Sacred Ground: Lent Speaker Series 2024
Perspectives on Conflict, Religion, and Identity in the Holy Land
Lenten Speaker Series 2024 | St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Wednesday Nights in Lent from February 21 - March 13
5:30 p.m. Midweek Holy Eucharist (Grace Chapel)
6:00 p.m. Dinner and Speaker Series (Undercroft)
Wednesday evenings in Lent from February 21 through March 13 St. Peter’s will be hosting a speaker series entitled “Sacred Ground: Perspectives on Conflict, Religion, and Identity in the Holy Land.” This series will feature speakers with unique context on the conflict in the Holy Land. Dinner will be served with a presentation to follow. We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dietary restrictions. RSVP is requested via form below so we can plan for dinner.
About the Speakers
Wednesday, February 21
Sami earned his M.A. in Middle East Studies from the American University of Beirut. His research and teaching interests focus on political economy and the built environment in the Middle East, as well as Western knowledge production and the architecture of empire. He has lived and worked in several Arab countries, including Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Before moving to St. Louis, Sami was the director of Middle East Books and More, a non-profit bookstore in Washington, DC. He has been published in Middle East Report and Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and is currently teaching a new course in AMCS entitled Landscapes of US Power and Intervention: Critical Geographies of the Middle East. At the medical school, he coordinates clinical research that focuses on medication adherence and equity in healthcare.
Wednesday, February 28
Dr. Krister Knapp
Dr. Krister Knapp is a teaching professor in the Department of History at Washington University in St. Louis where he offers courses in national security and U.S. foreign policy. He is also the Coordinator for the lecture series Crisis and Conflict in Historical Perspective. Professor Knapp regularly serves as a resident Wash U expert and gives talks in the greater St. Louis community. He has been interviewed for and appeared on many local television and radio affiliates including KMOV, KTVI, KWMU, KMOX, and KPLR, as well as in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and internationally on the BBC. His most recent op-ed in Wash U’s The Source is “Return of the “War on Terror.’” Professor Knapp’s current book project focuses on U.S. Counterterrorism policy in Yemen during the Obama administration.
Wednesday, March 6
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein received her undergraduate degree in Communications Studies from Northwestern University and was ordained from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1998. In May of 2023 Rabbi Goldstein earned her Doctor of Ministry from HUC-JIR. She has served as rabbi at Congregation Shaare Emeth, the largest Reform synagogue in St. Louis, for the past 25 years.
Rabbi Goldstein is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Rabbinic Leadership Program and the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teachers’ Training Program and is the founder and director of the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis.
Locally, Rabbi Goldstein serves on the AccessMO Advisory Board, the NCJW Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee of the Jewish Fund for Human Needs and is a volunteer in the accompaniment program of the Interfaith Committee on Latin America. Nationally, Rabbi Goldstein is an at-large board member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Rabbi Goldstein’s rabbinate is centered around the call for social justice, the cultivation of spiritual practices, and the creation of sacred community. Rabbi Goldstein is married to Brett Goldstein and is the proud mother of Macey, Eli, and Lila.
Wednesday, March 13
Dr. Kayla Dang
Kayla Dang is the Renard Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. She received her PhD from Yale University in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, following a B.A. in Classics from the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Dang studies the interactions of Muslims, Christians, Zoroastrians, Jews, and others in the early centuries of Muslim rule in the Middle East, and she teaches introductory courses on Islam (spanning its history, culture, and politics in the ancient and modern worlds).