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Saturday, November 7 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
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Imagining a Different Path: Religious Education and the Pilgrimage of Motherhood
Patricia Lipperini (Fordham University)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] Motherhood is a complex experience that can be transformative, offering women opportunities for personal enrichment and spiritual development. However, when women travel the path of motherhood, they find themselves at the confluence of many powerful streams of imagination. Besides imagined days of caring for the child, they may be influenced and burdened by the assumptions of western culture and Christian tradition, which often ignore the complexity of their experiences. A richly re-imagined religious education can fashion a context that can support and enliven women in their motherhood.

Coat of Many Colors: Dolly Parton, Julia Kristeva, and Rural Discipleship
Jonathan LeMaster-Smith (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] Dolly Parton's song "Coat of Many Colors” paints the picture of a mother who sews a coat for her daughter while telling the story of Joseph’s many colored coat, bringing the daughter great joy. Steeped in the rural values of stewardship, knowledge of place, and making do, Parton's song pairs well with Julia Kristeva’s understanding of Christianity’s potential to refine suffering into joy through addressing the suffering present in life. This fusion becomes the pattern for a rural Christian practice of blending scripture and craft to respond to the struggles of rural working-class life.

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Jonathan LeMaster-Smith

Affiliate, Sioux Falls Seminary

Patricia Lipperini

Director of Parish Faith Formation, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish

Saturday November 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm EST
Ponce de Leon (Hotel Terrace Level)

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