Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DML: An(Other) Story Circle: Feminisms & Religion

On October 20, 2015, the Department of Multicultural Life (Staff is pictured) hosted our first An(Other) Story Circle program for the semester in collaboration with the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life(CRSL).
An(Other) Story Circle is a once-a-semester program where a group of community members are asked to share their experiences, or stories, with the campus community around a particular theme on identity, self, and society. The Story Circle program aspires to encourage the Macalester community to talk across difference and get to know each other through sharing personal narratives. This semester our topic was Feminisms and Religion and we invited four story-sharers who are passionate about their identities as feminists and how that relates to their religion and spirituality.

Set in the beautiful lower level space of Weyerhaeuser Chapel, nearly 30 participants attended the event over the lunch hour munching on sandwiches from Jimmy John’s. Chaplain Kelly Stone welcomed everyone to the space, followed by an overview of the program and community guidelines by the DML student staff organizers. Our four story sharers were a nice mix of students, faculty, and staff across multiple faith backgrounds: our very own Afifa Benwahoud, coordinator of the DML; Rachel Fogel ’16; Gao Thor ’18; and Lin Aanonsen, Professor of Biology. They each shared thoughtful and quite moving stories, and tears might have been shed. Afterwards, the room divided into small groups of four to reflect on the stories, resonance, and own relationships with faith and feminism through some guided questions. The event was a success and a beautiful collaboration with the CRSL. We hope to work with them more in the future.
Jinath Tasnim '16

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