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Holden Village TEACHING FACULTY

Holden's visiting faculty form the backbone of our educational programming. View the information below to learn more about each of Holden's 2019 visiting faculty members and their sessions.

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FALL 2019

September 30-October 12, 2019

DR. STEVE ARNOLD

Arnold_Steve.jpgDr. Steve Arnold is a Deacon of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is a member of the Lutheran Diaconal Association.   Steve is certified as a Director of Christian Education and as a Lutheran Teacher and has served the Church through parish ministry, teaching at a Lutheran high school, and serving on the faculty of a Lutheran university where he taught parish leadership and lifespan faith formation.  Steve currently serves as a Chaplain at a senior living facility that encompasses assisted living, memory care, transitional care and long term care.  Steve is trained as a certified dementia practitioner and as a Spiritual Director, in the Christian tradition. Steve is noted as a teacher, retreat leader, speaker, author, chaplain, tour leader and bridge-builder. His work has included a number of cross-cultural and international experiences of bringing Christians together from around the world to learn and grow together. Steve’s doctoral work and research are in the areas of adult development, with emphases in gerontology. Specific application of these studies have been made to transitions in faith formation throughout the life span. Special focus in the research has been to equip adults for developing increased responsibility for personal life and development in the third-third of life.

Sessions:
Aging with Boldness: Launching Into the Third-Third of Life

Life is a journey. Aging begins at conception and the issues of aging develop across the lifespan. Each new chapter introduces new opportunities to live with boldness and dignity. In their time together, participants will explore the principles and frameworks for aging successfully and with a sense of adventure and hope. This will be an informational time and a reflective time and is an experience for all ages.

October 7-12, 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.

Sessions:
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.



JOHN HERGERT

Hergert_John.JPGJohn has been an ordained pastor for over 35 years in the ELCA. He was raised in a small town in Eastern WA surrounded by bountiful farmland nurtured by the immigrants who came there in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, made up of ethnic Germans who had lived in Russia. John attended Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas receiving a BA in Theology and completed his MDIV at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He has served congregations in PA, MD, ID, WA and now AK, mostly as a regularly called pastor, but has done four interims, including Shishmaref, AK. He has been actively involved in social justice issues, traveling to South Africa/Namibia during the Apartheid regime. He has marched and spoken at events calling for justice. He was once arrested at the South African Embassy in DC along with 80 other Lutherans. He lived in Holden Village for over a year before, during, and after the Wolverine Fire.  John has a passion for writing and speaking truth to power and the Gospel.

Session: "Living, Listening & Learning in Shishmaref AK
During a six month period in 2019 John served as an interim pastor in the northernmost congregation in the ELCA, Shishmaref, AK. This is a community that is endangered by rising sea levels caused by climate change. He will tell of his deep transformation during the time he served as their pastor. He will speak of hearing the stories of these ancient and wonderful people who see their way of life being destroyed.

SPRING 2020

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February 14-17, 2020

Theology – Hal Taussig – recently retired professor and United Methodist pastor

March 2-6, 2020

Religion/Spirituality – Karin deJonge-Kannan – Professor at Utah State University

March 30 – April 4, 2020

People/Community - Jessica Del Pozo - a clinical psychologist who has worked with diverse populations

April 26 – May 2, 2020

People/Community - Kathleen Grimbly – yoga teacher

May 3- 9, 2020

People/Community - Kathleen Grimbly – yoga teacher

SUMMER 2020

(subject to change)

June 7-13, 2020

Railroad Creek Chamber Music Festival

People/Community – Austen Hartke – Author and transgender person of faith

People/Community – Mark Hanson – teaches at the University of Montana, Missoula MT

Earth – Dax Soule – a field-oriented geophysicist with a background in solid earth geophysics, oceanography, and STEM education

Art/ Music – Sarah Kraaz – Professor Emerita at Ripon College, Ripon WI

Railroad Creek Chamber Music Festival – Janice Gockel – Founder and Director of the Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop

Railroad Creek Chamber Music Festival – Nancy Winder – studied viola with Donald McInnes, and has played with most of the amateur/semi-professional orchestras in the Seattle area

June 14-20, 2020

Living Word – Kathryn Schifferdecker – Associate Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Theology – Hal Taussig – recently retired professor and United Methodist pastor

Theology – Anthony Bateza – Assistant Professor of Religion, St. Olaf College

Community – Claire Smith – Skilled in intercultural capacity-building and group facilitation

Community – Stacy Kitahata – Director of Partnerships, Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship

Guest Musician – Dr. Elisabeth Cherland – Lutheran church musician, choir director, singer, violinist, music educator

Earth/Community – Marcus Taussig Associate Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School & Vivek Tandon – Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Fox school of Business in Temple University

Religion/Art – Peder Jothen – teaches in the Religion Department at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Art/Writing – Kaethe Schwehn – Author and teacher at St. Olaf College, Northfield MN

Earth – Mark Hanson – teaches at the University of Montana, Missoula MT

June 21-27, 2020

Haiti Focus Week

Earth – Larry Rasmussen – Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary

Earth – Dan Spencer – Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Montana           

Art – John Thompson – Master woodcarver

June 28-July 4, 2020

Living Word – Ron Rude – recently retired campus pastor (ELCA), University of Arizona

Meditation/Spirituality – Suba Nadarajah – Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at VMLY&R

Art – Will Brown – Will Brown Interiors, LLC

Art/Photography – Michael Ong – Studio Manager of the Multimedia Studio at Hallmark Cards Inc.

Earth – Dan Spencer – Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Montana

Art – John Thompson – Master woodcarver           

Guest Musicians – Steve Wolbrecht & Ron Pangborn – Church musician & master drummer

Religion/Spirituality – Jennifer Fernandez – constructive theologian whose teaching and research focuses on the intersection of critical social theory and liberative Christian theology

Earth – Peter Hernes – professor at the University of California in Davis, CA, specializing in river biogeochemistry

Art – Deborah & Glenn Doering – founders and lead artists in the socially-engaged art collaborative DOEprojekts.

July 5-11, 2020

Living Word – Diane Jacobson – professor emerita of Old Testament, Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN.            

Religion/Spirituality – Glenn Jordan – a native of Bray in Co Wicklow in Ireland, he has worked on Skainos Square a transformative urban regeneration project in the inner city of Belfast.

Religion/Spirituality – Ched Myers – an American theologian specializing in biblical studies and political theology. He works alongside his wife, Elaine Enns, as part of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.

People/Community – Elaine Enns – Researcher working in the field of restorative justice. 

People/Community – John Noltner – A Peace of My Mind Exhibit

Art – Chuck Hoffman + Peg Carlson-Hoffman – Executive Directors of Holden Village

Earth – Larry Rasmussen – Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary. 

Community – Rev. Dr. Asa Lee – Associate Dean for Campus Life and Director of African American Church Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary

Art – Jannele Mastin – liturgical artist and teacher

Guest Musicians – Geoff & Kelly Carlisle – Church Musicians

July 12-18, 2020

Living Word – Kerlin Richter founding priest of Bushwick Abbey, a creative new Episcopal church plant in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Religion/Spirituality Nadia Bolz-Weber – author and ordained Lutheran pastor (ELCA) and the founder of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver           

Religion/Spirituality – Glenn Jordan – a native of Bray in Co Wicklow in Ireland, he has worked on Skainos Square a transformative urban regeneration project in the inner city of Belfast.

Art/Poetry – Pádraig O’Tuama – Poet, theologian and group worker, Pádraig has worked with groups in Ireland, Britain, the US and Australia

People/Community – John Noltner – A Peace of My Mind Exhibit

Art – Laura Norton – a calligrapher, art teacher, and activist

Guest Musician – Rachel Kurtz – Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter

People/Community – Karen Peters – Senior Rosen Method Movement Teacher Trainer and an Alexander Technique Teacher

Earth – Brian Buchanan – teaches Hydrology and Water Resource Management at Humboldt State University & Jo Archibald – teaches Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University.

July 19-25, 2020

Interfaith Dialogue Week

Living Word – David Campton – An Irish Methodist Minister and Superintendent of Belfast Central Mission

Interfaith – Rev. Terry Kyllo – Director of Neighbors in Faith and Executive Director of Treacy Levine Center

Interfaith – Imam Adam Jamal – Executive Director of Education and Assistant Imam at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound

Interfaith – Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg – Rabbi at Reform congregation, Kol Ami, in Woodinville, WA

Art/Poetry – Pádraig O’Tuama – Poet, theologian and group worker, Pádraig has worked with groups in Ireland, Britain, the US and Australia

Interfaith – Christine Betz-Hall – Quaker, skilled educator, retreat facilitator, and spiritual companion.

Art – Paul Vasile – freelance church musician, consultant, and composer

People/Community – Jason DeRose – Western Bureau Chief and Senior Editor at NPR News   

Earth – Justin Kiggins – a scientist working at a philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area

Guest Musicians - Zach Busch – Minister of Worship and Music at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis & Leah Bergman – Minister of Worship and Arts at First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, IA

July 26-August 1, 2020

Living Word – David Campton – An Irish Methodist Minister and Superintendent of Belfast Central Mission

People/Community – Gary Mason – Methodist minister and director of a conflict transformation organization based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict."

People/Community – Jeff Kerssen-Griep – Professor of Communication, University of Portland

Earth/People/Community – Taylor Brorby – an award-winning essayist and a poet

People/Community – Jason DeRose – Western Bureau Chief and Senior Editor at NPR News       

Guest Musician – Paul Vasile – freelance church musician, consultant, and composer

Religion/Spirituality – Emmy Kegler – pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, a small servant-hearted neighborhood congregation in Northeast Minneapolis

Art - Kai Carlson-Wee – Poet, author and filmmaker

Art/Music – Erin Durrett – Director of Music Ministries at Church of the Holy Spirit on Vashon Island

August 2-8, 2020

Religion/Spirituality – Mark Brown – Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Fundraising for Middle East/Jerusalem for LWF World Service           

People/Community – Gary Mason – Methodist minister and director of a conflict transformation organization based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict"

People/Community – Jeff Kerssen-Griep – Professor of Communication, University of Portland

Earth/People/Community – Taylor Brorby – an award-winning essayist and a poet

Living Word – Jennie English-Dumont – pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

People/Community – Andrew Eshleman – professor of philosophy at University of Portland (OR)

Art – Kai Carlson-Wee – Poet, author and filmmaker   

August 9-15, 2020

Living Word – Carl Hughes – Associate Professor of Theology, Texas Lutheran University

Religion/Spirituality – Mark Brown – Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Fundraising for Middle East/Jerusalem for LWF World Service           

Music – Carrie Newcomer – American singer-songwriter, poet, author at the intersection of folk, Americana and progressive spirituality

Art - Chuck Hoffman + Peg Carlson-Hoffman – Executive Directors of Holden Village

Art/Weaving – Suzanne Halvorson – Well-known for her innovative double weave scarves and stoles, as well as for her hand-woven liturgical vestments and paraments

Fiber Arts – Trudy Arnold – accomplished fiber artist

Art/Pottery – Jim Halvorson – potter

Resident Musician – Matthew Halvorson – Percussionist/Drummer/Ethnomusicologist

People/Community – Diana Claitor – a journalist and historical researcher and co-founder of the nonprofit Texas Jail Project

Earth – James Boulter – professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

August 16-22, 2020

Living Word – Rev. Dr. Roger Scholtz – pastor in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, currently serving the Kloof Methodist Church in Durban, South Africa

Religion/Spirituality – Alan Storey – Methodist pastor from Cape Town, South Africa

Environment – Romy Chevallier – SAIIA, from Cape Town, South Africa

Fiber Arts – Trudy Arnold – accomplished fiber artist

People/Community – Laura Reed – research interests in international security, US foreign policy and disarmament initiatives.

Earth – Seth Shulman – Editorial Director, Union of Concerned

August 23-29, 2020

Living Word – Wes Howard-Brook – teacher of Bible and theology at Seattle University & Sue Ferguson-Johnson – spiritual director retreat leader and Scripture teacher

People/Community – Rich Schultz – Associate Director of National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence

People/Community – Thomas Perry – Professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC

August 30 - September 5, 2020

Living Word – Wes Howard-Brook – teacher of Bible and theology at Seattle University & Sue Ferguson-Johnson – spiritual director retreat leader and Scripture teacher

Religion/ Spirituality – Lacy Clark Ellman – holds a Master’s degree in Theology and Culture and a certificate in Spiritual Direction

People/Community – Rose McGee – philanthropist and creator of Sweet Potato Comfort

FALL 2020

Check back soon for Fall 2020 Teaching Faculty!

September 6-12, 2020

People/Community – Steve Arnold – Deacon of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

September 13-19, 2020

People/Community – Steve Arnold – Deacon of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

September 27 - October 3, 2020

People/Community – Terrill Chang – decades-long student of Tai Chi

October 4-10, 2020

People/Community – Terrill Chang – decades-long student of Tai Chi


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