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TIRs Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Kendra Weddle Irons With Us September 10-14
September 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 14, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Welcome to Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Dr. Kendra Weddle Irons, our Theologians-in-Residence September 10-14! Dr. Aldredge-Clanton is a feminist theologian, ordained minister, author, teacher, and activist who is an adjunct professor at Perkins School of Theology and at Richland College in Dallas, TX. Dr. Weddle Irons teaches religion at Texas Wesleyan University in Forth Worth, TX, and blogs with Dr. Melanie Spring Mock at Ain’t I a Woman. Both women are published authors.
Here are some opportunities to engage with, and learn from, Drs. Aldredge-Clanton and Weddle Irons during their visit:
Special Workshop with Our TIRs: Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am—3:00 pm, in the Church Parlor
Lunch with be provided. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to the Church Office: 303.442.3770 or office at fumcboulder dot org.
Participants in this workshop will explore ways faith communities can contribute to liberation and justice through deconstructing harmful messages on gender from popular faith culture and through reclaiming empowering biblical messages and biblical female divine names and images. Dr. Kendra Weddle Irons will draw from her book If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for You to Be and her blog, Ain’t I A Woman, to bring to light the problematic messages many people hear in churches–messages that distort the good news of Jesus while also destroying positive self images. Drawing on popular culture artifacts including blogs, Bible studies, popular trends in youth groups, and social media messaging, Dr. Weddle Irons will demonstrate how vast and destructive this popular faith culture is and offer alternative perspectives church leaders can cultivate.
As part of the same Saturday session, Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton will draw from her book She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World and her three hymnbooks to illustrate the power of biblical female divine images in stories and songs. Through hearing excerpts from stories of clergy and laypeople, participants will confirm the importance of the Divine Feminine to social justice and discover practical ways to include Her in the rituals of faith communities. Through singing hymns that include female images of the Divine, participants will feel the healing and liberating power of inclusive liturgy. Moving beyond theological theory to ritual experience, we convert our imaginations and our actions to support a new egalitarian culture. This workshop will be an informative, interactive, and inspirational experience!
The Forum: Sunday, September 11, 9:00 am in the Church Parlor
free and open to the public
Dr. Weddle Irons will facilitate a Bible study on the Canaanite woman found in Matthew 15. Using circle conversations, she will help us see the Canaanite woman—indeed all marginalized persons in Scripture—have more to teach us than we have imagined. Interspersed throughout our conversation we will sing several of Rev. Dr. Aldredge-Clanton’s hymns that will challenge us to courageous action, much like the Canaanite woman in her day. Jann will provide biblical and historical background on the female divine images in the hymns. Through study and song, this will be an informative and inspirational experience!
Dr. Weddle Irons and Rev. Dr. Aldredge-Clanton will also participate in our 10:30 am worship service on Welcome Home Sunday, September 11.
Wednesday Labyrinth Walk, September 14, 6:30 pm
free and open to the public
Rev. Dr. Aldredge-Clanton and Dr. Kendra Weddle Irons will lead an introduction to the New Wineskins as part of a time of spiritual gathering. A time of open labyrinth walking will conclude the evening.