Catherine of Siena College

online courses exploring gender, justice, religion, and theology

Catherine of Siena College was established in 2007 by a group of scholars concerned about the marginalization and oppression of women across the world. They wished to offer courses to support those working for gender justice. As the founders recognized, facilitating the full contribution and leadership of women is not only crucial for the wellbeing of women. It is also vital for the flourishing of men, children, societies, nations, and religious communities. In 2015, Catherine of Siena College became part of the portfolio of the University of Roehampton.

Today, we aim to

  1. Support women and men as they seek to become aware of, understand and analyze injustices that people experience in personal, public, and religious spheres as a result of their gender identity, and to acquire skills necessary for the struggle for gender justice.
  2. Offer cutting edge, research-based courses on topics related to gender studies, justice, religion, and theology.
  3. Foster ecumenical and interfaith connections through partnerships with churches and religious communities for the purposes of education and awareness-raising on issues relating to gender and social justice.

The college takes its name from the fourteenth century Christian mystic, Catherine of Siena. Born in Italy in 1347, she defied the conventions of her day through her theological writing and political activism. She wrote letters to bishops and popes urging an end to ecclesial schism, and her “Dialogue” is considered one of the most impressive theological writings of her time.

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