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Doane College Welcomes Theologian Joretta Marshall

Doane College Welcomes Theologian Joretta Marshall

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Prominent theologian Dr. Joretta L. Marshall will present "Understanding and Affirming Queer: Sexuality, Gender and Orientation" at Doane College on Thursday, March 1, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Communication Building, Room 02.

Marshall will speak with Doane classes during the day. The evening presentation is free and open to the public.

Marshall is professor of pastoral theology and care at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. She also has served on the faculties of Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn., and Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Marshall is the author of numerous articles and books, including "Counseling Lesbian Partners" and "How Can I forgive? A study of forgiveness."

According to the Rev. Karla Cooper, Doane chaplain, Marshall's message fits well with one of the campus chapel's goals.

"What the chapel program is trying to do is develop an understanding or open up a dialogue about gender, sexuality and orientation in a theological sense," Cooper said.

Marshall served as Cooper's academic dean in seminary school. Cooper said she has used Marshall's books in the realm of pastoral care and in her role as chaplain. She hopes Marshall's speech will be helpful for the community and the campus.

"The goal is not to be controversial, but to enlighten and engage critical thinking," Cooper said. "We want to find ways to live and coexist peacefully in the community and on campus with people who live, think and love differently."

Posted by Nancy Weyers on 2/21/2007 12:00:00 AM

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