Dr. M. Shawn Copeland to be 2012 Katie Geneva Cannon Lecturer

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College, will be the 7th annual Katie Geneva Cannon lecturer. Dr. Copeland is the author of  numerous articles focusing on the ethical and theological lessons of black women’s lives, experience, and spiritual struggles. Her early work on suffering in womanist perspective is now classic. (See the widely anthologized “‘Wading through Many Sorrows’: Toward a Theology of Suffering in Womanist Perspective” – in, among other collections, A Troubling in My Soul: Womanist Perspectives on Evil and Suffering, Emilie M. Townes, ed. (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1993) 109-129.) More recently she is the author of Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (Fortress Press, 2010); The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille: The Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality (Paulist Press, 2009); and Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience. With LaReine-Marie Mosely and Albert Raboteau (Orbis Books, 2009).

The Women’s Center is grateful that Dr. Copeland is able to include the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture in her active scholarly and public speaking schedule, and we look forward to hearing from her in September.

The Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture is set for Sunday, September 23, 7:00 p.m., in Hundley Hall, Gardencourt, on the LPTS campus. Dr. Copeland will lead a workshop on Monday following the lecture at 10:30 a.m. in Laws Lodge. We are also looking forward to Monday worship, 9:00 a.m. in Caldwell Chapel, with Alumna preacher Kerri Allen. Monday’s events will be capped by a closing lunch and worship in the Women’s Center.

For additional information and pre-lecture registration, contact the Women’s Center, 502.894.2285. We hope to see many of our readers there!

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Fast and Fabulous

The Women's Center is OPEN for Fall!

Fast and fabulous – is how time seems to be flying here at the Women’s Center as the plans for the Fall semester, its attendant activities, and the preparations for spring (no, it’s not EVEN too early for that) are falling into place. Folks who want to be involved in all the action can get ready for:

Helping to plan this year’s community Transgender Day of Remembrance service and Week of Awareness — the community group meets Thursday, September 8, 7:30 in the Women’s Center;

Getting in on the excitement of setting up V-Week 2012 and the 2012 Women’s Center production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, on Friday, September 9, 12:30 (after chapel), in the Women’s Center;

Planning to attend the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture, almost upon us, and registering for the Workshop with Rev. Dr. Traci C. West on Monday after Worship with Rev. Clemette Haskins in Caldwell Chapel;

Meeting Rev. Melissa DeRosia, author of A Girlfriend’s Guide to Ministry, just out from Alban Institute, in the Women’s Center for Light + Lunch on Friday, September 23, 12:30;

Joining the Team Women’s Center, Women at the Well, and More Light for the Louisville AIDS Walk by going to our team and donation site, raising money for services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Louisville Metro area, and then walking with us on Sunday, September 25.

Act fast! Because this Fall is shaping up to be Fabulous!

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There is still time to fuel the Women’s Center’s fast and fabulous Fall effort by making a donation to the Women’s Center 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.

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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.

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Looking Forward to Hearing

Rev. Clemette Haskins will preach on September 19 as part of the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture events

Several things have made the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture uppermost on the Women’s Center’s mind this week.

First, this morning we read Debra Mumford on Traci West’s Wounds of the Spirit, over at “Thinking Out Loud.” Dr. Mumford’s appreciation of that work reminds us how illuminating it is going to be to hear Dr. West in person on Sunday, September 18 for her lecture, “What Does Anti-racist Christian Exsual Ethics Look Like?” and also on Monday, September 19 for her workshop “U.S. Christianity and Violence Against Women.”

Then, as we work to put the finishing touches on the brochure for the event, we re-read some of the materials Rev. Clemette Haskins has sent us, and experienced a fresh thrill of anticipation. Clemette will be the Alumna preacher at worship on Monday, September 19, 9:00 a.m. in Caldwell Chapel, and we are especially proud and delighted to welcome her once again to the pulpit at Caldwell Chapel and the events of the 6th annual Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture. Clemette is a past Presidential Scholar, recipient of the Burton Z. Cooper prize for excellence in constructive, theological scholarship, and of the Fielding Lewis Walker Fellowship in Doctrinal Theology. Since graduation she has served the church in interim and pastoral associate ministries, and in 2010 was named one of 12 New Clergy Fellows for Ethical Leadership and Sacred Spaces by New York’s Chautauqua Institute. Her ministry draws on her rich experience as a chef, three-time All-American basketball player for Western Kentucky University (B.A., 1987), and coach of Division I women’s basketball.

During and since her time at LPTS, she has been a true friend of the Women’s Center. We know from personal experience that the worship she organizes is profound and moving, too; for example from our memories of her service as liturgist at the 3rd annual Katie Geneva Cannon lecture, and as preacher and worship leader for a service during the inaugural V-Week in 2009. So we are eager to hear her preach on “When Silence is Violence,” which promises to focus on the discrepancy between models of pastoral leadership that “call for leaders to bring voice to those long silenced” and that “rooted in ‘compassion, goodness, humility, sense of humor, integrity, acceptance and justice can transform us individually and collectively from fear and violence to lives of hope and promise,’” and the suffering that women in congregations experience as “violence from the muted, at best, muffled, voice of the church.”

Since the brochure also contains a nod of recognition to the Planning Group, it reminds us that we are looking forward to next week’s Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture Planning Group meeting, Wednesday, July 27, 12:30, in the Women’s Center. We will have some light lunch available, as hear one another’s reviews of the tasks completed so far, and the tasks still to be done to prepare for September’s lecture and events. All interested members of the Seminary community are cordially invited to participate!

More Information on the Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture

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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.

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New Flyer for Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture

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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!

The Longest Day

A long day in the sun

Today is the Summer Solstice — the longest day of the year. From here on in the days get progressively shorter. It’s as if we’re poised at the peak of the annual solar rolar coaster, about to throw our hands in the air for the descent into the short days of fall and the dark tunnel of winter.

That’s the solar calendar. On the liturgical calendar, we’re already a week into the long, long stretch of ordinary time that runs from Trinity Sunday, this past Sunday, through November’s celebration of the Reign of Christ Sunday and the beginning of Advent on the last Sunday in November — November 27 this year. If it’s true that “when you’re green, you’re growing,” these months of ordinary time should be a stretch of growth for those of us tuned in to the rhythms of the church year.

On the academic calendar, the bass beat for the dances of seminarians, teachers, and mothers of school-age children, this is still the heat of summer in every way. It’s the brief, intense time for team sports and competitions, summer camp with its provisioning, packing, and packing-off-to, tending to gardens, getting in some afternoons at the county pool or some hours at the local library. For some it’s the time of packing, moving, re-organizing and re-structuring, taking a deep breath and taking the plunge into a new movement of the dance.

In the Women’s Center we notice all these rhythms, as each day brings us closer to the events of the Fall: Katie Geneva Cannon Lecture, September 18, and the Post-Lecture Events of Monday, September 19; the Louisville AIDS Walk the following week, Sunday, September 25; a series of lunch-hour talks with Louisville-area clergywomen, on the delights and demands of life in a religious profession; the Transgender Day of Remembrance, Sunday, November 20; 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (November 25 – December 10), for which we are hoping to do something . . . active; and of course, more fundraising, in the form of the Evening with the Stars Benefit, and the now-becoming-traditional Fall Arts and Crafts Sale.

We recognize that the days, even though they still seem long, sunny and warm, are growing shorter daily. We appreciate their tremendous potential for reflection, deliberation, learning, and growth. And we know that they are limited, and for that reason, precious: the summer doesn’t last forever. Nor would we want it to. One day in August, we know from experience, we will notice that leaning towards the fall that is anticipation and desire for its new beginning. For now, though, we are trying to make hay while the sun of this long day is shining, and to cultivate what is green and growing now, so that it will be fruitful, and nourishing, in the days to come.

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Among the green and growing things we are cultivating this summer is our annual fund! You can help by making a contribution to the Women’s Center 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!