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TBLG+Christianity Ministry Panel Luncheon


The School of Social Work Dean's Initiative on TBLG Matters is proud to announce the first of two lunch events this semester exploring and discussing the intersection of TBLG Identity and Christianity! 

The Dean's Initiative will be hosting the TBLG+Christianity Ministry Panel Luncheon on Wednesday, February 17th from Noon-1:30PM in Room B780 of the School of Social Work Building. 

*Lunch will be provided*

With Ministry panelists Jonathan Vanderbeck (MSW '16 and M.Div '16) and Reid Hamilton (Chaplain of Canterbury House), we will deconstruct the relationship and history between conservative Christianity and heterosexism, as well as explore alternative narratives on the relationship between Christianity and queerness.


More on Jonathan: Seminarian Jonathan Vanderbeck (he/him/his) is currently pursuing degrees from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI (M.Div) and the University of Michigan School of Social Work (M.S.W.), and seeking ordination in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) as the first openly gay candidate for ministry, anticipating ordination in May 2016. Jonathan identifies as a Korean-adopted person-of-color, and is passionate about studying intersectionality between Korean and LGBTQ identities, developing a theology of queer liberation in the realm of Reformed Calvinism, and how to make the best cocktail of vodka, gin, and white tears.

More on Reid: Reid Hamilton is the Chaplain of Canterbury House because he loves everything the University environment has to offer, from bright and interesting people to ivy-covered libraries to smoky dives. Poet, musician and scholar, he is most interested in things he has not seen before. Before becoming a priest in 1998, Reid jumped out of airplanes, practiced law, got married, got divorced, and got married again – permanently this time! Reid has two children and has spent nearly half of his life in one school or another. He is passionately committed to justice and civil rights. His wife, Deb (originally from Detroit), also loves music and social activism. Reid and Deb enjoy cooking together and conducting bold culinary experiments on their friends. Born in Joplin, Missouri, Reid has lived in Nashville, in North Carolina, in Atlanta and Kansas City before at last making his way north. In his life as a priest he has served as Assistant Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Kansas City, Missouri, and as Rector of Christ Church in Kent, Ohio – home of Kent State University – where he encouraged a parish-based campus ministry.

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