Tag Archives: Christianity

In Depth: Unity

If you were at the activities fair last week, you probably noticed that Wesleyan has an overwhelming amount of clubs groups to join. Because you don’t have the time (or enough room in your inbox) to sign up for everything you saw, our In-Depth Series profiles some of those student groups who may have slipped through those cracks. In this installation, I sat down with Isaac Klimasmith ’20, the leader of Unity. Unity is a space for queer Christians to meet and talk about their faith. Enjoy! 

‘Leo Africanus’ Discovers Comedy – A History Talk by Natalie Zemon Davis

This talk stages a dialogue between two theatrical traditions at the end of the Middle Ages: the popular theater of the Arabic and Islamic world and the theater of Christian Europe. It does so through the adventures of Hasan al-Wazzan (“Leo Africanus”), a Moroccan traveler and diplomat, who was captured by Christian pirates in 1518 and spent several years in Italy as a seeming convert before returning to North Africa. The talk reflects on possible limits to cultural exchange and on the continuing vigor of alternate cultural traditions.

Natalie Zemon Davis has received honorary degrees from numerous universities in the United States and Europe. In 1987 she served as President of the American Historical Association. In recognition of her path breaking historical work, in 2010 she was awarded the Holberg International Memorial Prize, and in 2012 she received the National Humanities Medal.

Sponsored by the History Department.

Date: Thursday, October 17th
Time: 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: Beckham Hall

“A Biblical Sex Scandal?: Noah, Ham, and the Curse of Canaan” Lecture Tomorrow

I found out about this lecture from a class I’m in, and you folks should totally hit it up. What better can you spend your Thursday evening than with sex and ham? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

From the Events Calendar:

Jennifer Knust is Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Boston University and the author of a new book entitled: Unprotected Texts. It’s a study of what Knust calls “the Bible’s surprising contradictions on sex and desire”.

….which isn’t all that helpful of a description. But still, if you’re into that kind of thing, come by!

Sponsored by (a crapload of people!): Religion Department, Jewish & Israel Studies, Rabbi David Teva, Rev. Joan Burnett, Fr. Hal Weidner, Feminist, & Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Date:  March 1st, Thursday
Time:  7pm
Place:  Center for African American Studies (CAAS) Lounge

“Why is the church responsible for so much injustice?”

The title of this blog post, I have you know, is the actual name provided for this event. Though, perhaps a pithier title would have been less… uh, confusing. But then again, the goal was probably to be provocative.

When I first saw this submission sitting in the Wesleying inbox, I was inclined to sending a follow-up email to its submitter Joyce Wong ’12 to check if, indeed, this is but a mere instance of trolling. But, I decided to have a little faith instead, and run with it. If this is indeed an instance of somebody pulling a fast one – folks over at the Wesleyan Christian Fellowship, do let me know. I’ll get my baseball bat. Anyway,

Why is the church responsible for so much injustice? Why are Christians such hypocrites?

Wesleyan Christian Fellowship would like to host a discussion/conversation hour for anyone and everyone to express their opinions, thoughts whatever about the question.

Tea, hot chocolate and snacks will be provided!

Date:   Nov. 30
Time:   7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Place:  Usdan 110

Campus Alpha – Lighthouse

Abraham Ngu ’13 wants to tell you:

Come explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, no pressure setting through the Campus Alpha which 7- week course led by students that includes a dinner, a half hour video clip and then a discussion. Runs every Friday from 02/11/2011 till 04/22/2011, 6.30pm – 9.00pm at Lighthouse. Please email angu(at)wesleyan(dot)edu for more details or to sign up.

First Meeting:

Date:   Feb. 11
Time:   6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Place:  Lighthouse, 230 Washington St.

All Campus Prayer in Jesus’ Name

From Gloria Fanchiang ’10:

Open to all students, faculty, and staff, and friends of Wesleyan. Please join us every Thursday seeking the heart God has for Wesleyan. Doors open at 9 PM, but we’ll officially start at 9:30. Send prayer requests to prayears(at)gmail(dot)com. Contact gFanchiang(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with questions/concerns/comments and/or if interested in receiving updates.

  • Date: Thursday, April 1
  • Time: 9:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Place: Chaplain’s Lounge, 169 High St