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Jes Kast-Keat to Lecture at King University and Emmanuel Episcopal Church Oct. 12

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 30, 2015 – Jes Kast-Keat, the associate minister at West End Collegiate Church in New York City, N.Y., will present two lectures on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 as part of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture 2015-16 lecture series. The first lecture will take place at 9:15 a.m. in King University’s Memorial Chapel; the second lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at 700 Cumberland Street in Bristol, Tenn. The events are co-sponsored by Bristol Herald Courier.

“Jes Kast-Keat seeks to live out her faith in an action-oriented way,” says Shannon Harris. “Her voice is an important perspective on challenges facing the church currently, and we are pleased to have her join the conversation at the King Institute for Faith and Culture.”

Jes Kast-Keat asks us important questions like “What in the world does it mean to incarnate the truth of the unity of the body of Christ? Is it possible for us to be so moved by the Scripture we love and have such vastly different opinions on issues that matter?”

Kast-Keat grew up in Michigan where she obtained her Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Reformed Church in America, she is interested in feminist studies within the Reformed tradition. She has previously served as a resident director at Hope College where she helped support students reconciling their faith and identities.

As a progressive minister at the West End Collegiate Church in New York City Kast-Keat preaches, leads weekly soup kitchens for the most vulnerable in the city, and facilitates various education classes. She works with various religious organizations to advocate for and celebrate full inclusion in the church atmosphere.

Kast-Keat is passionate about writing, the power of social media, justice, and mercy. Her online publications and blogs include topics about looking at life as a Christian through a reformed lens. Her work can be found on websites such The Twelve, where she writes bi-weekly blogs about reformed life, and Think Christian, and her work appears in various Christian sites.

Jes Kast-Keat will speak on “My Six Word Story of Faith” at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel on Monday, Oct. 12, and on “In this Place” at 7 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at 700 Cumberland Street in Bristol, Tenn. The events are open to the public and free to attend. Visit http://faithandculture.king.edu or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at svharris@king.edu, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.

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