Catherine of Siena
Empowering Women in
Faith and Ministry
We are at present building up
courses for a full-fledged internet University College. It will offer students
the ability to follow courses on topics related to women and women's ministries
that are not available in their local university.
We are recruiting
[virtual] staff. Please, contact us if you have a course to submit for
consideration or if you wish to recommend someone else who has.
Prof. Mary Grey MA SThB
PhD is- Dean of Studies and lecturer. Information & short
cv. Doreen Wyatt CSOE MTh is Administrator.
Some Sample Courses that
will be offered
1. Patricia Pinsent, Female Ministry,
Priesthood and Childrens Literature
Inevitably, since women have not been
admitted to the ordained ministry in any Christian church until relatively
recently, and are still denied ordination in some bodies, especially the Roman
Catholic Church, it is not possible to find literature, for children or for
adults, which portrays women in this kind of role. Nevertheless, if the role of
the priest is seen as making Christ present in the world, mediating God to
others and standing for Christ, by actions such as nurturing,
teaching scripture, tradition and the Christian life, then female characters in
literature have undoubtedly had a priestly and ministerial role. In this
course, a wide range of literature, either written for children or often
presented to them in school, will be examined, both to examine the portrayal of
the role of the ordained male priests and to establish the ways in which female
ministry in effect fulfils priestly functions. A number of questions are
inevitably raised during this analysis, in particular in relation to the way in
which childrens literature helps determine the perceptions of young
2. Rosemary Radford Ruether
Christology in Feminist and International
The course moves through five modules:
- Christology in contemporary critical perspectives:
Europe and North America
- U.S. North American Feminist Perspectives
- Latin American Liberation and Feminist
- African Feminist Perspectives
- Feminist Christologies from Asia
3. John Wijngaards, The ministry of women according to Sacred
The course aims at providing an
introduction to the main topics of discussion concerning Sacred Scripture and
the ministry of women. The traditional arguments drawn from Scripture to
exclude women from the ordained ministries are assesed regarding their biblical
validity. Positive scriptural indications that favour the inclusion of women in
the ministries are explored. Underpinning the course is a professional grasp of
the correct rules of scriptural interpretation.
are in preparation.
How will we
We have been in touch with on-line
universities, both academic ones attached to lecture-hall universities and
online-only universities. Learning from them, our present plans are as follows:
- We first need to build up a
credible syllabus with courses designed by professional virtual 'staff'.
- Students will pay to enrol. However,
we envisage a two-tier system
(a) self-improvement students who pay
only a little. We are thinking of housewives, parish activists, retired people
etc. who want the knowledge, but are not interested in the academic credits.
(b) academic students who pay more, who receive opportunities of
'tuition' (by correspondence), whose work will be assessed and who will receive
credits on completing the course(s).
- Staff do
not get paid for designing the courses and providing lesson material that is
available online. However, staff would get paid, per student and per course,
for tuition and online assessment.
- During the first two to three years
we will build up a credible syllabus. We will open courses to students
as soon as a number are functional.
- Once we have gained some experience,
we will approach colleges and universities here in the UK to explore
accreditation, and its conditions. In theory, we could also affiliate
ourselves to universities in other countries.
We welcome your cooperation,
suggestions and advice