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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.
Sunday, April 7Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis, 554039:30am Sanctuary Service & 11:00am Adult EducationCamphor Memorial United Methodist Church,585 Fuller Ave., St. Paul, 551034pm—7pm Open Workshop for Congregations and Supper (free) RSVP to the Wesley Center, 651-523-2750 or firstname.lastname@example.orgWednesday, April 10 Anderson Center, Hamline University9:30am—11am Progressive Religious Leadersbrunch (free) RSVP to the Wesley Center, 651-523-2750 or email@example.com
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
The 2013 John Wesley Award winners are Lynne Chung and Heather Hammond (undergraduate), Domonique Gilmore (law/grad), Melissa Embser-Herbert (faculty), and Sherrie Fernandez-Williams (staff).
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