Feb–May Teaching Faculty

January 21-28, 2019

John Thompson

Thompson_John.jpgJohn Thompson has a fine arts degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He started carving in 1990, making a carousel in Missoula, Montana. He is now a printmaker that spends most of his time carving wood and some stone carving. He has been teaching printmaking workshops since 1980, and carving workshops since the early 2000s.  You can see some of his work at www.hobbyhorsearts.com.

Beginning Relief Carving
The sessions will focus on safety, tools, learning a bit about the wood, and hands-on tool use. The sessions will continue with fine tuning designs and carving time.  The sessions will conclude with problem solving, demo of "carving in the round”, how to sharpen tools and the types of tools one might want to purchase.


February 15-18, 2019

Professor Hal Taussig

Taussig_Hal.jpgHal Taussig is a recently retired professor and United Methodist pastor.  The most recent of his 14 published books is Re-Reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Loss and Trauma and A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts.  His mediography includes The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Daily Show, People Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, National Public Radio, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, the Bob Edwards Show on Sirius Radio, The History Channel, and the Washington Post.  In additional to speaking gigs around the country and internationally, he is a consultant for his bishop as a consultant in strategic planning.

Energy, Emotion, and Awe: The Future (and Past) of Worship
An Introduction to A New New Testament

March 11-15, 2019

Karin deJonge-Kannan

Dr. Karin deJonge-Kannan was born in the Netherlands and raised in the Gereformeerde Kerk there. Following her move to the USA for academic pursuits -- which ultimately ended with a PhD in Linguistics -- she explored various denominations and learned to appreciate the value of each.  Upon exchanging a position at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia for a position at Utah State University in 2000, she joined the congregation of Prince of Peace (ELCA) in Logan, UT, where she serves in miscellaneous lay ministry capacities, including as lay preacher from time to time.  Dr. deJonge-Kannan is an unapologetic "word nerd" who agrees wholeheartedly with Steven Pinker's claim that humans are "verbivores - creatures that live on words", and Ben Okri's statement that we are "homo fabula - a storytelling species".

Interested especially in the sociolinguistic aspects of religious practice, Dr. deJonge-Kannan regularly teaches a university course in Language & Religion.  She attended the World Parliament of Religions in Salt Lake City in 2015 and has been invited to share her work at the World Parliament of Religions in Toronto in 2018.

In the beginning was.... Language
Both the beginning of the Hebrew Scriptures / Old Testament (Genesis 1 & 2) and the beginning of the Gospel of John (chapter 1) place great emphasis on speaking, naming, and words.  Bring your Bible and let's explore the role of language in these passages. 

Babel and Pentecost: God, Humans, and the Power of Language
The story of Babel and the story of Pentecost are both about languages.  It seems these stories raise opposite claims:  either people can't understand each other because of language differences, or people can understand each other despite language differences.  Bring your Bible and let's explore how both stories place language in the spotlight.

Words of the People: Complaint and Lament in the Bible
Using key scripture passages, participants will reflect on the different focus and roles of complaints and laments in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).  They will also practice writing their own laments as prayers, with the option to express their lament in words and/or art.