July 11-16

Marit Trelstad

person smilingMarit A. Trelstad is the University Chair of Lutheran Studies and Professor of Constructive and Lutheran Theologies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Her scholarly work combines feminist, process, and Lutheran theologies. She published Cross Examinations: Readings on the Meaning of the Cross Today (Fortress, 2006) and contributed chapters to Luther from the SubAltern – the Alternative Luther (Lexington, 2019, Theological and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Engineering, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Transformative Lutheran Theologies (Fortress, 2010), Lutherrenaissance: Past and Present (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2014), Theologies of Creation: Creatio Ex Nihilo and Its New Rivals (Routledge, August 2014) and Creating Women’s Theology:  A Movement Engaging Process Thought, (St. Louis:  Chalice, 2011).

Justin Kiggins

person smilingAfter studying music and engineering in college, Justin started his research career interested in how our brains find music so special. This interest took him on a journey of over a decade seeking to understand how the brains of birds and mice make sense of the worlds around them... how patterns of light and sound become the meaningful signals in the brain that represents objects, concepts, and ideas. Justin received his Ph.D. in Neurosciences at UC San Diego studying the auditory system of European starlings, then worked at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, helping to build the Brain Observatory. During his career, he has developed a passion for building software for scientists and making science open, equitable, and accessible. He currently works at a philanthropy building software to help accelerate the science needed to improve human health for the next generation.

Verlon Brown

person smiling Verlon Brown is a Lutheran pastor at Central Lutheran on Capital Hill in Seattle, Washington. He worked with people without housing in Washington, DC, and Seattle for more than 30 years. During the early 1990s he served for 3 years as the Holden Village Pastor. During his teaching week he’ll be leading sessions on people without housing—what causes people to lose their housing, and what things society can do to help solve the problem. He’ll also be leading sessions on racism. How it started and is perpetuated in America and steps we can take to become anti-racist. 

Anthony Bateza

person smilingAnthony Bateza is an associate professor at St. Olaf College who specializes in Martin Luther, moral theology, and Christian ethics. His primary area of research examines Luther’s political theology, focusing on the reformer's understanding of human agency and his relationship with the virtue tradition. Dr. Bateza's other scholarly interests include the broader Augustinian tradition, the impact of Luther’s thought on 19th-century philosophy, and questions of race, identity, and social justice.

Joel Bevington

person smilingJoel Bevington is currently pursuing a DMA in conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the organist and choir director at First Lutheran of Richmond Beach in Shoreline, WA where he has developed the children's, youth, and adult choirs. He sings alto in the Compline Choir at St Marks Episcopal Cathedral as well as various Baroque ensembles in the area. Joel received a B.A. in organ performance from Wheaton College, lL, and an M.M. in organ and sacred music from Emory University, GA. Previously, he was the organist and choirmaster at Rayne United Methodist Church in New Orleans, LA, and received an M.M. in conducting at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Joel grew up in Oregon and is happy to plant roots in the Pacific Northwest.