• Religious and Spiritual Life

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    Wesley Center
    Hamline University
    MS-A1735
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104

     

  • Mahle Lecture Series

    2014 LECTURE

    Monica Coleman

    Mahle Scholar in Residence
    Dr. Monica A. Coleman

    Lecture Title
    Becoming Buddhist When Jesus Isn’t Enough:
    A Third Wave Womanist Negotiation of Race, Gender and Religion

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7pm
    Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University
    1531 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.

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    Additional Workshops

    Sunday, April 6
    Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church,
    585 Fuller Ave., St. Paul, 55103
    10am - Worship Service, Guest Preacher

    Kwanzaa Community Church’s Northside Women’s
    Space, 2100 N. Emerson Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411
    4pm - 6:30pm - Conversations on Health, Healing & Womanist Theologies
    A collaboration with United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, includes light supper (free).

    RSVP to the Wesley Center, 651-523-2878 or nvictorinvangerud01@hamline.edu

    Wednesday, April 9
    Bush Center Ballroom (second floor), Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104
    9:30am - 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 nvictorinvangerud01@hamline.edu

     2013 LECTURE

    Mahle-lecture-2013 

    Mahle Scholar in Residence 
    Dr. Joerg Rieger

    Dr. Joerg Rieger is the Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

    Lecture Title
    Occupy Religion?: Reimagining the God of the Multitude
    Tuesday, April 9, 2013 7 p.m.
    Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University,
    1531 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul 55104-1284

    Inspired 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 Workshops
    Sanctuary Service & 11:00am Adult Education
    Workshop for Congregations and Supper
    Progressive Religious Leaders Brunch

    Past Mahle Lecture Speakers

    2012 LECTURE

    Mahle 2012
     
    Mahle Scholar in Residence 
    Dr. George 'Tink' Tinker

    Lecture Title

    World Balance vs. Personal Salvation in American Indian Postcolonial Perspective
    Dr. 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


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    • Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa is a Dakota historian, elder, and activist from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Community) in southwestern Minnesota.  He is the retired Associate Professor of Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies (INDS) at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.  Currently, he teaches as Community Faculty member at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul.
    • Dr. Waziyatawin is a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist committed to the pursuit of Indigenous liberation and reclamation of homelands. From the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota, Dr. Waziyatawin currently holds the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria.
    • Dr. George "Tink" Tinker, a member of the Osage Nation (Wazhazhe), is the Clifford Baldridge Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. 
     


  • 2011 Lecture

    2011 Mahle 2

    Mahle Scholar in Residence

    Sara Miles

    Lecture Title
    Holy Food & Groceries: How Feeding and Healing Transforms Lives

    Additional Workshops
    "Glorifying the Stranger: Changing How We See Inside and Outside"
    "Bread of Heaven and Daily Bread: The Integral Nature of Worship and Service"


    2010 Lecture:

    2010 Mahle

    Mahle Scholar in
    Residence
    Terry Tempest Williams

    Lecture Title
    Finding Beauty in a Broken World



    2009 Lecture

    2009 Mahle

    Mahle Scholar in Residence

    Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

    Lecture Title
    Saving Paradise: A Life-Affirming Christianity for the 21st Century

  • Wesley Center - Spirituality, Service, Social Justice 

  • Wesley Center News
    • The Hamline University Department of Religion, the Wesley Center, and the Department of Music are hosting, Sacred Sound: Chanting and Music in the World’s Religions on Saturday, April 26 from 1-4 p.m. in the Kay Fredericks Room of the Klas Center.
    • Hear about the eye-opening experiences of Hamline students who participated in this year’s Catalyst spring break service trips.
    • Two Hamline students and two staff members recently traveled to Cambridge, MA to visit the humanist communities at Harvard in support of the new Values in Action program at Hamline.
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