Rev. Heidi Neumark—February 13-16, 2005

Rev. Heidi Neumark currently serves as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan in New York City. Prior she was pastor of Transfiguration Lutheran Church in the South Bronx. These experiences in ministry led her to write a book published by Beacon Press, Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx.

Neumark has served as an ecumenical leader and social activist, committed to strengthening urban neighborhoods and inter-denominational relationships. She is the founder of Transfiguration Community Life Center, Inc., an organization providing after-school and job-training programs for youth, HIV, and domestic violence education and support.

Excerpts from Beacon Press website about Breathing Space:
Breathing Space
is the story of a young woman, Heidi Neumark, and the Hispanic and African-American Lutheran church-aptly named Transfiguration-that took a chance calling on a pastor from a starkly different background. Despite living and working in a milieu of overwhelming poverty and violence, Neumark and the congregation encounter even more powerful forces of hope and renewal.

This is the story of a church and community creating space for new life and breath in a place where children suffer the highest rate of asthma in the nation. It's also the story of a young wife—working, raising her children, and struggling for spiritual breathing space. Through poignant, intimate stories, Neumark charts her journey alongside her parishioners, as pastor, church and community grow in wisdom and together experience transformation.

Schedule:

Tuesday, January 18, 2005
4-5 p.m.: Qualley Lounge, CFLBreathing Spaces book discussion over Chp. 1-3, led by Pr. Mike Blair

Tuesday, January 25, 2005
4-5 p.m.: Qualley Lounge, CFL, Breathing Spaces book discussion over Chp. 4-6, led by Pr. Deanna Langle

Monday, February 14, 2005
Class visits

Tuesday, February 15, 2005
10:00 a.m.: Speak at Daily Chapel, CFL
Noon Luncheon:  ELCA Upper Iowa Conference pastors, Nansen in Union
4-5 p.m.: Breathing Spaces book discussion over Chp. 7-9 and Epilogue, led by Prof. Jim Martin-Schramm with Rev. Neumark, in Qualley Lounge, CFL
7:30 p.m.: Paideia Text and Issues Lecture "Health, Transfiguration and Ministry", CFL