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#MeToo and the Bible: Power, Propriety, and Personhood

Proclaiming Justice Workshop | November 8-9, 2018

When the Word is unable to critique the cultures and heal the sickness therein, the church has betrayed its calling. The #MeToo Movement offers a major critique of culture and the imbedded abuse of women. Keeping this in focus, this workshop intends to train us to receive the Bible in its twisted contexts, to read our contemporary cultures critically, and to preach/teach good news of God faithfully. Come and meet Rahab and Bathsheba, Mary Magdalene and many nameless and abused women in the Bible. Learn how their stories can empower your personhood and ministry to women in the church and the culture.

Conference Information


General Registration* Fee: $100 (includes 1 CEU and a certificate of completion)
Student Registration* Fee: $20 (Students who cannot afford the registration fee may email to inquire about a scholarship.)

General Livestream** Registration Fee: $50 (includes 1 CEU and a certificate of completion)
Student Livestream** Registration Fee: Free (registration still required)

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Online Registration ends November 2, 2018. On-site registration will be available. 

** Before registering to attend via livestream, please make sure the device you use to join the livestream meets the necessary system requirements found here. You will not need a working webcam or microphone to join the livestream or participate in the Q&A sessions. 

Workshop Schedule

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Session 1: Beauty and the Beast: Biblical-Cultural Readings of the #MeToo Movement

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Devotions
9:30 a.m. Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Reception on Personhood
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Preaching/Teaching on Human Sexuality
11:30 a.m. Q & A
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)

Session 2: Bathsheba and Uriah!/David?: Women in the Biblical Misérables

12:45 p.m. Who's Gazing? Who are Abused?
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Preaching/Teaching on Gender Justice
2:45 p.m. Q & A
3:15 p.m. Closing Prayer


Friday, November 9, 2018

Session 3: Woman at the Well and the Thirsty Jacob: Silence and Invisible Personhood

9:00 a.m. Gathering and Opening Devotions
9:30 a.m. Thirst and Water, Voice and Wellbeing
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Preaching/Teaching on Difficult Texts
11:30 a.m. Q & A
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)

Session 4: Mary of Magdala and Jesus of Nazareth: Hollywood and the Bible?

12:45 p.m. Intimacy and Desire: Towards Friendship
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Preaching/Teaching for Empowerment
2:45 p.m. Q & A
3:15 p.m. Closing Prayer


Livestream Information

Those registered to attend via livestream will receive instructions the week of November 5th on how to access the livestream. 

If you are unable to attend in person, you can participate in the conference via livestream through Zoom. During the conference, you will be in view and listen only mode, but you will be able to ask questions of the speakers during the Q&A sessions via the Q&A feature of the livestream software. 

The General Livestream Registration Fee is $50 and includes 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) for participants who attend all sessions of the workshop. We will be able to track online participation in all sessions of the workshop in order to grant a CEU to online participants. Students can register for the livestream for free. 

Before registering to attend via the livestream, please make sure the device you use to join the livestream meets the necessary system requirements found here. Note: You will not need a working webcam or microphone to join the livestream or participate in the Q&A sessions. 

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Area Hotel Information

Hotels in Evanston

Holiday Inn Chicago North Evanston

1501 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 1 mi
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Margarita European Inn

1566 Oak Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 1.4 mi
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Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/ Evanston

1818 Maple Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 0.8 mi
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Hyatt House Chicago/ Evanston

1515 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 0.8 mi
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Hilton Orrington/ Evanston

1710 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 0.7 mi
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The Homestead

1625 Hinman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Distance from campus: 0.7 mi
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Hotels in Skokie

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - North Shore Conference Center

9599 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
Distance from campus: 3.8 mi
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Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago- North Shore/ Skokie

5201 Old Orchard Rd.
Skokie, IL, 60077
Distance from campus: 4.8 mi
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Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago/ Wilmette/Skokie

3205 Old Glenview Rd.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Distance from campus: 5 mi
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Directions to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

The links below will help you make your way to Garrett-Evangelical, and help you find your way around once you arrive.



Campus Buildings:

The Garrett-Evangelical campus is comprised of five buildings toward the north and west side of Northwestern University's Evanston campus. In addition, the seminary owns three nearby apartment complexes.

  • Main, its Gothic tower visible from much of NU's campus, houses much of the administration, most of the classrooms (all outfitted for computer-assisted learning), many faculty offices, the Styberg Library, and the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful.
  • Shaffer is connected to the north end of the Main building and houses most of the faculty offices as well as the IT department.
  • Loder Hall, east and slightly south of the main building, contains the cafeteria (Food for Thought), guest rooms, dorm rooms, some administrative offices, student lounges and kitchen, lockers for commuting students and is LEED certified.
  • Pfeiffer is located directly to the east of Main and includes offices for faculty, development, and many of the Seminary's Centers.
  • Stead Hall, which is connected to the south side of the Main building, houses the Stead Center for Ethics and Values, the Lucy Rider Meyer Conference Room, and offices for the library.
  • Old Dorm, east of the main building, is additional housing for students.
  • Howes Chapel is directly west of Main and is set adjacent to the beautiful Shakespeare Gardens and our own prayer garden.

On-Campus or Near-Campus Parking

Parking is an acknowledged challenge here in Evanston and on campus, but with a little planning and forethought, it is not an insurmountable problem. We currently have one gated vistor's lot on campus that you can purchase a parking pass for $8/day (cash or check only). You can purchase the parking pass the day of the event, though there is a limited number of spots. You may also call as much as a week or two in advance to the front desk (847-866-3900) to make a reservation, at which time you should be able to find out if there will be space available on November 8th and/or 9th. When you come to campus you will get a magnetic card to use to get into and out of the lot. You may come and go as many times as you want that day, but the card must be returned at the end of the day as you leave the lot the last time (slide the card into the return box on your way out). 

Should parking in the gated visitor's lot sell out, you may also purchase a Northwestern Visitor's Lot parking pass. This yellow hangtag can be purchased from our front desk for $8.50/day (cash or check only). Please note, this pass is NOT good for the big lot next to our campus; if you purchase one of these passes you must park in any of the NU visitor lots, the nearest of which is across Sheridan Road just south of Noyes Street. Other lots are further away - about a 10 minute walk back to Garrett-Evangelical.  See the Northwestern University parking maps here for more information.

If you have any questions about parking options on or near campus, please contact Rev. Paul Ortiz, director of residential ministries, by email or at 847.866.3939.


Sponsored by the Styberg Preaching Institute

Founded in 2005, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Gennifer Brooks, the director, the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has established an intentional and persistent agenda of addressing the need for relevant, effective preaching in the church. Its motto, The Seminary and the Church: Partners in Proclamation, speaks to the mandate of the Seminary to equip pastors for transformative ministry and recognizes preaching as a critical aspect of that mission. You can learn more about the Styberg Preaching Institute at

Rev. Dr. Gennifer BrooksRev. Dr. Gennifer Brooks
Director of the Styberg Preaching Institute
Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Preaching
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
Dean of the ACTS DMin in Preaching Program





November 8, 2018 - November 9, 2018

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201

Workshop Leaders

Rev. Jan Schnell Rippentrop is a political theologian and community organizer. Trained as a Lutheran pastor and preaching professor, she teaches in the DMin in Preaching Program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. Much of her academic writing works against oppression and toward liberation. She is particularly interested in how eschatology—God’s coming that breaks into the world—liberates people to hope in and work toward the justice that God creates. In her teaching, preaching and research, she is committed to interdisciplinarity, theories that have street cred, and pedagogies or methodologies that recognize the inherent value and wisdom that each participant brings. A conference speaker and preacher, she delights in God’s spirited movement in the fabric of our daily lives and on the streets of our public spaces.

K.K. Yeo

Dr. K. K. Yeo, the Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical, is a Chinese born in Borneo, educated in the U.S., and teaching cross-cultural biblical interpretation in Evanston, Beijing, and Jerusalem. He is an elected member of the Society of New Testament Studies since 1998, and has authored and edited more than 40 books, such as Eve, God and Gaia (in Chinese, 2008); What Has Jerusalem to Do with Beijing? (1998; 2018 revised edition), The Spirit Hovers (2011), and edited Jesus Without Borders (2015). K. K. enjoys photography, woodworking, writing poetry, and practicing Tai chi.