Dr. Monica A. Coleman will present the 2014 Mahle Lecture
in Progressive Christian Thought on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Sundin Music Hall
. The lecture is titled, Becoming Buddhist When Jesus Isn’t Enough: A Third Wave Womanist Negotiation of Race, Gender and Religion. The lecture will follow a public reception in Coleman's honor beginning at 5 p.m. in the Kay Fredericks Ballroom of the Klas Center
The reception will be hosted by the Hamline Spirituality Scholars along with a welcome from President Linda N. Hanson and special guests Professor Carolyn Lee Holbrook and Bridges Program Director Sherrie Fernandez-Williams. In celebration of womanist writing, Holbrook will read from her recent publication, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys
and Fernandez-Williams will read from her forthcoming memoir, Done
. To RSVP for the reception, please call the Wesley Center at 651-523-2878 or email Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud
A scholar and activist, Dr. Coleman is committed to connecting faith and social justice. An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Coleman earned her undergraduate degree in African American Studies at Harvard University, her Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in the Study of Religion, Gender and Sexuality at Vanderbilt University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. Coleman is currently associate professor of constructive theology and African American religions and co-director of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. As a well published author, Coleman writes and speaks widely on topics of religion and sexuality, sexual violence, religious pluralism, social media and churches, mental health, African traditional religions, and new movements of black and womanist theologies. Visit the Wesley Center
website for more information the 2014 Mahle Lecture.