Westminster Seminars

Event details

  • Sunday | May 27, 2018
  • 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Galbreath Chapel
  • 412-835-6630

Two Centuries of Women in Church and Public Life
Presented in memory of Westminster elder Warren Archer

In August of 2016, attorney, historian, and Westminster elder Warren Archer proposed a seminar series for May 2018 on the history of women’s rights, in anticipation of the 170th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Women’s Convention held on July 19 and 20, 1848. This topic was very important to Warren, who championed the rights of women throughout his life. After Warren’s unexpected death this past February, the seminar planning team decided to proceed with the series in memory of Warren.

Warren viewed the struggle for women’s rights from a Christian perspective. He wrote: “Virtually all of the women leading this crusade were Christians, particularly Quakers. However, they often had to deal with arguments against women’s rights put forward by men quoting the Bible. As a result, the debate about the place of women in a Christian society was often part of the debate about what legal rights women should have.”

Four outstanding professional women have graciously agreed to share their expertise and experience over the four Sundays of May. It promises to be a stimulating series, addressing the rights of women – in and beyond the church – both in history and in the present.

Read more about these women in the May Spire

May 27
Moving Past Bias Barriers to “Administer(ing) True Justice; Show(ing) Mercy and Compassion to One Another”
Marta McClintock-Comeaux, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the Office of Women’s Studies, California University of Pennsylvania


June Series
Truth Decay
Jim Gilchrist

Pilate famously asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Some say we live in a “post-truth” world. Jesus says, “The truth will make you free.” We’ll talk about what truth is, and why it matters.

June 3 – Truth Decay
Why the very idea of truth is under attack, and why we need to fight truth decay

June 10 – Field Guide to Fallacies
Learning to spot lies, half-truths, and misleading claims

June 17 – Tribes and Truthiness
How lesser loyalties can blind us to the truth

June 24 – Truth and Freedom
Our souls, our relationships, our country, and the world need truth