MTSO will welcome guests to campus for a wide variety of events during the Fall Semester. All of the events below are free and open to the public, and none requires registration.
"A Long Way from Home": Displacement, Lament and Singing Sorrow in Psalm 137
Lecture by Valerie Bridgeman, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible
Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
Bridgeman offers a presentation focusing on the role of lament when people feel disconnected from their home, whether because of social disparities or immigration.
This lecture was prepared with assistance from a faculty development grant through the Theological Commons at MTSO. It is an extension of a summer research project, which includes a presentation in South Africa.
Building Resilience Through Mindfulness
Presentation by Brandi Lust
Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
People who practice mindfulness have higher levels of resilience and greater levels of attentiveness to their surroundings and their work. Mindfulness also facilitates meaning-making and a deeper sense of purpose. It is a particularly effective tool for diverse communities.
Lust, an MTSO Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries student, has worked in the fields of education and social justice through her business, Learning Lab Consulting.
Keeping Your Head Above Trauma: Lessons to Share
Conversation with Rita Cavin
Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
Cavin was serving as interim president of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, in October 2015 when a shooter killed eight students and a faculty member before taking his own life. Several others were injured.
Now retired, Cavin will reflect on the school’s response, sharing lessons learned about being prepared for the worst, getting through the acute emergency, and finding the path to resilience and recovery.
Finding Deuteronomy in the Dirt: How Farming Informs My Biblical Scholarship
Lecture by Raymond F. Person Jr.
Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
At work, Person is a professor of religion at Ohio Northern University. At home, he lives on a historic Swiss Mennonite homestead near Bluffton, run by a cooperative of 17 families to produce meat, eggs and vegetables.
The author of eight books, Person will review his written commentary and reflect on the influence farming has had on his insights into the biblical text.
As more fall events are scheduled, they will be listed at www.mtso.edu/events.