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Readings on Rosh Hashana: Hagar, Abraham, and the Wilderness

Posted by Max Brumberg-Kraus on Sep 20, 2017 3:36:52 PM

This semester I am taking Interpretation as Resistance: Womanist, Feminist, and Queer Approaches to the Bible taught by Professors Alika Galloway and Carolyn Pressler. This week’s reading concerns the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. Sarah is unable to bare children, which is unfortunate since her husband Abraham is supposed to father “a great nation” (Gen. 12.2). Sarah comes up with a plan to have Abraham use a surrogate: her Egyptian slave Hagar. Abraham agrees, lays with Hagar, and Hagar conceives. The Bible then tells us that Hagar “saw that she had conceived [and] looked with contempt on her mistress”(Gen. 16.4). Sarah responds by being so cruel to Hagar that she runs away to the desert. Upon finding a spring of water, Hagar meets an angel of God who gives her an ambivalent message: go back and submit to a life of cruelty but also your son Ishmael will be the father of nations. A mixed bag, for sure.

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Topics: social justice, Theology, justice, faith, feminism, social transformation, theology and the arts, injustice

"Beloved is Where We Begin": Sermon by Claire Curran

Posted by United Seminary on Aug 28, 2017 12:43:06 PM
Beloved is Where We Begin
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Topics: social justice, justice, faith, guest posts, ministry, seminary, social transformation, students, belovedness, sermon

Students Discuss Social Transformation at United

Posted by Max Brumberg-Kraus on Jul 20, 2017 11:54:52 AM

At United, a key question is what makes an ethical leader. According Steve Newcom, Director of the Social Transformation Program, "there are injustices in the world" and for many of our students "their faith calls them to do something about that." In the following videos students discuss what calls them to study Social Transformation at United.

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Topics: social justice, justice, faith, chaplaincy, ministry, feminism, seminary, interfaith, social transformation, students