Events List

Events for April 13, 2013

Iliff on the Road: Leading Edge Conference, Prof. Miguel De La Torre, New York, NY

April 13, 2013 9:09am-9:09am

Description: Miguel De La Torre, professor of social ethics, is a keynote speaker at The Leading Edge Conference.

Americans are more polarized than ever, divided by irresponsible vitriol from all concerned parties, economic disparity, religious beliefs, racial tension, and gender injustice. And this polarization is global, affecting our entire human family. Now more than ever, people of faith are being called to enact the worship that God desires: to be repairers of the breach and restorers of the streets in which they live. Such a calling emboldens progressive religious people to name injustices when we see them, to demonstrate the inextricable connection of systems of oppression, and to call our congregations to active responsibility in doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God.

The goal for this Leading Edge Conference is to use all of our resources—theological reflection, intellectual analysis, passionate prophetic critique, celebrative, artistic worship, and community organizing—to rehearse the Reign of God and create a more just society. Our work must be rooted in our faith, sustained by worship, prayer, and Sabbath.

Come and join us to create a movement for a more just society—a society of prophets, poets, and everyday heroes who can articulate the just vision of God’s Peace and make the dream a reality.

Date: April 13-15

Location: Middle Collegiate Church, 50 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003


Spiritual Care Praxis for Gays and Lesbians in the Military

April 12, 2013 1:00pm-April 13, 2013 at 4:30pm

Description: This spiritual and pastoral praxis is designed to help students, clergy, military chaplains, lay pastoral caregivers and mental health practitioners to better understand the current legal and socio-cultural situation of gays and lesbians in the military, and to respond to their pastoral and spiritual needs. Attention will be paid to the special opportunities and challenges now that sexual orientation is no longer a factor in personnel matters within the U. S. military. The Praxis will promote practical skills for responding to coming out, partner and family needs, moral distress, depression and suicide, discrimination, and economic and social challenges arising in the current political and legal discourse.


Larry Graham, professor of pastoral theology and care, was Iliff’s vice president and dean of academic affairs, and has served as a chaplain, pastoral counselor, and parish minister. He is a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Graham is currently writing about the impact of war on the pastoral care of families.

Guest Presenters

Kimberly Fox is an MTS student at Iliff and Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. She has taught military leadership, ethics, problem-solving and counseling to officer candidates at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a certified Stephens Minister in the United Methodist Church and space and missile professional in the Air Force. Fox is currently studying the impact of U.S. National Policy on military women’s roles in combat.

Jack Williamson is certified trainer for Interchange International, Inc. Interchange International, Inc. is committed to providing practical tools for building understanding as well as skills to deal with life’s changes. Williamson has 30 years experience as a speaker, facilitator, trainer and consultant. He retired from the Air Force as a chaplain in the grade of Colonel in 1998. He currently serves as the executive director for the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces. Williamson co-authored a book on divorce based on the changecycle™ model, DIVORCE: 6 ways to get through the bad times…for good.

Click on Spiritual Care Praxis for Gays and Lesbians in the Military for a syllabus of the weekend praxis.

Date: Friday, April 12, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Location: Iliff School of Theology, S-101, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210

Info/Contact: Leslie Inman, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and 303-765-3115. Current students register with other spring courses. Praxis is open to weekend learners ($200/person).