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  October 22, 2021
Student Reconciliation
Ministries:

Latreia
Coordinators,
Meg Rouse rousem2@spu.edu

Urban Involvement

Coordinators, Mack Metro
metrom@spu.edu
McKenzie Jamieson
jamiesonm@spu.edu

SPRINT

Coordinator, Anna Bursch
Burscha@spu.edu

In Context

Catalyst Ed. Programmer
Patti Fong fongp@spu.edu

 

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At the launch of the fall bible study that is using Subversive Witness as guide, author Dominique Dubois Gilliard encouraged students that as they read the book and read scriptures, to "Put yourselves in the shoes of the character, because the purpose of the gospel is to call us into a new understanding of who we are." In his book, Gilliard dives into layers of complexities in several biblical stories, and invites us to bring questions to the biblical text. He said, "if we can't bring those questions to God, where can we bring them."

 

For example, Gilliard's book explores the subversive witness of Esther's story and the complexity of privilege it brings layered amidst the context of her detained reality in the space in the palace. In the Monday Leadership Conversation, Rev. Derick Harris (associate dean of administration in the School of Theology) described this truth saying that "Esther is in a place of privilege but…also in a place of bondage."

 

And so for myself, sitting in the middle of fall quarter, I am recalling a good question that was asked to ministry leaders from the student vice president of ministries, which was What impossible battles are we facing this year? How can we lean into God in those spaces?

 

Even with no immediate answers to give you, the practice of reflection and looking back in order to move forward is something that I regularly do. And questions are something that I always have to bring to God.

 

Caenisha Warren

Executive Director, John Perkins Center

 

And as we look back at this point in the quarter, we do have the recording from the Perkins Fall Series of the Monday Leadership Conversation available for your viewing:

Perkins Fall Series (2021): Subversive Witness

 

still from Subversive Witness video

 


Community Focus: Reexamining the Berlin Conference: How Africa was colonized and its lasting

On October 25th, ASA (African Student Association) and SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reachout Internationally) will be inviting students, staff, and faculty to a special event
called “Reexamining the Berlin Conference: How Africa was Colonized and its Lasting Impacts” at 5pm in the Ames Library Seminar Room.


Professors Matthieu Gnouhossou and Rebecca Hughes will share their insights as to how the continent was exploited and its historic and current effects for the land and its peoples. We look forward to sharing in this important conversation with our friends.

Poster for the Berlin Conference Event on October 25
Image description: Poster for the Berlin Conference Event on October 25

Campus Opportunities:

  • Chapel at SPU
    Every Tuesday @ 11:10 am, Upper Gwinn Commons
    Come join the SPU community for masked, in-person Chapel service during the year.
    We will be engaging as a community with Jesus’ teaching through the parables, allowing the Holy Spirit to shape us individually and corporately through these powerful questions and stories.
    This week we are welcoming Rev. Scott Gronzholz, youth pastor with Beloved Arise.
    You can watch past worship sessions on the UMin YouTube Channel. Follow University Ministries on Instagram at @spuchapel for Chapel reminders.
  • UCM Grab & Go Lunch
    Monthly Wednesdays @ 12:00 PM, Eaton Hall Breezeway
    Commuter, CHA, Transfer, Off-Campus students, come through for a grab-and-go lunch as you make your way to class. We'll be in Eaton Hall Breezeway from 12-1 on Wednesdays Sep 22, Oct 6, Nov 3. Please keep 6-foot distance and wear face covering when you come through. Follow us on Instagram for more info @sharpen.spu.
  • In Context
    Fridays, October 15 – November 12 @ 4:30pm-6:00pm, Various Locations
    In Context, a quarterly discussion series on racism and capitalism run through Catalyst. In Context this quarter is meeting Fridays in week 5 and ending in week 9. All SPU students, staff and faculty are welcome to join In Context each quarter. Please reach out to Patti Fong at fongp@spu.edu with any questions!
  • Reexamining the Berlin Conference: How Africa was colonized and its lasting effects
    Monday, October 25 @ 5:00pm, Ames Library Seminar Room
    ASA (African Student Association) and SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reachout Internationally) will be inviting students, staff, and faculty to a special event called “Reexamining the Berlin Conference: How Africa was Colonized and its Lasting Impacts” at 5pm in the Library Seminar
    Room. Professors Matthieu Gnouhossou and Rebecca Hughes will share their insights as to how the continent was exploited and its historic and current effects for the land and its peoples. We look forward to sharing in this important conversation with our friends. Please reach out to Michael Chew at mchew@spu.edu with any questions!

Events:

  • True Northwest: The Seattle Journey
    Ongoing, Museum of History and Industry
    True Northwest traverses the age when Native American cultures first came into contact with Europeans, to the growth of a mill town and seaport, and the region's transformation into a major global hub. Find out how the city rebuilt after a devastating fire, made a fortune in a legendary gold rush, reshaped its natural setting, boomed during two World Wars and two World's Fairs, and challenged the status quo in the 20th century. See artifacts from innovators who had a major impact on the world, and hear firstperson stories from those who shaped the region. Discover how the dramatic environment, diverse population, connections to the broader world, and inventive spirit have shaped its history. Purchase tickets here.
  • Dr. Perkins Weekly Zoom Bible Study
    Every Tuesday @ 8:00 am (CST), Online
    Dr. John Perkins hosts weekly zoom bible study every Tuesday at 8:00 am (CST). He would love for you to join him! In order to join, please register the Monday before the Bible study event. You will receive Zoom info 30 minutes before the call on Tuesday morning. The Bible studies recordings can be seen on JVMPF YouTube.
  • An afternoon with the great-great-great-grandniece of Harriet Tubman
    Sunday, October 17 @ 3:00 pm, Virtual Podcast
    Attend a virtual afternoon conversation with Tina Wyatt, the great-great-greatgrandniece of Harriet Tubman (c.1822-1913), the legendary abolitionist known as the "Moses of her people." The program will be moderated by Kiantha Duncan, President of the Spokane Branch NAACP, and will feature a vocal performance by NAAM's African American Cultural Ensemble (ACE). The event is part of the Northwest African American Museum's Descendants Series. Register here for a link to the event.
  • A Latine Vision for a New American Democracy
    Monday, October 25 @ 1:00 pm, Virtual Podcast
    Nearly one in five people in the U.S. are Latinx, and they make up the second-largest ethnic and racial group in the country. Despite such a large and growing population, the community remains misunderstood and underrecognized. Editor Diana Campoamor addresses areas of inequity and brings readers messages of hope and compassion in If We Want to Win: A Latine Vision for a New American Democracy.
    She gathers personal stories from twenty leaders and activists who share what it means to be Latinx and American; collaboratively, their narratives lay the foundation for a more inclusive and just future that extends beyond stereotypes. In the 111th episode of Town Hall's In the Moment podcast, Campoamor discusses the voices, the
    vision, and the future of American democracy with Crosscut reporter Agueda Pacheco Flores.
  • A Conversation with Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell
    Tuesday, October 26 @ 6:00 pm, Online
    $5 General
    In Her Honor, Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell provides a rare and thought-provoking insider account of our legal system, sharing vivid stories of the cases that came through her courtroom and revealing the strengths, flaws, and much-needed changes within our courts. Judge Cordell, the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California, knows firsthand how prejudice has permeated our legal system. And yet, she believes in the system. From ending school segregation to legalizing same-sex marriage, its progress relies on legal professionals and jurors who strive to make the imperfect system as fair as possible. Purchase tickets here.
  • Sea Mar Latino Health Forum
    Wednesday, October 27— Friday, October 29 @ 9:00 am, Online
    $12.50 Student, $17 General
    The Latino Health Forum is an event dedicated to the exchange of innovative ideas, best practices and the advancement of health for the Latino community. In its 16th year, the Latino Health Forum attracts health care experts and activists serving Latinos in the Pacific Northwest to participate in open dialogue and forums on current topics affecting the health of Latinos on regional, national and international levels.
    The forum is a valuable platform for individuals working in health care, social justice, public policy and for those working with underserved Latino populations. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and network with practitioners, researchers and community activists currently impacting the field of public health. Individuals will gain valuable resources and skills towards shaping health policy and creating greater health equity for Latino populations here in the Pacific Northwest region. Register here for a link to the event.
  • The Matter of Black Lives
    Wednesday, November 3 @7:30 am, Online & The Great Hall
    $5 Student, $35 General
    The Matter of Black Lives provides a bold and complex portrait of Black life in America, told through stories of private triumphs and national tragedies, political vision, and artistic inspiration. It reaches back across a century, with Rebecca West's classic account of a 1947 lynching trial and James Baldwin's "Letter from a Region in My Mind" (which later formed the basis of The Fire Next Time); and yet, it also explores our current moment, from the classroom to the prison cell and the upheavals of what Jelani Cobb calls "the American Spring." The collection offers startling insights about this country's relationship with race. Purchase tickets here.


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