Be My Neighbor: A Public Lecture by Rev. Jes Kast

Rev. Jes Kast

Event Details


Date: October 15, 2019

Times: 7 p.m.

Location: 3-in-1 Room, Morrison Commons

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

Rev. Jes Kast will give a public lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the 3-in-1 Room of the Morrison Commons. This lecture, "Won't You Be My Neighbor? Friendship and Solidarity Across Religious Differences," is sponsored by Augustana's Department of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, Augustana Campus Ministry and the Thomas Staley Foundation.

Kast will also be speaking at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Augustana Chapel of Reconciliation.

About the Speaker

Rev. Jes Kast is an Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the United Church of Christ. In 2019 she was installed as the new Lead Pastor to Faith UCC in State College, Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board where her faith compels her to work for healthcare access for all people.

Before moving to Pennsylvania, Kast served as The Historic Collegiate Churches of New York City for eight years. In New York she developed a ministry called, A Taste of Heaven, which Duke Divinity Faith and Leadership journal highlighted in 2018. A Taste of Heaven and her entire ministry, is influenced by the Benedictine Order "Greet others as if you were greeting Christ" — which for her, is summed up by honoring human dignity in each other. While in New York, she also served on the Governor's Interfaith Advisory Council where she spoke at the first annual New York Prayer Breakfast.

Her work is featured in The Atlantic, Huffington Post and Al Jazeera America.

Kast is active on social media and believes that social media can be a pulpit of proclamation to encourage the brokenhearted and theologically engage pop culture. She invites you to join the conversations she curates on her Instagram and Twitter.