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).
MORE INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
UPDATE: The man pinned between the wall and vehicle has been identified as David Harmon, 72, of Clarksville. He is in stable condition.
An elderly man was Lifeflighted to Vanderbilt after being pinned between a car and a building on Madison Street.
According to police reports, on Dec 12 around 1 p.m., Jan Smith, 77, of Clarksville was in a 2005 Ford 500, backing out of a parking spot at 1983 Madison Street when a vehicle crossed behind her and sounded their horn. According to Smith, she started to pull forward and the accelerator stuck. The vehicle lunged forward and struck a 72-year-old man standing in front of the building, pinning him between the vehicle and the building. He sustained severe injuries to his lower body.
The man was taken by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt. His current medical status was not available and the name of the victim will not be released until the family has been notified.
No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing. Officer Bill VanBeber is the lead investigator.
Photos by CPD Public Information Officer Jim Knoll
According to reports, on Sunday around 4:15 p.m., police responded to Summit Heights to investigate about a man being shot. When officers arrived, they found a 38-year-old man laying on the ground near the 18 Building, with a gunshot wound to the upper body. From information gathered by officers at the scene, a male behind the 3 Building was seen shooting at a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed through Summit Heights. The vehicle may have been hit by one of the gunshots. At this point in the investigation, it appears the shooting victim may have been hit by one of the rounds shot at the fleeing vehicle. The man with the handgun fled from the scene before officers arrived.
The gunshot victim was taken by ambulance to Gateway and then transferred to Vanderbilt where he underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
Anyone with information, call 931-645-8477.
There is no additional information.
In a tragic accident on October 10, a Clarksville dad accidentally ran over his two-year-old daughter, who suddenly ran from the yard into the driveway as her dad started backing up his SUV.
Ryan Michael Watts, 25, 433 Kelsey Drive, was outside in the yard with some friends and his two children. Watts had one of the adults spotting him as he backed up his Chevy SUV in the driveway. At the time he started to back the SUV, the driveway area was clear behind the vehicle. He had backed up a short distance when, unknown to Watts, his two-year-old daughter ran from the side of the driveway behind the SUV. One of the SUV tires ran over the child. EMS responded and the girl was taken by Air Evac to Vanderbilt. The child was conscious and alert at the scene. The extent of injuries is unknown at this time.
At this point in the investigation, there are no charges pending. As a normal course of action when a child is injured, DCS was notified.
The lead investigator is Officer Harry Hampton.
The annual Dance Marathon at Austin Peay State University, held Sept. 23 in the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center, netted nearly $5,600 for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. A check to the Children’s Hospital was made Oct. 5 on the APSU campus. Pictured (from left) are Molly Silkowski, recruitment coordinator; Aubrey Harris, student director; Dawn Blache, representative with the Monroe Carell Jr.
Drag racing on Tiny Town Road came to a crashing end on August 28, sending three people to the hospital and triggering a second single car accident.
According to witness accounts, a 2005 Honda Hybrid driven by a 23-year -old man and a red vehicle with an unknown driver appeared to be drag racing eastbound on the 1000 block on Tiny Town Rd. The Honda was in the left lane and the red vehicle was in the right lane. The red car drifted into the Honda’s Lane as they entered a curve; it does not appear as though contact occurred between the vehicles. The Honda swerved away from the vehicle, lost control, left the roadway, rotated, and the driver side of the vehicle hit an electrical pole. The pole was ripped out of the ground and the Honda flipped and came to rest on its roof on top of the pole.
The driver , his 24-year -old male passenger (Honda), and 2-year-old female child had to be extricated from the vehicle. Emergency responders were able to quickly extricate the two adults, but it took almost an hour to safely remove the child. Additionally, the child was restrained in the child safety seat and was the child of the driver.
The driver was taken by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt with back and wrist pain. The 2-year-old female was alert and conscious with some abrasions and was transported by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt for further evaluation. The 24-year-old passenger was taken by ambulance with what appeared to be non-critical injuries.
The red vehicle and the unknown driver (gender unknown) left the scene. The vehicle was a flat red color and may have been a Mazda, possibly 90s model. There was a decal on the rear of vehicle which said “Zoom, Zoom”.
Police are looking for any other witnesses that saw the crash. Also, we would like to talk to the driver of the red vehicle as part of our investigation.
Names will be released after notification of family. The investigation is ongoing. The lead investigator is Officer Melissa Spielhagen. Anyone with information can call 931-645-8477.
A second vehicle which was not directly involved in the crash but directly affected by the end result of the single vehicle crash. A Honda van driven by a 41 year old female was traveling eastbound when the Honda Hybrid crossed in front of her van before it crashed. After the crash took place, live power lines from the electrical pole fell on top of the Honda Van trapping the 41 year old along with her 8, 13, and 15-year-old children. The van sustained damaged, but the occupants were unhurt.
Photos by CPD Public Information Officer Jim Knoll