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Finnish Eastern Orthodox Women and the Virgin Mary

When: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: John Evans Center, 1800 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Rossitza Guenkova-Fernandez   847.491.3611

Group: Religious Studies Department

Category: Academic


"Finnish Eastern Orthodox Women and the Virgin Mary"
by Elina Vuola, Academy Professor, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

The Orthodox Church is an important minority church in largely Lutheran Finland. Virgin Mary is central in the tradition. Based on interviews with Finnish Orthodox women, including some Skolt Sami - a small indigenous minority in Northeastern Lapland, Orthodox by religion - on their relationship with the Mother of God, issues  regarding gender and minority identity, ethnicity, and embodiment are highlighted. What is the meaning of the Virgin Mary and how is it related to women´s status and self-understanding in the Orthodox Church? How do contemporary Orthodox women perceive and interpret their identities in relation to their religious tradition but also to the secular Finnish society?

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