WMN201 – Women Speak of God – Women Speak of God

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This course is not just for women! The workshop is about how Christians in different cultures, different time periods, and different social locations have told their faith stories. Amy Oden, professor of the History of Christianity and Dean of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, presents video lectures on six Christian women who wrote about their faith. The workshop explores how we, as members of the Christian family, tell our “family stories.” It also helps us to examine our own faith and to articulate our own experiences of God.

Lessons Include:

  • Perpetua: Rebellious Daughter (2nd century Carthage)
  • Macrina: Scientist and Pastor (4th century Asia Minor)
  • Juana Inez de la Cruz: Intellectual in the Kitchen (17th century Mexico)
  • Susanna Wesley: First Theologian of the Methodists (18th century England)
  • Jarena Lee: Preaching Pioneer (19th century United States)
  • Georgia Harkness: Theologian for the People (20th century United States)

Each week’s study consists of two weekly readings and three or four video segments (under 10 minutes each) plus online discussion for each video.  Participants login at the time of day which works best for each one’s own schedule while still interacting with one another and the facilitator of the course.  Plan on roughly 2-6 hours online weekly engaging with the materials and the other students.  No live or set meeting times are involved.

1.5 CEUs are available.

Price: $50

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Post image: Wildenranna ( Wegscheid / Lower Bavaria ). Our Lady of Sorrows parish church ( 1906 ) – Stained glass window showing Mary Magdalene. Photograph by Wolfgang Sauber.


Sarah Beardslee

Sarah Beardslee was born and raised in Kansas. She graduated from Friends University with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A in Religion and Philosophy, and further studied at Regent University, receiving her M.A. in Community Counseling. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas.

Sarah is passionate about aiding people in their exploration of faith in God, personal character, and community. Her openness to the Spirit and grounding in Christ inspires her to help people learn at their own pace, while also learning new methods for progress. Her focus on organization, leadership, and counseling drive her desire to help people integrate knowledge into practical ways of living. This also motivates her to continue exploring creative ways to live intentionally as a Christian in her community and among her family of four.

This course may be led by any trained facilitator for a small group within a congregation.