Women’s Ministries Initiative

The Fellowship also supports the Women’s Ministries Initiative led by Dr Elena Narinskaya, affiliated with the Orthodox Fellowship of St. John the Baptist. It is a forum to explore the roles of men, women and the laity within the Orthodox Church.

Serving Women Best

The mission of the Women’s Ministries Initiative: Networking, Educating, Communicating
  • Networking: building bridges and joint initiatives with other Orthodox and non-Orthodox organisations;
  • Educating: organising conferences, study days and facilitating discussions in between;
  • Communicating: in order to understand each other and learn to accept and respect every point of view, even if it is different from one’s own

The initiative has a Facebook page where you can find all their latest information, and now has its own email address womensministriesinitiative@gmail.com.


Forthcoming events:

Study day, 9 April 2016, Dublin

Abrahamic Religions: Revelation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Speakers: Dr Brad Anderson, Dr Elena Narinskaya, Dr Jonathan Kearney. Mater Dei Institute of Education, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, Ireland

Free for members of WMI!

Poster: Study Day Abrahamic 9 Apr 2016

Registration form: Study Day Abrahamic Registration Form

Previous events:

October 2015:

Study day ‘The Person and the Individual: Solitude and Loneliness’ 17 October 2015 in Oxford, at Lady Margaret Hall with Metropolitan Kallistos Ware (Oxford),  Sister Vassa Larin (Vienna) and Rev’d Prof Andrew Louth (Durham)

March 2015:

The Women’s Ministries held a Study Day on ‘Priesthood and Laity’ (7 March 2015) with Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia and Dr Mary Cunningham
Notice details here

Summer 2014:

The Women’s Ministries Initiative worked closely with the Orthodox Theological Research Forum with their 2014 Conference: ‘Inspiration through Time: Women’ Ministries in the Orthodox Church’ (full report here)

The idea of starting the Women’ Ministries Initiative was formed in 2013 when two people gathered together looking for ways to bring the initiative further. Later on in the year the Women’ Ministries Initiative became one of the working groups of the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist. Our first meeting as a group was in Oxford in March 2014.

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