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  • Theme: Beloved Belonging

    September 22-23

    Rev. Imani OlearJoin us at the 2022 Trinity Days as we welcome keynote speaker, Rev. Imani Olear (M.Div. '05), ELCA Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop in Upstate New York Synod!  Rev. Olear's talks, Kinship & Belonging and Bold Belonging, will ask challenging questions and center conversation on models of inclusion and belonging in the church and address how to have bold, difficult conversations in congregations while maintaining a sense of beloved belonging.  In a session on Current Faculty Scholarship, hear from Trinity faculty, Dr. Joy Schroeder, Dr. Cheryl Peterson, and Dr. Paul Numrich, all on sabbatical or recently returned from sabbatical.  These professors will offer reflections and insights on what they are learning.  The seminary's own Dr. Rachel Wrenn will offer a workshop on the coming Advent texts, and on Thursday night we will honor and celebrate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Dr. Brad Binau, as he transitions into retirement

    We will be gathered in-person this fall, and we warmly invite alumni and friends to travel back to campus for this special event.  

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    Calendar of Events

    Thursday, September 22nd

    • 9:30 AM: Worship
    • 11:00 AM: Keynote 1: Kinship & Belonging with Rev. Imani Olear 
    • 12:15 PM: Lunch
    • 1:30 PM: Trinity Today and Q&A with Dean Kleinhans
    • 2:45 PM: Keynote 2: Bold Belonging with Rev. Imani Olear
    • 4:00 PM: Current Faculty Scholarship -- Sabbatical Updates from Dr. Cheryl Peterson, Dr. Paul Numrich, and Dr. Joy Schroeder 
    • 6:00 PM: Dinner and Celebration of Retirement with Dr. Brad Binau
    Friday, September 24th  
    • 9:00 AM: Embodied Prayer for ALL Bodies with Rev. Imani Olear
    • 10:00 AM: Advent Texts with Dr. Rachel Wrenn
    • 12:00 PM: Blessing and Sending (Lunch on your own)

    Rev. Imani Olear Biography

    Rev. Imani Olear was ordained August 20, 2005 and is currently called to serve as the Director of Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop in Upstate NY Synod, in which she journeys with leaders and congregations around justice issues. Through the proclamation of the gospel, public speaking and yoga, Rev. Olear works towards helping others heal from shame, experience forgiveness, reclaim the great commission and work toward renewal and reconciliation both as a church and individually with the hope of finding brave spaces of belonging.

    The other half of her passion for yoga that she noticed as she practiced yoga over the years, off and on, is the lack of people of color and persons of certain economic backgrounds accessibility to a yoga practice. For many within our communities, it is a practice that is out of reach and not in touch with the realities of what they are experiencing. Not only that, for many, they have expressed that they see no benefit in having a yoga practice because they have to go back to the hell of life.

    "As a woman of color, that comes from brokenness, experienced hardship and struggle, abuse and self degradation I understand the need for peace in ones life. The book, Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh has been an inspiration for creating a balance in my practice on the mat and off the mat. I strongly believes yoga will begin to address the issues of brokenness, hardship, struggle, abuse and self degradation and people will find peace within instead of always seeking something outside of themselves."

    Through preaching, speaking and yoga the hope of rev. Olear is: peace of mind for all; peace of heart for all; peace of community. And in turn, we all can say with confidence - blessed are the peace- makers and be called children of god.