March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate we have asked women who are members of the BST community to write a brief article that highlights a woman who has had an impact on their lives, whether personal, historical or theological. Each week throughout the month of March a different woman who is part of the BST community will honor a woman who is significant to them and tell us why and how this woman has impacted their lives and/or their thinking.

It was the kind of thing that only a six-year-old would notice. We were all standing in the foyer of our home saying goodbye to the family who had come to dinner that night. Animated grown-up conversation danced above my head as my grandparents and aunt and uncle were putting on their coats, getting ready to head out into the frigid winter night. Someone asked my Great-Aunt Dot a question that required her to add up a couple of numbers. I don’t remember the specific question or the precise math problem she needed to solve on the fly. What I do remember, plain as day, was what I observed at exactly six-year-old eye level—my Aunt Dot silently counting out her answer on her fingers, pressing each finger ever so slightly into her leg to keep track of the numbers in her head. Aunt Dot smiled at me and winked. I breathed a sigh of relief.

In my little kid mind, I had already determined that I was not a numbers person. Math, even simple addition and subtraction, did not come easily for me. Numbers were frightening imps with minds of their own. Every individual number up to twenty had its own personality, I thought. Twos were congenial and easy going. Nines were cantankerous and fought against being added to or subtracted from anything. Most of the teens felt similarly about being deployed in any math problem—they just wanted to be left alone, for crying out loud. If someone asked me to solve a math problem, my brain turned to static. Only counting on my fingers could save me, but I thought it was babyish and that I was dumb.

Join BST Alum and Sympara co-founder Daniel Pryfogle for this important conversation on Sacred/Civic Placemaking.

Amid the struggles of religious and civic institutions, third places are emerging, spaces to work out what it means to be neighbors and citizens and even creators of more just, equitable and sustainable communities.

Is this a return to the church that doubles as town hall, the rediscovery of civil religion, or something else? Placemaking, which is the art of designing public spaces or creating livable communities, takes on added meaning when it's sacred/civic placemaking. What does it mean for religious properties to be re-purposed and re-imagined with neighbors of other religions or no religious identification? What is the character of such places? And what promise do these places hold for the common good?

Conversations on Sacred/Civic Placemaking is a free Zoom series that explores these questions with religious leaders, community organizers, developers, social entrepreneurs, architects and others.

SERIES KICKOFF: Join Sympara co-founder Daniel Pryfogle and board member Yonat Shimron, national reporter and senior editor for Religion News Service, on March 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT.

Join with our own Dr. Miles-Tribble, BST alums, and GTU colleagues for this important webinar panel tomorrow, Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. They will discuss Raising the Power of Our Voices in the Public Square: What’s Next?

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