… And a New Guest Blogger: Elizabeth

By September 5, 2008

With Brett agreeing to come on full-time to the JI, we would like to announce of advent of the Juvenile Instructor’s latest guest blogger, Elizabeth. Here is her self-introduction:

Hi, friends and fellow bloggers, my name is Elizabeth Pinborough. I am a first-year graduate student at Yale’s Divinity School. The degree that will occupy me for the next two years is a Master of Arts in Religion and the Arts, with a literature concentration. From the title of my degree, you can tell that the content of my study will be fairly fluid, but I hope to work toward developing a religious literary critical theory. I am also interested in religious material cultures (particularly that of Shakers), hymnody, and poetry. I am a dilettante in photography, film, singing, and drawing.

What she didn’t mention is that she is also a master of traditional Shaker dancing (I’ve witnessed it live and on video), a rare combination of brilliant and humble, and one of the kindest people I know. I’ve known Elizabeth for close to three years now, and feel confident that readers will greatly enjoy her contributions here.

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  1. Welcome Elizabeth.

    Comment by Brett D. — September 5, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

  2. Welcome.

    Comment by David G. — September 5, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  3. Welcome!

    Comment by Edje — September 5, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

  4. Welcome Elizabeth. So are you going to post the video of you doing traditional Shaker dancing online?

    Comment by BruceC — September 5, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

  5. What BruceC said.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — September 5, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

  6. Welcome, Liz!

    Comment by Jared T — September 5, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  7. Welcome, Elizabeth. It sounds like you will bring some new topics to JI and the Bloggernacle.

    Comment by Dave — September 5, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

  8. And the JI goes interdisciplinary. Welcome.

    Comment by matt b — September 5, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  9. Bruce, I blush to think what the readers of JI would think of my Shaker antics (and Mother Ann Lee no doubt would roll over in her grave), but I’ll see what I can do. . . .

    Comment by Elizabeth — September 5, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

  10. A fellow Shaker enthusiast! Welcome!

    Comment by SC Taysom — September 5, 2008 @ 9:43 pm

  11. Elizabeth – I just spent part of the day at South Union KY learning more about Shakers. I read one account of an “Eldress” describing the quality of the “labor” (i.e. dancing?) of one group of young as needing “improvement”. Even the Shakers were not perfect.

    Comment by BruceC — September 16, 2008 @ 3:31 pm


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