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6-8-2018 - Friday - Bubba's Book Club - Panel Discussion
Join us for a special edition of Bubba's Book Club as we will be sponsoring a moderated seminar on the book, Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism by Deborah Jian Lee. The community is welcome. This panel discussion will be held in a coffee house type setting, with special coffees and noshes being served. Copies of this book are available at Amazon here. Kindle versions are available here. You do NOT have to read the book to enjoy this program, but reading it before this event will enhance your experience. The discussion panel will be made up of someone from the LGBTQ Christian community, someone representing women, and someone representing people of color.
Byron Martin, M.edDirector of Multicultural ProgramsValparaiso University
Byron is originally from Mesquite, Texas, which is on the east side of Dallas. He came to Valpo from Abilene, Texas, where he worked for Abilene Christian University (ACU). ACU is similar to Valpo in many ways, but also very different. While at ACU, Byron worked on topics involving multicultural, racial reconciliation, and social justice efforts for several years, and these have made up much of his life's work. To say the least, Byron is passionate about being a voice to the voiceless, embracing the outsider, and fighting for fairness on every level, whether popular or not.
Heath Carter, AuthorAssociate Professor of HistoryValparaiso University
Heath W. Carter is an associate professor at Valparaiso University, where he teaches a variety of courses on the history of the modern United States. He is co-editor of both The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class and Turning Points in the History of American Evangelicalism. Heath has authored several books including Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago.
Bonnie Meyer, AuthorDirector of Outreach and MissionsCrown Point First United Methodist Church
Bonnie Meyer is Director of Outreach and Missions at Crown Point 1st UMC where she has attended since high school. She is a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana and is married to her wife since 1994 (and again in 2014). Bonnie enjoys her parallel career as a children's author of the charming and educational series, "The Adventures of Kicker and Flintier" about a frog and butterfly who are best friends. Bonnie has a book five in the series coming soon. She's also begun a new series about young Brooklyn Rose, a precocious 4 year old.
Bonnie graduated from Crown Point High School in 1973, married in 1975, and had two sons. She shares, "I was young, poor and treading water spiritually. Somehow, God kept me afloat. I began my own photography business in 1987 and that kept me incredibly busy. My boys grew, my marriage did not. After 16 years of marriage I divorced. It was frightening and freeing. I was "out" and scared. Thanks to God, my faith was strong and growing stronger. I met my wife in 1992. We had a commitment ceremony in 1994. We bought a house together and had typical family struggles from this second marriage at first. It has worked out for the better. We were able to be legally married in 2014, 20 years after our original ceremony, by the same pastor, in our own backyard. Life is good. We are happy and grounded in our common faith."