Do not look for what used to be; Do not cling to the understanding of the Divine that you once held so dear; Do not seek to possess God. Rather, go and be the community that never stops seeking God.
In this inaugural Women's Studies in Religion Chair Lecture at the Graduate Theological Union, Dr. Jennifer W. Davidson discusses her approaches to teaching the advanced seminar course in Women's Studies in Religion using feminist, contemplative, and liberative approaches in course design and classroom practices.
I don’t teach students to have The Answers at times like this. In fact, many of the most stentorian religious voices that come forward with answers after times of tragedy generally make me cringe or want to go crawl under a rock.
With the words of the psalm still singing inside me, I marveled at this often unseen part of creation, moving so slowly and inefficiently (back-and-forth and side-to-side as it changed direction, sensing some tiny barrier of a stick or redwood cone in its way), going positively nowhere over the fifteen minutes I watched it moving. And I heard the most beautiful invitation from God in that slug’s anonymity, lack of progress, and blessedness.
So two of the main themes in my dissertation are memory and identity--two things that fascinate and confound me. Both are fluid, contested, constantly being shaped and re-shaped, negotiated, constructed, forgotten, and re-constructed. There have been several seasons as I've been working on my PhD that I've had to burrow deeply into a cave in…