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Re-Imagining nEwsMAIL
November, 2001

nEwsMAIL is a publication of The Re-Imagining Community. It is published the first week of each month. If you wish to include a notice in nEwsMAIL, please reply to.

FROM THE RE-IMAGINING COMMUNITY:

VISIT OUR WEB SITE : Go to CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS/RE-IMAGINING THEMES FOR 2002

"Re-Imagining Resurrection" will be the theme of the February issue of Re-Imagining. You are invited to send us your essays, stories, poetry, music, or art that will help us explore language and names and their implications. Here are a few questions to consider.

What role does resurrection play in your faith? What are your images of resurrection? Must death precede resurrection? How do you explain resurrection to children?

The editorial board has selected other provocative themes for Re-Imagining in 2002. The themes and the deadlines for submissions are

* May 2002: "Re-Imagining Coupling," deadline March 15, 2002

* August 2002: "Re-Imagining Authority," deadline June 15, 2002

* November 2002: "Re-Imagining Home," deadline September 15, 2002

For creative guidelines for writers and artists, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) to the Re-Imagining office or visit our web site. We also welcome your news and letters. Re-Imagining relies on first-time and long-time contributors to create each issue. Send your submissions by the deadlines listed above to Nancy Berneking, Editor, Re-Imagining, 122 West Franklin Avenue, Room 7, Minneapolis MN 55404-2435. Include an SASE with sufficient postage if you would like your work returned. Or you can send submissions as e-mail messages (NOT attachments) to >.

IF YOUR GROUP OR ORGANIZATION HAS EVENTS OR PROJECTS that you would like other Re-Imaginers to know about, we invite you to publish your announcements in the nEwsMAIL. Submissions should have some relevancy to the philosophy and work of Re-Imagining. We ask that announcements be no longer than two paragraphs and reserve the right to edit them for length. They must reach our office by the 25th of the month in order to be considered for the next issue. The nEwsMAIL is edited and produced by a Re-Imagining volunteer and is USUALLY mailed during the first full week of each month. Please time your announcements accordingly. If an event is scheduled for early in the month, try to get announcements to us for the preceding month's edition. You can send submissions by e-mail to >. Write nEwsMAIL in the subject line.

EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS NATIONAL

WOMEN UNITED AGAINST HATE: Support the National Solidarity effort of Women United Against Hate by wearing a scarf on November 10th and 11th. The purpose of the SCARVES FOR SOLIDARITY Campaign is simply to show our support of our Muslim sisters and the Muslim community at large, and to foster discussion with the people you come into contact with during your everyday life ... it is not meant to be a political symbol in any way, just a symbol of love, tolerance and a belief in the foundations of our country. It is merely a reminder that we are all in this together. For more information, go online to >.

GEORGIA Mary & Martha's Place was established in 1994 to promote theological education, spiritual growth and social justice for women. At MMP, people from varied religious backgrounds dialog to enhance their spiritual growth and to increase religious tolerance in the wider community. We encourage a leadership model that is grounded in spiritual values and support people who want to transform their own communities.

Mary and Martha's Place offers small groups, book studies, workshops, conferences, and celebration services. There are some upcoming events that promise to be enriching experiences. Please visit our website for more information.

DESSERT PARTY & Dramatic Performance on Thursday, November 8, 2001 at 7:30pm-9:30pm at 4393 Garmon Rd., Atlanta. For information: (404) 239-9382. Sara Chambless will perform her work "Soul Mothers "which is a tribute to some of the women in the arts whose works and lives have inspired her. Sara calls these poets, playwrights, songwriters, and authors "Soul Mothers" because their artistic gifts have nourished her spirit.

The Dessert Party is a fundraiser for Mary and Martha's Place. The funds support their creative programming that support and challenge our spiritual growth. You're invited to make a donation in honor of your favorite "Soul Mother." Donations begin at $25, and your contribution includes attendance for you and a guest at the performance and party, dessert and coffee.

WINTER SOLSTICE SERVICE on the night of the December full moon, Thursday, December 13 at 7:30 4393 Garmon Rd., Atlanta . (404) 239-9382 Join us in the mystery of darkness and light, waiting and resting. Come away from the busyness to a place of contemplation, song and story.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE: What Matters Now? Spiritual Courage and the Common Good Friday evening, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, 2002. Cost is $75 for the full conference. Friday only, and Saturday only options are available. Space is limited; reservations are on a first come, first serve basis! Conference Location: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. To register for the conference, to get directions to event sites or other information, call(404)239-9382 or e-mail.

This conference is for those who want to integrate their spirituality with a concern for environmental and social justice issues wish to be intentional about honoring their deepest values at home and at work seek a grounded spirituality that is inclusive of diversity, tolerant of ambiguity, and committed to the common good aspire to transform their own communities seek a network of committed people who care about the quality of their own lives and the lives of future generations. The featured speaker is Sharon Parks.

MASSACHUSETTS You are invited to a discussion on RELIGION AND VIOLENCE on the occasion of the publication of PROVERBS OF ASHES:Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker. This event will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Longfellow Lecture Hall, Appian Way.

MICHIGAN A WEEKEND RETREAT: "Our Story Too: LGBT Christians Reclaim the Bible" will be offered February 8-10, 2002, at The Leaven Center in Lyons, Michigan, which is midway between Lansing and Grand Rapids. The main floor of the Lodge is barrier-free. The retreat will begin Friday at 7 pm and end Sunday at 1 pm. The cost of the retreat is $165 which includes lodging and meals. Partial scholarships are available.

Drawing on their own experiences, the facilitators Jacki Belile, Ninure D. Saunders, and Kelly Sprinkle will provide ways for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people to take a fresh look at the Bible in a setting where our questions, experiences, and relationships are honored and affirmed. Participants will re-examine the Biblical passages that have been used against LGBT people and explore how the Bible affirms and celebrates sexual diversity. Participants will share in study, worship, reflection and journaling in a process of dialogue with each other and Scripture discovering that the Bible includes the stories of LGBT people too.

To register for this retreat and for more information about The Leaven Center, visit the web site at <www.leaven.org>, where a registration form is available. For more information, call (989) 855-2277 or e-mail leavencenter@leaven.org .

MINNESOTA AND TWIN CITIES AREA Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church invites you to join us for a four-week INTRODUCTORY STUDY OF WOMANIST THEOLOGY led by Rosetta E. Ross, McVay Associate Professor of Christian Ethics United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities with guest lectures from Carolyn Pressler, Harry C. Piper Professor of Biblical Interpretation United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, November 6 - 27, 2001, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Camphor Church; 585 Fuller Avenue; St. Paul, Minnesota. Registration fee of $22.00 covers cost of the book (Delores S. Williams, Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk) and refreshments. Enrollment is limited. Call the church, (651) 224-0341 for information or to register.

THE MINNESOTA HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER presents a celebration and launch of "The Compassionate Rebel book on Thursday, November 16, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Human Rights Center, Walter F. Mondale School of Law, University of Minnesota, 229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis. The "Compassionate Rebel" tells stories of 50 individuals who are survivors who have broken the cycle of violence in their lives. The book is also available for purchase from Growing Communities of Peace, by calling (651)257-2478 or online at >.

WOMANWELLoffers the following events:

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER - weekends , Jan. 4-5, Feb. 1-2 and March 1-2. Join us for one weekend or all of the remaining thought provoking weekends as we journey to our life center and come to a deeper realization of our true selves. This series provides an opportunity to explore life experiences and uncover new treasures which can lead to a freer future.

GROWING IN WISDOM, AGE AND GRACE: Eldering Sabbath, a month-long retreat Jan. 7 - Feb. 1, July 1-26, or Sept. 3-27, 2002. An opportunity for women, within the context of an ecumenical community, to harvest the richness of their lives by remembering significant people and events that have shaped their lives and life stories.

For more information, see their website or e-mail: . You may also call (651)739-7953. Address: 1784 La Crosse Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55119

VIRGINIA HerStory 2002 will convene at Massanetta Springs Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA April 5-7, 2002. Designed for women of faith who are searching and growing, the conference includes keynote presentations, small-group discussions and workshops, worship, arts, opportunities for personal reflection and renewal, and sisterhood. For information and registration materials, go to . Frances Taylor Gench is the keynote speaker. A noted scholar of New Testament, she is author of the Horizons Bible studies Women and the Word and James and the Integrity of Faith. She also wrote the Westminster Bible Companion studies of Hebrews and James. She lives in Baltimore, is parish associate at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, and also is professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. Formerly she taught at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

WISCONSIN: NOW IS THE TIME TO REFORM THE WAY WE LIVE TOGETHER! Kairos CoMotion, a group of Progressive Wisconsin United Methodists invite you to attend a three day event on February 21-23, 2002 in Madison, Wisconsin to network for solidarity, advocacy and action and to act up on behalf of those who are silenced, dispossessed or excluded.

Hear Bishop John Shelby Spong, an important voice for progressive Christianity, address issues important to today's thinking Christian. Enjoy the unique talents of Holly Near as she shares her gifts as entertainer and musician, teacher and activist through her music. Participate in various workshops led by Bishop Sharon Rader, Bishop Judy Craig, Rev. Greg Dell, Rev. Janet Ellinger and many others addressing change, resistance, economic justice, common ground and other issues facing progressive Christians today.

For more information about us and this event, please visit our website at www.KairosCoMotion.org IMAGINE A PLACE THAT STRIVES TOWARD THE INTEGRATION of secular and sacred, work and leisure, study and prayer, community and solitude. Explore your spiritual life through guided journaling, discussions, solitude and reflection. At the ecumenical Monastery of Saint Benedict Center near Madison, Wisconsin we offer a variety of retreats for women and men. Increasingly, we have received requests for longer live-in experiences for single women who are interested in deepening their spiritual life. With these requests in mind, we have developed the Benedictine spirituality internship. For a copy of our 2002 Benedictine spirituality internship brochure or for further information, please contact: Laurie O'Reilly, (608)836-1631 ext 198, or >.

Retreat Offerings coming up are:

PRAYER SERVICE OF HEALING AND HOPE, Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. A time to gather in prayer with others who seek comfort, peace and healing for one's self, friends and loved ones. Free. Contact Mark Johnson at (608) 836-1631, ext. 138 or >.

ADVENT CONTEMPLATIVE RETREAT FOR WOMEN: 24 hours in the monastery, December 4-5 and December 7-8. This is a time to retreat from the harried holiday season to reflect on the meaning of Advent. Space is limited, so register early. Fee of $55 includes lodging and meals. Registration deadline: 10 days prior to retreat. Contact Jody Crowley Beers at (608) 831-9305 or >.

VIGIL FOR THE NEW YEAR: December 31. Spend New Year's eve in a gathering of prayer, community, reflection and other joyful activities including supper, family and children's activities, learning and sharing, and a bonfire at midnight. Overnight accomodations are available. Contact Mark Johnson at (608)836-1631, ext.138. to register, visit >.

SMALL GROUPS

CONNECTICUT : SOPHIA'S CIRCLE in NEW HAVEN, CT. "A Re-Imagining Community of women and men honoring and re-imagining our faith, embracing our call to justice," plans and holds feminist worship events. For information about the group or upcoming events, contact Charlotte White at >.

GEORGIA: Circle of Grace Community Church is a group of women and men who meet weekly on Sunday nights at 6:00 pm for worship and prayer and to re-imagine our Christian faith! Our group is small, but diverse...women, men, children, gay, straight, bisexual, transgendered, people of color, people with disabilities, younger, older, single, partnered, from all different religious, social, economic backgrounds. All are welcome! For more information, contact Shelly Hart, member, at shart@emory.edu .

IOWA: For information about The WOMEN AND THEALOGY Re-Imagining small group in CLINTON, IOWA, contact Lois at >.

MINNESOTA The TWIN CITIES AREA third-wave Re-Imagining Group is a social/support group for feminists in their twenties and thirties. For more information about this open group, e-mail Elizabeth Andrew at >.

NEBRASKA Wanted: Individuals in the OMAHA-COUNCIL BLUFFS area who would be interested in forming a Re-imagining small group. The content and schedule for meeting will be decided by those who indicate interest. Please contact Deborah Boucher-Payne at .

NEW YORK: "Wanted: Third Wave Re-imaginer Spirituality Circle/Social Group for persons living in the NEW YORK CITY Area. All who are interested, please contact Carrie Brunken at >. Once she gets a general idea of who is interested, the planning can begin!

OHIO: CLEVELAND, OH: Wednesday Women 's Spirituality Gatherings. Join a group of people gathering together to explore a variety of writings on spiritual themes; to create a welcoming space for support, discussion and fun; and to experience the magic of connecting with the Divine. This is an open group. All are welcome to any meeting. You don't need to be there every week. Please write Diane Schurr, >, if you have any questions. And know that you are welcome.

FIND OUT MORE: You can also find news about Re-Imagining small groups across the country on our website, www.reimagining.org. If you are part of a small group and wish to share your ideas and enthusiasm with others, send us news and we'll spread it: >. Also, please contact us if you'd like information about starting a Re-Imagining small group or having your group become an official Re-Imagining small group so we can better support your work.

FINAL NOTES

THE PAST TWO MONTHS have been a sad and anxious time for our nation and our world. As we journey toward Thanksgiving, let us remember the great privilege we have and be thankful. Let us also remember and pray for those around us and in far off places who do not experience that same privilege. Let our re-imagining go to work on how to make this a safer, more peaceful and more just world. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

WE NEED YOU and the world needs all of us. We appreciate it when you keep your membership current and help us make this network possible! To learn more about Re-Imagining membership or to access the membership form, see our website: www.reimagining.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Office hours are Monday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please leave us a phone message (612-879-8036) or send us Email at< friends@reimagining.org >. if you wish to communicate with us outside regular office hours. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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