United Days 2018
Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, 2018
Re-Imagining: Embodiment “Looking Back” – “Looking Forward”
Join us for ritual, speakers, and embodied practices as we celebrate the legacies of the Re-Imagining Movement and the legacy of James Nelson’s Embodiment and then look forward to continue to Re-Imagine Embodiment as persons of diverse bodies – of sizes, races, genders, and sexualities…asking what justice and faith speak to and invite from us in this next chapter or continued Re-Imagining Embodiment…
Thursday, March 1
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Check-in & Hospitality
9:30 a.m. Gathering Ceremony, Bigelow Chapel
Day 1 will focus on “Re-Imagining – Looking Back,” reflecting on the impact of these ‘radical’ new ways of thinking then and now.
10:00-11:45 a.m. Sherry Jordon, Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas, will talk about the legacy of Re-Imagining through the voices of the many women and men involved and inspired by this movement and what needs to be re-imagined today. United community members and spiritual leaders Susan Swanson ‘05, Kathy Deacon-Weber’97 and Sara Evans will discuss their experience with Re-Imagining.
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. President’s Lunch, Spencer Library Court
Please join United alums, friends and faculty for the President’s Lunch hosted by President Lewis P. Zeidner. Leaders in United’s Women’s Studies program and alums celebrating their class anniversary will be honored during the lunch.
1:45 – 3:15 p.m. Emeritus Professor Wilson Yates, Sara Wilhelm Garbers, Instructor of Formation at United, and United alum Anita Hill ’87, ’00, will celebrate not only the release of James Nelson’s book Embodiment 40 years ago, but a movement in the church to reframe the way we relate to our bodies and bodily existence.
3:15 p.m. Brief Annual Alum Association Meeting and refreshments
4:00 p.m. Open time: arts in the Intersection, nature walk at Silverwood Regional Park, and other interesting activities.
5:30 p.m. Evening Reception, Steckel Learning Center
6:00 p.m. Alum Dinner, Spencer Library Court
Friday, March 2
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Hospitality
Day 2 will focus on “Looking Forward,” to continue to Re-Imagine Embodiment as persons of diverse body sizes, races, genders, and sexualities.
9:00 -10:30 a.m. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, visiting scholar, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, will open and explore how we might continue to re-imagine embodiment through their work as an activist, ethicist, and scholar. The lecture and conversation will be a provocative, invitational movement forward as we Re-Imagine Embodiment.
10:45 – 12:00 p.m. Carolyn Pressler, Harry C. Piper Jr. Professor of Biblical Interpretation, will discuss “The Hebrew Bible and Embodiment: Promises and Pitfalls,” as it relates to embodiment. Following the lecture, a panel of activists, including Beth Donaldson, lead minister, New Brighton UCC, Emmy Kegler, Lutheran pastor and LGBTQI activist, and Austen Hartke, faith and community leader and author of forthcoming Transforming Christianity, will join the conversation.
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Spencer Library Court
Join alums and friends to hear what’s happening at United from many of our faculty and staff.
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Lee Wolfe Blum, author of Brave Is The New Beautiful will end our final session talking about embodiment and what it means to live in our bodies and re-imagine our relationships to them as ones of love and vulnerable embodiment. She will be joined by Janet Stark ’04, local chaplain and faith leader and our featured speaker, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza.
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Closing Rituals, Bigelow Chapel