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I Can Hear My Neighbor Crying: Sounding Theology, Resounding Social Change

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Pacific School of Religion & Lynnewood United Methodist Church will Launch Progressive Faith Lecture Series with Interactive Singing.
About this Event
On Sunday, October 27th from 7 – 9 p.m. Lynnewood United Methodist Church will begin a new partnership with Pacific School of Religion (PSR), which seeks to advance progressive religious values and thought in Pleasanton, CA. Lynnewood United Methodist Church is a welcoming and reconciling congregation with a legacy of compassion and intellectually engaged Christian spirituality in the community and world. PSR is the oldest Protestant seminary on the West Coast with a 153-year tradition of preparing theologically and spiritually rooted leaders to work for the well-being of all in and out of religious contexts.

Dr. Fennema came to the Pacific School of Religion from Harvard Divinity School where she served as Lecturer on Ritual, Liturgy and Preaching from 2011-2013. She is currently Assistant Professor of Christian Worship and Director of Worship Life at PSR. Her primary research interests are: queer theory, gender studies, and religious practices; critical theories and worship; ritual studies and social theory; and sacramental theologies. Dr Fennema holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley; a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music; and a Bachelor of Music from St Olaf College. Dr. Fennema reflecting on the topic of her lecture shared the following quote from the “dean of American composers” Aaron Copland:

“Every participant in revolutionary activity knows from {their} own experience that a good mass song is a powerful weapon in the class struggle. No other form of collective art activity exerts so far-reaching and all-pervading an influence.”

Dr. Fennema previewing the workshop shared, “If justice is what love looks like in public (Cornel West) then in this presentation, we will explore the ways in which music is what justice sounds like in public. We will discover the ways in which social change and theologies of justice are embodied in the songs that make their way from the fields to the streets, from the churches to the court houses, from the marches to the concert halls. These songs offer a revolutionary sacramental experience of love that bends the arc of the universe toward justice.


October 27
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Lynnewood United Methodist Church
4444 Black Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566 United States
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