Circle of Friends

Date/Time
Date(s) - Tuesday, 11/13
10:30 am

Location
Fellowship Hall

Category(ies)


Our speaker this month is Professor Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Professor of Old Testament, Emerita, retired from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2013, having served on the Faculty for 43 years. Together with Professor Freda Gardner she established the first course in women’s studies in the Princeton Seminary curriculum in 1975. The title of Dr. Sakenfeld’s presentation is: The Story of Ruth in the Twenty-first Century. Do you love the story of Ruth? Can you imagine why some women in other cultures, and even some U.S. Christian women, might dislike her story? What are their criticisms, and how can the story be redeemed? Join in conversation about the book of Ruth as a story of immigration, a story about mothers-in-law, a story about famine, a story about how God works to create community, a story
about tragic loss and great joy.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Professor Sakenfeld was moderator of the Presbytery of New Brunswick in 2001 and has served as representative of the PCUSA to national and international ecumenical organizations. In 2016 she received the Excellence in Theological Education Award from her denomination. Dr. Sakenfeld served as 2007 President of the Society of Biblical Literature, a professional association of over 8,000 biblical scholars. Her publications include Ruth (Interpretation Commentary); and Just Wives? Stories of Power and Survival in the Old Testament and Today, a book that reflects her special interest in biblical interpretation by women in diverse cultural contexts. In her retirement she served from 2013-2017 as Co-Coordinator of Princeton Seminary’s Women in Ministry Initiative, co-authoring a book about women at Princeton Seminary (Faith of Our Mothers, Living Still: Princeton Seminary Women Redefining Ministry). She is currently assisting a new Seminary archive collection of materials from women associated with the Seminary.

We will enjoy a time of fellowship and lunch following the presentation. Please bring a lunch for yourself. Beverages and dessert will be provided.