Lecture, Central London, Wednesday, 5 Apr 2023 - 13:00

Women Leaders in Early Christianity

Saint Thecla and Saint Catherine

Saint Paul’s letters show women playing leading roles in the earliest Christian communities. Yet, by the fourth century, women’s ministry was very limited. Why?

In the Roman Empire, women’s roles were limited by the expectation that their speech was domestic. If it was inappropriate for women to speak in public, they could not be priests or bishops. However, this lecture will reveal how some Christian women subverted these conventions to become preachers and teachers.

Professor Morwenna Ludlow

Professor Morwenna Ludlow

Morwenna Ludlow is Professor of Christian History and Theology at the University of Exeter and Canon Theologian at Exeter Cathedral.

Morwenna’s research focuses on the...

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