On the August Calendar

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Mark your calendar with Auspicious Dates

Much of what’s on the Women’s Center’s calendar for the month of August has to do with the preliminary beginnings of the new school year. We are looking forward to Wednesday, August 10 and the Seminary’s annual Ice Cream Social, the traditional beginning of it all for incoming students, and of the new round of the academic calendar for everyone else. After that, Saturday, August 13 begins Transforming Seminary Education (TSE), an in-depth academic orientation for incoming seminarians. We are eager to meet the members of this year’s incoming class, and wish each of them well as they take their first steps in theological education here.

August brings us towards the end of some planning cycles and the beginning of others. There is still time to get in on the planning for the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture (Here’s more information about this event!) — the planning group will meet Wednesday, August 17 at 1:00 in the Women’s Center, over a light lunch. We’ll review the plans in place, check progress, and formulate steps for putting the finishing touches on the event plans.

August will also be the time to get in on the ground floor for planning for an encore Women’s Center production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. An initial organizational meeting is tentatively slated for Friday, August 19 at 1:00 in the Women’s Center. The production is planned for V-Week 2012, February 13-17. The Vagina Monologues expresses in dramatic form what is at stake for women, and for humanity, in the continuing epidemic of violence against women and girls, and presses for a re-orientation towards pleasure and away from pain.

The Women’s Center will be closed Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5 for les vacances, and will re-open Tuesday, August 9 at 1:00.

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Help fund the upcoming Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture and other Women’s Center programs during our Summer Donation Days!

You can go to OUR ONLINE DONATION SITE, the LPTS Online Donation Site (designate your gift to the Women’s Center), or send your check payable to LPTS – WOMEN’S CENTER FUND to The Women’s Center at Louisville Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Rd., Louisville, KY 40205.

Thank you!


Louisville AIDS Walk on the Horizon

Team Women's Center and More Light at Louisville AIDS Walk 2010

The Louisville AIDS Walk is coming up, and the Women’s Center is looking forward to once again joining hands and fund raising forces with More Light at LPTS and with Women at the Well to make a contribution to the funds available for helping people with HIV/AIDS here in the Louisville area, raising awareness about the preventability of HIV/AIDS and its circuitous links to oppressive gender- and race-based structures, and building community and solidarity by getting out in the fresh September air and doing something good together.

If you will be in the Louisville area on Sunday, September 25, join us at 2:00 p.m. at the Belvedere to get together for our team picture, and to be ready to start out with the other walkers at 3:00 p.m.

Whether or not you can join us for the walk, please consider sponsoring our team or one of the walkers, and make a difference in the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Louisville area.



Summer Gifts – Yours, Perhaps?

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One of the gifts of summer is time. In the hiatus in the academic year marked by summer, students have time to pursue internships or clinical pastoral education, faculty have additional hours to devote scholarship, and administrators have a window in the calendar that opens for the indispensible work of planning and preparation on which the academic year depends.

That means that summer is a busy time that looks quiet. It is as true of the Women’s Center at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as it is of the larger seminary where we live and work. We will be busy putting all plans in place for the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture and the related events scheduled for September 18 and 19, organizing a team for the Louisville AIDS Walk on September 25, lining up speakers for the Fall Light+Lunch series, collaborating with the team working on Louisville’s Transgender Day of Remembrance observance and collecting nominations for the 2011 Butterfly Award, sketching out the particulars of activities for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence November 25 – December 10, getting a jump on spring’s V-Week program, which will focus theological reflection and ecclesial resources on the problem of violence against women and girls, and culminate with the 3rd seminary production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, looking ahead to Women’s History Month and to another cycle of the Margaret Hopper Taylor Seminars Challenging Domestic Violence, and thinking about what else needs to be on the 2011-2012 calendar, and about how to make it happen.

Because another of the gifts of summer is inspiration. Perhaps it has something to do with the brilliantly sunny days, or the blooming, burgeoning gardens that bespeak tremendous possibilities. Perhaps the ideas for initiatives, and the excitement such ideas breed, spring from the soil of planning and preparation. Thinking in a concerted and directed way about the Women’s Center’s mission of working for the equality and dignity of all people, with a focus on religious professions, and how to articulate the vital role played by gender in that vision of equality and dignity, may put people in a receptive mood. Whatever the cause, summer seems to be a time when the potential of a Women’s Center, as a center for cultivating the church’s conversation around gender, for moving our vision of justice and peace in the direction of full inclusion, and for building transformative community, strikes us as particularly clear and beautiful.

Realizing these plans and visions relies on a different kind of gift: the financial kind. June marks the begining of a new fiscal year at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and so also at the Women’s Center which lives and works there. That means that we are beginning another annual cycle of asking for the donations that keep the Women’s Center open and its programs happening. Because while the Women’s Center lives and works at LPTS, and enjoys many benefits from that location, including our rent-free space (WE LOVE IT) and the skilled support of the seminary’s staff, we do not receive an allowance from the seminary. The full cost of Women’s Center programs, as well as the cost of a staff to help plan and execute them, comes from contributions from the Women’s Center’s friends and supporters.

Summer is an especially good time for friends of the Women’s Center to make a gift, as we are looking ahead to the coming year, and asking ourselves which of the summer’s ideas we can try to realize. We can only say “yes” to the good ideas we can afford.

Please make a gift to the Women’s Center today. You can use our ONLINE DONATION SITE, or the Seminary’s online site (designate your gift to The Women’s Center Fund), or you can send your check, payable to LPTS-Women’s Center Fund, to The Women’s Center at Louisville Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Rd., Louisville, KY 40205.

Thank you, and remember: during these lengthening summer days, you can take a moment to give to the Women’s Center, and still have plenty of time left to enjoy the rest of the gifts of summer has in store for you.

Fall Arts And Crafts Sale

Fall Arts & Crafts Sale coming Dec. 10

Yes, the Women’s Center’s Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Sale is just around the corner!

There is still time to bring your hand-crafted or otherwise unique items for sale to the Women’s Center; we will be having extended hours this week to accommodate our beloved donors! (More details are in the sidebar.)

We look forward to seeing everyone in the Winn Center Lounge Friday, December 10, starting at 9:00 a.m.

All proceeds from the sale benefit the Women’s Center’s ongoing programs.

The Women’s Center can use lots of help in setting up for the sale on Thursday, Dec. 9, and in cleaning up from the sale on Friday afternoon, Dec. 10. To make that offer more enticing, we will be having a warm and delicious post-sale event back in the Women’s Center for helpers, once the [no doubt FEW] unsold items are brought back to the Center after 2:30 p.m. on Friday. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

On the December Calendar

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Keep an eye on what's coming up in December

Here’s what the Women’s Center has on its calendar for the month of December:

December 1, World AIDS Day, supporting More Light’s dedicated worship service and information tabling event focused on that event.

We will be enthusiastically and gratefully accepting items for the Fall Arts and Crafts Sale through December 8 (or 9th, if you come to the pricing party and help us price them!)

December 2, attending Lisa Larges’ talk, “Humor, Hospitality, & the Politics of Prefigurement,” 7:30 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel. Lisa Larges is Minister Coordinator of That All May Freely Serve, an organization dedicated to an inclusive church for all who are disenfranchised, a goal that includes the welcome of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people into full membership, including eligibility for ordination to all church functions.

December 3, Lunch with Lisa Larges and informal conversation in the Women’s Center, 12:30 p.m. All are invited to share — in the conversation, and the lunch!

December 9, Pricing party for the Fall Arts and Crafts Sale, 12:00 p.m. until all the items are priced, in the Women’s Center. This will be the last chance to donate items for the Sale, so we hope all crafters and artists will come by the Center. If past experience is any guide, this will be a wild and wooly time of roll-up-your-sleeves fun with a purpose, not to be missed!

December 10, The Women’s Center’s Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Sale, always featuring an amazing variety of treasures from the hands of students, faculty, staff, and friends of the Women’s Center. (Years past have seen everything from watercolor portraits to fresh eggs, with batik, jewelry, glassware, knits, and legendary spaghetti sauce in between.)

The sale takes place in the Winn Center Commons, from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m. All interested members of the community are invited to help clean up the area after the sale and transport arts, crafts and display materials back to the Women’s Center at that time, for post-sale bargains and festivities.

December 13-17, we wish the students of LPTS well with Research, Study, and Finals!

December 15, Heather Thiessen, Part-time Director of the Women’s Center, will pick up her diploma at the University of Louisville’s Graduate Student Hooding and Award Ceremony, 4:00 p.m. in the Kentucky Yum Center.

December 25, Merry Christmas!

December 31, and a Very Happy New Year! We are especially looking forward to January and this J-term’s Art of Presence with Artist-in-Residence Rev. Cheryl Goodman-Morris and Dr. Johanna Bos.

Oh, and one more thing . . .
The Women’s Center is now happy to be able to serve as the regular Tuesday evening meeting space for a local Engaging Spirituality group, a program of JustFaith Ministries. [updated 12/1/10 18:04]

Great Walk Day!

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a view of the Louisville AIDS Walk

The Women’s Center is giving thanks for a marvelous time at the Louisville AIDS Walk! Thanks to Everyone who joined the Women’s Center team for the Louisville AIDS Walk, thanks to Everyone who supported team members with $$ and encouragement, thanks to the drivers, walkers and runners whose camaraderie made the day a human delight, and thanks to the organizers of the Louisville AIDS Walk who made the event to participate in possible! THANKS to God, who blessed the thousands of walkers with a gorgeous crisp early fall day, sunny enough to make the Ohio River sparkle, cloudy enough to make the sky a work of art, and cool enough to make walking thoroughly enjoyable.

We had a wonderful hour or so of walking, talking, meeting and greeting friends walking with other groups, all the while knowing that we had helped the efforts of the Louisville AIDS Walk to the tune of over $1,200 in combined online and cash donations from Team Women’s Center supporters.

So many thanks, everyone! Let’s all celebrate this great good day!

Louisville AIDS Walk Sunday Sept. 26

Support Team Women's Center!

The Women’s Center is assembling a team to participate in the Louisville AIDS Walk, Sunday, September 26, here in Louisville. Contacting friends and family and getting them to sponsor you on the walk is a great way to support our Louisville Metro area neighbors who are living with HIV/AIDS and their families, as the money raised by the Walk funds agencies that provide direct services to folks affected by this disease. [Thereby showing our solidarity with our neighbors who need support and care, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and actively performing the gospel.] The Walk itself is also a great way to get together with other members of the LPTS community for a bracingly good time, especially if the weather cooperates.

Click here to go to the Women’s Center’s online Louisville AIDS Walk page, where you can join the Women’s Center team and start raising money — or support the team with a donation — or both!!

On Sunday, September 26, we will gather at the Belvedere downtown about 2:00 p.m. This should give us time to turn in our funds raised and have our team picture taken before The Walk proper begins at 3:00 p.m.

If you will need a ride to downtown, please feel free to contact the Women’s Center at womenscenter@lpts.edu; we will work to set up some rides.

We hope to see you at the Louisville AIDS Walk on Sunday, September 26!

[the graphic was updated 09/17/10 to reflect the correct date!]