervention is understood as the major cause of such disruption. Ecology is hence an examination of how human misuse of “nature” is causing pollution of soils, water, and air; the destruction of plant and animal communities; and thereby threatening the base of life upon which the human species itself depends. Continue reading