Program

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Lifelong Learning

Education

Holden Village is a community where questions are valued and encouraged.

Holden Village invites teaching faculty from around the globe to engage in conversations about visual and performing arts, the sciences, theology, diversity, inclusion and racial justice, global and domestic social issues, and more. 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.

Arts Programming

The Arts have played an integral role in Holden’s mission throughout the Village’s history. From music, to writing, to visual art, Holden has a rich tradition of fostering artistry in both professional and everyday artists.

Holden’s Art Studios are staffed year-round and offer opportunities for weaving, pottery, and more. Open studio time is available, and classes for beginners are held often, especially during the summer months.

Environmental Learning

Holden offers environmental learning sessions led by the Village Naturalist. There are educational sessions during the summer months and occasional sessions throughout the year. Past sessions have included fire ecology hikes, mine remediation walks, plant identification walks, and observations of macroinvertebrates in Railroad Creek.

Children and Youth Programs

Holden Village is committed to providing fun, educational, and appropriate programming for children and youth.

During the summer months, Holden offers educational programs for children and youth ages 4 – 17. Children ages 4 -11 are invited to attend children’s programs, which occur each weekday in the summer from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Programs for children include nature walks, time for music, crafts, games, and more. Youth programs are available in the afternoons and some evenings for ages 12 – 17.

Holden will not offer programming for children ages 0-3 for summer 2022. If programming is offered for children ages 0-3,  parents or guardians will need to be present.

All programs aim to increase knowledge of the self and others, and aim to provide plenty of opportunities for hilarity. Children and youth are welcome to visit Holden with their families and friends between September and May, but Holden does not provide any structured programs for children and youth during this time due to staff and space constraints.

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Teaching Faculty

Holden Village invites teaching faculty from around the globe to engage in conversation about theology, justice, peacemaking, ecology, the arts, music, philosophy, the sciences, and more. Most programs led by visiting teaching faculty occur during the summer months. However, Holden also invites faculty to teach sessions throughout the rest of the year for special events like Women’s Retreat.

Help Facilitate the 2023 Summer Program!

How to Apply:

1. Read 2023 Summer Program Info Letter

2. Complete appropriate form below

3. Sign the Release Waiver

4. Email the following materials: 

For Teaching Faculty: a recent headshot and signed Release Waiver to education@holdenvillage.org

For Guest Musicians:  a recent headshot, sample of a musical performance, and signed Release Waiver to education@holdenvillage.org

For Guest Artists: email a recent headshot, sample of artwork, and signed Release Waiver to program.manager@holdenvillage.org

Once we have received your application materials, we will notify you that your application is complete.

The deadline for all 2023 proposals is Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Accepted applicants will be contacted in early December 2022.

2022 Faculty Members

Vance Blackfox is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and currently serves the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as the Director Indigenous Ministries and Tribal Relations. Vance is also the founder and director of Other+Wise and the founder of Blackfox Institute.

E.N. West works as a Faith Land Organizer with The Church Council of Greater Seattle and is the Co-Executive Director of Surge Reproductive Justice.

Meli Morales is a Faith Land Organizer with the Church Council of Greater Seattle.

David Westerlund is a consultant, facilitator, and leadership coach whose work is informed by the philosophy and practice of Liberating Structures and Applied Improvisation.

Jennifer DeLeon is director for Racial Justice for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the president for the ELCA’s Latino Ministries Association.

Rev. Dr. Asa Lee is a socially conscious religious educator, pastoral leader, and the president of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He is a sought-after lecturer exploring faith in the 21st century, religious difference, and empowering effective church leadership.

GLOCAL Music Educators is a group that creates music influenced by global themes in communities throughout North America, the Caribbean, and beyond. 

Rachel Haxtema teaches Christian Ethics as adjunct faculty at Pacific Lutheran University where she also supports faculty and students engaging in local community efforts through the Center for Community Engagement & Service.

Maya Mineoi 三根生 真矢 (they/them) is a somatic therapist who uses movement, touch, psychosomatic education, imagery, breathwork, and stillness to help each nervous system embody presence.

Rick Brown is the founder and former president of TerraVerde Energy, where he led a team in developing over $450 million in clean energy projects for primarily low-income communities in California.

Darren Hochstedler is the recently-retired Director of Worship Arts for Edmonds Lutheran Church. His passion is using music, visual and performing arts to enliven the worship experience while observing the ancient patterns of worship.

John Bumanglag is a liturgist at Edmonds Lutheran Church where he serves as Assisting Minister, writes prayer, and assists with many aspects of the various musical groups, including leading an African drum circle.

Erin DeBoer-Moran is a maker of many things, including books, prints, paintings, tote bags, and handicrafts. She helps worshiping communities create beautiful art together.

Wanda Deifelt is a Brazilian Lutheran pastor and educator currently teaching at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Her teaching focuses on the teachings of Martin Luther and the intersection between religions and other fields of knowledge, such as literature and art.

Paul Griffith is a lifelong religious educator with a particular focus on social & ecological justice. He has formulated and directed numerous retreats, workshops, and spiritual formation classes and his day-to-day ministry is faith formation in the classroom at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR.

Daniel Castillo is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland whose teaching and research focuses on the intersection of liberation theology, environmental ethics, and the theological interpretation of scripture.

Ruth Lee is an artist who uses art as a tool to explore her spirituality and religion, specifically through recognizing and highlighting historic symbols of the Lutheran church that reflect white bias.

Chris Ode is an ELCA parish pastor and minister for members of the Living Stones Prison Congregation, a pair of worship communities housed within the walls of two Washington state prisons.

Alex Sanchez is a Re-Entry Navigator at Underground Ministries.

Chris Hoke is a gang pastor and chaplain in Skagit County Jail, Juvenile Detention, and several WA State prisons as well as a cofounder of Underground Coffee, a recently-commissioned Presbyterian pastor, and the author of WANTED.

Steve Wolbrecht the lead composer for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, a substitute accompanist for Lutheran churches in the Tacoma, WA area, and serves as a Village musician at every opportunity.

Ron Pangborn is the Music Director of Hope Community Church in Detroit, Michigan, produces podcasts and web content for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, and has been an active member of the Detroit musical community for over 50 years.

Christine “Chris” Hall is a Quaker, educator, retreat leader, and spiritual director/companion. She founded and facilitates Way of the Spirit, an ecumenical program for prayer and learning from the wisdom of the Quaker tradition.

R.J. Rongcal has been regularly practicing mindfulness meditation for the last decade, including silent retreats and a monastic residency. In 2019, he founded Mindful Moments, LLC, offering classes and workshops in mindfulness practices.

Amy Reumann is an ELCA pastor and serves as Senior Director for Witness in Society for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She leads the church’s advocacy in federal public policy, at the United Nations, and through the Corporate Social Responsibility program.

Andrea Sorum is the Campus Ministry Musician at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, where she enjoys working with students and community members of diverse ethnic, racial and spiritual/religious backgrounds.

Paul Griffith is a lifelong religious educator with a particular focus on social and ecological justice. He has formulated and directed numerous retreats, workshops, and spiritual formation classes and his day-to-day ministry is faith formation in the classroom at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR.

Daniel Castillo is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland whose teaching and research focuses on the intersection of liberation theology, environmental ethics, and the theological interpretation of scripture. 

Netta Parker is a recent graduate of Augsburg University and currently serves as the summer Non-Profit Capacity Building and Development Assistant for The Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement.

Marit A. Trelstad is the University Chair of Lutheran Studies and Professor of Constructive and Lutheran Theologies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Her scholarly work combines feminist, process and Lutheran theologies.

Justin Kiggins holds a PhD in Neurosciences and is passionate about building software for scientists and making science open, equitable, and accessible.

Verlon Brown is a pastor at Central Lutheran on Capital Hill in Seattle, WA and has worked with people without housing in Washington, DC, and Seattle for more than 30 years.

Gabriela Garcia Greco is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Seattle.

Karen Peters is a Senior Rosen Method Movement Teacher and as an Alexander Technique Teacher and teaches movement classes and workshops locally and online, and trains Rosen Method Movement Teachers.

Dr. James Boulter is a professor of chemistry in the Public Health and Environmental Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His research interests are broadly clustered around topics of atmospheric particulate matter and public surveys in the US and China focused on perceptions of, and responses to, climate change.

Jeff Kerssen-Griep (he/him) is a Professor of Communication at the University of Portland, where he is an intercultural/interpersonal teaching scholar and trainer in cross-barriers instruction and leadership.

GLOCAL Music Educators is a group that creates music influenced by global themes in communities throughout North America, the Caribbean, and beyond.

Cathy Pino is a Bible scholar, writer, musician, parental caregiver, seminary graduate, theological thinker, devoted aunt, sci-fi nerd, and enneagram 9 peacebuilder. She is a facilitator of conversations in the Church at that intersection of theology and racial justice and a member of the Glocal Musician Educator Collective.

Laura Sasaki Norton is an artist/calligrapher – a “theological painter” according to one of her peers at Union Seminary, the home of many womanist scholars over the years.

Rabbi Samuel Klein is Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He is a retreat-leader and educator and has taught Jewish thought and philosophy in a variety of institutions and community settings.

Dr. Dax Soule is a field-oriented geophysicist with a background in solid earth geophysics, oceanography, and STEM education. Dr. Soule is currently conducting geophysical experiments to better understand the Dynamics of Back-arc Rifting in the Bransfield Strait, Antarctica.

Paul Vasile (he/him) is a church musician, consultant, composer, and teacher with over 25 years of ministry experience in ecumenical contexts. He is currently Executive Director of Music that Makes Community.

Felicia Murrell is a certified master life coach, spiritual companion, freelance copy editor, and the author of Truth Encounters. She has over twenty years of church leadership experience and now serves the global community with a message of inclusion and integration.

GLOCAL Music Educators is a group that creates music influenced by global themes in communities throughout North America, the Caribbean, and beyond. 

Pastor Hierald Osorto serves as pastor of Saint Paul Lutheran Church/Iglesia Luterana San Pablo, a bilingual ELCA congregation in the heart of Minneapolis, MN. Hierald works collaboratively and creatively to bring hidden stories to light. Hierald recently served Ithaca College as the Executive Director for Student Equity & Belonging and the Founding Director of Religious & Spiritual Life.

Elisa Lopez is the Project Director for Team Naturaleza, a space in which the Hispanic/Latinx community can gather, learn about the environment bilingually, and gain a sense of belonging in the outdoors.

Alaide Vilchis Ibarra (she/hers/ella) is the Executive Director of IMIrJ (the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice), an organization that helped pass the strongest Sanctuary law in the country by doing community organizing, advocacy, and accompaniment of immigrant communities. 

Rev. Ben Masters is a pastor at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Giovana Oaxaca (she/her/ella) is Program Director for Migration Policy with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) D.C. office for Witness in Society. 

Austen Hartke is the author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians and the founder and director of Transmission Ministry Collective, an online community dedicated to the spiritual care, faith formation, and leadership potential of transgender and gender-expansive Christians.

Dr. Fredric Quivik is a public historian working in the fields of historic preservation, environmental history, and the history of technology. He is an expert in the industrial history of extractive industries and has worked with the U.S. Department of Justice on legal cases relating to Superfund and environmental issues.

Dr. Maren Haynes Marchesini serves as Director of Worship, Music, and Art at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, and directs choral ensembles at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. Marchesini is an accomplished cellist, playing in classical, folk, indie rock, and progressive rock ensembles, a choral composer, and a published scholar.

Elizabeth Decker is a land use planner based in Portland, OR, with a decade of experience. Her project focus for the past several years has been expanding opportunities for development of housing alternatives in cities across Oregon.

Krish O’Mara Vignarajah is President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). 

Rev. Emily McGinley is the Executive Pastor of Urban Village Church, a multi-site congregation with five worshiping locations throughout Chicago. She has presented nationally on a variety of topics, including vocational discernment church planting, inclusive evangelism, and anti-racist church leadership.

Deidre Gabbay is director of The Shmita Project Northwest, an organization dedicated to bringing attention to the Hebrew calendar’s seven-year Shmita cycle. She founded Ahavat v’Avodat HaAdamah, “Love and Service of the Earth,” in 2015 to establish an environmental presence for the Pacific Northwest rooted in Jewish text, tradition, and practice.

Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton is the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Everett Washington with 25 years of experience working with diverse communities and helping organizations recover from community and organizational trauma. She is the facilitator of Circles of Color in the Episcopal Church in Western Washington.

Cooper Sherry is a full-time church music director living in the Pacific Northwest. He serves at St. Mark’s Lutheran in Tacoma where he directs choirs for children, teens and adults, and accompanies worship for multiple weekly services.

Rev. Terry Kyllo is a Lutheran pastor serving as the director of Paths to Understanding: Bridging Bias and Building Unity. He founded the Neighbors in Faith program to counter anti-Muslim bigotry.

Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg has served as Kol Ami’s rabbi since 2014. She is involved with JStreet, Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services, Faith Action Network, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Kareem Moulana works in interfaith efforts to build bridges between local faith communities in the greater Seattle area. He and his family frequent the Muslim Association of the Puget Sound.

Rainer Waldman Adkins is an artist and elementary art teacher. Rainer was a 2021 Washington Humanities Heritage Arts Mentor Artist in Jewish calligraphy, has a special interest in radical interpretations of Jewish culture, historical experience, study and ritual practice, including ‘Visual Midrash’ workshops.

Andy Bouman (he/him) has been Director of Music at University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley, California since 1994.

Angela Mele is an interpretive planner, exhibit developer, and scientific illustrator with over a decade of experience in museums, design firms, and public engagement. She is best-known for her illustrations and projects revolving around slime molds, fungi, and other lesser-known aspects of the natural world.

Dr. Thomas Perry is a professor of linguistics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. His research and work focuses on revitalization of First Nations languages through community partnerships.

Jason DeRose is the Western Bureau Chief and senior editor at NPR News, where he oversees coverage of the West Coast, religion, LGBTQ+ rights, and Native & Indigenous issues.

Jason DeRose is the Western Bureau Chief and senior editor at NPR News, where he oversees coverage of the West Coast, religion, LGBTQ+ rights, and Native & Indigenous issues.

Keah Calluccie (she/her) is the Multifaith Program Manager at Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light. Keah provides houses of worship with education on topics of environmental justice and stewardship.

Hal Taussig is a United Methodist pastor and retired professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Union Theological Seminar. Among Taussig’s published works is the award-winning A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts.

Bishop Brenda Bos is a pastor, theologian, and adoptive mother of a special-needs child. Brenda’s work focuses on the spiritual life of caregivers and brings Biblical insights and honest conversation to the topic.

Peggy Haug is a retired RN, a watercolor artist, and the author of the Holden Journals, in which she visually recorded natural and botanical specimens she encountered while living at Holden Village.

Sister Jessica Zimmerle is the Program & Outreach Director of Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light. She organizes and provides strategic guidance to religious communities working toward environmental justice.

Dr. Joy Berg is the Music Director at Christ Church (Anglican) in Edmonton, the founder of Sanctuary Sounds, and a retired professor and choral conductor at Concordia University of Edmonton.

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A Village Renewed

Throughout our history, Holden Village has depended on both the hard work of volunteers and the generous financial support of thousands of individuals who are passionate about our mission, vision, and values.

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