February 24, 2011

Sara Miles, noted author and founder of The Food Pantry to keynote 2011 Mahle lecture

 Hamline University’s Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice welcomes Sara Miles as the 2011 Mahle Lecturer in Progressive Christian Thought.

Miles is the author of Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion, which tells the story of her spiritual journey and her founding of The Food Pantry, now in its tenth year at Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California.

“Sara's vision is so fresh and vibrant that she breaks open our imaginations about what in the world that table might mean in the center of Christian holy space,” said Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, director of the Wesley Center. “She challenges faith communities to deconstruct the wall or floor between the sanctuary and the fellowship hall—and even the building itself.”

Miles’ public lecture, entitled, “Holy Food & Groceries: How Feeding and Healing Transforms Lives” takes place Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Sundin Music Hall, located at 1531 Hewitt Avenue on Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus. No RSVP is required, and the event is free and open to everyone.

There are two additional opportunities for members of the Hamline community to meet with Miles:

On Monday, February 28, 2011, there will be a faculty/staff book study discussion with Miles from 12 -1:30 p.m. in Drew Residence Hall Conference Room. Lunch will be provided. If you are a Hamline faculty or staff member interested in attending this book discussion/lunch, please RSVP to Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud.

And, on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, students are invited to a lunch discussion with Miles in Drew Residence Hall Conference Room from 11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided. If you are a Hamline student interested in attending this book discussion/lunch, please RSVP to Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud.

The Mahle lecture is made possible through the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice and the Mahle Endowed Fund for Progressive Christian Thought. For more information, contact the Wesley Center.

To learn more about Sara Miles’ efforts at Saint Gregory's and The Food Pantry, you can view some short videos on the Saint Gregory’s website.