Seminary for the Rest of Us

Seminary for the Rest of Us

By sabrina reyes-peters
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Reading the Bible with D.L. Mayfield
In this episode, which I recorded with D.L. Mayfield at the beginning of May, we talk a little bit about her new book, The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Autonomy, Affluence, Safety, and Power (https://www.ivpress.com/the-myth-of-the-american-dream), and more about how those and other values might affect the way we read the bible. Listen to D.L. talk about her journey in decolonizing her bible reading, and go read her new book! Note: I recorded the intro almost a couple weeks ago, so the things I reference happened at the beginning of June. Book review: https://sdrp.me/2020/04/27/myth-of-the-american-dream/ Recommended: Dr. Wil Gafney https://g.co/kgs/6vTbc7 Lisa Sharon Harper https://lisasharonharper.com/, Kelley Nikondeha https://www.eerdmans.com/Products/6429/defiant.aspx Walter Brueggemann https://www.walterbrueggemann.com/ Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow https://twitter.com/seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com
37:06
June 22, 2020
Humility and Eroticism with Kate Hanch
What does humility have to do with the body? How did some feminine mystics live this? What is withness? What can we learn about humility and eroticism from Sojourner Truth? What does humility have to do with activism?  Listen as I talk with Dr. Hanch and we ponder these questions and more. Reach Kate on Twitter. Further Resources: Mechthilde of Hackeborn Books: African American Female Mysticism: Nineteenth-Century Religious Activism By Joy Bostic Vulnerability in Resistance Edited by Leticia Sabsay, Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches By Audre Lorde Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality By Jennifer C. Nash Sojourner Truth's America By Margaret Washington Narrative of Sojourner Truth By Sojourner Truth. Compiled by Olive Gilbert and Frances W. Titus. With a History of Her Labors and Correspondence Drawn from Her “Book of Life.” Also a Memorial Chapter, Giving the Particulars of Her Last Illness and Death. Articles: “Love, Knowledge, and Mystical Union in Western Christianity: Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries.”  by Bernard McGinn, Church History v. 56, no. 1 (1987): 7–24. “‘Uses of the Erotic’ for Teaching Queer Studies (The Uses of the Erotic, The Erotic as Power)." by Nikki Young, Women's Studies Quarterly v. 40, no. 3–4 (2012): 301–05. Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com
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May 28, 2020
Christians, Death, and Grieving with Sonja Lund
What is death and what do Christians mean when they talk about death? How does this tie into other theological tenets? How does this affect the grieving process? Is it okay to talk to someone who’s dead? If death has been conquered, why does it hurt so much? In this episode, I chat with Sonja Lund, seminary student and Death Companioning Initiate, about her thoughts on death and grieving, as it pertains to many Christians. I found this to be a really encouraging and thought-provoking conversation, one that Sonja approaches with gentleness and sensitivity, but if you have recently had a close encounter with death and the grief that comes with it, please take care in listening. Reach Sonja at https://twitter.com/spooky_hobbit and https://mortalandmystical.wordpress.com/ Recommended Resources: Original Blessing, by Matthew Fox  Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande  Life is Goodbye, Life is Hello, by Alla Renée Bozarth  Seminary for the Rest of Us , where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com
40:54
May 13, 2020
EcoEpistemology and Destabilizing Whiteness with Jay Potter, pt. 2
Here’s the rest of my conversation with Jay! We learn about New Materialism, destabilizing whiteness (and the patriarchy, a little bit!), and audiological diffraction. New Materialism is a way of considering the world from material but that sees it as more than merely inert matter, which sees creativity and diversity as emergent properties of the universe. It is made up of a transdisciplinary assemblage of thinkers that confront dualisms in all forms, from both scientism and religious dogmatism, in order to find fissures between that can develop a more whole view of the world as intra-active participants. Recommended Resources: https://tinyurl.com/ybmo24o6 Contact Jay if you need help accessing any of the resources above or if you want to talk more: https://twitter.com/jaydpotter Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com
43:32
May 12, 2020
EcoEpistemology and Destabilizing Whiteness with Jay Potter, pt. 1
You might be thinking right now, “I don’t know what ecoepistemology is or even epistemology but that doesn’t look very much like God-talk, Sabrina!” Well, okay, my conversation with Jay Potter is definitely more on the philosophical side, but all aspiring theologians, including myself, would do well to deliberately engage philosophy once in a while, instead of letting it sit as a by-product of working with theological concerns. Good theologians might also consider how their theology speaks to all living things (eco-theology!), not just human beings. In this first part of my conversation with Jay, we learn what EcoEpistemology is, how Jay chose to include New Materialism, Navajo thought, and Jainism in his dissertation, and we begin to look at the thread that ties the entire conversation together: destabilizing whiteness. Bonus: if you are familiar with process theology, you'll hear some echoes! Contact Jay: https://twitter.com/jaydpotter Recommended Resources: https://tinyurl.com/ybmo24o6 Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, mixed by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com
32:43
April 28, 2020
Dialectical Theology and Embodiment with Lauren R.E. Larkin
For the past couple of years or so, I have been very slowly dipping my toes into something called Dialectical Theology, and thought it would be a real treat to have Rev. Lauren R.E. Larkin talk to me about it for Seminary for the Rest of Us. I wasn’t wrong! It was a great conversation on Dialectical Theology and living out Christian faith as a bodily creature. I can confidently say you should start here if you are curious about Dialectical Theology. And if you want to learn more, check out the list below. Recommended Resources: Our God Loves Justice by W. Travis McMaken Evangelical Theology by Karl Barth Theology and Socialism podcast interview with W. Travis McMaken on Our God Loves Justice YouTube video: Introducing Dialectical Theology  Lauren R.E. Larkin: https://laurenrelarkin.com Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com
45:38
April 15, 2020
Relational Theology, Queer Hermeneutics, and Music with Dirk von der Horst, pt. 3
This is the third and final part of my conversation with Dirk von der Horst. Make sure to go and listen to the first two parts! We wrap up the segment on David and Jonathan texts, and learn about how Dirk uses music (church anthems, in particular) as a mediator between him and the biblical texts. There is a lot of interplay between the texts, how composers interpreted the text, how scores are interpreted, and how each listener hears a piece, particularly queer listeners. Put on your musical interpretation caps and get ready! Suzanne G. Cusick: "On a Lesbian Relation with Music: A Serious Effort Not to Think Straight," in Queering the Pitch: The New Gay and Lesbian Musicology Susan McClary: Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality Claire Detels: "Autnomous/Formalist Aesthetic, Music Theory, and the Feminist Paradigm of Soft Boundaries," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 52:1 (1994). To contact Dirk von der Horst, find him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dirkster42_?s=20 Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com
42:36
April 1, 2020
Relational Theology, Queer Hermeneutics, and Music with Dirk von der Horst, pt. 2
We are continuing the conversation here on relational theology, and in this episode we also dive into the interpretive problems of the David and Jonathan texts. What was the nature of David and Jonathan’s relationship? Can we actually know? Content note: frank discussion on sexuality and sexual acts. Further reading: Rita Nakashima Brock: Journeys by Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power Catherine Keller: From a Broken Web: Sexism, Separation, and the Self Ken Stone: Practicing Safer Texts: Food, Sex, and Bible in Queer Perspective To contact Dirk von der Horst, find him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dirkster42_?s=20 Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow. Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com
37:31
April 1, 2020
Relational Theology, Queer Hermeneutics, and Music with Dirk von der Horst, pt. 1
What is relational theology, and what does it have to do with David and Jonathan of the Hebrew scriptures? In this episode, which is the first part of my conversation with Dirk von der Horst, we learn how he came to write the book Jonathan’s Loves, David’s Laments , and get into a discussion on what relational theology is. For some further reading on relational theology, check out these works: Carter Heyward: The Redemption of God: A Theology of Mutual Relation, Touching Our Strength: The Erotic as Power and Love of God, Our Passion for Justice: Images of Power, Sexuality, and Liberation Gary David Comstock: Gay Theology Without Apology Lisa Isherwood and Elaine Bellchambers: Through Us, With Us, In Us: Relational Theologies in the Twenty-First Century To contact Dirk von der Horst, find him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dirkster42_?s=20 Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, mixed by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow Contact: seminary.show@gmail.com
38:17
March 10, 2020
Quakerism and The Women's Lectionary with Ashley M. Wilcox
The Women’s Lectionary, by Ashley M. Wilcox, is being released in October 2020. In addition to a providing schedule of scripture texts, Ashley has written 130 commentaries based on those texts, focusing on the women of the Bible and feminine images of God. Listen to this conversation about how Ashley got to writing The Women’s Lectionary, as a Quaker and woman who preaches. Find Ashley: Website: ashleymwilcox.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashleymwilcox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorashleymwilcox Recommended resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cdmXWKeOfVYusWLiDkWqGWzPPA-gCyK0ATplPaNN79Q/edit?usp=sharing Seminary for the Rest of Us: https://seminary.show https://twitter.com/seminaryshow Music by Matthew Scott
32:18
February 16, 2020
Intro
In which I introduce myself, and the podcast. Who am I and why Seminary for the Rest of Us? Links: https://seminary.show/ http://www.whitehodgepodcasts.com/profane-faith/
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February 4, 2020