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In-forming Communities of Healing


Vanderbilt Divinity School is partnering with theologian, author, and minister The Rev. Marcia Mount Shoop (MDiv Vanderbilt 1996; PhD Emory University 2003) to explore how this community can be intentionally attentive and healing around sexual violence and other kinds of abuses of power. Dr. Mount Shoop’s periodic visits to the VDS community include conversation, embodied practice, and collective discernment. Marcia is engaging faculty, students, and staff in all of these modes of connection throughout this academic year and for the next two academic years as well. She also connects with interested community members electronically between her visits to campus. From worship to an event especially for those how carry the weight of sexual violence to a community wide experience of cultural proficiency and power to a conversation around race and sports, the third week of March provides a space for us to practice what it means to In-Form communities of healing here at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
About Marcia Mount Shoop

Marcia Mount ShoopThe Rev. Marcia Mount Shoop, PhD is the author ofTouchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports (2014) and Let the Bones Dance: Embodiment and the Body of Christ (2010). She is a theologian, minister, and blogger  Marcia's writing and work flows from her experiences as a woman, a rape survivor, a mother, and a football coach's wife as well as from her years of work on difficult issues, dialogue, and healing around race, gender, cross-cultural community formation, ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue, and sexual violence.

Let the Bones Dance: Embodiment and the Body of Christ 

  Here’s a link to a promo video about my Touchdowns book:

More information about Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse:  Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports

Tuesday, March 17

8:30 am Yoga in Tillett Lounge

Noon: Task Force Lunch with faculty (location TBA)

2pm-3pm:  Revivifying, Regenerating Bodies: Practicing with Collage

Using poetry and collage this will be an hour of space to connect and to create, to notice and to generate.  All supplies provided and not experience with collaging necessary.  Sponsored by Poesis.  Facilitated by Marcia Mount Shoop and Lis Valle-Ruiz. The event is free, but limited to the first ten applicants.  Interested parties should contact Lis ( ).

How can and will the VDS community respond to the ways power is used to harm, to condemn, to divide?  Come and explore this question and others that you have before Tuesday's worship service at American Baptist College. We will explore the intersections of race/gender/sexuality/identity and power that are at play in the recent criticisms about Bishop Yvette Flunders preaching at the ABC worship service using a method of listening and questioning that can help us hear each other and cultivate a deeper commitment to communal change. "Strategic Questioning" is a mode of community discernment proven to deepen the conversations for communities who are interested in dismantling systems of oppression that diminish lives, institutions, and communities. 

5-6 pm in the Tillet and the Private Dining Room

Dinner from Sliced

At 6 pm those who wish to attend the worship service at ABC will move to vehicles and head over  

RSVPing will help us plan for food and car pooling:

Also, Dr. Harris has extended a generous invitation to all Divinity students. If you are interested in attending the workshops and lectures of the Garrnett-Nabrit series on Tuesday, you may do so as long as you show your Vanderbilt ID. 

Wednesday, March 18

10:10am in All Faith Chapel Worship

Noon in the Common Room: Creative Practice Wednesday Round Robin Discussion

7:00 p.m. in Tillet Lounge Embodying Regeneration: For Any-Body Carrying the Weight of Sexual Violence 

Thursday, March 19 

8:30am in the VDS Reading Room: Perspectives from the Fifty Yard Line: A Discussion about American Culture’s use of Bodies (Breakfast served)

Join us in Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Reading Room for “Perspectives from the Fifty Yard Line,” a conversation about race, sports and power.  In a talk show format participant will explore how race and big-time sports intersect and what these intersections tell us about how race and power function in American culture. The “starting line-up” includes:

·          The Rev. Nancy Hawthorne:  Rev. Hawthorne is the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at West End United Methodist Church and VDS alum.  She will be moderating the discussion between the Rev. Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop, Dr. Frank Dobson, and Coach John Shoop. 

·          The Rev. Marcia Mount Shoop, PhD: As a minister, teacher, and academic Dr. Shoop is currently engaged with Vanderbilt Divinity School as the facilitator of the In-Forming Communities of Healing Initiative.  Her recent book Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of the Apocolaype: Lifting the Veil on Big Time Sports analyzes issues of race, gender, power and justice in American sports. 

·          Dr. Frank Dobson: Dr. Dobson is the director of Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University.  He has written numerous literary and scholarly work on race, class, and gender. 

Click here to register.