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Theologian Mercy Amba Oduyoye, center, with Sister Darlene Kawulok, chair of the Mount's religious studies department, left, and Director of graduate religious studies programs Sister Mary McKay at the ninth annual Pat Reif Memorial Lecture held Nov. 9 on the Chalon Campus.

Theologian Mercy Amba Oduyoye Speaks at the Mount

Nov. 15, 2011 -- The Mount's religious studies department and office of the graduate dean celebrated the ninth annual Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture with a Nov. 9 talk by theologian Mercy Amba Oduyoye, a feminist author who brings an African perspective to her writing.

Oduyoye is director of the Institute of African Women in Religion and Culture at Trinity Theological Seminary in Ghana. She previously served as youth education secretary and deputy general secretary for the World Council of Churches. She has also served as president of the World Student Christian Federation.

Oduyoye has written four books and more than 80 articles focusing on Christian theology. One of her central subjects is how African religion and culture influences the experiences of African women. In particular, she has addressed the effects of economic oppression on African women.

The annual lectureship was created in 2002 in honor of the late Dr. Patricia Reif, a social justice activist and founder of the MA Program in Feminist Spirituality at Immaculate Heart College Center.

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