As part of a new initiative to introduce members to each other, and to the larger community, we interview Evelyn who has been a member of Westar since the ’90’s! She joined when she became acquainted with the work of Marcus Borg through a leader in her church. Soon after, she met Marcus at a [...]
About Alexis Waggoner
Executive Assistant for Marketing and Events, Alexis Waggoner works closely with both Westar’s Marketing Committee and the Executive Director to advance the presence and value of Westar in our culture through social media and the use of digital media in public education. Alexis brings to Westar a unique blend of digital marketing and religious education experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.
Entries by Alexis Waggoner
One of Westar's new scholars, David Wheeler-Reed, joins our Marketing and Education Director to talk about his work on gender and sexuality in antiquity, queer theory, queer theology, and how he came to be involved with Westar.
Westar scholar Clayton Crockett and I got together to discuss the forthcoming book from the Seminar on God and the Human future. The book, Doing Theology in the Age of Trump: A Critical Report on Christian Nationalism, investigates connections between how we understand and define God, and the connections between Trump and the religious right. [...]
A new poll from the Associated Press reports that relatively few Americans (19 percent) find it important that a political candidate be religious or share their religious beliefs. Conversely, a majority of Americans do see a role for religion in the shape of public policy and do want this role to extend beyond the typical “culture war” issues such [...]
Westar scholar, Dr. Susan "Elli" Elliott, recently put together a video about the Galli, a group of self-castrated people in the ancient Roman Era. She connects this to the idea of transgender resistance, what it may have looked like thousands of years ago, and what implications it may have for today. Dr. Elliott and Westar [...]
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