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Theological Libraries Month Presentation: Dr. Rolf Nolasco and Rev. Sue Laurie

October 15, 2019 | 11:10 a.m. | Room 205

The Syberg Library at Garrett-Evangelical will welcome Dr. Rolf Nolasco and Rev. Sue Laurie (G-ETS 1995) for a Theological Libraries Month presentation. They will lead us in a discussions in honor of LGBTQ+ History Month on October 15, 2019, at 11:10 a.m. in Room 205 with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend. The discussions will be followed by a reception in the Reference Room of the Styberg Library.


  • "We had Real Hope in the 90s at Garrett" with Rev. Sue Laurie
  • "God's Beloved Queer" with Dr. Rolf Nolasco

About Dr. Rolf Nolasco

Dr. Rolf NolascoDr. Rolf Nolasco is an experienced professor, trained in pastoral and counseling psychology, mindfulness and contemplative spirituality, and affective neuroscience. Nolasco is also a psychotherapist, published author, and has vast experience in cross cultural communications from living and working across the world within varying social and cultural backgrounds. He is the author of The Contemplative Counselor: A Way of Being (Fortress Press, 2011) and Compassionate Presence: A Radical Response to Human Suffering (Cascade Books, 2016), which seeks to affirm compassion as the pulsating heartbeat of Christian theology and praxis through the hermeneutical perspectives of brain science, psychology, and practical theology. His latest book is God’s Beloved Queer (Wipf and Stock, 2019). Nolasco is also currently working on a new book, Depression, Dark Night of the Soul, and Joy (Cascade Books, 2020)..

About Rev. Sue Laurie

Rev. Sue LaurieRev. Sue Laurie has been present in the struggle for love and full inclusion for LGBTQ+ people within theThe United Methodist Church for over twenty years, working with Reconciling Ministries Network as a witness for Opening Doors, Extending the Table, Remembering Our Baptism, being part of One Family Tree, and Loving Your Neighbor. She received her MDiv from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1995 but was denied ordination because of Book of Discipline rules. She continued to offer ministry however, serving with RMN. At the 2016 UMC General Conference in Portland, OR, she received a “grassroots ordination” with the support of Love Prevails. Sue is married to Julie Bruno, her spouse of 35 years.

About Theological Libraries Month

The American Theological Library Association has named October as Theological Libraries Month. During this month theological libraries celebrate to increase awareness of the importance and value of libraries serving theology and religious studies programs through communications and activities for faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

October 15, 2019

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

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Evanston , IL 60201

The Styberg Library

The Styberg Library advances the educational mission of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary by expanding access, enhancing the teaching and learning process, empowering research, and facilitating collaboration. The Library serves Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Bexley Seabury Seminary, Northwestern University, and the wider communities of students, pastors, and scholars. The Styberg Library contains nearly 400,000 volumes, 300 periodical subscriptions, and audio-visual media that are supplemented by a wide array of electronic and digital resources. It is considered one of the top theological research libraries in the United States. Collection distinctives include rare book collections from Methodist and Anglican traditions, ancient Near Eastern studies and biblical archeology; the Keen Bible collection with several outstanding first editions; and manuscript and archival collections including Garrett- Evangelical institutional records, personal papers and church archives of the United Methodist Church Northern Illinois Conference.