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Jan 2015

Meet the Makers | Embodied

We hope you can join us for the next Makers Series evening this Friday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Third Church (600 Forest Avenue) as essayist Jill Carattini, dancer Karen Watkins-Rios, and soprano Sarah Kate Walston share their work and explore how we embody the arts and live out an incarnational faith. Here is some more information on our featured Makers:

Jill Carattini
Jill Carattini
Jill Carattini is managing editor and principal writer of A Slice of Infinity, a daily reading considering themes from theology and culture to philosophy and the arts published by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). She’s a graduate of Hope College in Michigan, and is ordained as a specialized minister in the Reformed Church of America, where she serves on the theology commission. She earned her M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary and she’s also recently completed her Th.M at Duke University, studying sacramental theology and the arts. Jill is a frequent speaker and panelist on the subject of Christian writing, and is one of the key leaders in RZIM’s growing emphasis on the arts as a critical means to reach contemporary secular culture — especially in the academy — for Christ. Jill has lived and worked in diverse ministry settings, including urban ministry and university campus ministry. She has spent time in a Native American community working within a local mission church in Oklahoma, and has studied in the Middle East, participating in a program aimed at understanding the culture, history, and politics of the Middle Eastern conflict. She enjoys reading widely in areas of theology, aesthetics, culture, and reconciliation. Among her favorite writers are John Calvin, Jeremy Begbie, Flannery O’Connor, Wendell Berry, and many of the early church pilgrims, though the writings of C.S. Lewis have been most formative in her own thought and writing. Jill is a native of Pentwater, Michigan, and currently resides with her husband Tony in Atlanta, Georgia.

Karen Watkins-Rios
Karen Watkins-Rios
Karen Watkins-Rios has been dancing (and training to dance) since age three, beginning with classical Russian ballet at the School of the Richmond Ballet, studying modern and ethnic genres as well as classical forms with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Professional School, and then focusing on jazz while at Howard University in Washington, DC. Since then, she’s founded schools and dance companies and taught dance at Regent University, as well continuing to perform as a freelance artist specializing in classical ballet, jazz/modern, liturgical and worship, and—most recently—flamenco and salsa, dancing in professional local venues as well as continuing to instruct private students. Karen has paid special attention to how creative movement can and should be part of liturgical and worship settings and how dance can be outreach in cross-cultural environments.

Sarah Kate Walston
Sarah Kate Walston
A Richmond native, soprano and actress Sarah Kate Walston is acclaimed for her work singing everything from classical opera repertoire to Broadway tunes, and grew up performing lead roles in West End Assembly of God’s Glorious Christmas Nights. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at Lee University and her Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory. Sarah Kate has performed recitals and concerts in Germany and throughout the United States, including with the Baltimore Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony and the Virginia Symphony. Sarah Kate has also played operatic roles in numerous productions, including La Boheme, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, HMS Pinafore, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Magic Flute, Madama Butterfly, and Iolanthe, where the Baltimore Sun said of her performance, “The sweet, nimble singing and deft acting of Sarah Kate Walston, as Phyllis, was a major plus throughout the performance.” Sarah Kate has a deep love for the music and for music culture of her hometown, and feels that it is incredibly important to discover and utilize local talents in local venues. She is a founding board member for the newly formed Capital Opera Richmond and is proud to be a part of this brand new company.

You can RSVP at the Facebook event page here.

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