Heaven & Earth at AIC – DSA’s Quarterly Outing with the Dean

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The DSA, Dean Mitchell, and Prof. Karin Krause, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Theology and Visual Culture, have planned a special event, and you are invited! Join us for an afternoon trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, on Tuesday, December 9th, where we will view the Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections Exhibition. Afterward we will head to Greektown for dinner.

The check is on us, but space is limited! If you are a Divinity student or faculty member and would like to attend, please RSVP to sjswiatek@uchicago.edu  ~This will be a small group and Spots will fill up quickly, please rsvp only if you know you can make it.~

**We plan to meet at the Art Institute’s Michigan Ave. entrance at 3:30 PM.**
Dinner Location: TBA; Want to travel with a group? Let’s gather at 2:15 PM in the lobby of Swift Hall and we’ll take the bus downtown together.

Questions? Please contact Sara-Jo at sjswiatek@uchicago.edu
Exhibit link: http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/heaven-and-earth-art-byzantium-greek-collections

National Coming Out Day Reflection: Gail Goldsmith

Gail GoldsmithRichmond, Virginia just came out. On Richmondisout.com, the city writes to Atlanta, Boston, DC, and Ellen DeGeneres to say “I’m gay” with variations on common coming out themes: This isn’t a phase. I’ve known for awhile. Please visit, let’s talk.

The website is splashy, bright, and quippy; the ad campaign is well-designed, but the enterprise is built on the all-too-familiar foundation of gay marketability.

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National Coming Out Day Reflection: Doug Collins

No Apologizing

Doug CollinsOne of my friends and ministers speaks a lot about feminism and her experience in seminary during a time in which women just didn’t do that sort of thing. She speaks with clarity about the many experiences she has had throughout her life in which coming out as a feminist to the Christians and coming out to the Christians as a feminist was met with rage, confusion and misunderstanding.

“Feminists are angry men-haters. Christians are bigoted, patriarchal, and blind.”

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National Coming Out Day Reflection: Marcella Wilkinson


Marcella WilkinsonI have recently watched a video clip of Jada Pinkett-Smith respond to a question her daughter, Willow, asked regarding being a wife, a mother… and so much more. Pinkett-Smith mentioned the challenges and rewards of fulfilling her numerous roles and spoke of the paradox that accompanies them. I have found her response moving and relevant to the topic at hand—National Coming Out Day.

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National Coming Out Day Reflection: John Howell

John HowellI very much appreciate the invitation to contribute a reflection in celebration of National Coming Out Day 2014, perhaps especially so since I followed last year’s series with both interest and benefit. For those who missed it, by dint of whatever genre of distance, I commend a (re-)reading; the total event—comprising reflections on the misuse of “rigor” as a silencing mechanism in academic discourse, the archives by which one negotiates the strictures of acceptable embodiment and sexuality, the lamentably anachronistic necessity of visibility politics in the Divinity School circa 2013, the echoes of trauma one can feel in even well-intentioned conversations, and the power that attends what one might name as a coming to self-knowledge and self-acceptance—is a sobering, prophetic, and yet hopeful portrait of the LGBTQIQA experience in Swift Hall.

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Divinity School Diversity Committee: Sacred Flame student reflections mark National Coming Out Day 2014

Dear Members of the Divinity School Community,

In line with the Divinity School’s continued commitment to collaborative diversity, the offices of the Dean and Dean of Students, along with the Divinity School’s Diversity Committee (a sub-committee of the faculty’s Academic Policy Committee) are excited in our support of this year’s National Coming Out Day. NCOD is officially October 11.   This observance reflects ongoing conversations the Diversity Committee is having with various student groups.

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2014 Senior Ministry Thesis Presentations

The thesis presentations are done in the final year of the MDiv program. As acts of public theology, they intend to foster creative communication and wider discussion of each student’s senior ministry thesis.

[From: http://divinity.uchicago.edu]

The Rope of War: Between Forgiveness and Justice

Tuesday, April 29, 7:00-8:30pm
University Church, 5655 S. University Ave.
Elijah Zehyoue
To Fight the Good Fight: Conflicts, Congregations, and Loyalty
Thursday, May 1, 7:00-8:30pm
Hyde Park Union Church Fellowship Hall, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Brandon Cook
Shamor v’Zakhor: Bearing Witness to Sexual Abuse in the Jewish Community
Saturday, May 3, during the afternoon minhah service at Mishkan Chicago
Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N. Magnolia Ave.
Steven Philp
What does the Hunger Games have to say about Theology of Childhood?
Sunday, May 4 during the Adult Formation Presentation at 10:20am
Saint Paul and the Redeemer, 4950 S Dorchester
Attendees are also invited to experience SPR’s child-friendly church service at 9:15am.
Maggie Nancarrow
“Evensong, Evenfun: Practicing Polyphony and Humor in Worship”
Tuesday May 6, 7:00-8:30pm
All Saints Episcopal Church, 4550 N Hermitage and O’Shaughnessy’s Public House, 4557 N Ravenswood
Paul Goodenough
"The Monk as Timely Artist; or, Why William Blake and Immanuel Kant Sublimely Agree on Something."
Thursday, May 8, 7:00-8:30 pm
Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. – Terrace seminar room (8th floor)
Patrick Derdall
“Toward a Postcolonial Pastoral Theology:  Shared Vulnerabilities and Cross-Cultural Solidarity”
Monday, May 19, 7:00-8:30pm
Disciples Divinity House, 1156 E. 57th St.
Hyein Park
"Unseen Warfare: Fitting Modern Men with the Armor of God"
Friday May 23, 6:30-7:30pm
Henry Crown Field House, 5550 S. University Ave.
Walter Thorne
“GODTalks: Loss, Place, & Poetry”
Wednesday May 28,  5:00-8:30pm
Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street – Terrace seminar room (8th floor)
5:00-5:30pm – Alex McCauslin
5:30-6:00pm – Erika Dornfeld – "God in the Storm?: Towards a Hermeneutic of Natural Disasters"
6:00-6:30pm – Q&A
6:30-7:00pm – dinner
7:00-7:30pm – Leah Boyd – "Liberating Job from Redemptive Suffering"
7:30-8:00pm – Olivia Bustion
8:00-8:30pm – Q&A
Sorry I’m Not Sorry:  Why the Decline of Marriage May Not Be a Bad Thing, and What Ministers Should Do About It
Friday, May 30, 4:30 pm
Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 925 W. Diversey Parkway
Nora Kahn
“Let’s Talk about Sex: Pastors, Social Workers, and HIV/AIDS”
Wednesday, June 4, 6:30-8:00 pm
Brent House, 5540 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Emmi Gordon
For any questions about time or location, please contact the Ministry Area Assistant here: 

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