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Rev. Heidi Neumark

Rev. Heidi Neumark

Minister of Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, an ELCA and a Reconciling in Christ congregation, Rev. Heidi Neumark will present the 2016 Craven-Wilson Lecture on Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Fondren Hall.

Neumark’s strong passion for social justice kept her in the South Bronx where she served congregations for 20 years. Her first book, Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx tells that story.

For the past 12 years she has continued her passion as pastor of a multicultural, bilingual church where she initiated support groups for Latino members and programs for low-income, immigrant children and homeless LGBT youth.

During all those years, Neumark had no idea that there was a chilling history of oppression in her own family.

In Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith, Neumark grapples with Anti-Semitism in the church and the role of the church in silencing trauma. She reconsiders how her lifelong identification with marginalized people and work for social justice emerged from roots she never knew existed.

The Craven-Wilson Lecture Series is sponsored by an endowment from the late Evie Jo Craven Wilson, created in memory of her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. W.A. Craven, and her husband, Arthur Wilson.