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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Scarritt-Bennett Center will host Draw the Circle Wide, a conference to help Christian communities navigate the tensions of sexual orientation and gender identity, April 20-21. The conference is based on the conviction that only risky conversations can help communities deal with these issues. The goal is to promote honest communication among participating groups.
The event format will differ from that of a typical conference in that there are no solo speakers; instead, in the spirit of dialogue, presenters will converse with each other. Smaller break-out sessions will explore more specific scenarios like theology, pastoral care and family relationships.
The weekend will end with a performance of the one-man play, “Transfigurations,” by Peterson Toscano. The performance will take place Saturday, April 21 from 7-9 p.m. in Benton Chapel at Vanderbilt University and is free and open to the public.
Draw the Circle Wide is sponsored by Scarritt-Bennett Center and the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Draw the Circle Wide Conference, Friday and Saturday, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Harambee Auditorium in Fondren Hall, located at 1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212.
$20 for the weekend / $15 for students with ID (includes Saturday lunch). Register online at http://www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/dtcw.aspx or call 615-340-7557.
APRIL 20 – (Harambee Auditorium on the Scarritt-Bennett campus)
7:00-9:00 p.m.: Sexuality 101 & Bible 101: (A Dual Credit Course) – Dr. Lori Messinger, Professor and Director, School of Social Work at University of North Carolina – Wilmington and Dr. Annaliza Azzoni, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible & Ancient Eastern Cultures, Vanderbilt Divinity School.
APRIL 21 – (Harambee Auditorium on the Scarritt-Bennett campus)
9:30 a.m. – Coffee & Mingling
10:00 a.m. – Talking Sex in Church: Panel Discussion – Rev. Pam Hawkins, Associate Pastor, Belmont United Methodist Church; Rev. Martin Espinosa, Pastor and Founder, Ray of Hope Community Church; Instructor of Religious Studies, American Baptist College; Lyndsey Godwin, Director of Education, Planned Parenthood of Middle and Eastern Tennessee; Robbie Maris, Co-founder, Belmont University Bridge Builders; Holling Smith-Borne, Director of Wilson Music Library; Pianist, Glendale Baptist Church; Assistant Accompanist, Nashville in Harmony; Dr. Monique Moultrie, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Western Kentucky University.
11:00 a.m. - Break!
11:30 a.m. – Help / Hurt: Effects of the Coming Out Process on Community Members – Dr. Lori Messinger, Professor and Director, School of Social Work at University of North Carolina – Wilmington, and Dr. Brian Hooper, Minister of Pastoral Care, First Lutheran Church, Nashville; Integrative Pastoral Counselor.
12:30 p.m. – Lunch – (Susie Gray Dining Hall on the Scarritt-Bennett campus)
1:30 p.m. – Break-out Sessions I:
- Building a Welcoming Church: Kelley Frances Fenelon and Anthony Fatta – Reconciling Ministries Network, Jurisdictional Organizers.
- LGBTQ People in the Black Church: Kristin Kelly M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School), Monique Moultrie (Visiting Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University.
- A Space for Family and Friends of LGBTQ People: Melissa Gordon Social Worker and Community Organizer-Community Theology Group and Helen Willis Social Worker.
- Queering Theology: Brandy Daniels Ph.D. Candidate in Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University.
2:30 p.m. – Break!
3:00 p.m. – Break-out Sessions II: same as the 1:30 session
4:00 p.m. – Closing Meditation (Harambee)
7:00- 9:00 p.m. - Peterson Toscano’s Transfigurations. Open to the public – $5 donation requested. Download performance flier.
(This performance will be held at Benton Chapel at Vanderbilt, 411 21s6 Ave. S., Nashville, TN 36240).
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Hosted by Scarritt-Bennett Center (Harambee Auditorium in Fondren Hall), 1008 19th Ave S • Nashville, TN 37212.
Please note: All events will be held on the Scarritt-Bennett campus with the exception of Toscano’s closing performance, which will be held in Benton Chapel on the Vanderbilt campus.
Scarritt-Bennett Center annnounces its Photography as a Spiritual Practice: Weekend Retreat, April 20 through April 22, 2012. The weekend retreat will be led by Susan Hay, recent retiree from the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship in the area of Ministries with Young People.
Hay now devotes more of her spare time to pursuing her passion and interest in photography, which has increased her awareness of how photography can open one up to seeing God at eye level. Always the learner, Hay has taken advantage of going back to school to acquire better skills in Photoshop and Digital Printmaking.
“In this retreat, our time together will not be about improving our photographic skills, but using photography as a way of seeing the world in a different light. “Photography can call us to a deeper intimacy with God’s creation as we learn to slow down and stop, to pay attention, to be patient, to focus our eyes on the world in a new way. Photography, is about the present moment, balance, finding oneness with all creatures, with life, with scenery, and with God,” Hay said.
This retreat is open to anyone interested in learning to connect photography with spiritual life.
The workshop will be held in The Raintree Room, Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville.
- Commuter Package: Includes all meals and tuition – $175
- Overnight Room Package: Includes two night’s stay, all meals, tuition and taxes – $330
- A (1) CEU is available for a cost of $50.
Register online at http://www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/pw.aspx or call 615-340-7557.
The Women’s Table will host its April Table Talk for Women about women’s rights in the international community on April 19 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tiffany Irene, Tennessee’s field organizer for Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS), will be the featured speaker.
CGS is a non partisan organization that envisions a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our human rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. Irene will discuss the state of women’s rights around the world. Her talk will include discussion about the ratifications of The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); information about her organization, CGS; and information about ways to get involved.
The Women’s Table is Scarritt-Bennett’s women’s empowerment initiative.
Table Talk for Women, a lunchtime discussion group that focuses on issues that are important to women, features a different speaker for each session. The program brings women together across racial, religious and cultural lines to listen, learn and converse with one another.
The Scarritt-Bennett Center is located at 1008 19th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37212. Cost is $12 and lunch is included.
For more info, call (615) 340-7557 or visit www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/tt.aspx
Wisdom House, the interfaith educational center of Scarritt-Bennett, will present The Good Books: Wisdom of the World’s Sacred Texts, The Western Series on Wednesdays in April from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Scarritt-Bennett Center. The 4-week series will focus on religious texts of the West: the Torah, the New Testament, the Qur’an, and the Zend Avesta. Prior knowledge of the texts and traditions they originate from is not necessary for participation.
“Each spiritual journey is unique, but in the sacred texts of the world’s religions we discover that others have mapped their journeys and created signposts marking truths they have found. “Our goal is to understand where these books come from and what they have to say to us about living a wise and holy life,” Rabbi Rami Shapiro, director of Wisdom House said.
The four-week symposium will be held in the International Room at Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37212.
Registration Info: $75 for all four sessions. A CEU is available for an additional $50. Register online at http://www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/wisdom.aspx#gbw or call 615-340-7557;or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisdom House, an initiative of Scarritt-Bennett Center, fosters inter-religious understanding and community sharing in the wisdom of the world’s religions. The goal is simple: to offer a safe haven for spiritual exploration, both intellectual and contemplative; a place where doubt is welcome and questioning is encouraged.
A unique Saturday evening yields entertainment and insight as the play unfolds in it’s presentation by the all female African American historical performance group. The program focuses on the dynamics of race and gender in the United States shortly following the beginning of the Civil War.
Researched, written and directed by Dr. Nancy J. Dawson.
Reserve your seat online at scarrittbennett.org/programs/wt.aspx#dd.. You can also call 615-340-7557. A 10% discount is available for group of ten or more. Complimentary parking in SBC Parking Lots accessible from 18th Avenue South.
Scarritt Bennett Center announces plans to celebrate the second annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. This year the center will host its monthly Common Table Breakfast, February 1, as the kick-off event marking the week. The breakfast will be held 8 to 10 a.m. in the Raintree Room. Cost is $15.
In response to the United Nations designating the first week of February as World Interfaith Harmony Week, Rabbi Rami and Rev. Tim Miner created this global breakfast celebration of human religiosity. Breakfasts were held in a dozen countries last year, and the hope is to expand it this year.
Building on Scarritt Bennett’s monthly Common Table breakfast, the Nashville Interfaith Harmony breakfast features music and speakers from different traditions joining to celebrate the diversity, depth and richness of Nashville’s religious life.
More info: (615) 320-1182 or email@example.com
Scarritt Bennett Center and the Women’s Table will present ‘Stories from Da Dirt,’ February 24 and 25. Show time is 7-9:30 p.m. for each performance. Question and Answer sessions will follow each performance. The dramatic presentation is a series of monologues which depict the lives of African American women who are escaping from Slavery, using their own skills and ingenuity.
The showpiece is presented by an all female African-American historical performance group, whose programs focus on the dynamics of race and gender in the United States shortly following the beginning of the Civil War. The work was researched, written and is directed by Dr. Nancy J. Dawson.
The performance will be staged in Fondren Hall – Harambee Auditorium on the Scarritt Bennett campus, 1008 19th Avenue South in Nashville. Reserve your seat online at: scarrittbennett.org/programs/wt.aspx#dd., or call 615 340-7557, or email aelliott@ScarrittBennett.org. Admission is twenty dollars per person. 10% discount available for groups of 10 or more. Call or email (see above) for assistance. Students with valid student ID- $10.
Complimentary parking will be available in SBC Parking Lots accessible from 18th Avenue South.