Jamestown, N.Y. – In November, Dr. Jean-François Godet-Calogeras spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) about Francis of Assissi.
The Saint Bonaventure University Professor Emeritus of Franciscan Studies returns Sunday, December 17, 2023, to discuss “Clare of Assisi, A Woman's Leadership.”
At the 10:30 a.m. hybrid service Godet-Calogeras introduces Lady Clare, a noble woman of Assisi, who in 1211 was the first woman to join Francis and his companions in the new movement known today as the Franciscan movement.
At a time of high patriarchy in society and in the church, women did not have control of their lives: decisions were made for them. At 18, Clare broke the rules and opened the door to more possibilities for women. She knew what she wanted; she was assertive and talented, and she developed a new understanding and style of leadership for women.
Belgium native Godet-Calogeras is known internationally for his publications on the early Franciscan documents, in particular the writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi, and for his lectures and workshops on early Franciscan history. He received his education in classical philology and medieval studies at the Catholic University of Louvain and came to the United States more than 30 years ago.
Godet-Calogeras’s interests and community involvement include the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs, Health Care Access Coalition (HCAC), and Enchanted Mountains Village. He lives with his wife Athena in Allegany, New York.
Kristin Chambers is the service leader, and Julie Anderson is pianist. A social time follows.
Participation can be in person at 1255 Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown or online. To join virtually, use the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to support and celebrate each other, encourage spiritual and individual growth, and serve the wider community.