Women, Theology, and Ministry Events to Focus on Advocacy for Women in Religion


Elizabeth Lotito
October 6, 2022

The Women, Theology, and Ministry program at Candler School of Theology will host two events in the first week of November, including its Annual Women’s Forum, that explore women’s advocacy and careers in religion.

Both events will be held in person on Candler’s campus. They are free but require registration.

November 1, 2022: “Marital and Sexual Ethics in Islamic Law”

5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m. | Room 360, Pitts Theology Library

Roshan-Iqbal-headshot.jpgFeatured speaker Roshan Iqbal, associate professor and chair of the religion department at Agnes Scott College, will discuss her career trajectory and present research from her forthcoming book, Marital and Sexual Ethics in Islamic Law: Rethinking Temporary Marriage (Rowman & Littlefield), through the lens of Muslim feminism.

Originally from Pakistan, Iqbal has studied in Pakistan, the U.S., Morocco, Egypt, Jordon, the UK, and Iran. She received her PhD in Islamic studies from Georgetown University and her MPhil at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include gender and sexuality in the Qur’an, Islamic law, film and media studies, and modern Muslim intellectuals. At Agnes Scott, she teaches religious studies classes as well as classes cross-listed with women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and film and media studies.

This event is co-sponsored by the Asian, African and Middle Eastern Religions Course of Study in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion, and the Emory College of Arts and Science’s Studies in Sexualities program and Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies.

November 3, 2022: Annual Women’s Forum: “Advocacy and Career Trajectories of Women of Color”

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. | Room 252, Rita Anne Rollins Building

This year’s Annual Women’s Forum will present a discussion of the vocational challenges women face, especially in the academy and church. Although women have made significant professional strides in recent years, women of color remain underrepresented in mid- and upper-level positions. This discussion will explore how women of color can prepare for leadership roles and advocate for other women.


handy2-682x1024.jpegMaisha I. Kariamu Handy 94T 02G is an administrator, professor, pastor, and activist committed to the struggle for justice and liberation. She received her BS in criminology/criminal justice from Lincoln University (Missouri) and her MDiv with honors from Candler. She was the first African American woman to earn a PhD from Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. Handy has served in various capacities at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta for 22 years. She is currently associate professor of religion and education and the executive director of the Jacquelyn Grant Center for Black Women’s Justice. She authored “Fighting the Matrix: Toward a Womanist Pedagogy for the Black Church” in The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center and co-authored “Getting Real” in Keep It Real: Working with Today’s Black Youth. Handy is also the founding pastor of Rize Community Church in Atlanta. 

IMoon-MG_4010.PNGHellena Moon is an assistant professor in the interdisciplinary studies department at Kennesaw State University. She also works at Emory Law School on Professor Martha Fineman’s Vulnerability and the Human Condition project. Moon holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College, an MDiv from Harvard University, a master’s degree in East Asia regional studies from Harvard University, and a PhD from Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked for human rights organizations and as a hospital chaplain. Moon is the co-editor of numerous books and the author of a forthcoming book, Mask of Clement Violence Amid Pastoral Intimacies: Charting Liberative Spiritual Assemblages.

abbington-james-rec.jpgJoanne Solis-Walker is associate dean and professor in the practice of leadership at Candler School of Theology. She previously served as associate professor of practical theology and special assistant to the president on diversity at Northwest Nazarene University. She holds a PhD in organizational leadership and development, with an emphasis on ecclesial leadership. Solis-Walker is a practical theologian with extensive experience in leadership, global missions, and pastoral ministry. She has served in Christian higher education, innovating theological programs contextualized to serve diverse communities in Spanish and English. She is also the co-founder and a lead consultant at CaminoRoad and an ordained minister of The Wesleyan Church.