Coffee with Winnie Varghese


WinnieVarghese6Winnie Varghese is the Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Wall Street.   She has been on staff at St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery and Episcopal Campus Ministry at Columbia University. She’s studied at Union Theological Seminary in NYC and Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  She has lived in Dallas, Los Angeles, and now New York!RSS Pointer

WinnieVarghese2I encourage listeners to really get your hands on M.M. Thomas’ writings. Before our interview Winnie explained some of the important theological turns that Thomas makes and is very consequential. Thomas explains Jesus’ humanity in a way that is different than I have ever heard before and results in a deeper opportunity to understand compassion and suffering of Jesus and all people.

Winnie’s parents are from Kerala, South India. Winnie grew up in Dallas, Texas and, although living in New York City, describes her personality as more “west coast” by nature.  We hear lots of her stories have connecting points to Kerala, India and I am very grateful for these.

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Kerala, South India

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. – T. S. Eliot

In the words of the Huffington Post:WinnieVarghese7

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the priest for Community Outreach at Trinity Church in New York City. She is a native Texan with family roots in the ancient Mar Thoma church of southwest India (State of Kerala). She has been active in peace and justice work as a board member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and a writer forThe Witness magazine. She is featured in the Via Media and Living the Questionsteaching series. She has served as the rector of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery and Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University and UCLA.

Links:

Trinity Church Wall Street

Union Theological Seminary in NYC

Winnie’s contributions to the Huffington Post

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Church Meets World: Church’s Teaching for a Changing World by Winnie Varghese

The Life, Legacy and Theology of M. M. Thomas: ‘Only Participants Earn the Right to be Prophets’ by Jesudas M. Athyal, George Zachariah, and Monica Melanchthon

Life and Legacy of M. M. Thomas by Dr. M. M. Ninan

Reclaiming Manyness by MM Thomas at McCormick Theological Seminary and on Worldcat