Hello everyone! My name is Beth Ruhl, and I am the new Student Coordinator for the LPTS Women’s Center. I recently moved to Louisville from Lawrence, Kansas, and I am passionate about women’s issues and women’s rights. I just graduated from the University of Kansas with my MA in French Literature, and I am fluent in French. I have lived in France several times, and I enjoy intercultural exchange. I chose to pursue theological studies because I want to help people in a direct way while I am still young. During my undergraduate career I was very active at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries at KU where I started a feminist book club, organized for events such as Take Back The Night and led undergraduates on Alternative Spring Breaks to Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. I was also on the National Coordinating Committee for the National Network of Presbyterian College Women where I helped to organize leadership events for young women.
I’m very excited about the work that the Women’s Center is already doing, and I hope to act as a resource for students and community members. My goal is to provide people of all backgrounds with the opportunity to learn more about women’s issues in the world today. I value anti-oppression work very highly, and I’m interested in how the lenses of race, class and gender affect who we are and how we experience others. I was raised in a theologically conservative background and have since found my way to a more progressive way of viewing theology. However, being raised in a conservative background has given me the tools and appreciation to speak with people at all places on the theological spectrum, which I enjoy doing very much. I would invite all of you to introduce yourselves to me, and I would love to have coffee and talk with you if you have questions around women’s issues or if you see a need that isn’t being addressed on campus or in the community.
One of my favorite authors is Bell Hooks, and I would like to start a book club using Feminism Is for Everyone sometime during the fall semester. I am also interested in starting a human sexuality series during my time at the Women’s Center, so please contact me if you would be interested in helping with that. I would envisage such a series to be a safe space where people could ask their deepest questions regarding intimacy and human sexuality, and I’m looking for input around set up and topics.
I look forward to working with and meeting all of you! My e-mail is Bethany.firstname.lastname@example.org . Please don’t hesitate to contact me!