“Can GOD be SHE?”

Offered twice annually and now in its third year, these Wise and Strong Women evenings are designed to give voice to the often silent story of women. They have evolved into a magical community experience that inspires all who come.

Join Susan Davies and Marian (Kitsie) Claxton in a special evening considering the nature of God from the viewpoint of two remarkable women, one a theologian, the other a chaplain. In sharing stories about their lives and reflecting on their faith journey as women, they will consider the bigger questions of life and death and what “moves” the world, and explore the infinite number of ways that people answer those questions.

Susan DaviesSusan E Davies, Ed.D, taught Pastoral Studies, critical thinking, and Justice at the Heart of God for 31 years at Bangor Theological Seminary, where she also served as Jonathan Fisher Professor and Academic Dean.  In addition, she taught both feminist/womanist theology and religious education classes.  Active in the ecumenical and interfaith worlds, she has been the Moderator of the Faith and Order Commission for the National Council of Churches, Co-Moderator of the Global Covenanting for Justice in the Economy and the Earth Network of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and currently serves as Moderator of the Transformational Theology Working Group of Oikotree International.  Sue studied at Wellsley College, Andover Newton Theological School, Yale Divinity School, New York Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary, and was ordained by the UCC Church in 1973.  When not traveling, she and her two cats live in Veazie, where she loves to ‘play outside’ in the gardens.

Kistey ClaxtonMarian “Kitsie” Claxton, M. Div, served as a hospice chaplain with Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice for 11 years, finishing in 2013. She holds a B.A. in history from Princeton University (1973) and is a 2006 graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary. Kitsie is an avid quilter who currently works part-time at Quiltessentials in Auburn. She also volunteers with the Androscoggin Land Trust as a land steward and newsletter contributor. As an active 25-year member of the First Universalist Church of Auburn, Kitsie serves as the chair of the Worship Associates, and last year won an “unsung hero” award from the Northern New England District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Kitsie and her husband Ned have two grown sons, Nick and Will.  They have lived in Auburn since 1978,

No reservations are needed, just come and bring a friend.  Light snacks and beverages will be offered.  There is no charge, although a donation to the women’s center is appreciated.