Saving Paradise

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Axis of Friendship

Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D., worked with The New Press in New York as Senior Editor in Religion from 2006-2009. She was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life, 2001-2002. From 1997- 2001, Dr. Brock directed the Fellowship Program at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, formerly called the Bunting Institute, and the seven years before she became an administrator, she held an endowed professorship at Hamline University. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Religious Coalition for Repro- ductive Choice.

Dr. Brock's first book, Journeys By Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power won the Crossroads/ Continuum Publishing Company award for the most outstanding manuscript in women's studies in 1988. She is the co-author of Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us, published by Beacon Press in 2001. Her most recent collaboration with Rebecca Parker, Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, published by Beacon Press in 2008, has been named one of the best books of 2008 by Publisher's Weekly, and was selected as a finalist for the American Academy of Religion book awards. In addition to publishing many essays, she was an editor and contributor to Guide to the Perplexing: A Survival Manual for Women in Religious Studies, Setting the Table: Women in Theological Conversation, and Off the Menu: Asian and North American Asian Women's Religion and Theology.

Dr. Brock has lectured in Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, Denmark, HongKong, Japan, the Philippines, and Canada, as well as throughout the United States and is a member of the U.S. group of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, the leading global organization of liberation theologians. Her work continues to interweave religious questions with issues of justice in the U.S. and international contexts.

As an active member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rita has served on its General Board and Administra- tive Committees and, from 1996-1998, was the first chair of the Common Global Ministries Board, a joint venture of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ. In 1993, she represented the National Council of Churches on an ecumenical, international, high-level delegation to Guatemala and El Salvador to support the peacemaking processes in both countries. She served for nine years as a trustee of Starr King School for the Ministry, and has been a visiting scholar at the school. She lives in Oakland, CA.

To download a biography of Dr. Brock:
Rita Nakashima Brock Biography
To download a copy of Dr. Brock's CV:
Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D. Curriculum Vitae.

Assistant Director
Justin K. Waters
: M.Div. graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry; has taught and authored papers on religion and sexuality, culture, and the arts.

Betsy Eggert, Truth Commission intern.
Betsy, a graduate of Harvard Law School and an attorney in Boston, is a student at Andover Newton Theological School studying for ministry with the United Church of Christ.

Board of Trustees

Our Inter-religious Board of Trustees has included Hindu, Jewish, spiritual atheist, United Methodist, Unitaritan Universalist, and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) members. The current board is:
Ms. JoAnne Kagiwada, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Chair, retired church executive
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, Unitarian Universalist and United Methodist), Secretary, President of Starr King School for the Ministry
Rev. Jim Eller, Unitarian Universalist, Treasurer, retired clergy
Rev. Dr. Gabriella Lettini, Waldensian Church of Italy, Protestant, Professor of Theological Ethics at Starr King School for the Ministry
Mr. Amir Soltani, Iranian Muslim, Project Director for Omid for Iran
Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, ex-officio

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