Summer Week One, June 9-15
Kick off the summer season at Holden! The Summer Program at Holden Village includes opportunities for learning, relaxation, and fun for all ages. From bowling and backpacking to weaving and worship, there is something for everyone. You can learn more about the variety of things to do here.
Cole Parke-West studied theology at Texas Lutheran University, earned their Master’s in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, and has been working at the intersections of faith, gender, and sexuality as an activist, organizer, and scholar for nearly 20 years. Most recently, Cole served as the senior organizer at Carolina Jews for Justice, a grassroots organization working to build a powerful progressive Jewish justice movement in the South. Prior to joining CJJ, they worked as a research analyst at Political Research Associates, a social justice think tank dedicated to understanding and interrupting right-wing extremism, including white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, and antisemitism. Cole also serves on the Board of Soulforce, an LGBTQ justice organization working to “sabotage” Christian supremacy for the sake of collective liberation, and has organized and collaborated with many groups, including Showing Up for Racial Justice, Southerners On New Ground, Never Again, and the Catalyst Project. Whether they’re facilitating workshops on white supremacy and antisemitism, live tweeting about their adventures as a “queer spy” in right-wing Christian spaces, or digging up weeds at Farm Church, Cole consistently strives to do so with deep compassion, abundant joy, and a relentless commitment to justice.
Nina Hagel is Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, where she specializes in political theory. She holds a BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from UC Berkeley. She has published articles on authenticity and is completing a book on it with cases that focus on anti-racism and the experiences of trans youth.
Peeyush Kumar is a systems scholar of cultures, economics & technology. His primary work is to build social technologies which support in building cultures of harmony, richness and equity. We live in a complex world with unprecedent precarity across both natural and human systems. It needs a holistic approach to bridge across these systems to create a culture of harmony and richness. Currently, he is working as a senior research scientist at Microsoft Research with a focus on food supply chain and energy systems and independent consultant across various aspects such as artificial intelligence, sustainability, resiliency, equity, and efficiency. Peeyush holds a PhD from UW Seattle in Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research.
Since moving to New Haven in 2017, Patrick has played in the New Haven Symphony and Hartford Symphony, has served as concertmaster, appeared as soloist with orchestra, and has performed in recitals throughout the northeast. Patrick received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Juilliard and is completing his doctorate at The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City. Patrick has been described as a “compelling violinist” by the New York Times. The New Haven Independent writes, “His virtuosic playing and obvious command of his instrument was always in service of grand, thrilling musical gestures.” His recent solo and chamber performances include recitals throughout the northeast United States, concerto appearances with The Orchestra of the Bronx, and radio broadcasts on WMNR Fine Arts Radio. A DMA candidate at CUNY Graduate Center, Patrick is writing on Galina Ustvolskaya’s works for violin and piano. Patrick’s students range from Suzuki to graduate level. His private students have gone on to graduate study violin at NYU and Mannes. A Suzuki certified teacher, his younger students have gone on to study at Walnut Hill School and NEC preparatory division. Patrick enjoys long runs and cooking spicy food.
Daniel J. Fenn is Director of Worship and the Arts at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in The Woodlands, Texas. He is a 2009 graduate of the Master of Sacred Music program that was shared between Luther Seminary and St. Olaf College. Dan also holds organ performance degrees from Mississippi College (BM, 2002) and the University of Houston (MM, 2004). Other churches served include St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota (2009-2013) and Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas (2002-2007 and 2013-2018). He is a past Dean of the American Guild of Organists and has been active in the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and Choristers Guild. Dan has performed at the Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University, and frequently performs organ improvisation accompaniments to silent movies across the Houston area. The son of two church musicians, Dan became the organist of his home church in Mississippi at the age of twelve and has been an active church musician ever since. It was there that he developed a passion for gospel music and congregational singing of all styles.
Holden Village is a community where your questions are valued and encouraged. Most programs led by visiting teaching faculty occur during the summer months. However, Holden also invites faculty to teach sessions for special events and retreats throughout the rest of the year.
Check out a list of the 2024 Summer Faculty.