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Noam Sienna (A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Sources from the First Century to 1969) and Austen Hartke (Transforming: The Bible and Lives of Transgendered Christians) will engage in a conversation regarding queer and trans interpretations of sacred texts, facilitated by United student Max Brumberg-Kraus. The evening will conclude with attendees working through sample texts in small groups.
Contact Jennifer Awes-Freeman for more info.
Let seeds of innovation take root in Contemplative Practices; get fertilized with new resources (available through the Ministry Lab!) and be watered by empowering colleagues: & watch your ministries bloom!
The Ministry Lab’s first annual Spring Sprout offers: Introductory Contemplative Practice sessions for renewed resilience and joy; the latest progressive worship resources and curricula for all ages to inspire your 2020-2021 program year; and networking opportunities to cultivate partnerships for worship, faith formation and service across denominations and throughout the state.
The need for meaning-making is changing. Our religious and spiritual communities are finding it necessary to create new rituals to mark life transitions, joys, and concerns for individuals, families, and groups In this workshop we will examine what ritual is, explore the new discipline of ritualology, and create rituals that address your theological or spiritual concerns. You will also create a few rituals that address real-life moments and share them with other participants.
You are invited to join the United Community in welcoming Yolanda Norton to United for the Susan Draper White Lecture on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 7:30 pm. Rev. Norton will be speaking on “Ready for Resistance: Jezebel and Rizpah as Agitators of the State”.
The Susan Draper White Lectureship is named for the grandmother of a graduate of United Theological Seminary. This annual lecture is designed to bring a nationally known speaker on feminist thought to United. The vision of Women’s Studies at United has been to create a place to explore the great diversity of women’s experiences as they inform contemporary religion, theology, and ministry. Our challenge is transformation, both individual and communal, that will create visions of religious life adequate for a changing culture.
Rev. Yolanda M. Norton is the Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and H. Eugene Farlough Chair of Black Church Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). During her time at SFTS, she has implemented several programs, including a womanist symposium, Black Church revival, and experiential learning through international courses on biblical archaeology in Israel/Palestine.
Her current research interests include narrative and literary criticism, the Persian period, and she is especially committed to womanist biblical interpretation. As such, she focuses on the implications of reading the text alongside Black women, and her work continues to interrogate how various portrayals of women in the Hebrew Bible impact the vilification and/or oppression of women of color who encounter the Bible today.
Professor Norton has published chapters in I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader, Global Perspectives in the Old Testament, and Liturgical Press’ new feminist commentary on the Psalms (Books 2-3), and has additional articles and chapters pending in a Westminster John Knox publication on God and guns and Liturgical Press’s Wisdom of Solomon commentary.
Prior to her position at SFTS, Norton was a Visiting Instructor at Moravian Theological Seminary and adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary. She taught courses on the book of Ruth, Beyoncé and the Hebrew Bible, and Methods of Exegesis.
Norton is ordained clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and she has deep commitments to the church, having served in various ministerial capacities in the Washington, D.C. area and Nashville, TN. She also preaches and teaches across the country in a range of diverse ecclesial contexts.
Professor Norton is completing her Ph.D. work at Vanderbilt University and holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degree from Wesley Theological Seminary as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Syracuse University.
She has been featured in Essence, Ebony, The New York Times, and a host of other print and media platforms for her creative worship design and innovative preaching in the creation and curation of the Beyoncé Mass, a womanist worship service. She has hosted the mass in venues around the world, including New York City, Lisbon, and Los Angeles.
Topics addressed at this daylong forum, co-sponsored and hosted by Augsburg University, include: Islamophobia and the media, intersections of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and white nationalism/supremacy, impacts of Islamophobia and hate, and Greater Minnesota and learning ways we can challenge Islamophobia in our society.
Breakout sessions will address challenges of Islamophobia-based bullying, responding to hate in Minnesota. This conference aims to inform and equip participants to effectively challenge Islamophobia in their personal lives and work settings.
Confirmed conference national speakers include:
Dr. Evelyn Alsultany: leading expert on the history of representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media and on forms of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism, coordinates student internships at Arab and Muslim American organizations.
Dr. Hatem Bazian: co-founder and professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, and founder of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, University of California-Berkeley.
Dr. Todd Green: professor of religion, public scholar, and author on challenging Islamophobia and championing interfaith collaboration.
Dr. Erika Lee: Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the U of MN, 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, author, “America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States”.
Last year’s Challenging Islamophobia conference drew over 350 attendees, including school administrators, government employees, corporate diversity and inclusion leaders, non-profit leaders and elected officials, students, and community activists. A box halal lunch is included with admission.
This year’s event, organized by CAIR-MN, is co-sponsored by Augsburg University Campus Ministry & Political Science Department, Macalester College, Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project, Japanese American Citizens League, and White Bear Universalist Unitarian Church. The Children’s Theater, among others. Other organizations, companies, or individuals interested in sponsorship packages please contact Patti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Augsburg University, a member of the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities, has maintained a strong academic reputation defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies since 1869. A safe and welcoming campus in the heart of Minneapolis, Augsburg offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to nearly 3,500. diverse students.
Bring your favorite comfort food (or a picture or description of it) and gather for lunch together at Karen Hutt’s Zoom kitchen table.
Led by Penny Bonsell
These are strange times, surreal even, so why not take a page from the surrealist book? Surrealist artists like André Breton and Yves Tanguy were some of the earliest to explore collectively assembled writing, through an exercise called cadavre exquis or “Exquisite Corpse.” Join us for this ZOOM arts lunch where we will create strange and silly writings together.
Is the church called to reconcile societal rifts caused by election-year strife? What should our response be when politics divides the church and our communities? Has American Christianity become “antinomist” in our pursuit of prosperity and power? How will we heal this pain?
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (United) and Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) invite you to a panel discussion on “The Christian Art and Practice of Reconciliation in Divisive Times” on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:30 p.m. at United Seminary in St. Paul. This event features Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, MCC executive director and author. Rev. Dr. DeYoung’s talk will include respondents United professors Rev. Dr. Carolyn Pressler, Hebrew Bible, Rev. Dr. John Lee, professor and director for spiritual formation, Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis, professor and director for social transformation, and United alum Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay, lead pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester, MN. Light refreshments will be served.
Registration is $10 per person. Registration is limited to 100 people. Please register by March 17th:
Hosted by United Student Moderators.
Family chapel led by Edith Bohardt.Gather your kids for an online family worship service about faith and fear. This will be a short, kid-friendly service rooted in the Christian tradition.
Afternoon chapel led by United UU Student Group. All are welcome.
If you have kids who love to dress up, let them show off their favorite costume! This is a casual family online hang out hosted by Karen Hutt. (If your kiddos don’t feel like dressing up but you want to join the party, of course that’s fine too!)
Grab a cup of tea, a glass of wine, and/or your favorite happy hour appetizer and connect with the United community.
Have a favorite fairytale, tall-tale, poem, ghostly legend, or short story you want to share? Then, in the tradition of Boccaccio’s Decameron (a medieval text where, in the midst of a plague, quarantined nobles tell stories to one another to pass the time), we are hosting our own virtual story-a-thon. Dr. Jennifer Awes Freeman will briefly present on Boccaccio’s stories, and then the rest of the time we invite YOU to tell us a story, recite a poem, read us a short text, as we engage history’s most tried and true forms of entertainment in trying times.