November 5, 2017 – November 4, 2018
25th Anniversary Celebration, 1993-2018

The Re-Imagining Community is an ecumenical, radical, Christian movement.

Together we pursue creative and relevant ways of understanding Womanist, Feminist, Mujerista, and Asian Feminist theologies, opening space for dialogue with the church, diverse religious communities, and the world.

We are impassioned to participate in Re-Imagining by our love and search for God, justice, and a challenging, empowering, and inclusive church.

We have recently re-organized in order to preserve our legacy so that future generations do not have to re-create it.  We are also committed to looking to the future and sponsoring activities that continue the spirit of Re-Imagining.

History

In November 1993, the first Re-Imagining Conference took place in Minneapolis.  2,000 people from around the world gathered to hear a variety of women theologians re-imagine God, Jesus, Creation and much more.  Participants were challenged. . . created. . . laughed, sang and danced!  After the event there was a backlash.  The right wing of some mainline denominations denounced presenters, organizers, and participants.  They accused them of heresy and actively tried to silence their voices.  Despite this, Re-Imagining continued holding conferences over the next ten years, publishing a magazine and maintaining a presence.  In 2013 Re-Imagining held a reunion, reincorporated and is moving forward.  Previous events’ recordings are being digitized, materials are being archived, a website and Facebook page have been set up, and we are anticipating a variety of events celebrating the 25th anniversary from November 2017 to November 2018.  Participating organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area include: Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, and Hamline University.

 

Re-Imagining Event Flyer

Re-Imagining Events:

pcc

January 27, 2018
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

“Re-Imagining a World without Violence” Conference
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Join us for an exciting day-long conference examining non-violence, peace, and healing – particularly through the lens of faith, with attention to the individual, family, and community. There are over 25 presenters with topics ranging from addressing white privilege, LGBTQ+ experiences, non-violent communication, domestic abuse and so much more. Workshops are offered during four different sessions throughout the day, with two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Featuring singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen!

Conference Brochure

Registration

marylou

February 11, 2018
2:00 pm

“The Sacred Jazz of Mary Lou Williams”
With the Swing Sisterhood Big Band and local vocalists

Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN

The sacred jazz music of legendary composer/pianist Mary Lou Williams will be presented in new arrangements by Laura Caviani and Kari Musil, and performed by jazz vocalists accompanied by the Swing Sisterhood Big Band. Supported by the Luann Dummer Center for Women at the University of St. Thomas and by the Re-Imagining Community.

Program website

United Theo

March 1, 2018: 9:30 am
March 2, 2018: 9:00 am

United Days
“Re-Imagining: Embodiment. Looking Back–Looking Forward
Featuring: Sherry Jordon, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Carolyn Pressler, and Lee Wolfe Blum
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
300 Fifth Street NW, New Brighton, MN

The first day of United Days will focus on “Looking Back,” the history of Re-Imagining with keynote speaker, Sherry Jordan, Associate Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas, and will include Embodiment and its impact. The second day will focus on “Looking Ahead” with conversations on pressing issues of racism, gender/ sexuality, and body size and ability. National and local theologians and academics are being invited to speak. 

Program website

United Theo

March 19, 2018: 7:30 pm
March 20, 2018: 11:00 am

March 19
“We’re Persisting: Women’s Ongoing Revitalization of Theology and Religious Studies”
Featuring: Susan Draper White Lecturer, Dr. Mary Bednarowski
Program website

March 20
“What Persisting Looks Like”
Featuring:
Dr. Mary Bednarowski and Sherry Jordon
Program website


United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
300 Fifth Street NW, New Brighton, MN

Hamline

April 27, 2018: 7:30 pm
April 28, 2018: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

“Hearing Earth in Our Time: Ecowomanism, African-American Women, and Earth-Honoring Faiths”
Dr. Melanie L. Harris, Mahle Lecturer in Residence

Hamline University Anderson Center
774 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 

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October 5, 2018: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
October 6, 2018: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wisdom Ways Fall Soul Conference:
“Re-Imagining Body: Earth and Ourselves”
Dr. Shawn M. Copeland

Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN

Goddess and Godsmall

November 1 – 3, 2018
The 25th Anniversary: Dr. Carol P. Christ and Dr. Judith Plaskow
Mahle Lecturers

November 1, 2018: 7:00 pm
Hamline University Anderson Center
774 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul, MN 

November 2, 2018: 7:30 pm
Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN

November 3, 2018: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hamline University Anderson Center
774 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul, MN

For registration information and event updates, please visit re-imaginingcommunity.org or facebook.com/ReImaginingCommunity.