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Dream-Reading Revelation (22:2) and Women's Speculative Fiction for Futures that Feed Us

Rev. Dr. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud

Monday, February 28, 7:30-9:00 PM CT
On Campus and via Zoom

Ecofeminist Catherine Keller invites us to "dream-read" the biblical book of Revelation as a "dis/closive" strategy for reimagining planetary futures from "edges" of possibility, counter to religious and secular "endings." This eco-eschatology lecture begins with a visage from the Lake Street Bridge, reflecting on the place of "City, Tree, Water," then flows through apocalyptic images of the New Jerusalem and its Tree of Life, whose "leaves are for the healing of the nations" (22:2). Further inspiration from arboreal researchers, regenerative land-poets, and women's speculative fiction writers illumine relations of kinship between trees, leaves, soil and humans. As spiritual communities seek alternatives to extractive and exploitative economies, eco-eschatology reimagines and dreams how we may engage together for edible, fertile, generous and humble futures.

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Founded in 1992, the Susan Draper White Lectures in Women’s Studies series is named after the grandmother of Rev. Cil (Priscilla) Braun ('83), Susan Draper White. Because of gifts from Cil and other generous donors, these endowed lectures are free and open to the public. 



1992   Renita Weems (Bible)
1993   Judith Plaskow (Judaism)
1994   Beverly Harrison (Ethics)
1995   Ada Isasi-Diaz (Theology)
1996   Marjorie Procter-Smith (Liturgy & Worship)
1997   Rita Gross (Buddhism)
1998   Mary Hunt (Ethics)
1999   Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore (Theology/Christian Ed.)
2000   Jane Dempsey Douglass (Historical Theology)
2001   Marie Fortune (Domestic Violence, Justice, & the Church)
2002   Damayanthi Niles (Theology)
2003   Marjorie Suchocki ((Theology)
2004   Joretta Marshall (Pastoral Theology / Care)
2005   Emilie Townes (Ethics)
2006   Letty Russell (Theology)
2007   Barbara Lundblad (Preaching)
2008   Nancy Eiesland (Sociology of Rel. / Disabilities)
2009   Karen Lebacqz (Arts and Ethics)
2010   Joyce Mercer (Practical Theology – spirituality of adolescent girls)
2011   20th Anniversary of Lectureship – Monday lecture by Mary Bednarowski / Tuesday panel moderated by Christie Neuger – panelists: Alika Galloway (Kwanzaa Community Church – PCUSA) , Sondra Mattox (M.Div. student), Carolyn Pressler (faculty), Nancy Victorin-Vangerud (adjunct faculty)
2012   Beverly Gaventa (NT)
2013   Eunjoo Mary Kim (Homiletics)
2014   Wil Gafney (Hebrew Bible)
2015   Alika Galloway & panel from Northside Women’s Space (Church’s response to sex trafficking)
2016   Panel: Dr. Fatma Reda, Sheikha Anse Tamara Gray, Nausheena Hussain – Islam, the Feminist Religion
2017   Rabbi Dr. Amy Eilberg (Interfaith)
2018   Mary Farrell Bednarowski with a panel consisting of Sherry Jordon (St. Thomas), Pamela Ayo Yetunde (faculty), and Sara Wilhelm Garbers (25th Anniversary of Re-Imagining)
2020   Yolanda Norton (Beyonce Mass)



Rev. Dr. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud is a retired clergy member of the MN Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and she is currently serving as an adjunct professor at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She brings experience in higher education as a professor of Christian theology at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, as well as Hamline University, where she served as Chaplain and Director of the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice. Nancy has also served in leadership as a youth minister, retreat center director, director of Christian education, lead pastor, and teaching elder. Nancy received an MDiv and PhD in Religion from Vanderbilt University, and an MA in Christian Education from Scarritt College. She is author of The Raging Hearth: Spirit in the Household of God (Chalice, 2000), as well as multiple articles and book chapters on ecotheology, feminist theology, and ecospirituality. She and her family live in south Minneapolis, where she is passionate about urban gardening and food sustainability.