• Valerie Karras

    Valerie Karras

    Scholar and former professor of church history and patristics

    Valerie A. Karras, Th.D., Ph.D. is a scholar and former professor of church history and patristics with several decades of research on the female diaconate and other orders of ordained and consecrated women in the early and Byzantine church.

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Women in the Church

Two Views on the Female Diaconate

Editors’ Note: In collaboration with the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess, we begin a short series of posts on the diaconate in the Orthodox Church derived from a Conference in Irvine, CA in October 2017. The following is a double post offering two very different views of the historicity and validity of the female diaconate. The Danger...
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