Mondays, September 23 – December 9, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Stand Your Ground Cover Art

Emmy Kegler and Kelly Brown Douglas explore and live out their experiences contending with gender, racial justice and sexuality.  One is a millennial, identifying queer and searching for her vocation.  One is a Gen X prophet, critiquing white exceptionalism and calling for racial justice and equality.

Emmy Kegler is a gifted and only child who journeys through several Christian traditions to find acceptance and her vocation as a Lutheran pastor.  One Coin Found is the memoir of this queer woman who falls in love with scripture and develops a “hermeneutic of the hip” in her wrestling with God.

A mother with a teenage son, Kelly Brown Douglas feels the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as an immediate family danger, an all-too-familiar story in the black community. In Stand Your Ground, the theologian and Episcopal priest traces white exceptionalism in American history from the Massachusetts Bay Company to Manifest Destiny to the Stand Your Ground laws in Florida that protected the “watch captain” who shot Trayvon from criminal charges.

The course will involve presentations, conversations, and writing prompts to explore the mystery of God in one’s own search for personal purpose and justice in our world.

Sample sessions include:

  • Gender 101: Learning from a new generation
  • Tell a Story: Lost, Real, Good, Marked
  • Black Bodies and the Justice of God
  • Jesus and Trayvon


COST:  $240.00 for the series, $25.00 per session
(The 12/9 session is free to attend; please register.)

The Hedgerow Initiative offers sustained, systematic programming in feminist theological education, spiritual integration, and leadership for a just and holy world. In a particular way, the Initiative highlights the scholarship of women who since the 1950s have worked to reclaim women’s presence and significance in scripture, church, history, theology and culture. The Initiative takes its name from the hedgerow schools in Ireland that kept alive the language, faith, culture and community of the people during the time of the British penal codes. A hedgerow is a biosphere and a haven.

Required Texts:

Books available for purchase at Wisdom Ways.

Hedgerow Instructors:

Nancy Corcoron

New Englander by birth, Midwesterner by choice, Nancy Corcoran, CSJ, has been and still is being “consciousized” by the communities with whom she lives and works as a chaplain, presently in Ferguson, Missouri, and ministering with transgender, gender expansive, intersex folx and their families. Nancy is called to challenge the status quo in multiple ways holding the tension of being both oppressor and oppressed.

Kathleen Gearin

Judge Kathleen Gearin spent 25 years handling criminal, civil and juvenile cases as a trial court judge, including two terms as Chief Judge, in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District (St. Paul and suburbs). The St. Catherine alumna has served on numerous local, state and national task forces and committees focused on child abuse, sexual assault, judicial education, and jury reform.

Emmy Kegler

Emmy Kegler pastors Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis focused on feeding the hungry and community outreach, and is co-leader of the Queer Grace Community, a group of LGBTQ+ Christians who meet for worship, Bible study, and fellowship. One Coin Found tells the story of her journey as a queer Christian called to ordained ministry and her relationship with Scripture throughout that call.

Angela T. Khabeb

Angela T. Khabeb is a pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran in Minneapolis. From 2000 to 2002, she was an ELCA missionary in Namibia, where she met and married her husband, Benhi.  Pastor Angela’s core spiritual belief is quite simple: Jesus is intimately and infinitely concerned with each and every one of us.

Tarshia Stanley

Tarshia L. Stanley is Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences and Associate Professor of English at St. Catherine University. She has written articles on Black women’s iconography in African American and African Cinema and American popular culture. Founding president of the Octavia E. Butler Literary Society, she edited The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature and the forthcoming Approaches to Teaching Octavia E. Butler in the Academy.


Andrea Tande, MA, Co-director CSJ Consociate Services.

Hedgerow Planning Instructors:


Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD

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Rev. Barbara Lund
Director, Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality


Andrea Tande, MA, Co-director CSJ Consociate Services

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