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globe knows someone,” says Melody
Stanford, a first-year M.Div. and MA
student at SFTS. “And so it’s personal
for all of us.”
Faith McClellan, a recent M.Div.
graduate, who performed in the mono-
logues in 2011 and 2013, says the pro-
duction not only brings together the
seminary community but also allows
the community to be a collective voice
for justice.
“I know there are a lot of women
whose voices are silenced, and this is
the way to celebrate women as human
beings with rights and emotions,” Mc-
Clellan says.
Eun Joo Choi, an MA student at
SFTS and a performer in the mono-
logues this year, says the monologues
are for her a chance to express her
sense of freedom as a woman as well
as her dignity as a human being.
“For me, it’s not that I can say
something or perform with my body.
It’s about performing with other wom-
en who feel and experience the same
things I do,” Choi says. “Together, we
articulate our sense of freedom as hu-
man beings.”
This season’s Vagina Monologues
featured some new cast members and
also sparked new and expanded con-
versations and creative projects on the
topics of sexuality, oppression, and the
This year, for the first time, Vagina
Monologues was staged at the Gradu-
ate Theological Union in Berkeley as
well as at SFTS. Also new this year
was a chapel service before the per-
formance. Proceeds from both per-
formances were donated to Freedom
House in San Francisco, a nonprofit
that seeks to bring hope, restoration,
and new life to survivors of human
trafficking by providing a safe home
and long-term aftercare.
Expanded conversations about sex-
uality and gender issues have resulted
from the monologues and from other
student-run projects. For example,
students from SFTS gathered Febru-
ary 14 to walk with others across the
Golden Gate Bridge as part of the
worldwide One Billion Rising cam-
paign. The campaign is a global effort
that seeks to get women and men to
answer the call for an end to violence
and for justice and gender equality.
Christopher Schilling is a 2013 M.Div. graduate.
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Above: Dori Hjalmarson delivers her monologue. Below: Shari Moran
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