The Fellowship also supports the Women’s Ministries Initiative led by Dr Elena Narinskaya. Women’s Ministries Initiative is an independent group which functions under the auspices of the Fellowship of St John the Baptist. It is a forum to explore the roles of men, women and the laity within the Orthodox Church.
Launch of a new series of Pilgrimages/study days
Women’s Ministries Initiative launched a new series of Pilgrimages/study days of the Holy Women of British Isles in Ely Cathedral on the 4th of March 2017. It was attended by 20 people, women, men, Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican. We enjoyed good talks and tour of the Cathedral plus a concert of a beautiful choir after lunch, we also visited a local RC church where we served a canon to St. Etheldreda and venerated her relic.
Concert, prayers and fellowship.
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 email@example.com.
Please feel free to get on board by helping in organising our next event:
In Oxford in September/October 2017 on St Frideswide of Oxford
Call for Help
Help needed in logistics and admin support:
Step 1- making posters and advertising for the event
Step 2- registering and communicating with participants
Step 3 – registering people at the event, serving tea/coffee, taking pictures
Step 4 – uploading pictures online
Step 5 – booking accommodation, meals for longer pilgrimage/study days
9 April 2016, Dublin
Study Day: 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
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)
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
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.