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Mahle Lecture to Address Divine Inclusion


Bishop Karen P. Oliveto from United Methodist Church Mountain Sky Area will deliver the Spring 2020 Mahle Lecture entitled "Imago Dei in an Age of Selfies, Separations and Schisms" on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. in Sundin Hall. She will be on campus and in community in the days before and after her keynote as well. Bishop Oliveto is the first openly LGBTQ+ Bishop in the United Methodist Church.  

“Bishop Oliveto will engage with the campus community and local congregations in conversations surrounding inclusion, equality, healing and progress inside and outside the United Methodist Church,” said Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud.

Each year Hamline University welcomes a progressive religious scholar to campus for several days of speaking and teaching in our community. In this way, members of the campus and the wider community have the chance to interact with the scholar in a personal way.

“Her visit to Hamline is especially timely given the Wesley Center’s Love Boldly initiative and the resolution endorsed by the student government, Faculty Council and Staff Association toward becoming a Reconciling University,” said Victorin-Vangerud.

In addition to delivering the Mahle Lecture at Hamline University, Bishop Oliveto will give a sermon at Hamline Church on Sunday, February 23 at 10 am. Later that day she will visit with Minnesota Methodists from 3 - 5 pm at the United Methodist Church of Anoka.

On Tuesday, February 25, she will converse with Minnesota United Methodist Bishop Bruce Ough at 4 pm in the Kay Fredericks Ballroom followed by a reception from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. At 7 pm Bishop Oliveto will deliver the keynote: "Imago Dei in an Age of Selfies, Separations and Schisms," in Sundin Hall.

On Wednesday Bishop Oliveto will observe Ash Wednesday with a Twin Cities United Methodist district service at 10:30 am and another service at 7 pm, both at Hamline Church.

Bishop Oliveto serves as the leader of the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church, which includes approximately 378 congregations in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and one church in Idaho.

The above image is a fragment of "Hagar", a multi-media piece by local artist Katie Matson-Daley. This artwork has been chosen to accompany the Mahle Lecture in 2020. 

Mahle Lecture and Related Events with Bishop Oliveto

Sunday, February 23
10 am sermon at Hamline Church
3 - 5:00 pm with Minnesota Methodists, United Methodist Church of Anoka

Tuesday, February 25, free parking in Drew Hall Lot
4 pm Conversation with Two Bishops (Minnesota Bishop Bruce Ough) in the Kay Fredericks Ballroom
5:30–6:45 pm Reception, Kay Fredericks Ballroom
7:00 pm Keynote: "Imago Dei in an Age of Selfies, Separations and Schisms," Sundin Hall

Wednesday, February 26
10:30 am District Ash Wednesday Service, Hamline Church
7:00 pm Ash Wednesday, Hamline Church

Written by staff