Engaging & Navigating #AARSBL15


Today I’m in Atlanta for the American Academy of Religion annual meeting. When I was a graduate student first attending the gathering of 10,000-ish scholars in religion and biblical studies, the experience was a lot like a carnival. So much to see. So many rides to go on. Sightings of famous authors and receptions with [Read More...]

If Trump Was My Student: So You Just Don’t Know About Seventh-day Adventist?


Last Saturday, Donald Trump talked about his and Ben Carson’s religions at a rally in Florida: “I’m Presbyterian,” he said. “Boy, that’s down the middle of the road, folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just don’t know about.” Think Progress has already done a great job debunking the [Read More...]

Fractures & Hope: Reflections on Religious Higher Ed


Today I’m at Belmont University in Nashville for the National Conference of the Lilly Fellows Program national network of church-related colleges and universities. Having served on the National Board for the LFP since 2011, I have been paying attention to many of the headlines about shifting alliances in religious higher education this year. The impetus [Read More...]

Guns, Masculinity, a Culture of Life, & Educators on the Front Line


One day about two years ago I walked into the building where I teach two of my classes and found this picture. The juxtaposition of the “no smoking” and “no guns” decals is appropriate. These are things that will kill you, kids. And our job as an educational institution is to make your life better. [Read More...]

Gender Equality & the #GlobalGoals as a #PrayerforEveryone


This week sees the launch of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of 17 goals that together promise to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and justice, and fix climate change. At the United Nations on Friday, September 25, 193 world leaders will commit to support the goals over the next fifteen years. Gender [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: VocationMatters.org


A new blog launches this month in partnership with the release of a new book on vocation in higher education. Editor David S. Cunningham describes VocationMatters.org this way: “Over the next several years, a group of about forty academic leaders will be involved in a series of projects designed to create new scholarly resources on vocation and vocational [Read More...]

Opportunities for 21st Century Interfaithing


This week, I’m attending the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge fifth annual convening in Washington D.C. It is organized by the Department of Education and the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. I will be serving on a panel to talk about Illinois College’s partnership with the Interfaith Youth Core, which has [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Equality Illinois


Today I’m speaking on the Faith and Equality Issues Panel at the Equality Institute, hosted by Equality Illinois in partnership with several other justice-oriented organizations in the state. The mission of Equality Illinois is to “build a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of [Read More...]

Back to School With Purpose


This will be the first fall since I was three years old that I will not be a student or be starting school. I have the great gift of being on sabbatical from teaching this coming academic year, with time for writing, reading, speaking, travelling, and so many other things. Because of that, I spent [Read More...]

4 Women & a Train Station: Reflection on an Interfaith Moment

union station

Four women outside the entrance to Union Station, lingering in the cool breeze on a sunny summer day. Two women perched behind displays of brochures: “Do You Know Jesus?” and “What About Your Afterlife?” query passersby. One women in hijab, her religiosity also on display, watching the same crowd of travelers coming and going from [Read More...]