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Featured Speakers and Participants

Rosemary Radford Ruether is the Carpenter Emerita Professor of Feminist Theology at Pacific School of Religion and the GTU, as well as the Georgia Harkness Emerita Professor of Applied Theology at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, and activist in the Catholic Church, and is well known as a groundbreaking figure in Christian feminist theology. Ruether has published numerous books, including Sexism and God-Talk, In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women’s Religious Writing (ed. with Rosemary Skinner Keller), and numerous other books.

John B. Cobb, Jr. has held many positions including Ingraham Professor of Theology at the Claremont School of Theology, Avery Professor at the Claremont Graduate School, Fulbright Professor at the University of Mainz, Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Chicago Divinity Schools. Some of his writings include: Christ in a Pluralistic Age (1975); God and the World (1969); Sustainability: Economics, Ecology, and Justice (1992); Sustaining the Common Good (1995); and co-author with Herman Daly of For the Common Good (1989), which was co-winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order

Maritza Duran currently teaches high school religion, history and Spanish at Orangewood Academy, where she is also the high school vice principal. Maritza graduated with a B.A. in history and a minor in Spanish and gender studies from La Sierra University. She also received a M.A. in Religion, with an emphasis in the history of Christianity and a minor in Christian social ethics, from La Sierra University.

Ginger Hanks-Harwood is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at La Sierra University, where she teaches courses in New Testament studies, Ethics, and Adventist History. She has also taught at Pacific Union College and Walla Walla University, and served as a chaplain and supervisor of clinical ministry experience at Porter Memorial Hospital in Denver, Colorado, while she completed her degree at University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology. She continues to research cultural contexts of Scripture and church practice.

Chris Oberg received a Bachelors degree in nutrition from Walla Walla College and spent several years working at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She enrolled at La Sierra University where she completed a B.A. in 2000, also serving as assistant pastor at the La Sierra University Church that year. In 2005 Chris completed a M.A. She serves as Senior Pastor at the Calimesa Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Warren Trenchard came to La Sierra University in 1995 from Canadian Union College (now Canadian University College) in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. He had served there since 1975 as a member of the faculty of Religious Studies and later as Vice President for Academic Administration. His first assignment at LSU was in the Office of the President, where he was Senior Assistant to the President until 1997. At that time the School of Religion invited him to take the position of Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature and to serve as the Director of Graduate Programs. In July 2004 Dr. Trenchard accepted the position of Provost for La Sierra University.

Somer Penington is currently teaching high school bible and religion at Redlands Adventist Academy, as well as acting as the Campus Ministries Director. Somer received a B.A. in English from La Sierra University.

Jared Wright is currently working on a M.Div. at La Sierra University. He also holds a degree in Religion from Southern Adventist University. Jared runs a blog called “Adventist Environmental Advocacy,” a resource encouraging open dialogue and faithful action on behalf of creation.

Planning Committee: Maritza Duran, Trisha Famisaran, Heide Ford, Felisa Meier, and Jessica Williams


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