Because the Church is also "in the world," it always has been, at least to some extent, a product of the culture in which it finds itself. As members of the worshipping community, our participation in the life of the Church has, in part, reflected our "place" in society. Yet, as we have seen throughout the
pages of past issues of the Quarterly, women have played an active role in spreading the message of the Gospel, in spite of limitations placed on them by societal norms. But we also must admit that there have been times when women were not able to overcome the cultural biases that had seeped into the Church, and were literally prevented from doing the work they were called to do.
In this issue of the St. Nina Quarterly, we examine the experiences of women in the Church and how culture and society have played a part in defining, and sometimes limiting, those experiences.
The themes for the remainder of the year are as follows:
- Summer 1998 - Language and Imagery in the Church
- Fall 1998 - The Senior Women of our Parishes
The Fall 1998 issue will be dedicated to those senior women who have been instrumental in the growth of the Church in this country. We plan to include interviews, stories, and pictures to help illustrate and document their participation, especially in the earlier years of Orthodoxy in America. We have already received some names of women to interview. If you know of others, please submit their stories to the Quarterly. Each story should be between 600-800 words in length, and, if possible, be accompanied by a photo. We are hoping that this project will generate enough interest in order to publish an anthology. We are also seeking sponsors, especially for this issue, so that we may distribute it more widely. Please consider making a donation in memory of a loved one or in celebration of someone special.