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Rosemary Radford Ruether founding mother of feminist theology has died at 85

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NPR has reported that Rosemary Radford Ruether has died and they have attributed the title of founding mother of feminist theology to her -- and with good reason. She was a feminist forerunner. She traveled widely, mentoring the next generation of leaders and wrote over 500 articles and 30 books. A statement released on behalf of the family says it best.

Holden Audio Archive Unveils Roland Bainton, Reformation Scholar, Teaching in the Village

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We have had the good-fortune of unearthing some very old recordings of Roland Bainton teaching in the village over 50 years ago. Its a pleasure to hear his wonderful voice telling the stories of Erasmus and Luther and more.

Let's listen in...

Roland Bainton Audio Collection

Demystifying Politics: 30 Years of Insight with John Marty

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John Marty has been a Minnesota state senator for over 30 years, and is a strong advocate for government ethics, environmental protection, and health care reform. John first joined our teaching staff over 30 years ago. Through his teaching, he shared his experience and knowledge of the multi-faceted world of politics and our place in it. We are fortunate to have many of his sessions recorded and available here -- sessions that continue to provide relevant information and clarity.

James Cone, Founder of Black Liberation Theology Has Died


"Cone is best known as the father of black liberation theology. In his ground-breaking works, Black Theology & Black Power (1969); A Black Theology of Liberation (1970); and God of the Oppressed (1975), Cone upended the theological establishment with his vigorous articulation of God’s radical identification with black people in the United States. His eloquent portrayal of Christ’s blackness shattered dominant white theological paradigms, and ignited a wave of subsequent American liberation theologies." -- Union Theological Seminary New York City

To Be at Holden: The Slow Boat to Paradise

John Noltner shares his thoughts with us upon coming back to Holden Village.

This is an excerpt of his first session in the village the summer of 2016.

2016 In the Village . . .

Do you wish you could have been in the village attending the teaching program this forerunner summer?

The 2016 Forerunner summer was one of restoring, reforming and refreshing the village. It was also a time of reflection and study. For our Holden family who were not in the village this year, our teaching staff invite you to a fireside chat about their summer in the village and to explore all of their sessions.

A Conversation with Mark Thompson Telling Stories of Holden Village Early Days

Never before heard stories of some of the earliest days of Holden Village told by Mark Thompson to Larry Howard and Josh Post in December, 2015. Mark and his uncle Reuben Thompson came to the village in May, 1961 as year-round residents having never been to the village before!


I've Never Heard His Voice Before!

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Alina Lundholm, granddaughter of Beany Lundholm, came to the village with other students from Augustana College for their January term to work and study. Alina joined the Audio Archive team for a few days and learned how to create mp3 files from cassette tapes and while there asked if we had any recordings of her grandfather.

Stories for Winter

As the cold and dark of winter settles in, its a great time to curl up with cocoa and a story. Check out some of these recordings from story tellers over the years at Holden:

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We have chosen a selection of recordings about life during Holden's mining days. Enjoy!

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