Moral Courage: Caring and Compassion, Seeing and Speaking

I was invited to give the Commencement Address at Bethel Theological Seminary this Saturday, June 2.   The theme is “Courage for the Journey,” on which I built the call for moral courage.  Moral courage necessitates caring and compassion, and seeing and speaking if we are actually willing to embody courage as a social virtue.  Here [Read More…]

Memorial Day

I confess to being one of many who see Memorial Day as the  official start of summer, and a chance for a much needed three-day week-end during the final week of the academic year.  I often find myself squirming in the pew during church services that fall on or “celebrate” national holidays.  Patriotism and Christian [Read More…]

Gratitude to Ada María Isasi-Díaz

I learned earlier this week that one of my professors from graduate school  passed away.  Dr. Ada María Isasi-Díaz was Professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University where I earned my PhD.  She taught the first class in my doctoral program in Christian Social Ethics, and I had her for my last class.   I [Read More…]

Our Christian Identity Crisis

I am reading a book I am interested in using for a class in the Fall:  Mission After Christendom:  Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission, edited by Ogbu Kalu, Peter Vethanayagamony, and Edmund Kee-Fook Chia (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010).  It is common to  take shots today at the notion of  Christendom brought about by Constantine’s [Read More…]

The Art of Seeing

My husband (Mike) and I went to the Rembrandt exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art last week.  I am always intrigued when looking at great masters of art.  This was particularly so at this exhibit, where there were side-by-side comparisons of Rembrandt’s originals with artists who were schooled by Rembrandt.   Some differences were quite subtle, [Read More…]