The Ninth Annual Divinity School Ministry Conference:

MinConPoster2013.jpgFair as the Moon, Terrible as an Army: Sexual Beings in Religious Community

April 19th, 2013
9:00 am-5:00 pm 

University of Chicago Divinity School
1025 E. 58th St. Chicago, IL 60637

This year's Annual Ministry Conference will address the complex and sensitive issue of sexuality and its relationship to communities of faith.

The conference will feature two phenomenal speakers: Dr. Margaret Farley and Dr. Amy Frykholm, who will speak to the impact of sexuality on communities of faith. In her book Just Love, Farley offers innovative interpretations of the traditional "goods" social justice and fruitfulness that can be especially helpful when we think about our culture, our faith communities, and our own intimate relationships. Frykholm's work interviewing the outcasts of our faith communities can open our eyes to the very real consequences of destructive theology around sexuality.

On April 19th, we'll have the chance to engage our speakers, worship, pray and eat together, and engage in a series of workshops designed to stimulate and inspire clergy and lay people alike.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Margaret A. Farley is author of Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, and taught at Yale Divinity School from 1971-2007. She is past president of both the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America, and recipient of the latter's John Courtney Murray Award. Among other books she has written or co-written are Commitments: Beginning, Keeping, Changing; Moral Theology, No. 9: Feminist Ethics and the Catholic Moral Tradition; and Compassionate Respect: A Feminist Approach to Medical Ethics and Other Questions.

Dr. Amy Frykholm is an associate editor of The Christian Century and author of See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity; Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography; and Rapture Culture. She holds a Ph.D in Literature from Duke University.

Rev. Larry Greenfield, who will preach at the worship service, is Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, editor of The Common Good News and Theologian in Residence for Protestants for the Common Good. Dr. Greenfield received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he subsequently taught and served as dean of students. He also served as president of the Divinity School in Rochester, NY, and as vice president for research at the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics in Chicago. He has served pastorates and campus ministries in Chicago and Ann Arbor.

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Registration is not required for this conference, but it is strongly encouraged. Alumni and others can help us keep in touch for the future by registering and including current email information – please register here (may require a one-time registration on the Alumni Club of Chicago website, open to all).

Alumni with ministry degrees and alumni working in ministry fields are warmly invited to our Ministry Alumni Reunion Dinner, as are your significant others. The dinner begins at 6:00 pm and will take place at the Quad Club, 1155 East 57th Street (Note change of location).  You need not attend the conference to attend this dinner!  We do ask that you register for this event here, by Friday, April 12 (may require a one-time registration on the Alumni Club of Chicago website, open to all).


Conference Schedule

8:30- Registration Opens (1st Floor Lobby)

9:00- Welcome and Opening Remarks (3rd Floor Lecture Hall)

9:15- Keynote Address by Dr. Margaret Farley: "Gender, Sexuality, and Ethics: New Perspectives"

10:00- Brief Q&A

10:10 Keynote Address by Dr. Amy Frykholm: "Fragmentation and Incarnation: Sexual Stories and Sexual Secrets in American Christianity"

10:55 Q&A

11:35 Brief Break

11:45 Worship, Rev. Dr. Larry Greenfield preaching (3rd Floor Lecture Hall)

12:45 Brief Break

1:00 Lunch (1st Floor, Common Room)

2:00 Workshop Session 1

     Option A: Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg:  Translating a Tradition: Teaching Jewish Sexual Ethics in the 21st Century

     Option B: Rev. Karen Hutt: Embodying a Sexual Ethic in Chaplaincy Work

3:00 Prayer Spaces & Opportunities

3:30 Workshop Session 2

     Option A: Nico Lang: Sexual Ethics in Chicago's Queer Communities

     Option B: Bryce Rich: Marginalized Sexualities in Religious Community

     Option C: Rev. Leah Fowler: Lessons Learned and Taught about Sex Education in the Parish

4:30 Closing Remarks (3rd Floor Lecture Hall)

5:00 Reception (1st Floor, Common Room)