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Chapel services; ministry thesis presentations; explorations in imaginative arts at the Smart Museum and Court Theatre; and visits and forums with DDH trustees, University professors, and other friends of the House: this quarter's Monday night programs mark the outward, renewing return of spring, inviting reflection on the public-facing, public-serving work that residents and scholars engage in, within and beyond the walls of the House.
A full schedule of the Monday night programs for the Spring quarter can be found here.
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2023 Distinguished Alumna: Cynthia G. Lindner, exemplary minister and mentor, has been selected as the next recipient of the Distinguished Alumna/us Award of the Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago. For the past twenty-one years as the Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, she has nurtured, trained, and inspired generations of emerging religious leaders, including many DDH graduates and current students. The award will be presented on August 1 by the Alumni/ae Council in Louisville, Kentucky.
not all realisms: On March 20, alumna Aneesah Veatch took students on a tour of "not all realisms" an exhibition on view that addresses photography from Mali, Ghana, and South Africa during what is referred to as "Africa's long 1960s.Students were asked to consider these photographs: the way they frame the subject, what is suggested by photography, and how that changes when the presence of a camera is known.
Disciple & Camp: Hiatt Allen, final year MDiv/MPP, presented his ministry thesis on February 27 for a Monday night dinner program. His presentation examined the role of church camps, constructed as liminal spaces, in the faith and identity formation of both the individual participants of these church camps and of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a denomination. Hiatt draws upon his own experience as a camper and camp counselor, as well as a series of informational interviews done with prominent camp figures in the denomination and historical records to build out the historical impact of camping ministries on the denomination's identity.
Covenant as Dream: W. Clark Gilpin joined the House on February 6 to lead a session of Disciples History and Thought that focused on covenantal theology as a form of public theology. Drawing from William Barber's Forward Together, the session examined the relation between covenant, promise, and dreams.