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Women in Icons: Their Emerging Voices

SAN PABLO

By Miguel Rangel

Mary Jane Miller, one of San Miguel de Allende’s bright thinkers with an untamed spirit, is a woman committed to the art and theology involved in iconography, an ancient technique used in the production of sacred images, dating back 1,600 years to a time when the minds of men believed they were inspired by God.

On Tuesday, September 4, Miller will give a lecture and slide presentation on the topic of women in icons at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Cardo 6.

The Holy Spirit did not descend to a few and ascend back to the heavens only once; we are inspired humans walking in a divine likeness even today. Changing the slant and interpretation of words and image does not threaten the history of Christian thought and the profound effect it has had on humanity. Instead, it has the potential to open our hearts and minds. Contemporary Christians are on a learning journey, watching their consciousness unfold. Through her own experience, Miller knows that this journey can be torturous while persevering to understand this entity many have called God.

Miller has been steeped in this painting tradition for 25 years and has found new places to share insights. The strict tradition has not dulled her senses. On the contrary, she is quickly becoming a catalyst for change. She thinks the Bible can be thought of as hugely misogynistic, not because the men who wrote the words were particularly bad guys but because in the first century, women were not simply discriminated against, but often silenced. Yet, there are many subtle small avenues for women to regain their rightful place. For example, the Apostle Paul said that “women should learn.”

These few words actually become quite revolutionary. Given that the instruction was issued within a society which didn’t educate women, it seems Christ was trying to balance the prevailing behavior with a new mind, even that long ago. But we just simply have not fully grasped this even today. Women have been waiting for nearly 2,000 years to be given an equal but different place in the kingdom before they die. It is time for us to teach and give guidance to bring Christ’s directives of love and equality into fruition.

A donation of 100 pesos is acceptable at the door and proceeds will go to Green Team SMA.

 

Lecture

“Women in Icons, Their Emerging Voices”

Mary Jane Miller

Tue, Sep 4, 11am

St Paul’s Anglican Church

Cardo 6

100 pesos donation

 

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