Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL — Panel Discussion and Scenes

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FEBRUARY 17 — 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by CTS’ Center for Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Studies in collaboration with the University of Chicago Lab School and KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation. Elements Theatre Company will perform scenes from The Merchant of Venice and engage in panel discussion with religious leaders and scholars of Shakespeare discussing the presentation of “the other” in historical and contemporary contexts.

Discussion following with:

No reservations necessary, free admission.



Rabbi Frederick Reeves

Rabbi Frederick Reeves

Rabbi Frederick Reeves became the rabbi of KAM Isaiah Israel in July 2013. He is thrilled to serve this diverse and multi-generational congregation as a spiritual leader. Rabbi Reeves is passionate about Jewish learning and meaningful worship, and he is a dedicated advocate for social change.

Prior to coming to KAM Isaiah Israel, Rabbi Reeves served as the Associate Rabbi of The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he served Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a rabbinic intern.

Rabbi Reeves is passionate about combatting global climate change and was recognized for his work by Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. He has worked towards interfaith understanding in numerous ways, including serving on the executive board of the Faith Alliance of Metro-Atlanta, co-leading a trip to Spain for Jews, Christians, and Muslims with World Pilgrims, and by serving as faculty for the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies’ Reclaiming the Center program.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Rabbi Reeves has a degree in French literature from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He earned an M.A. in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rabbi Reeves has four children: Violet, Asher, Levi, and Hazel. He and his wife, Lauren, love living in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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Lillian Daniel

Rev. Lillian Daniel

Lillian Daniel is a pastor, teacher, writer, and speaker whose honesty and wit have taken her from the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. to the Festival of Homiletics in Denmark. Wherever she goes, Lillian brings a deep understanding of scripture and how it can be practically applied to everyday life.

Equally as comfortable in convention centers, classrooms, and lecture halls as in church pulpits, Lillian has spoken at Duke Chapel, Princeton Seminary King’s College London, and Queen’s University Ontario. She has taught preaching Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School, where she received the 2010 distinguished alumni award for “Distinction in Congregational Ministry.”

Her most recent book, When Spiritual But Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church (Jericho, 2014), makes a provocative case for why religious community matters. Featured in the New York Times and by PBS, it has been described as biting, hilarious, pitch perfect, tender, and often stunningly beautiful.

As an editor at large for The Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, Lillian’s words and work can be found in The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Books and Culture, The Journal for Preachers, as well as in the United Church of Christ’s daily email devotionals that boast over 20,000 subscribers.

Her earliest books further explore Lillian’s commitment to making religious life real. This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of two Ministers (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2009), co-authored by Martin B. Copenhaver, shares stories about ministry from the inside. And Tell it Like it is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005) tells the story of one church’s attempt to get people to talk to each other about God.

Lillian is a resident of the Chicago area and has served as the senior minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois since 2004.

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Danielle Dwyer, C.J.
Artistic Director, Elements Theatre Company

A founding member of Elements Theatre Company, Sr. Danielle Dwyer has either directed or performed in nearly seventy productions since the company’s inception. Classically trained but also skilled in contemporary drama, Sr. Danielle earned her Master of Arts Degree from England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She also studied voice, acting, and writing with Joanna Weir at Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England); David Male of Cambridge University (Cambridge, England); and Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA); and studied Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. Sr. Danielle’s directorial experience ranges from the timeless humanity of Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) and Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard) to the biting comedy of Oscar Wilde (Lady Windermere’s Fan) and Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage). The Barnstable Patriot recently noted,

“Under the able-handed direction of Sr. Danielle Dwyer this Julius Caesar soars with sight and sound. Dwyer is able to combine the intimacy of the columned setting, the sound of the slap of the sandals on the stone floor, the dance of burning torches, the rich acting and the beautifully composed music…into not just a play for the audience to view but more like the transport of actually being there.”

As an actress, Sr. Danielle has received comparable critical acclaim. Recent roles include Julius Caesar, Calpurnia; God of Carnage, Annette Raleigh; Pillars of the Community, Lona Hessel; Twelfth Night, Malvolio; The Cherry Orchard, Ranevskaya; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Mrs. Erlynne; The Lion in Winter, Eleanor; Doctor Faustus, Mephistopheles; Richard III, Queen Elizabeth; Everyman, Everyman; and Lettice and Lovage, Lettice Douffet. Sr. Danielle is also the author of several performance pieces, including short stories and plays, video scripts, poetic monologues, and narratives for worship and meditation.

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