Women, Violence, and Power: Sacred Texts and Modern Conversations

This online 3-session workshop is designed to further enrich biblical interpretation skills — specifically the work of engaging difficult texts — and bring that learning into how women as leaders address equally challenging modern contexts.

The format for this workshop will include three synchronous sessions focused on engaging difficult passages of scripture. Participants will then be given access to pre-recorded conversations between our biblical expert and subject matter experts from fields outside of traditional theological education where they explore how church leaders can address individual experiences of trauma or harassment, and how congregations can best support and respond.

The workshop dates are September 10, 17, and 24, 2024. Each session will run from 12 to 1:30 PM ET.

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By joining this workshop, you will

  •  Develop a deeper understanding of the history of biblical interpretation and the choices readers make when they are confronted with ethical, practical, or hermeneutic difficulties in scriptural texts.
  •  Learn about the effects of trauma and how to help individuals address harm and develop resilience.
  •  Create a template for restorative justice practices that — implemented with care — can transform the lives of survivors.
  •  Consider the role of faith communities in dismantling patriarchal systems that perpetuate rape culture.

How It Works

  Dates:Sept. 10, 2024
Sept. 17, 2024
Sept. 24, 2024

  Duration:12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
12:00 – 1:30 PM ET

  Format:Virtual Synchronous
Virtual Synchronous
Virtual Synchronous

  Price: $299

Who Should Join?

Seminarians, Clergy, Chaplains, Faith Leaders


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Dr. Ashleigh Elser

Ashleigh Elser, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Saint Louis University in the Department of Theological Studies. She is currently working on two manuscripts: one on the reception of conflicts between biblical narrators in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and another on the reception history of the Bible’s ravens. Before coming to SLU, she taught courses on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the history of biblical interpretation at Hampden-Sydney College, Valparaiso University, and the University of Virginia.

Price: $299.00