Women’s Studies Faculty & Grad Colloquium: Farid Muttaqin

download flyerFarid Muttaqin “Observing the Islamic Theological Context: Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Feminist Agendas toward Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Rights”
Friday, November 2, 2007, 4-6 PM
Baker Center 233
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

This month’s colloquium will feature Farid Muttaqin leading a discussion on his paper. Muttaquin, currently an OU Southeast Asian Studies student, graduated from the State Islamic University of Jakarta in philosophy.

The Muslim feminists in Indonesia have an important position among the efforts to uphold gay and lesbian rights. Indeed, the involvement of Muslim feminist groups in homosexual movements is crucial in terms of strengthening the endeavors of reconstruction of biases in Islamic interpretations. Some groups such as GAYa Nusantara, Koalisi Pelangi, and Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia, who promotes gay rights in Indonesia, focus on the internal empowerment among gay communities and still abandon the problem of theology and religion. It is hard for the “secular groups” to deal with the controversial issue of homosexuality in the country in where Islamic religious belief plays the significant roles for the society. It is important to begin the recognition of homosexual rights in Indonesia by observing the theological context and reinterpreting the verses of the Koran. In this regard, this feminist effort to provide a new interpretation of Islamic teaching on homosexuality will be a crucial contribution to gay and lesbian rights.

Part of the Ohio University Women’s Studies Program Colloquium for faculty and graduate students. Refreshments will be served.

To facilitate discussion, please request a copy of the paper from Women’s Studies: godby -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4686.


Carlton Pearson: The Gospel of Inclusion

Bishop Carlton Pearson: The Gospel of Inclusion
Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 7-9pm

Baker Center Ballroom
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Having rejected his religious tradition’s belief in a literal hell, lost his 5,000-member mega-church, and formally been declared a heretic in 2004, Bishop Carlton Pearson has emerged as a leading voice calling for radical acceptance.

Preaching the Gospel of Inclusion, Pearson emphasizes God’s irrepressible love for all and welcomes gay people, AIDS patients, religious skeptics, and all others into his ministry.

Once an Evangelical heavyweight, sharing the pulpit with Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, Pearson believes that God explicitly delivered the Gospel of Inclusion to him, initiating a whirlwind of events that drastically changed his life and his faith. Pearson’s unwavering commitment to spreading the message of inclusion is taking root at his renamed church, New Dimensions Worship Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma and he is enjoying a resurgent popularity among a more diverse population than he has ever reached before. Unlikely and fascinating, his story begs to be told.

On Wednesday, he will talk to Professor Steve Hays’ course on Religious Beliefs, from 3-5 p.m. in the South Pole of Nelson Commons, also free and open to the public.


Mandy Carter “Building Bridges Ending Racism”

Mandy Carter “Building Bridges Ending Racism”
Three opportunities to hear Mandy Carter @ OU in Athens, Ohio, on Thursday, October 18, 2007

1.) Noon-1 pm

Brown Bag: Combating Racism
UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice
18 N. College St.

2.) 3:30-4:30 pm
International Studies Reception
Yamada International House
Ohio University

3.) 7-9 pmdownload flyer
Lecture: “Building Bridges Ending Racism”
A conversation with visionary, activist, and organizer Mandy Carter
Baker Center Ballroom A
Ohio University

Come be engaged in a journey that examines past struggles for justice and visions of the future. Mandy Carter will take you there!

Ms. Carter has been an anti-racism organizer for the past 39 years. Carter helped found SONG (Southerners on New Ground) at the Durham Creating Change Conference in 1993. Inspired by the vision of black and white southern lesbians, SONG works to build movements for progressive social change across the South by developing models for organizing that connect race, class, culture, gender and sexual identity. Ms. Carter was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 to recognize, make visible and celebrate the impressive and valuable, yet often invisible peace work of thousands of women around the world.

Sponsored by: African Studies, African American Studies, Center For International Studies, Communication And Development Studies, Department of Social Work, International Development Studies, LGBT Center, Multicultural Programs Center, Southeast Asia Studies, UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice, Women’s Center.

Contact: UCM @ 740-593-7301 or ucmcf -at- frognet.net
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Take Back the Night Rally

Take Back the Night Rally & Vigil
Thursday, October 18, 2007, 7 pm
(Rain or Shine)
Terry O’Brien Shelter, Victory Park
Pickerington, Ohio

download flyerMen, women, and children are invited to gather for a rally and candlelight vigil in downtown Pickerington for the second local “Take Back the Night”celebration. Sign interpreters will be available for the event.

Activities for the evening will include speakers, a candlelight march, music, and dramatic readings. Speakers will include Sheriff Dave Phalen, Pickerington Police Chief Michael Taylor, Franklin County Prosecutor’s Victim Advocate Amber Howell, Becky Saunders, Brenda Layman, and others who will discuss the local problems of violence, share readings of strength and empowerment, and give insights and ideas for empowerment.

Immediately following the program, a special candlelight procession will move through the town square to symbolically take back the night in which women and children are afraid to walk. The purpose is to honor the
memory of victims and the spirit of survivors by raising awareness. The public is invited to participate. This event is a collaborative effort between women’s studies alumni and community volunteers.

Take Back the Night began in New York City in 1973 as an effort to break the silence that enables violence to continue. Violence has become a part of our daily existence, touching every generation, race, and social stratum. By bringing women together, it enables women to empower one another through shared experiences instead of remaining isolated and powerless. “We take back the night to begin a new day,” says one organizer.

Contact: 740-536-7324 OR 614-736-6545 (Pam Kaylor)

Rev. Bradley Schmeling on The Church, Society, and Homosexuality

Rev. Bradley Schmeling on The Church, Society, and Homosexuality
Wed, Oct 17, 2007, 7 pm

Christ Lutheran Church
69 Mill St, Athens, Ohio

Rev. Bradley Schmeling will give a public talk in the church sanctuary, open to all interested people. The session will review some of the theological and social issues in church and society regarding homosexuality.

Rev. Schmeling, a graduate of Ohio University and a peer minister at Christ Church during that time, was at the center of discussion at the recent national convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (August, Chicago). Because he has a spouse who is male, a former Lutheran pastor himself, Bradley was put on trial and removed from the list of approved clergy by his bishop and the national church. He remains the pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Atlanta because his congregation supports him whole-heartedly and Lutheran bishops have been encouraged to refrain from further action against gay pastors in committed partnerships.

St. John’s Lutheran Church “Trial Update,” an information-rich page.

Contact: 740 593 3144 or clchurch -at- frognet.net

LGBT Dine & Discuss

LGBT Dine & Discuss: Balancing Careers and Long Term Relationships
Wednesday, October 17, 2007, Noon-1 pm

LGBT Center, 354 Baker Center
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Meet a couple who have been together for 21 years, and have gone through several moves and career changes together. Harvey Ballard, an associate professor of environmental and plant biology, and Andrew Stuart, assistant head of the reference and instruction department at Alden Library, will share their stories and wisdom.

A pizza lunch will be served. Skills for a Queer Life is the theme for 2007-2008 Dine & Discuss series.

Contact: LGBT Center, st195902 -at- ohio.edu

Screening: Cinematheque: FIRE

Screening: Cinematheque: FIRE
Saturday, October 13, 8 pm & Thursday, October 18, 2007, 8 pm

Athena Cinema
20 South Court St., Athens, Ohio
FREE for Ohio University students; FREE for local high school students; $4 General Admission

Directed by Deepa Mehta, 1996, 101 min., 6 awards. In Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, and Punjabi with English subtitles, PG-13.

FIRE is a probing and sensitive look at the continuing clash between traditional and modern Indian values. Deepa Mehta’s tender, passionate and controversial love story of two Indian women torn between their devotion to duty and their desire for love and companionship. Radha has been a consummate wife for fifteen years but her husband is seeking spiritual enlightenment through celibacy. Her sister-in-law Sita is similarly frustrated by her new husband, who spends his nights with his mistress. Deprived of their husbands’ affections, the two women draw closer together in ways neither ever imagined.

Screening classic “art” films from around the world – with guest speakers, discussions, and lively debate: this is the heart of the Arts for Ohio Cinematheque. Films will be programmed along broad themes, and be representative of global cultures. The very best of classic cinema, underground film, and cult retrospectives will be highlighted throughout the year. As an extension of the annual Athens International Film and Video Festival, the Arts for Ohio Cinematheque aims to be a kind of year-round film festival.

Members of the Ohio University community will introduce each film, and lead a post-screening discussion. Our Cinematheque screenings are designed to offer a unique opportunity for professors and instructors to augment their in-class presentations with outside-the-classroom activities. Our mission: to deepen, broaden, and enliven film culture for both the Ohio University and Athens communities.