What are the prospectives and the limitations for women in the life and ministry of the Armenian Church?
How does the Armenian Church understand the opportunities and responsibilities of women in the life of the Church?
These questions will be addressed in a lecture by Mr. Jason Demerjian on Monday evening, November 14, 2005 at the Seminary in New Rochelle, New York. Entitled, "The Helpers: Traditional Roles for Women in the Armenian Church," Mr. Demerjian's talk will seek answers from the Bible and the Armenian Book of Canons.
Jason Demerjian is the Coordinator of College Ministry for the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church and a part-time St. Nersess seminarian preparing for priesthood.
Demerjian's lecture is the third in the Seminary's Autumn Lecture Series and the first of two lectures devoted to Women in the Armenian Church. Dr. Roberta Ervine, Associate Professor of Armenian Studies, will present a lecture on women deacons in the history of the Armenian Church on Monday, November 28.
"The canons of the Armenian Church and even the Bible itself contain some harsh restrictions regarding the role of women in the Church," Demerjian said. "Yet when we put these restrictions in historical contact and look deeper into our church tradition, we also find surprisingly broad roles for women in the Church."
Monday evening's lecture will begin at 7:30 PM. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For further information contact the Seminary at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: (914) 636-2003.