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Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation--Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza in conversation with Rev. Connie Tuttle

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Monday, August 29, 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Charis and The Agnes Scott College Department of Bible and Religion welcome Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza in conversation with Rev. Connie Tuttle for a discussion of Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation. Combining that deep listening and living with their work in activism, Body Becoming offers us a way of understanding the body beyond constructions--political or medical-industrial-complex defined--toward cultivating the body as important in our endeavors to build a more inclusive vision for democracy. 

The body that Robyn Henderson-Espinoza inhabits is a nonbinary body, a trans body, a body in two races--and a body continually in discovery. Theirs is also a body on sojourn invested in experience, body understanding, and engagement in and for human thriving. Henderson-Espinoza relates coming into a new body story, beginning with the deep emotional work of connecting the abstract intelligence of their mind with their body's intelligence, to explore the relationship between living and becoming, doing and listening.

Mixing memoir and faith, somatics theory and body practice, Henderson-Espinoza steers us through territory both familiar and difficult--as we discover embodiment as the primary place of deep wisdom, where culture shifts originate and materialize--and a better world becomes, as we too become.


Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza is a transqueer activist, Latinx scholar, and public theologian. They are the founder of the Activist Theology Project, a collaborative project committed to the collective work of social healing. A thought-leader, teacher, ethicist, and poet of moral reason, Henderson-Espinoza is a visionary thinker working at the forefront of movements dismantling supremacy culture and bridging with radical difference. They live in Nashville, Tennessee. Find Dr. Robyn online: https://drrobynhendersonespinoza.com; Twitter: @irobyn; Instagram: @irobyn; or Facebook: /drirobyn.

The Rev. Connie L. Tuttle is the pastor of Circle of Grace, a small, progressive, ecumenical, feminist, house church in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an "army brat" who lived in France, Germany, the East and West Coasts and claims them all as home. She is the first open lesbian to graduate from Columbia Theological Seminary in 1986. She tells her story in her memoir, A Gracious Heresy: the Queer Calling of an Unlikely ProphetAfter seminary and before founding the church with a group of disenfranchised spiritual renegades, she directed the Atlanta Hunger Walk and later worked with the Southern Prisoners’ Defense Committee. She is committed to social justice and has a passion for providing hospitality.

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Body Becoming: A Path to Our Liberation By Robyn Henderson-Espinoza Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781506473574
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Published: Broadleaf Books - March 29th, 2022

The body that Robyn Henderson-Espinoza inhabits is a nonbinary body, a trans body, a body in two races--and a body continually in discovery. Theirs is also a body on sojourn invested in experience, body understanding, and engagement in and for human thriving.


Activist Theology By Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Nancy Elizabeth Bedford (Foreword by) Cover Image
$21.99
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ISBN: 9781506424644
Published: Fortress Press - October 1st, 2019

In this searing and personal book, intellectual activist and theologian Robyn Henderson-Espinoza bridges the gap between academia and activism, bringing the wisdom of the streets to the work of scholarship, all for the sake of political liberation and social change for marginalized communities.


A Gracious Heresy By Connie L. Tuttle Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781532655722
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Published: Resource Publications (CA) - July 10th, 2018

Take one wildly naive, deeply flawed, completely unconventional woman and stir in God. Add to the mix that she is a lesbian, feminist, army brat, and single mom, and what you get is an earnestly radical Christian on a mission. Her response to an insistent call to prophetic ministry is acutely human and terminally messy.


Event Summary: 
Combining that deep listening and living with their work in activism, Body Becoming offers us a way of understanding the body beyond constructions--political or medical-industrial-complex defined.