To Lament Injustice


A few months ago I wrote about a situation at Northwest Nazarene University where Tom Oord, tenured Professor of Theology, was laid off due to budget and enrollment concerns. For many students, alumni, and faculty, that was seen as a smoke screen from the very beginning. A vote of no confidence in the President came from the faculty, a commission was set up to investigate the layoffs, and in the middle of their investigation, President David Alexander resigned. A few weeks later the commission … [Read more...]

Je Suis Charlie? what would Jesus do? exploring some slogans a little further


in our social media age slogans with punch spread fast. following the  events in Paris earlier this month it is not surprising that 'Je Suis Charlie' has been much used in solidarity with the cartoonists at satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo gunned down by Islamic fighters on account of their portrayals of Mohammed. Many of my Christian friends still have as their Facebook image the sign for a Christian used by ISIS to identify houses lived in by Christians before they are forced to pay t … [Read more...]

Diving Deep Into Urban Ministry


To continue the new arc we embarked upon last year at the 2014 gathering, Transform Network is partnering with Wesley Theological Seminary to offer a weekend of diving deep into urban ministry. … [Read more...]

Not That Kind of…Person?


My friend Dylan first introduced me to the show "Girls" during a brief stint I had living in Brooklyn.  I fell in love with it.  The writing was quirky and intelligent, Lena Dunham's character didn't look like someone from Sex and The City, and the strange manner in which it dealt with millennial life was refreshing.  And even though it was wrought with Long-Island-white-girl issues ("first-world problems"), it had a flair and contemporary élan worthy of praise and notoriety.But is the sh … [Read more...]

Announcing Transform 2015: Conference on Urban Transformation

Transform 2015

In the Spring of 2010, Transform Network held its first gathering — hosted by Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. We were graced by amazing keynote speakers Kathy Escobar (who has a new book out this month!), Peter Rollins, Anthony Smith, and Brian McLaren. As I reflect on the evolving mission and purpose of Transform, Brian's words to us on the closing night still resonate with me today. Watch this clip:Five years later, we're doing it again! We're going back to D.C. … [Read more...]

A Muslim and Atheist Team up to Promote Freedom of Conscience


I was born in Pakistan, completed my medical school there and then moved to the United States for specialized medical training. I also moved to escape the horrid persecution my Islamic sect – the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community - faces back home. In America, I could enjoy all the freedoms I was denied under Pakistan’s law, most importantly the freedom of speech. I therefore set out to use social media to raise my voice for freedom of conscience world over – and specifically in the ‘Muslim world.’ … [Read more...]

To Change Everything, We Need Everyone


A year ago, Holly Roach and I were in New York City at the time of the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. This week, Occupy turned three, and this weekend, Holly and I will be in New York City again, this time to participate in the world's largest march for climate justice, the People's Climate March.We are going, because we are convinced that people of faith must act proactively and in partnership with other movements for positive social change if we are going to see … [Read more...]

An Intro and the Skeptimergent Challenge


As an atheist who works with religious persons, I am honored to be a part of these “Emerging Voices.” By way of introduction, I first met Holly Roach and Steve Knight at a conference they coordinated at Mission Gathering Church in San Diego. Ryan Bell, Adele Sakler, and myself were invited to lead a panel on Skeptimergent—a group of skeptics and non-believers interested in discussing the role that liberal and Emergent forms of Christianity took in their lives. I first came in contact with Emerg … [Read more...]

Atheists and Christians Working Together: Me and Ryan Bell’s Online Course


For many here on Emergent Village and Patheos Progressive Christian, working with Christians is second-nature.  But there are many of us atheists, humanists, skeptics, and non-believers, who have little to no idea about how to work with Christians.  Some of us (atheists and Christians) cannot get beyond the trivial Facebook debates, the subtle intellectual jabs at each other, and the unsophisticated, meme-based, generalizations of Christians and atheists.This is a great opportunity for l … [Read more...]

Emergent Village Is NOT Dead. It’s Just Different Now …


From Mike Clawson, curator of Emergent Village cohorts:Over 15 years ago, a small group of young Christian leaders began talking about the ways in which postmodernism was transforming their approach to faith and ministry. That conversation soon expanded and evolved into what eventually became known as Emergent Village, “a growing, generative friendship among missional Christians seeking to love our world in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” Over the past decade and more, EV has been a key cat … [Read more...]