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Women and the Birth of Christianity

April 5-6, 2019
Wichita, Kansas

For centuries the Christian church insisted that its leaders be male. Most of Christian history is dominated by stories about male leaders. Yet, recent scholarship has uncovered a very different story about women and Christian origins. This seminar examines the leading role of women in the rise of Christianity and the formation of several Christian beliefs. Did Jesus and his first followers seek to establish a truly egalitarian society?

Photo of Sarah Morice Brubaker

Sarah Morice Brubaker is Assistant Professor of Theology at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and author of The Place of the Spirit (2013). Her shorter writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Religion Dispatches, Geez Magazine, This Land Press, and Salon. She currently serves as program chair of the Liberal Theologies Consultation of the American Academy of Religion.

Deb Saxon

Deborah Niederer Saxon is the author of The Care of the Self in Early Christian Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 2017). Her research re-conceptualizes early Christian history not as a matter of heresies or “gnosticism” splitting off from some supposed orthodoxy but rather by highlighting differing perspectives and practices regarding the care of the self

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All events at:

Plymouth Church, 202 N Clifton, Wichita, KS 67208

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All Sessions

  • Individual Rate $75
  • Pre-registration Rate (by PRE-REG DATE) $60
  • Additional Family Members $50

Single Sessions

  • Friday Evening Lecture $20
  • Saturday Morning Workshop $30
  • Saturday Afternoon Workshop $30

Refunds are available until two weeks before the event if requested in writing, minus a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after that date.