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Author Reading: Cassidy Hall

June 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free
Join Cassidy Hall and Indy Reads on June 23rd at 2 pm for a reading, Q&A, and signing of her new book ‘Queering Contemplation.’

Join us for a reading of Cassidy Hall’s new book Queering Contemplation on June 23rd at 2pm.

This event is recommended for 15+

All proceeds from book sales at Indy Reads support our English literacy programming.

Queering Contemplation

What would it mean to queer contemplation? To disentangle contemplative spirituality from heteronormativity, patriarchy, and Eurocentricity, and instead engage with openness, curiosity, and a little weirdness? The world of contemplative Christianity has yielded to the same voices for far too long, many of whom are from centuries before our time, with lives unlike our own, and often from experiences disconnected from marginalization, oppression, and what it feels like to be an outsider.

Cassidy Hall, an LGBTQIA+ Christian contemplative scholar and podcast host, takes us on a journey to queer the contemplative tradition. For Hall, queering is not solely about identifying as queer or applying queer theory; it is about what is gained by seeing things differently. “Queer,” she says, “is the way I tilt my head to look at the world.” As queerness reawakened her own contemplative life, Hall discovered that queering and questioning the tradition allowed her to listen more closely to voices that are queer, marginalized, and oppressed–voices that have long existed but have often been overlooked or silenced. For Hall, that also meant moving differently into contemplation, into silence, into liminality and ritual. In showing us the way, she helps us envision what contemplative faith can look like, what spiritual spaces we can reclaim for welcome–and how queering contemplation, and lifting up queer contemplative voices, frees us to seek the infinite possibility of our own identity and engage our spiritual lives with open hearts and open hands.

Whether you’re queer or want to queer your own perspectives, or whether you want to uncover the queerness and queer voices in the contemplative tradition–Hall throws open the doors of contemplative spirituality for all, bringing us to contemplation in very new, sometimes old, but always queer ways.

Cassidy Hall (she/her/hers) (MA, MDiv, MTS) is an author, award-winning filmmaker, podcaster, and leading voice in contemplative spirituality. She is the cohost of the Encountering Silence podcast and the creator of the Contemplating Now and Queering Contemplation podcasts. Her documentary films include In Pursuit of Silence and Day of a Stranger. Her book, Queering Contemplation, Finding Queerness in the Roots and Future of Contemplative Spirituality is about queering the contemplative tradition. Cassidy is widely published and resides in Indianapolis, where she is studying for her Doctorate degree. Find out more at cassidyhall.com

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Details

Date:
June 23
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-reading-cassidy-hall-tickets-900144284787

Venue

Indy Reads
1066 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203 United States
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