This short course is designed to further enrich biblical interpretation skills — specifically the work of engaging difficult texts — and bring that learning into how women as leaders address equally challenging modern contexts.

The format for this module includes three synchronous sessions focused on engaging difficult passages of scripture. Participants will then be given access to pre-recorded conversations between our biblical expert and subject matter experts from fields outside of traditional theological education where they explore how church leaders can address individual experiences of trauma or harassment, and how congregations can best support and respond. 


The three teaching sessions will take place September 10, 17, and 24, 2024. 

Each session will run from 12 to 1:30 PM ET.



Don’t let money be a hurdle to participation! Scholarships are available upon request. Email

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. ashleigh elser

ASHLEIGH ELSER, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Saint Louis University in the Department of Theological Studies. She is currently working on two manuscripts: one on the reception of conflicts between biblical narrators in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and another on the reception history of the Bible’s ravens. Before coming to SLU, she taught courses on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the history of biblical interpretation at Hampden-Sydney College, Valparaiso University, and the University of Virginia


A unique aspect of this course is that all participants will have access to asynchronous sessions featuring conversations with subject matter experts from different disciplines, discerning together how to think constructively about how women—and women in leadership roles specifically—can engage modern trauma.


Marisol Solarte-Erlacher, M.A., LPC is an award-winning trauma expert, keynote speaker and corporate consultant. She is also the creator and host of the podcast Resilience and Resistance, which features successful Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color who have overcome trauma and become resilient. The Resilience and Resistance Podcast was a finalist for the Colorado Podcast Awards for Best New Podcast.

Marisol started her work as a psychotherapist providing bilingual and culturally-resonant services to the Latine/x community. She has spearheaded research on ethnic and ego identity among Latinx adolescents, and she has presented locally and nationally.  A leader in her field, Marisol was a clinical supervisor for Master of Counseling students at the University of Colorado at Denver, and continues to coach therapists whose work focuses on trauma and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapies. 


Cheryl Miller is an author, consultant, and trainer and owns Quantum Circles Consulting and Training. Her newest book, Enough Silence, Creating Sacred Space for Survivors of Sexual Assault through Restorative Justice.

She provides training on topics that increase opportunities for transformation in three areas: economic development for the marginalized, effective communication focusing on the facilitation of conflict, and restorative justice. Cheryl has been a volunteer mediator for sixteen years and has over a thousand hours of experience of mediation with victims of violent crimes and their offenders. Cheryl was the Executive Director of a housing program in Victoria, TX, for eighteen years. The typical population of the home is women with long-term substance abuse, ex-offenders, and women in the sex industry.  Cheryl could relate to some of the women’s experiences after being a single mom on welfare with premature twins. Cheryl used the principles in this book to create an empowerment support model for women at the home.  Cheryl lives in Victoria, Texas, with her husband and chickens and travels as often as possible to see her grown children and grandchildren. .

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