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Cross-Cultural Education Updates: Upcoming Lectures, Cross-Cultural Opportunities

"Becoming Buddhist When Jesus Isn’t Enough: A Third Wave Womanist Negotiation of Race, Gender and Religion": The 2014 Mahle Lecture at the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice at Hamline University features the absolutely fantastic Black womanist process theologian Dr. Monica Coleman. Dr. Coleman will be giving a lecture entitled: "Becoming Buddhist When Jesus Isn’t Enough: A Third Wave Womanist Negotiation of Race, Gender and Religion"

This lecture examines the transformative ways of negotiating race, gender and religion when African American religious identification departs from the “standard black narrative” (William D. Hart) of Protestant Christianity.

Dr. Coleman will offer a third wave womanist reading of Jan Willis’ narrative Dreaming Me where she describes her journey through the civil rights movement to Tibetan Buddhism. Variously denoted as both a conversion from Christianity and as belonging to both Buddhism and Baptist Christianity, Willis must navigate among her racial/cultural commitments, gendered location and spiritual yearnings.

Such activity (1) reveals how African American cultural consciousness facilitates complex religious identification, (2) embraces the ambiguous, hybrid and multiple dimensions that are characteristic of third wave womanism, and (3) stretches progressive Christianity’s commitment to religious pluralism. A womanist reading of Willis’ narrative demonstrates that such negotiation may be increasingly commonplace in the contemporary landscape of non-traditional religious identification and the decline of mainline Protestantism."

April 8
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

This event is free to the public. For more information, visit:

New Hispanic Ministry Opportunities in Texas, British Columbia

May 25 2014 - July 2, 2014
Luther Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS), Austin, TX

The Hispanic Ministry Summer Term at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) is designed for ELCA seminary students to develop leadership skills in Hispanic Ministry and build a network of colleagues who share this commitment. The first week involves students in the LSPS Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry intensive. Weeks 2 through 6 consist of a weekly seminar with Prof. Jay Alanis and several outstanding guest instructors and contextual education in teaching parishes where students engage in Hispanic ministry under the guidance of supervising pastors.

Tuition is $4860, which includes an administrative fee of $600. Full scholarships are available to cover the total tuition cost of the summer term for ELCA students. A non-refundable housing deposit of $200 is due by April 30, 2014. You will get credit through Luther Seminary. This is a great way to complete your CCE requirement!

To register, apply through Wartburg's TEEM program at:

July 7, 2014 - July 18, 2014
Native Ministries Consortium: NMC Summer School 2014
Indigenous Studies Centre at Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, British Columbia

To empower and facilitate leadership, spiritual expression, and justice to enable Indigenous people to exercise self-determination within the Christian church and in society.

To apply, contact and visit by July 6.

Would you like to add your Cross-Cultural Education event here? Email April Winebrenner-Palo at Thanks!

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