Where is your home in the House of Hospitality? by Samantha Lynne Gupta

Samantha Gupta

This post is written in conjunction with the “Becoming a Public Scholar-Activist” course and is directed by Monica A. Coleman. I was first introduced to Dorothy Day as an undergraduate. My professor showed up to class dressed as Day and, in full character, encouraged us to ask questions—for such an opportunity (time travel and resurrection) [Read More...]

To Facebook or Not to Facebook? Engaging Heidi Campbell’s “When Religion Meets New Media” by Margaret Ellsworth

Margaret Ellsworth

This post is written in conjunction with the “Becoming a Public Scholar-Activist” course and is directed by Monica A. Coleman. As a student of worship, I’m immersed in the liturgical seasons of the Christian year. As a Millennial, I’m immersed in the world of social media. Looking through these two lenses, I tend to notice [Read More...]

“Can We All Get Along?!” A Review of Mirolav Volf’s “A Public Faith” by Joshua Morris

Joshua Morris

This post is written in conjunction with the “Becoming a Public Scholar-Activist” course and is directed by Monica A. Coleman. Is America a Christian nation? Can we truly our faith to work? Isn’t it true that the two topics you cannot discuss at work are religion and politics? Is religion really the motivating factor in [Read More...]

On “Unbowed”, the memoir of activist Wangari Muta Maathai by Alex Sieber

Alex Sieber

This post is written in conjunction with the “Becoming a Public Scholar-Activist” course and is directed by Monica A. Coleman. Maathai prided herself on being single-minded. She accomplished a lot in her life because of her single-mindedness. She had a great repugnance for injustice. She also had a strong sense of community and leadership. Those values [Read More...]

Public Scholarship and Activism in Today’s World – Monica A. Coleman

Monica A. Coleman

I went to divinity school with a calling to ministry, but unsure if that meant being the lead pastor of a local church or … something else. A couple years later, I was a minister and survivor of sexual violence and I found myself with a show-string budget leading an effort that offered a church response to sexual violence. I was on the ground with survivors, police, pastors, social workers and rape crisis centers trying to break silences about how rape, incest and sexual abuse affect our faith. Years later, I wrote a book about this work with the hope that other churches and crisis centers could learn from the experiences I had in Nashville, Tennessee. Before I knew it, I was speaking and teaching about this work and the book in churches and conferences around the country. As a young religious scholar, I hoped to write books that would transform how people understood faith and theology. I had no preparation for what it meant to be this public with my activism or scholarship. [Read more...]


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