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When God Was a Bird (via Zoom)

May 22 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Buried deep within the Christian tradition are startling portrayals of God as the beaked and feathered Holy Spirit – the “animal God,” as it were. Weaving together scripture, theology, philosophy, and personal stories of sacred nature, Wallace will present a model of God in Christianity as a creaturely, avian being who signals the presence of spirit in everything, human and more-than-human alike. Challenging traditional Christianity’s self-definition as an other-worldly religion, Wallace will help re-open the way for a new Earth-loving spirituality grounded in the ancient image of an animal God.

Saturday, May 22, 10-11 a.m. CDT. The zoom link will be sent via email on Friday, May 21.

$10/person fee. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 20 at 4 p.m.

Presenter: Mark Wallace¬†is a Professor in the Department of Religion at Swarthmore College. His teaching and research interests focus on the intersections between religious thought, critical theory, Indigenous studies, and postcolonialism. His book, When God Was a Bird: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-Enactment of the World,¬†was published in 2019 and awarded the Nautilus Gold Award for best book in western religious thought. He’s also author of Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future (Fortress, 2010), Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Spirit, Nature (Fortress, 2005), and Fragments of the Spirit: Nature, Violence, and the Renewal of Creation (Continuum, 1996; Trinity, 2002).


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When God Was a Bird
Fee must accompany registration
$ 10.00


May 22
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Eric Anglada

Sinsinawa Mound Center

585 County Road Z
Sinsinawa, WI 53824