December 15 @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Dr. Anna Miller, director of the Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice at Xavier University, speaks about the “Out of the Shadows” exhibit she curated now on display in Gallery South. The exhibit is a rarely seen perspective on the role of women in the early Christian church.
“Out of the Shadows” features photographs of frescoes, sarcophagi, and mosaics from Rome that portray women playing active leadership roles in the first few centuries of Christian history. Women are depicted in prayer and prophecy, as disciples and teachers, breaking bread in ritual meals, and taking on other high-profile roles previously thought to be reserved for men alone. One piece even depicts a woman named as “episcopa”—bishop.
This is only the second time that this collection has been displayed in the United States.