Workshop Leader Bios

Katie Gordon is the Program Manager of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute and Coordinator for Campus Interfaith Resources within the Division of Inclusion & Equity at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. With a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Religious Studies from Alma College and a Master of Arts in Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University, Katie bridges her academic interest in interreligious affairs to the practical work of promoting interfaith dialogue and cooperation. As an alumna of the Interfaith Youth Core and member of their Speakers Bureau, Katie often speaks on campuses about how interfaith connects to civic engagement, social change, media, intersectionality, non-religious communities, and the Millennial generation. With a social justice framework applied to her interfaith engagement work, her goal is to promote inclusive and welcoming communities where all can build relationships across difference and thrive from diversity.

Michael J. Iafrate is a doctoral candidate in theology at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. A West Virginia native, he currently serves as co-coordinator of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia and was the lead author of the organization’s “people’s pastoral,” The Telling Takes Us Home: Taking Our Place in the Stories that Shape Us. He has contributed to the National Catholic Reporter and Religion Dispatches, various journals, and the collections Secular Music and Sacred Theology (2013) and Music, Theology, and Justice (2017). Prior to his doctoral work, he worked in campus ministry in West Virginia. A singer-songwriter, his most recent album, Christian Burial, was released in spring 2017.

Rev. J. Cody Nielsen is Executive Director of the Wesley Foundation United Methodist Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota and the Founder and Executive Director of Convergence. Cody previously served as Expert in Residence for Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Initiatives at NASPA and is former President of the National Campus Ministry Association. Cody’s passion is integration of higher education with religious, secular, and spiritual identity diversity work. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Iowa State University and holds Master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa and Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Cody frequently blogs and offers consultation for universities regarding strategic thinking around religious, secular, and spiritual identity. His 2013-2015 study Multifaith in the Public University, a Louisville Foundation funded initiative, explores over 25 public and private universities in the United States and Canada regarding their policies, practices, and initiatives to support campus climates.

Jasmine Pulce is Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Success in the Center for Multicultural Excellence at the University of Denver. A native of Kentucky, Jasmine comes to DU most recently from Dallas, Texas. She earned her BS in Kinesiology at the University of Kentucky, and her M Ed in Higher Education at the University of North Texas. Jasmine works with DU undergraduate student affinity groups to strengthen and expand leadership and programming, coordinate planning for Heritage and History Months and LGBTIQ programs, and assist with other undergraduate success initiatives.

Jason Whitehead is the Director of Consultation and Formation at Iliff School of Theology. He has served in pastoral roles for congregations in South Carolina, Virginia, and Colorado. Jason is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and Senior Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care at Iliff. He is the author of Redeeming Fear: A Constructive Theology for Living into Hope, as well as articles related to pastoral theology, persons with mental illness, and most recently soulfulness.

Ben Wideman is an ordained Mennonite minister and campus pastor for 3rd Way Collective, a unique multi-faith campus ministry at Penn State University focused on the intersection of peace, justice, and faith. Ben enjoys camping and hiking with his family and exploring new minor league ballparks and microbreweries whenever he travels.

Free Time Offerings

Free Time opportunities in greater Denver

You don’t get a chance to visit Denver every day—and it would be a shame not to take the opportunity to soak up some local culture. So we’ve included a free afternoon and evening on Thursday, July 27. Feel free to explore on your own—but here are some things we’ve found that are going on that might be of interest.

Comedy: DREW MICHAEL
JUL 27, 2017 – JUL 30, 2017

Drew Michael is a New York comedian who looks at life from a dark, cerebral point of view. He is a founding member of the comedy collective, Comedians You Should Know.

 

Food & Drink: SKYLINE BEER GARDEN
JUN 9, 2017 – OCT 7, 2017

  • 16TH ST, DENVER, CO
  • 11AM – 10PM
  • FREE

Celebrating Colorado’s dynamic craft beer culture, the Skyline Beer Garden returns this summer with 40,000 square feet of outdoor area with vast open air and tented seating in Skyline Park.

Music: LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM & CHRISTINE MCVIE
JUL 27, 2017

  • PARAMOUNT THEATRE1621 GLENARM PL., DENVER, CO
  • FROM: 07:30 PM TO 11:59 PM
  • $59.50 – $179.50

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie live with The Wallflowers Ages: All Ages Doors Open: 6:30 PM

 

Music: MOTOWN GROOVE AT GOOSETOWN TAVERN (EVERY THURSDAY)
JUN 1, 2017 – SEP 28, 2017

  • 3242 E COLFAX AVE , DENVER, CO
  • FROM: 09:00 PM TO 02:00 AM
  • FREE

Live Motown, Funk and R&B with your host AkA Miggy!

Music: UNDERGROUND MUSIC SHOWCASE (UMS)
JUL 27, 2017 – JUL 30, 2017

  • VARIES

The Underground Music Showcase (The UMS) is Denver, Colorado’s premier indie festival, now in its 17th year.

Music/culture: 21ST ANNUAL CHICANO MUSIC FESTIVAL AND AUCTION
JUL 27, 2017 – JUL 30, 2017

The biggest party of the year returns, heating up Santa Fe Drive with musica, dancing and comida all under the stars. Plus, brilliant art and great deals at the annual auction.

Local History: AUDIO TOUR OF DENVER LGBT HISTORY
JAN 20, 2017 – MAR 13, 2019

  • FROM: 10:00 AM TO 8:00 PM
  • FREE

Take an audio tour right on your smartphone to learn about Denver’s LGBT history. Developed by AARP Colorado, and the GLBT Community Center, the GPS-led app will guide you through Denver’s LGBT landmarks

Local History: DOWNTOWN DENVER AUDIO WALKING TOUR BY AARP
JAN 20, 2017 – MAR 13, 2019

  • FROM: 10:00 AM TO 8:00 PM
  • FREE

Take an audio tour right on your smartphone to learn about the history and architecture of Denver. Developed by AARP Colorado, the audio tour takes users on 20 points of interest, including The Molly Brown House, Governor’s Mansion, Capitol…

 

yoga: FREE YOGA IN THE GARDEN WITH CULTIVATE HEALTH
JUN 1, 2017 – AUG 31, 2017

  • 2861 W 52ND AVE., DENVER, CO
  • FROM: 06:00 PM TO 07:00 PM
  • FREE

Free bilingual yoga in the garden! Offered by Cultivate Health/Regis University through a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation Thursdays in June, July and August 2017 Mats Provided

 

Theater: THE BURNING FIERY FURNACE
JUL 26, 2017 – AUG 2, 2017

  • 123 EUREKA ST, CENTRAL CITY, CO
  • VARIES
  • STARTS AT $30

In one of this three Parables for Church Performance, Britten tells the story of King Nebuchadnezzar and the three Israelites. Thrown into a furnace for their refusal to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold, the three are saved from their…

And for the beer enthusiasts, Denver is home to a host of craft and commercial breweries—here are some opportunities!

 

Closest Craft Breweries to Iliff School of Theology

Fermaentra (.5 miles from Iliff)
http://www.fermaentra.com/home/

Platt Park Brewing Company (1.6 miles from Iliff)
http://www.plattparkbrewing.com/

Declaration Brewing (2 miles from Iliff)
http://www.declarationbrewing.com/

Comrade Brewing (4 miles from Iliff)
https://comradebrewing.com/

 

Tours

FYI, Most tours require closed toe shoes!

Coors Brewery – Golden, CO (If you must…)
Tours are 30 minutes and self-paced from 10am-4pm

https://www.millercoors.com/breweries/coors-brewing-company/tours

Wynkoop Brewing Company (Take E train to Union Station and walk 5 min to 18th & Wynkoop)
Tours available at 3 & 4pm Tues-Sat (limited to 20 guests, arrive early to secure a spot)

http://www.wynkoop.com/brewery/take-a-tour/

Great Divide Brewing Company (Take E train to Union Station and Free MetroRide to 19th and Lawerence then walk north to 22nd and Arapahoe)
Tours available Monday-Friday at 3, 4 & 5pm. Sat and Sunday – 2,3,4,5, & 6pm.

http://greatdivide.com/tap-rooms/

Breckenridge Brewery (Littleton, CO) – 8 miles away – not easily accessible by public transit – I suggest using Lyft. Reservations are $3 to cover samples. Reservations required for the 90 minute tours – available at 11, 1, 3 & 5.

http://www.breckbrew.com/visit/littleton

Prost Brewing Company

Group tours are available and must be booked in advance – $8 includes tastings of 4 Prost biers

https://prostbrewing.com/events/bier-tours/