Studying Mary: Questions of Faith

Black Box Theater
FEB 7/2016

Studying Mary: Questions of Faith
FEB 7/2016 following 2pm performance of The Testament of Mary

Louise Kennedy, WBUR


  • Sister Margaret E. Guider, OSF, Boston College
  • Mary E. Hines, PhD, Emmanuel College
  • Amy Brown Hughes, PhD, Gordon College

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Louise_300aLouise Kennedy is the senior editor for education at WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, overseeing multimedia coverage of education and learning at all stages of life. She joined the station in 2012 as director of community engagement. Before working at  WBUR, Louise was a longtime editor and writer at The Boston Globe, most recently as theater critic. She is a native of Dayton, Ohio, and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale College. You can follow her on Twitter, @LouiseWBUR.

Margaret E. Guider, OSF
Associate Professor of Missiology, Boston College

margaretguiderMargaret Guider was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She completed under-graduate and graduate degrees in education at the University of Illinois and taught in the inner city of Chicago. In 1975, she responded to the call to become a lay missioner in the rural interior of Goiás, Brazil. Upon her return to the United States four years later, she became a Franciscan sister and soon found herself ministering in Chicago again, as Archdiocesan Director of Mission Education and as chaplain for the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.  Encouraged to pursue graduate work in theological studies, she completed a Master’s degree in theology at the Catholic Theological Union, along with additional coursework in Franciscan Studies at the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University. In 1986, she began doctoral studies in the area of Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School, with a particular focus on the comparative study of contextual theologies, faith-based social movements, and models of mission in the world church.   In 1990, she joined the faculty at Weston Jesuit School of Theology and in 2008, she became a member of the ecclesiastical faculty of the School of Theology and Ministry.

Sr. Guider is the author of Daughters of Rahab: Prostitution and the Church of Liberation in Brazil (Fortress, 1996) and editor of Doing What Is Ours to Do: A Clarean Theology of Life (Franciscan Institute, 2000). She is past-president of the American Society of Missiology and a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Academy of Religion and the Association of Professors of Mission. She has served as a Trustee of the University of St. Francis and Siena College. She also has served as an advisor and consultant for numerous religious institutes and missionary societies as well as a board member for a variety of Catholic institutions and organizations. Sr. Guider is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate (Joliet, IL) and served as the Congregation’s Vice-President and Councilor for Mission from 2008-2012. She has taught graduate level courses on Mary for many years.


Mary E. Hines, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology, Emmanuel College


Mary E. Hines is Professor of Theology at Emmanuel College in Boston. Her research interests include ecclesiology, ecumenism, feminist theologies and theologies of Mary.  Dr. Hines regularly teaches courses in Catholic theology, women and religion, global Christianity and church and sacraments.  She has a long standing interest in the image of Mary in Christian traditions and is the author of the book, What Ever Happened to Mary? as well as numerous articles probing this enigmatic figure.

For ten years, she was an appointee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Anglican Roman Catholic Consultation in the United States, one of the bilateral ecumenical consultations initiated after Vatican II. A member of a number of professional societies, Dr. Hines is particularly active in the Catholic Theological Society of America in which she has held office and frequently presents papers. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Woburn Public Library.


Amy Brown Hughes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theology, Gordon College 

View More: Brown Hughes received her Ph.D. in historical theology with an emphasis on early Christianity from Wheaton College in 2013. Her dissertation “‘Chastely I Live for Thee’: Virginity as Bondage and Freedom in Origen of Alexandria, Methodius of Olympus, and Gregory of Nyssa” explores how early Christian virgins contributed substantively to the development of Christology. While at Wheaton, she was privileged to work with the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies, which encourages dialogue about the interplay between our modern world and early Christian texts. Amy also received a M.A. in history of Christianity from Wheaton College (2008) and her B.A. in theology and historical studies from Oral Roberts University (2001). The overarching theme of Amy’s work as a historical theologian is that early Christian writers continue to be fruitful interlocutors in modern discussions of systematic theology and philosophy. Her research interests include Eastern Christianity, Trinitarian and Christological thought, Christian asceticism, the intersection of philosophy and theology, early methods of biblical interpretation and highlighting the contributions of minority voices to theology, especially those of women.

Amy is currently working with Lynn H. Cohick (Wheaton College) on a book for Baker Academic about women in the first through fifth centuries of the Christian tradition: Christian Women in the Patristic World: Influence, Authority and Legacy (2015) and co-authoring a series of essays about early Christian writers with George Kalantzis (Wheaton College) for the early Christianity section of a volume for Protestant readers of the Christian tradition. She is a member of the American Society for Church History and regularly presents papers at the annual meeting of the North American Patristic Society. Amy and her husband Benjie are “foodies” and enjoy the theater—big plays, small plays, musical, Shakespearean, or even musical and Shakespearean.