“The Astonishing Fire at the Heart of Things:
Reflections on Spiritual Stamina in Troubled Times”
The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker
President, Starr King School for the Ministry
Dr. Parker is an ordained United Methodist minister in dual fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Her writing and teaching focus on violence and redemption, feminist critiques of the doctrine of atonement, process theologies, liberal theologies, and religion and education. Among her many publications, in 2008, she and co-author Rita Nakashima Brock published Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of this World for Crucifixion and Empire. As a religious activist, Dr. Parker has engaged with Central American issues, women’s issues and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender concerns.