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Sihler Lecture/Workshop

  • Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Center for the Arts—Studio II (Room 219)

Join LGBTQIA+/Christian activist Amalia Vagts and musician/artist Namoli Brennet for an interactive afternoon performance exploring finding and using your voice in faith and activism. During the workshop, Vagts and Brennett will share their own adventures via voice, imagery, movement and music. Participants will be invited to spectate or engage during the second half in an "open stage" format with their own stories, performance, or questions. Attendees are invited to bring a musical instrument, etc and prepare one selection of music, writing, movement, stand-up or other original, personal reflection connected to faith, gender and activism. People of all genders are invited to participate.

Amalia Vagts grew up in a strongly Lutheran environment and her passion for social justice and the role of women in the church was ignited at an early age. This passion and ensuing questions and challenges continued when she studied Religion and English at Luther College (LC '95).  A long-time activist on women's and LGBTQIA+ issues, Vagts currently serves as Executive Director for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, a social justice ministry that expands opportunities for Lutheran rostered leaders and seminarians who publicly identify as LGBTQIA+.  

Tucson-based songwriter Namoli Brennet has been touring the country with her own brand of moody and inspiring folk since releasing her first CD in 2002.  She is currently touring with her 9th CD, We Were Born to Rise. She's been described as a cross between Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and Sheryl Crow, and Zocalo magazine called her music, "Gorgeous and introspective." Brennet is a multi-instrumentalist often playing guitar, piano, percussion and horns on a her own recordings. Born male, Brennet transitioned to female in her late 20's.  Many of Brennet's songs deal with spirituality, meaning, social issues, justice, and compassion.    

Vagts and Brennet struck up a friendship in 2007 when they collaborated on a benefit CD for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. Their friendship led to multiple shows and mini-tours together over the past four years.

Questions? Contact Jane M. Hawley, 563-387-1694