I was lucky to have lecturers who reached out to me not only as academic mentors, but also as models of excellence and commitment.
- Michael Khorommbi (BA graduate, 2015)
Women in the Christian Spiritual Tradition
Dr Judith Coyle, IHM MA (University of Notre Dame) / DTh (Unisa)
(incl. course materials and refreshments)
With very few exceptions, men have been the central figures in the history of Christian spirituality. With the emergence of the feminist movement in the past century, scholars are bringing to light the place and writings of women within that tradition. This course will look at 1) the role of women in the origins of the Christian tradition, 2) three key figures within the medieval church (Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich and Catherine of Siena) and 3) three contemporary figures ( Evelyn Underhill, Edith Stein, and Dorothy Day). Finally the contribution to spirituality from the feminist perspective will be considered.