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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

Don’t Leave Your Trumpet at the Door: A Guide to Theological Education at United Seminary

Posted by United Seminary on Sep 12, 2017 8:58:36 AM
Don’t Leave Your Trumpet at the Door:  A Guide to Theological Education at United Seminary
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Topics: Arts, Theology, practice, chaplaincy, guest posts, united faculty, ministry, theological education, seminary, theology and the arts

Get excited for Conversations with Jimmy: Art by Jimmy Reagan

Posted by Max Brumberg-Kraus on Aug 2, 2017 10:55:04 AM

This fall, United Theological Seminary is delighted to host a retrospective of Jimmy Reagan’s early works and artwork from his most recent exploration of other materials.  We invite you to come be part of the conversation!

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Topics: campus news, news, announcements, Arts, campus news, calendar, announcements, events, twin cities, local artist, local arts, theology and the arts, wilson yates, panel