Wednesdays, 6:30-8 PM, October 4, 11, 18, November 1, 15 | Zoom
A robust understanding of spirituality embraces the whole and authentic person and their lived experience. Many in our world have been marginalized and not given room to live fully into their own self understanding of spirituality because of domination and colonizing systems of oppression. This course explores spirituality from a place of reclaiming one’s Christian identity in light of one’s ethnic identity (indigenous and womanist/black women), and how those particular identities, in fact, might help us to image life anew as Christians in todays’ complex world.
About the faculty:
Dr. Kelly Sherman-Conroy, a proud member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has broken down barriers and opened the way for future generations of Indigenous scholars as the first Native woman to acquire a PhD in theology within the ELCA. Her unique theological perspective allows her to combine Lakota spirituality into a Christian context. Dr. Sherman-Conroy has taught for years about social justice, racial reparations, and spirituality’s role in social change.
Dr. Beverly Wallace, an ordained Lutheran clergywoman, most recently served as the Associate Professor of Congregation and Community Care at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. The ELCA’s Womanist Initiative, a pilot project for the engagement of ELCA seminaries in providing “womanist” course offerings to their students, is the brainchild of Dr. Wallace. A member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Dr. Wallace considers herself a “womanist” and so embraces the wholeness of all people – men and women.