14 January 2014

February 5 Teleconference "Talking Taboo" Part Two

Talking Taboo Part Two
WATER's Feminist Conversations in Religion Series Presents
"Talking Taboo"
Part Two 
An hour-long teleconference with
Grace Biskie
Gina Messina-Dysert
Tara Woodard-Lehman
Katey Zeh 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
1 pm - 2 pm EST
   The book, Talking Taboo: American Christian Get Frank About Faith edited by Erin Lane and Enuma Okoro, is creating lots of conversation. WATER is excited to feature two teleconferences to start 2014 by looking at the issues many people consider taboo. Join authors Grace Biskie, Gina Messina-Dysert, Tara Woodard-Lehman, Katey Zeh, and let's "talk taboo."
   Grace Biskie is a passionate, big-dreaming, extroverted communicator. She holds a bachelor of arts in speech communications and is half way through a Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary. She has served high school and college students in the nonprofit sector for over fifteen years. She blogs regularly at Currently, Grace is working on her first book entitled, Detroit’s Daughter, a memoir.
   Gina Messina-Dysert, PhD, is Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College. Gina is also Co-founder and Co-director of Feminism and Religion, an international project that explores the “F-word” in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community. She is the author of the forthcoming book Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence, and coeditor (with Rosemary Radford Ruether) of the forthcoming anthology Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century.
Gina's twitter is @FemTheologian and her website is
   Tara Woodard-Lehman is an ordained Presbyterian minister. Since 1998 she has ministered to and with young adults and university students. Over the past four years Tara has served as the executive director of Westminster Foundation and Presbyterian Chaplain at Princeton University. Tara also serves on the pastoral staff of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey.
   Katey Zeh is an advocate for reproductive justice in faith communities. She wrote her honors thesis on theology, ritual, and motherhood at Davidson College. In 2008, she graduated from Yale Divinity School with her Masters of Divinity. Currently, she directs a grassroots education and mobilization initiative focused on improving global maternal health for The United Methodist Church. Katey serves on the Board of Directors for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in Washington, DC.
     A recommended resource is the book Talking Taboo, in particular the following chapters:
- "A Woman Undone," by Grace Biskie, pp. 191-198
- "No Women Need Apply," by Gina Messina-Dysert, pp. 93-97
- "Broken in Body, Slain in the Spirit," by Tara Woodard-Lehman, pp. 74-79
- "A Pregnant Silence," by Katey Zeh, pp. 186-190
     Email "Register Me Teleconference" by Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in order to receive dial-in information.

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