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Choir Zoom Sabbath School June 15: “‘The Tales that Really Mattered’ – The Spiritual Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien”

“‘The Tales that Really Mattered’: The Spiritual Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien” is the topic in CZSS on June 15 at 9:30 AM, Pacific. Melodie Roschman will present. 

Dr. Roschman will examine the influences, life, and legacy of J. R. R. Tolkien, particularly as it relates to modernist and fantasy literature. She will explore the moral vision found both in his created world of Middle Earth and in his scholarly writings, especially in the context of his academic work, Catholic spirituality, and experience in WWI. She will focus on three major themes: subcreation, eucatastrophe, and violence, both towards others and towards nature. 

Melodie Roschman is a writer, researcher, and public educator who studies contemporary American Christianity, gender, and popular culture. She has a PhD in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder (2022), where she wrote her dissertation: “Identity, Counternarrative, and Community in Progressive Christian Women’s Memoir.” She has a MA in English from McMaster University (2016), and is a proud graduate of the J. N. Andrews Honors program at Andrews University, where she earned a BA in English and Journalism (2015) and served for two years as a controversial editor-in-chief of The Student Movement. She now works as a Communications Officer in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, but remains active as an independent scholar.

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