Called to Act for Peace

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I read former President Jimmy Carter’s latest book this summer in preparation for today. The 90-year-old is speaking on my campus today alongside Khalaf Al Habtoor, a major benefactor of the college, and former U.S. Representative from Jacksonville, Illinois, Paul Findley. A major campus initiative titled Pathways to Peace is being announced, and the college’s [Read More...]

Interfaithing Round-Up

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This weekend I’m travelling to Washington, D.C., to attend The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, along with the preceding convening of the Vanguard Interfaith Campus Network.  The Interfaith Youth Core is the connection point here, working with colleges and universities around the country on integrating interreligious cooperation, interfaith dialogue, community service, and work [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Father Roy Bourgeois

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Father Roy Bourgeois is speaking on my campus tonight, and I’m thrilled to be having dinner with him before the event.  The event tonight and one tomorrow in Springfield, Illinois, are being co-sponsored by Call to Action, the college, Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community, a new church in town I [Read More...]

postChristian & the Sin of postFeminism

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In his newest book, postChristian, fellow Patheos blogger Christian Piatt takes up some important questions about Christianity in the 21st century:  Because Christianity “is not what it should be, what it claims to be,” Piatt asks:  What’s left?  Can we fix it?  Do we care?  He frames his reflections on these subtitle questions using seven [Read More...]

Because Religion?

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Consider this: George Fox University decided that references to sex in Title IX don’t include gender identity.  The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education says it does. Hobby Lobby owners decided that IUD’s are abortifacients.  The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says they are not. On what basis did the private [Read More...]

Voices on Ferguson

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In some crisis moments, some of us do well to listen, learn, and read as a precursor to taking action toward justice.  Here, I feature excerpts from a few different places around the web that I think are important to lift up in light of the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri. From Christena Cleveland: THE [Read More...]

“Christians Get In Jacked-Up Situations, Too”

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“My belief in God tells me that the most important thing you can do for another human being is help them in their time of need.” [Read more...]

It’s Just Church (with a response)

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I wrote the following commentary which was published last week in my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, and picked up the following day by the Alton Telegraph.  A letter to the editor responding to it appeared this week … see it, along with my reply, below. Something new is happening in Jacksonville that is actually [Read More...]

Vocation Enmeshed

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This week I will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the final meeting of a group of scholars with whom I am working on a new volume dedicated to reflection on vocation in higher education.  I’ve written about this project before.  Here is an adapted piece of the chapter I will contribute, which first appeared [Read More...]

Lutheran Theology 101

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A few weeks ago, I was asked by blogger Tylor Standley to answer a few basic questions about the Lutheran tradition for a summer series he was planning. “Voices From the Branches” (clever title!) launched last week with a post on the Roman Catholic Tradition, continued this week with my post.  Here is an excerpt: [Read More...]


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