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Re-Imagining: Revisited and Revised

Sara M. Evans and Sherry Jordon
April 19th, 2017
12:00 PM


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Light lunch provided beginning at 11:45

Facebook event (optional RSVP)

It has been nearly 25 years since 2000+ theologians, clergy, and laity assembled at the first Re-Imagining: A Global Theological Conference By Women: For Men and Women, to address injustices to women and promote equal partnership with men at all levels of religious life. Join us for a conversation with historian Dr. Sara M. Evans and feminist theologian Dr. Sherry Jordon as they introduce the new Re-Imagining Community web portal and facilitate a conversation on the future of the Re-Imagining Movement.

In addition to this discussion, Dr. Evans will provide a history of the Re-Imagining movement in a program at the Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (Rubenstein Library Room 153) on Tuesday, April 18, at 4:00 pm. Reception to begin at 3:30 pm in the Holsti Room.

Co-Sponsored with the Sallie Bingham Center by the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke; the Duke Divinity School; the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University; the Duke University Chapel; the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South.

More information about the Re-Imagining conference and movement can be found in the collections of Duke University's Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture. Read about the papers of one of the organizers of the conference, Reverend Jean Audrey Powers, in this Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library blog post from April 2015.

Sara M. Evans

University of Minnesota

Sara Evans is Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History Emerita at the University of Minnesota. Her research has focused on the history of American feminism as a social movement and its relationship to a variety of related movements for equal rights. Since the mid-1960s she has been engaged with the Civil Rights, anti-war, and feminist movements and her scholarship has been inspired by questions posed by those movements. Her books include Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left, Free Spaces: Sources of Democratic Change in America (with Harry Boyte), Born for Liberty: A History of Women in America, Wage Justice: Comparable Worth and the Paradox of Technocratic Change (with Barbara J. Nelson), and Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century’s End. She has served in editorial positions with Feminist Studies and the Journal of American History; and has received grants from the ACLS, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Kellogg Foundation and the Bush Foundation.

Her collected papers are held by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture in Duke University's Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Sherry Jordon

St. Thomas University

Dr. Sherry Jordon was awarded her Ph.D in Theology from Yale in 1995 and is currently Associate Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas. She specializes in historical theology, particularly the Reformation period, and Women’s Studies. Jordon served on the Coordinating Council of the Re-Imagining Community from 1998-2003, spoke at the 2003 Re-Imagining Gathering, and wrote an essay on feminist theology for Bless Sophia: Worship, Liturgy, and Ritual of the Re-Imagining Community. As part of her current research on the history and theology of Re-Imagining, she completed sixty-five oral interviews with members of the Re-Imagining Community, leading feminist and womanist theologians who presented at the conferences, people who were on the national staff of the women’s units in the Presbyterian (USA) and United Methodist churches, and authors who have written books related to Christian feminism and/or Re-Imagining.
Dr. Jordon's audio materials documenting the Re-Imagining Movement are held by Duke University's Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.