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GRTS Women’s Lecture Series Features Rebecca Deng

Grand Rapid’s Theological Seminary will feature guest speaker Rebecca Deng, a Sudanese refugee and alumni of the seminary, at its annual Women’s Studies Lecture Series April 17 on campus.

Deng, who earned a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership at GRTS, is well versed in development, education, governance and peace and conflict mitigation.

Deng of She's My Sister, a program of the American Bible Society, lives and works in Washingrton, D.C. with her husband and two children.

Her lecture will focus on her experience as a Sudanese refugee and her work bringing trauma healing to hurting women and children in the Great Lake region of Africa (GLA).

“Rebecca has authentic insight about facing adversity, suffering, oppression and significant wisdom about hope and healing from trauma,” Catherine Mueller-Bell, associate professor of counseling, said.

Deng came to the United States as a Lost Girl of Sudan. As a child, she experienced violence during the Second Sudanese Civil War and sympathizes with women and children in traumatic situations today.

“Rebecca is able to be honest about her life experience,” Mueller-Bell said, “with a balance of integrating Biblical Truth and the grace of God that reflects true spiritual maturity.”

Mueller-Bell said this event is for anyone who wants to expand their understanding of the local and global needs. Deng’s story gives insights into the lives of trauma victims around the world. 

The lecture series originally began out of a desire to promote awareness beyond personal bias and delve deeper into issues of culture, race and gender. Attendees have the opportunity to listen to a variety of guest lecturers and learn how to better engage the Kingdom of God more fully.

Mueller-Bell hopes that Deng’s story will help enhance people’s capacity for compassion and empathy, giving them an opportunity to live out the gospel and help those in need.

“Rebecca is an excellent example of this type of active faith,” Mueller-Bell said of the guest lecturer.

The free evening event, which features complimentary coffee and dessert, will take at the Seminary Lounge at the Wood Seminary Building. It is open to male and female students, spouses, and friends of GRTS.

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