Hamline Church United Methodist

Hamline’s Mahle Lecture Series returns in April, May

The Mahle Lecture Series returns to Hamline University this spring with a series of workshops exploring contemporary forms of Christianity through the lens of lived theology. The series begins with two events this week and concludes on May 19.

The introductory workshop, led by Irreducible Grace Foundation, will be held April 25. This workshop will focus on fostering voice, building community and learning self-care practices. Guests will begin to understand how the body reacts to stress, learn breathing practices that can be used to reduce stress and help the body begin to heal from trauma.

The first of two keynote workshops will be facilitated by Joe Davis, a Minneapolis-based educator, activist and artist, on April 28. This workshop, moderated by Dr. Darlene Fry of the Irreducible Grace Foundation, is designed to help communities build social movements using diverse art mediums, including poetry, music, theater, dance, spoken word and storytelling. There will be a free dinner catered by Soul Bowl to follow the workshop.

Free tickets to the April 28 workshop can be reserved here. The first 40 guests will receive a free copy of Davis's book, “Remind Me Again: Poems and Practices for Remembering Who We Are.”

The keynote workshop on May 19 will focus on teaching religion and race in predominantly white institutions. Dr. David Evans, Eastern Mennonite University, and Dr. Tobin Miller Shearer, University of Montana, will facilitate a workshop based on their work entitled “A Principled Pedagogy for Religious Educators” that addresses teaching race to white students in religion-focused classes.

This series is supported by the Stephen and Kathi Austen Mahle Endowed Fund for Progressive Christian Thought, which was created to support the efforts of Hamline University toward exploring and articulating contemporary forms of Christian theology and providing students opportunities to learn its relevance to personal, social, political and economic life.

For more information, visit the Wesley Center webpage.