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2021 ESR Virtual Spirituality Gathering and Visit Week

“Spirituality & Activism”

I look forward to participating in ESR’s Spirituality Gathering.

I will hold a book discussion: Hope in Disarray with Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty who wrote the Afterword for my book on Tuesday February 23 at 3:30-4:00p.m.

Book Discussion with Grace Ji-Sun Kim:

Hope In Disarray | Piecing Our Lives Together in Faith

Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim will be joined by Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Professor of Theology and Chair of the Department of Theology at Bellarmine University, who wrote the Afterword for Hope in DisarrayHope in Disarray is a collection of essays that invite a conversation on culture and faith, creation and identity, as the book appeals to readers to engage life’s troubles with the conviction of God’s goodness. This session with have both Kim and Hinson-Hasty engage one another as they share their thoughts and visions on hope and the implications for our daily spiritual lives.

Please join me and all the other events at ESR.

ESR’s Spirituality Gathering:

Event Date: Monday, February 22 – Friday, February 26, 2021 (Multiple times. See schedule below)

Location: Zoom

REGISTER NOW!

*Registration deadline is Sunday, February 21, 2021

ESR hosts an annual Spring Visit Day, followed the next day by the annual ESR Spirituality Gathering. Due to the pandemic, we have decided to host the Spirituality Gathering and Visit Day as a joint, week long, online event. The events that fill this week offer the opportunity for prospective students to learn more about ESR and for all ESR community members to enrich their lives through plenary talks, workshops, and other sessions focused on Spirituality and Activism”, the theme for this year’s event.

This year’s week long event features student led workshops by Earlham undergrad students, ESR students, and Bethany Theological Seminary students, an alumni panel, meeting for worship, sample classes focused on MAPST (and Peace & Justice Studies) and MATW (and Ministry of Writing), book discussions with teaching faculty and alumni, a music session with current students and alumni, teaching faculty panel, ESR information sessions, and a meet and greet with ESR newest professor. Prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty/staff, and ESR community members are all welcome to join in conversations about spirituality and activism and learn more about studying at ESR. See below for information on all of these events.

Faculty Sessions/Sample Classes

Faculty Panel

Meet and ask questions with ESR professors from the Quaker Studies, Spirituality, Old Testament, Ministry of Writing/MATW, Pastoral Care, and Peace and Justice Studies/MAPST programs. 

The Spirituality of Peacemaking with Lonnie Valentine (MAPST and Peace & Justice Studies)- Sample Class

Is there a spirituality of peacemaking? If so, what is the relation between them? Using representatives across faith traditions, we will examine how those who believe in combining spirituality with peacemaking understand what they are doing. Examples will include Jesus, Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Martin Luther King, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Writing at ESR: A Taster Menu with Ben Brazil (MATW and Ministry of Writing) – Sample Class

What does it mean to write at a Quaker seminary?  This course will give you a sampling.  Beginning with a freewrite, we’ll discuss writing as spiritual practice, as craft, and as ministry.  And if things get too wild, we’ll stop and edit a little, too.

Book Discussion with Grace Ji-Sun Kim: Hope In Disarray | Piecing Our Lives Together in Faith

Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim will be joined by Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Professor of Theology and Chair of the Department of Theology at Bellarmine University, who wrote the Afterword for Hope in DisarrayHope in Disarray is a collection of essays that invite a conversation on culture and faith, creation and identity, as the book appeals to readers to engage life’s troubles with the conviction of God’s goodness. This session with have both Kim and Hinson-Hasty engage one another as they share their thoughts and visions on hope and the implications for our daily spiritual lives.

The Inner Sea: Commitment, Spirituality, and Activism with Xavier Johnson (Contextual Ministry Education and Practical Theology)-Introduction

Meet and greet with ESR’s newest professor, Xavier Johnson.

Event Schedule

Monday, February 22, 2021

9:30AM Welcome         
10:00AM – 11:45AM Student Workshop with Thomas Swann and Julia Baker Swann: The Contemplative Heart in Action 
12:30PM – 1:30PM Student Workshop with Katie Breslin: Who Shall I Send? Powermapping with Congressional Relationships 
3:00PM – 4:00PM ESR Information Session with Julie Dishman 
5:00PM – 6:30PM Alumni Panel 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

11:00AM Welcome 
11:20AM – Noon Meeting for Worship led by Christine Ashley: Spirituality and Social Action 
1:00PM – 2:45PM Sample Class with Lonnie Valentine: The Spirituality of Peacemaking 
3:00PM – 4:00PM Book Discussion with Grace Ji-Sun Kim: Hope In Disarray | Piecing Our Lives Together in Faith 
7:00PM – 7:45PM Student Workshop with Grace Muma and Jonathan Todd: Redefining teaching Together: A Group Thought Exercise Connecting Education, Spirituality, and Social Action 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

10:45AM Welcome 
11:00AM – 12:45PM           Student Workshop with Chrstine Ashley & Liz Nicolson and Guest Speaker Cheryl Angel: Being a Good Relative: Centering Mind, Body and Spirit to Active Calling 
1:00PM – 3:00PM Music Jam with Jessie Palidofsky and Caryn Flowers 
5:00PM – 7:00PM Sample Class with Ben Brazil: Writing at ESR | A Taster Menu 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

10:45AM – 11:00AM Welcome 
1:00PM – 3:00PM Faculty Panel with ESR Teaching Faculty 
5:30PM – 6:30PM ESR Information Session with Julie Dishman 

Friday, February 26, 2021

10:45AM Welcome 
11:00AM – 1:00PM Article Discussion with Karen Tibbals: How Can We Learn to See That of God in People We Dislike 
1:30PM – 2:00PM The Inner Sea: Commitment, Spirituality, and Activism with Xavier Johnson 

You can also watch this book discussion I had with ESR faculty, Drs. Stephen Angell and Ben Brazil.