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20150310_211634I participated in this wonderful event, “Transforming Church and Society Through Sophia Wisdom” at  St. John the Divine Episcopal Church.

March 10, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Ann Smith, and Jann Aldredge-Clanton will talk about ways that reclaiming Sophia Wisdom and other biblical female images of God will empower our work together for peace, justice, and sustainability. Including multicultural female divine images in our worship affirms the sacred value of females throughout the world who continue to suffer from violence and abuse. The earth, traditionally referred to as feminine, likewise suffers from exploitation and abuse. Worship services that include female images can make a powerful contribution to a more just world.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim will draw from her book The Grace of Sophia, which deals with Wisdom Christology as understood from a global religious perspective; she will talk about the Korean concept of “han” and how Sophia liberates us from suffering, patriarchy, and other sources of oppression. Ann Smith will draw from her book Women’s Uncommon Prayers and will discuss the new leadership emerging that embodies Sophia and Circle Principles, transforming the human-made ecological and social crises, co-creating God’s dream for Mother Earth; Ann will share some amazing stories as well as practical tools and resources.

Jann Aldredge-Clanton will draw from her book She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World, which features inspiring stories of clergy and laypeople, including Grace and Ann, who are bringing transformation through restoring the power of Divine Wisdom and other biblical female images of Deity. They will all highlight ways that multicultural female divine names and images in worship form a foundation for gender equality, racial equality, marriage equality, economic justice, care of creation, nonviolence, interfaith collaboration, expanding spiritual experience, and changing hierarchies to circles. This presentation will also feature some hymns and other worship resources that include Sophia and other biblical female divine images.



Grace Ji-Sun Kim, an ordained minister in the PC (USA) denomination, serves as a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. She also serves on the American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) “Research Grants Jury Committee; as co-chair of AAR’s steering committee “Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching and Activism Group”; on the editorial board for the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Rev. Dr. Kim is the author of many books including The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology; Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit; and The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology. She also writes for online publications including The Huffington Post and Feminist Studies in Religion.20150310_185449


Ann Smith served as founder and director of Women’s Work, director of Women in Mission and Ministry, Episcopal Church USA, director of Global Education Associates. She serves as Associate Companion in Charge of The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. She is co-founder of Happehtachee, co-convener of Millionth Circle, co-founder and director of Circle Connections, and regional coordinator of Gather The Women. She works globally with Anglican Communion and United Nations NGOs for gender justice, women’s healing, and empowerment. She is a circle facilitator, educator, consultant, and professional speaker. She is co-author of Stories from the Circle, Women Prints, Women’s Uncommon Prayers; and co-producer of Women’s Round Calendar and Journal of Women’s Ministries.

Jann Aldredge-Clanton, an ordained minister in the Alliance of Baptists, serves as adjunct professor at Perkins School of Theology and Richland Community College. She also serves as co-chair of the ecumenical, multicultural Equity for Women in the Church Community, on the board of Dallas Workers’ Rights Board, and on the council of Evangelical & Ecumenical Women’s Caucus-Christian Feminism Today (EEWC-CWT). Rev. Dr. Aldredge-Clanton is the author of many books including She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World; Inclusive Hymns for Liberation, Peace, and Justice; and Seeking Wisdom: Inclusive Blessings and Prayers for Public Occasions. She also writes for online publications including Feminism and Religion and Patheos.