This spring, Candler’s Women, Theology, and Ministry program will present a three-part online speaker series centered on “Women in Academia, Church, and Public Life.” The lectures will take place on February 28, March 28, and April 25 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Learn more and register for these free events at the links below.

tumminio-hansen-danielle-rec-1.pngFebruary 28: “The Intersection of Academics and Public Life”
Speaker: Scholar and Episcopal priest Danielle Tumminio Hansen, assistant professor of practical theology and spiritual care at Candler School of Theology

Tumminio Hansen’s research focuses on the intersection of theology and trauma, specifically in the areas of reproduction and sexual violations. She is the author of several books, including Conceiving Family: A Practical Theology of Surrogacy and Self (Baylor Press, 2019). Prior to joining the Candler faculty, she held positions at Seminary of the Southwest, Yale University, and Tufts University.

Ashley-EWB-3.jpgMarch 28: “Women and Public Theology”
Speaker: Candler alumna, Quaker minister, and author Ashley M. Wilcox 16T

A preaching coach, speaker, and workshop leader, Wilcox is the author of The Women’s Lectionary: Preaching the Women of the Bible throughout the Year (Westminster John Knox, 2021). She is a graduate of Candler and Willamette University College of Law and has written for Working PreacherFriends JournalFidelia, Quaker anthologies, and at

WilGafney-headshoot3-scaled.jpegApril 25: “Women, Academia, and the Church”
Speaker: Scholar, pastor, preacher, and activist Wil Gafney, The Right Rev. Sam B. Hulsey Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School

Gafney is the author of A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church Year A and Year W (Church House Publishing, 2021) with Volumes B and C to come; Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne (Westminster John Knox, 2017), and co-editor of (Prophets and the Deuterocanonical Writings/Apocrypha) The Peoples’ Bible (Fortress Press, 2008) and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible (Fortress, 2010), and commentary on Judges in the CEB Women’s Bible. A former U.S. Army Reserve chaplain, she served the Thompson Chapel AME Zion Church as pastor before joining the Episcopal Church.