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Mahle Scholar in Residence Dr. Monica A. ColemanLecture TitleBecoming Buddhist When Jesus Isn’t Enough: A Third Wave Womanist Negotiation of Race, Gender and Religion Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7pmSundin Music Hall, Hamline University1531 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul 55104-1284 The quote on Dr. Monica A. Coleman’s website, monicaacoleman.com, reads “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” A philosophical theologian working with a process metaphysic, Coleman identifies creative transformation as the way we work with God to implement God’s ideals in the world. This lecture examines the transformative ways of negotiating race, gender and religion when African American religious identification departs from the “standard black narrative” (William D. Hart) of Protestant Christianity. Dr. Coleman will offer a third wave womanist reading of Jan Willis’ narrative Dreaming Me where she describes her journey through the civil rights movement to Tibetan Buddhism. Variously denoted as both a conversion from Christianity and as belonging to both Buddhism and Baptist Christianity, Willis must navigate among her racial/cultural commitments, gendered location and spiritual yearnings. Such activity (1) reveals how African American cultural consciousness facilitates complex religious identification, (2) embraces the ambiguous, hybrid and multiple dimensions that are characteristic of third wave womanism, and (3) stretches progressive Christianity’s commitment to religious pluralism. A womanist reading of Willis’ narrative demonstrates that such negotiation may be increasingly commonplace in the contemporary landscape of non-traditional religious identification and the decline of mainline Protestantism.Download the Poster
Sunday, April 6Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church,585 Fuller Ave., St. Paul, 5510310am - Worship Service, Guest Preacher Kwanzaa Community Church’s Northside Women’sSpace, 2100 N. Emerson Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411 4pm - 6:30pm - Conversations on Health, Healing & Womanist TheologiesA collaboration with United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, includes light supper (free).RSVP to the Wesley Center, 651-523-2878 or email@example.comWednesday, April 9Bush Center Ballroom (second floor), Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, MN 551049:30am - 11:30am - Waves of Womanist Conversations and Brunch (free)Free parking available in the Drew Lot, one block east of the Bush Center along Hewitt Ave.RSVP to the Wesley Center, 651-523-2878 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mahle Scholar in Residence Dr. Joerg RiegerDr. Joerg Rieger is the Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.Lecture TitleOccupy Religion?: Reimagining the God of the MultitudeTuesday, April 9, 2013 7 p.m.Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul 55104-1284Inspired by global mass protests, Dr. Joerg Rieger invites us to “occupy religion” as a public rethinking of the nature, purpose, and functions of theology—God-talk. He claims that the world is in need of liberation more than ever, with the preferential option for the poor at the heart of progressive religious traditions. “Occupy religion” challenges religious doctrines and social teachings that provide sanction and justification for economic and social inequality. It doesn’t mean using force to take over holy sites or worshipping spaces, but rather indicates the conceptualization of a democratic and participatory space for religious life, with active engagement to make this a reality. Dr. Rieger will propose a “theology of the multitude,” based on the Greek New Testament term ochlos, meaning a crowd or mass of people, as well as the term laos, meaning the common people. By reimagining radical images of God, alternative understandings of power, economics and community emerge, stimulating people to make a difference not only for enough to go around, but in transforming the heart of how our common life is produced.
Additional WorkshopsSanctuary Service & 11:00am Adult EducationWorkshop for Congregations and SupperProgressive Religious Leaders Brunch
Mahle Scholar in Residence Dr. George 'Tink' TinkerLecture TitleWorld Balance vs. Personal Salvation in American Indian Postcolonial PerspectiveDr.
Tinker explored the worldview of American Indian peoples' respect
for creation, the whole of the created realm, and for all our
relations. Respect emerges out of the perceived need for maintaining
balance in the world around us. Thus, American Indian spirituality is
characteristically oriented toward the everyday and the ceremonial
balancing of the world and our participation in it. In contrast to the
view of 'world balance' is the western commitment to 'individualism',
and its impact on Christian theology and spiritual formation. Dr.
Tinker believes that given the reality of the eco-devastation
threatening life today, the survival of American Indian cultures and
cultural values may make the difference for the survival and
sustainability for all the earth as we know it.
Additional Workshops"General Conference 2012 - Act of Repentance to Indigenous Peoples"A conversation with United Methodists
“Year of the Dakota—2012: Remembering, Honoring and Truth-Telling”Panel Presentation
Mahle Scholar in Residence Sara MilesLecture TitleHoly Food & Groceries: How Feeding and Healing Transforms LivesAdditional Workshops"Glorifying the Stranger: Changing How We See Inside and Outside""Bread of Heaven and Daily Bread: The Integral Nature of Worship and Service"
Mahle Scholar in Residence
Terry Tempest WilliamsLecture TitleFinding Beauty in a Broken World
Mahle Scholar in Residence Dr. Rita Nakashima BrockLecture TitleSaving Paradise: A Life-Affirming Christianity for the 21st Century
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