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The Seventh Annual Judith Davidson Moyers Women of Spirit Lecture @ Union Theological Seminary
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Seventh Annual Judith Davidson Moyers Women of Spirit Lecture @ Union Theological Seminary | New York | New York | United States

Join Union Theological Seminary for The Seventh Annual Judith Davidson Moyers Women of Spirit Lecture featuring Winona LaDuke. Ms. LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of indigenous economics, food, and energy policy. She is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project and maintains a significant international role raising awareness for indigenous peoples. For the greater part of 2016, Ms. LaDuke lived at the Red Warrior Camp in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation where she advocated for the dismantling of the fossil fuel infrastructure. The author of six books, including Recovering the Sacred and The Winona LaDuke Chronicles, Ms. LaDuke is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.

The Judith Davidson Moyers Women of Spirit Lectures provide a public forum to discuss the most pressing global issues faced by present-day women leaders of faith. In addition to exploring enduring questions of human value and meaning, the Women of Spirit Lecture reflects on topics ranging from environmental justice, poverty, war, and education.

Ms. LaDuke’s lecture will begin at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm), followed by a reception.

Registration is required.

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Hospitality for Strangers and Legal Sanctuary: Interfaith Perspectives @ Union Theological Seminary
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Institute for Contesting Religious Violence (IFCRV) presents its Spring Colloquium on Theological Understandings of Hospitality for Strangers and Legal Sanctuary to be held on the campus of Union Theological Seminary in New York on Friday, April 28, 2017.

IFCRV is seeking submission of presentations across religious traditions elucidating scriptural, canonical and spiritual prescripts for the gifts of hospitality and sanctuary to the stranger. The intention is that these will be podium presentations that can quickly be transformed into a publishable manuscript in order to intervene with a scholarly contribution in the current travel ban crisis.

IFCRV welcomes submissions of short papers by undergraduate and graduate students on the subject. If accepted papers will be displayed as abstracts of 500 works in a poster presentation. The abstracts will be judged on clarity of content, rigor of research and presentation. A $250 prize will be awarded for the best undergraduate paper and $500 for the best graduate level paper at both the master and Ph.D. levels. All accepted abstracts will be eligible for publication in the supplement to the planned publication of the meeting’s main papers.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Sergey Trostyanskiy: – 

Working Beneath the Surface to Create a Better World @ Union Theological Seminary
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Memorial Service for Harry Huff @ Union Theological Seminary
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Memorial Service for Harry Huff @ Union Theological Seminary  | New York | New York | United States

Join as we sing and remember the remarkable life of our former artist-in-residence and chapel organist, Harry Huff.

Saturday, April 29, 3:00
James Memorial Chapel
Reception following in the Social Hall

From 1986 until 2004, Harry Huff was Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary, and from 1984 until 2004 Director of Music for Calvary Episcopal Church. He collaborated with such celebrated performers as classical singers Jessye Norman and Håkan Hagegård, pop singers Judy Collins and Art Garfunkel, and choreographers Bill T. Jones, Lar Lubavitch, and Meredith Monk. 

Harry moved to Boston in 2004 for a position at Harvard Divinity School, and in 2007 became the Minister of Music at Old South Church. During his studies in the 1970s at the North Carolina School of the Arts and later at Yale University, he was the winner of organ competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Music Teachers’ National Association. He was a guest artist at the Aspen, Spoleto, Mostly Mozart, Copenhagen, and Avignon summer festivals, and appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Composers’ Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Pops, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Beyond Sacred @ Union Theological Seminary, James Chapel
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Beyond Sacred @ Union Theological Seminary, James Chapel  | New York | New York | United States

Beyond Sacred

Written by Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, with Ryan Conarro
Directed by Ping Chong
In collaboration with the performers: 
Tiffany Yasmin Abdelghani, Ferdous Dehqan, Kadin Herring, Amir Khafagy and Maha Syed  

Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theatre production exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities in the United States. The five cast members of Beyond Sacred vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City, at a time of increasing Islamophobia. They are young men and women that reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, including those who have converted to Islam, those who were raised Muslim, but have since left the faith, those who identify as “culturally” Muslim, and those who are observant on a daily basis.

Beyond Sacred is part of Ping Chong + Company’s Undesirable Elements project, an oral history theater project exploring issues of culture, identity, and difference in the lives of individuals in specific communities. Beyond Sacred was developed through a community-engaged process wherein Ping Chong + Company extensively interviews local participants, who then become the performers. These interviews become the basis of a script that weaves together personal, historical, and political narratives. The goal of Beyond Sacred is to use theater and personal testimony to foster greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in New York and beyond.

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Organizing for Racial Justice, 1960s and Today – An Intergenerational Conversation @ Union Theological Seminary
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm