Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

planning ahead (including various stuff I can't attend or am undecided on)

(1) BFFcon 2010, Round 2: Ari's 25th birthday
my flight info:

Fri. Oct. 29

SW 2439, BOS-STL
8:00am - 10:10am

12:20pm - 1:20pm

Mon. Nov. 1

Frontier #1700, MCI-BOS

Keeping the Faith: The Future of Religion and LGBT Equality in America
Saturday, October 30, 2010
11:00 am · 1:00 pm

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul Boston
138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Please join GLAD for a discussion about how communities of faith and the LGBT community interact, overlap, and co-exist in our society.

With featured speakers:
  • Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson
  • Reverend Irene Monroe
  • GLAD Legal Director Gary Buseck

Please join us after the discussion for live music from the talented music group Zili Misik and for some light refreshments. This is an event you do not want to miss!

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Noreen Giga (ngiga@glad.org) by October 25.

Co-sponsored by:

Healing Our Land
The History Project
Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality
Queer Women of Color and Friends
The Workmen's Circle

(3) Laura Ruth's installation at Hope Central: Sunday, November 7 at 5:30pm. ("Red stoles for the clergy, red scarves for the lay folks.") Consensus seems to be that yes I will skip CWM for this.

The annual Edward L. Mark Lecture will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Richard A. Horsley, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion, Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Boston, will deliver the lecture and has chosen as his topic, "The American Jesus—and the Galilean Jesus."

The Lecture is free and open to the public. Harvard-Epworth is located three blocks north of the Harvard Square Red Line “T” stop; across from Cambridge Common and adjacent to Harvard Law School, and is handicapped accessible.


The American Jesus—and the Galilean Jesus:

Both the liberal leaders of the Jesus Seminar and their more conservative opponents present a Jesus who turns out to be quintessentially American: extremely individualistic; speaking in one-liners or “sound-bytes”; either an end of the world apocalyptic preacher who frightens people into repentance or a laid-back guru who facilitates a person’s recovery of his or her spirituality; a strictly religious figure who says nothing politically threatening that would lead to his arrest and execution. If we “take the Gospels whole,” however, these primary sources portray a very different picture of Jesus. He interacts and communicates with people primarily in village communities in the rural backwater of Galilee under Roman rule. His message that the kingdom of God is at hand seems to mean that the renewal of Israel is happening, in healings and exorcisms as well as in preaching and community organizing. He even pronounces God’s condemnation of the incumbent Jerusalem rulers and declares that “it is not lawful” to render tribute to the imperial rulers. To understand Jesus in the context of ancient Galilee and Judea under Roman rule, we need to consider a number of factors that interpreters of Jesus have avoided.

(5) several upcoming Feminist Sexual Ethics projects at Brandeis University
Questions about Sex and Sexuality
an Interdisciplinary Dialogue between a Humanist and a Life Scientist

Thomas King, Associate Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies and Michael Rosbash, Professor of Biology
The life sciences have seen an explosion of knowledge about genetics, which has included research on sexual orientation. Simultaneously, humanists have documented in unprecedented detail the tremendous variation in cultural understandings and expressions of the erotic. In this dialogue, a humanist and a life scientist will describe how they go about their work.
Where & When
Brandeis University, Mandel Center, Room 128
November 1, 21010
1:00-2:00 pm


Hosted by the HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law and co-sponsored by the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project
Polygamy, Polygyny, and Polyamory
Ethical and Legal Perspectives on Plural Marriage

Keynote Speaker Dr. Abdullahi An-Na'im, Emory University Law School.
The practice of plural marriage poses ethical and legal challenges for the liberal state. Internal minorities demand the toleration of polygamous practices. Militant groups demand the recognition of polygamous marriages contracted legitimately under foreign regimes. Critics of monogamy ask why the state should limit recognition of dyadic relationships. This international conference will explore a range of issues related to polygamy, polygyny, and polyamory in the United States and around the world.
Keynote: Polygamy and Gender Justice in the 21st Century: Reflections on Basic Principles.
Readings from Blood Stains: A Child of Africa Reclaims Her Human Rights by Khady Khoita
Panel I: Is Polygamy Bad for Women?
Panel II: Polygamy and Freedom
Panel III: Polygamy in Israel: Jewish and Palestinian Perspectives

Where & When

Brandeis University, Rapaporte Treasure Hall,
Goldfarb Library
November 7, 2010
7:00 pm Reception; 7:30 pm Keynote

Hassenfeld Conference Center, Luria Rooms
November 8, 2010
8:00 Coffee and Registration; 8:30 Welcome
9:00-4:00 Conference

Please note: the main conference is free of charge and includes lunch. RSVP is required at hbi@brandeis.edu
For complete conference details please visit http://www.brandeis.edu/hbi/project%20on%20gcrl/Conference.html


Contexts of Legitimation
Translating Religion, Translating Feminism

Dr. Jorunn Okland, Professor and Director of Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo
The possibility of translating religious canons has been strongly debated in all variants of monotheism. Oddly enough, there are some surprising analogies between these discussions and the discussions of whether feminism can be "translated" between different contexts of legitimation. I say "surprising" because in a Eurpean context at least, feminism's "pure" and original state is often perceived to be the secular one, and the lecture will point out how this perception is historically misleading.
Where & When
Brandeis University, Mandel Center, Room 128
November 18, 2010
1:00 - 3:00 pm
(6) Transcending Boundaries Conference (Nov. 19-21) [Programming List]
Friday, November 19

6:30-7:30pm, Trans Day of Remembrance [hotel-1,-2]

Saturday, November 20

8:00-9:00, Yoga [Hotel-1]

9:30-10:45, Being That Person [DCU-G]
Being That Person, Saturday 9:30AM
We all know that person, and many of us have been that person. You know, the one in the front row with their hand up, always reminding everyone about that group of people inadvertently (we hope) left out? This discussion is for all of us who are "that person", the one always bringing up access issues, gender issues, race issues, whatever - we've got issues! At least the people who always wind up with our hands in their faces might think so. We'll discuss what it's like to be "that person". Do we get taken seriously, or dismissed as just having a pet cause? Do we become the point person on an issue, or do we get treated like Exhibit A? Do our voices help to gather others like us and allies, or do we get singled out? How does being "that person" affect us and our identities? Are we a positive force for change? And most importantly, where are we all going on our day off - or will we ever get one?

11:00-12:15, Asexuality 101 [DCU-G]
Asexuality 101, Saturday 11:00AM
Ashley LeClerc and Lev Malkis
What is asexuality? What are the varied, personal definitions of asexuality? Do asexuals want relationships or families? How do asexuals negotiate intimacy and sex in relationships with asexual or sexual partners? How do asexuals define and experience attraction, arousal, and intimacy? This panel discussion seeks to provide an introduction to asexuality and the asexual community. The discussion will explore the questions above and others through the personal experiences and reflections of the panelists. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the discussion with questions and comments for the panelists throughout.

[12:30-2:30, Plenary, Ball Room]

2:30-3:45 & 4:00-5:15, Self-Care for Activists [DCU-E]
Self-Care For Activists, Saturday 2:30PM through 5:15
Robyn Ochs
Returning to TBC 2010 by popular demand! This year in a special two-session block.

"If I don't do it, it won't get done right (or not at all...)"Have you ever felt overwhelmed, unsupported, exhausted by your activism? Let's come together to brainstorm strategies for taking care of ourselves while changing the world.

5:30-6:45, Writing Politics in the Bedroom [DCU-D]
Writing Politics in the Bedroom, Saturday 5:30PM
Cecilia Tan
You're writing erotica or fiction that includes a sexy scene. Being the activist that you are, you want to make sure what you write doesn't merely uphold a heterosexist paradigm or perpetuate a stereotype, right? But what do you do if what gets you hot is politically incorrect? How do you keep the words flowing and your reader interested without veering off into giving a lecture on safe sex, gender politics, or another buzzkill? Your readers are likely looking for some hot action, not a treatise on how BDSM can be an act of feminist empowerment (which it can!). This workshop for writers will outline the traps and troubles inherent in activist erotica, and teach techniques for balancing your need for real issues with your readers' need for fantasy fodder.

Creature on a Quest [DCU-F,-G]
Creature on a Quest, Saturday Evening
Lee Harrington
Storytelling Performance

“For I stand before you, a creature on a quest… for within each question there it stands, this word, quest.” Thus begins Lee Harrington’s one man show, which begins as an academic lecturer, travels backwards and forwards through men’s leather culture, sex work, happy heterosexual marriage as a woman, to being a genderqueer teen and gender unsuspecting child, and ends with audiences pondering the nature of gender, happiness, and relationships. Quest with Lee as he opens up his soul, his heart, his body, and his tales, walking at your side into the center of love. This show contains non-explicit nudity and adult themes and is rated R.

Sunday, Nov. 21

8:00-9:00, Yoga

9:30-10:45, Multi-Faith Service [DCU-A]

11:30-12:45, What Kind of Leader? [DCU-A] or Strategies for Activism [DCU-E]
What Kind of Leader Am I?, Sunday 11:30AM
Bendy Yoga Girl
Leadership isn’t something one does - it is a way of being, and all of us lead in some way. You may not wish to be the Chairman of the Board, or the lord high mucky-muck of your volunteer-run organization, but you *do* lead in some way. This class will introduce a concept of leadership beyond ‘the person in charge’, and will provide you with a set of tools to identify your Leadership Personality Type and the types of those with whom you collaborate. Knowing how you and those around you lead can be a powerful ally in selecting people to work on teams and projects - and also in choosing roles for individuals.

Strategies for Everyday Activism, Sunday 11:30AM
Wintersong Tashlin
What kind of subtle decisions do we make in our everyday lives that constitute a kind of activism, and how can we implement these decisions more effectively? From the conscious choice to mention the gender of a partner, to choosing to hold someone's hand in public, or “accidentally” revealing to a homophobic store clerk that yes, some queers do carry a concealed firearm. In this class, we will talk about how we can advance the place of LGBT people in the everywhere through the tiny ripples we make as we move through the world.
1:00-2:15, What Labels Give Us [DCU-A] or Queer Disability [DCU-E] or Religion Builder [DCU-C]
What Labels Give Us, What Labels Take Away, Sunday 1:00PM
Lee Harrington
Before many of us were born, we were given gender labels that set our life course in motion. In this discussion and personally explorative class, we will dive into looking at a variety of questions: What labels have you been gifted, inherited, chosen, been forced into, or run away from? How does your internal identity for yourself affect your outside identity and your interpretation of gender and sexual roles you play or fill? What power do your labels grant you for flirting, community exposure, personal interactions, group dynamics, and more? What do you loose by stating a specific label or expressing it physically at first meeting another individual? How are these labels all formed, and why don’t we just scrap them all? Labels can get us hot, labels can turn us off, labels drive us mad, and labels give us hope for claiming our own sense of self. Let’s challenge ourselves, look deep inside, then examine how it all affects the current communities we each play a part in.

Queer/LGBT Disability Visibility, Rights and Action, Sunday 1:00PM
Cynthya BrianKate
This will be an open discussion of issues/topics relating to Queer/LGBTI and Disability. This includes what it’s like to be L,G, B, T, Intersex or several of the above and disabled, and/or being the partner or friend of someone who is; perceptions of Queer/LGBT people in disability communities and disabled people in the LGBT community; the need for visibility of the intersection of these worlds; sensitivity/consciousness-raising; fighting for rights on both fronts and action/activism.

Religion/Spirit Builder and Breaker of Boundaries, Sunday 1:00PM
Rev. Matthew
Throughout history, religion has often played the role of enforcer of boundaries, particularly in regard to gender and sexuality, no more so then today. Yet, at the same time, religion has often been one place in which those boundaries are torn down, from ancient cultures that saw intersexed people as shamans because they transcended gender to modern day churches that are ordaining openly trans people and taking leading roles in fights for justice on issues like same-sex marriage and gender identity, to clergy who are exploring what it means to offer commitment ceremonies for polyamorous couples and groupings. This workshop will examine the role that religion has played in the construction and deconstruction of boundaries, looking in particular at the boundaries that surround heterosexuality and monogamy. It will also look at the distinctions between religion and spirituality, and examine the many ways that spirituality, whether individual or in community, can be a powerful force in challenging boundaries. Lastly, we will look at the role that religion plays in the political and social debates around these issues, how to counter religious arguments, and where religion is emerging as a powerful ally.
2:30-3:45, Sex Work 101 [DCU-D]
Sex Work 101, Sunday 2:30PM
Mary Wheeler
Sex Work 101 will discuss the wide variety of sex work people engage in. We will discuss certain risks associated with sex work with a specific focus on street based and survival sex work. Included in the presentation will be a brief discussion of Rhode Island, Canada and Nevada regulations in regards to sex work.

[4:00-5:00, Closing Ceremony]

(7) muskratjamboree (aka, my weekend with marginaliana, jadelennox, and fox1013)
April 1st and 2nd, 2011
Tags: muskratjamboree: 2011, planning ahead, tbc

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