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Conference Speakers

Opening Remarks: Welcome & Opening remarks: Sex, Shame and Faith

Who:
Dr. Marit A. Trelstad, PLU Chair of Lutheran Studies and Professor of Constructive and Lutheran Theologies at PLU

Bio: 
Marit A. Trelstad (PhD, Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Claremont Graduate University; MA, Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary) is the Pacific Lutheran University Chair of Lutheran Studies and Professor of Constructive and Lutheran Theologies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Her scholarly work combines feminist, process and Lutheran theologies and has focused on Christology, theological anthropology, the doctrine of God, and science and religion.  As a contributor and editor, she published Cross Examinations: Readings on the Meaning of the Cross Today (Fortress, 2006) and contributed chapters to Luther from the SubAltern – the Alternative Luther (Lexington, 2019, American Perspectives meet Scandinavian Creation Theology (Church of Sweden Research Department & Aarhus University, 2019), Theological and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Engineering, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Transformative Lutheran Theologies (Fortress, 2010), Lutherrenaissance: Past and Present (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2014), Theologies of Creation: Creatio Ex Nihilo and Its New Rivals (Routledge, August 2014) and Creating Women’s Theology:  A Movement Engaging Process Thought, (St. Louis:  Chalice, 2011).

Presentation Title: Gender Justice and Faith: 2019 ELCA Social Statement

Who:
Dr. Mary Streufert, Justice for Women Division, Bishop’s Office of the ELCA, Chicago, IL

Bio:
Mary J. Streufert serves as Director for Justice for Women in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She works to empower a variety of leaders to think and act theologically for intersectional gender justice. In collaboration with global scholars and activists in the Lutheran tradition, she serves as the North American regional coordinator for gender justice and women’s empowerment within the Lutheran World Federation. She earned a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, an M.A. from Oregon State University, and a B.A. from Valparaiso University. Among chapters, articles, and an edited volume, her most recent essay is “A Word of the Word for our Hearts: Embracing Multiply-Gendered God-Language with Luther,” forthcoming in The Alternative Luther—Lutheran Theology from the Subaltern (fall 2019).

Mary J. Streufert

Presentation Title:Gender Justice and Faith: 2019 ELCA Social Statement”

Who:
Dr. Mary Lowe, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN

Bio:
Mary Elise Lowe is Associate Professor of Religion at Augsburg University. Her teaching and research focus on LGBTQI theologies and the theology of Martin Luther. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, she holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, a M.Div. from Luther Seminary, and a B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University. Her most recent essay is “The Queer Body-Mind in Martin Luther’s Theology: From Subaltern Sodomite to Embodied Imago Dei”, forthcoming in The Alternative Luther – Lutheran Theology from the Subaltern (fall 2019).

Mary Lowe

Presentation Title: PLU Student and Staff Panel on Bolz-Weber’s book Shameless with responses by Pastor Jen Rude, PLU Campus Ministry

Who:
Rev. Jen Rude, University Pastor at Pacific Lutheran University

Bio: 
Before coming to PLU Jen served as the program director for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, a national support and advocacy organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer) pastors and seminarians. For eight years Jen served as an Outreach Minister with The Night Ministry in Chicago, where she provided pastoral care, crisis response and advocacy in an interfaith and multicultural setting for street-based young adults. In 2007, Jen was extraordinary ordained at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Chicago and served there as Associate Pastor. After policy change at the national level removed barriers for partnered LGBTQ clergy, Jen was received onto the ELCA roster in 2011.

Jen received her Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and her B.A. in Religion with Gender Studies and Psychology minors from ELCA-affiliated Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jen is a member of Proclaim, the professional community for publicly identified LGBTQ Lutheran rostered leaders and those preparing for rostered leadership. Proclaim is a program of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.

Presentation title: “Masculinity, Gender and the Christian Right in American Christianity”

Who:
Dr. Seth Dowland, Religion Department, Pacific Lutheran University

Bio:
Seth Dowland is associate professor of American religious history and chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Pacific Lutheran University, where he teaches courses on the history of Christianity and Islam in the United States, as well as seminars on the intersection of politics, gender, race, and American Christianity. His first book, Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), examines the rise of family values politics among conservative evangelicals in the U.S. from the 1970s to the 1990s. He is currently working on a book (under contract with Oxford University Press) that examines the history of white Christian masculinity in America. He has published many articles and book chapters on the history of evangelicalism, focused in particular on the intersection of religion, politics, gender, and sexuality.

Presentation Title:  “Shameless: A Sexual Reformation”

Who:
Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran pastor and New York Times bestselling author

Bio:
Nadia Bolz-Weber first hit the New York Times list with her 2013 memoir—the bitingly honest and inspiring Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint followed by the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller Accidental Saints in 2015. A former stand-up comic and a recovering alcoholic, Bolz-Weber is the founder and former pastor of a Lutheran congregation in Denver, House for All Sinners and Saints. She speaks at colleges and conferences around the globe.

Nadia Bolz-Weber