Small Acts of Faith Open the Doors to Big Change

Living and Leading Change for Good: Meet the Disruptors The Forum for Theological Exploration series, Living and Leading Change for Good,invites you to meet the disruptors – theological explorers and visionary architects inspired by their Christian faith and fueled by courage.  These leaders are actively addressing civil and human rights issues and the anxiety about the rising tide of color in the U.S., along with creating social entrepreneurial ventures that respond to issues our communities fa … [Read More...]

In the Era of Hatred, a Better Way Forward

It is astounding how short-lived our memory is as a nation. Political ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr believed we had much to learn from remembering our history. He once observed that history always repeats itself, although never in the same way. In our current political climate we could gain much from remembering our particular history with hatred and the moral failings and destruction that has resulted from this hatred. For example, hatred coupled with an insatiable hunger for power drove the United … [Read More...]

Rethinking Our Approach to Injustice

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24 (NRSV).Many of us long for the fulfillment of these words.  We cry out against the injustice we see, align ourselves with its victims, and work to change our world for the better.  Unfortunately, our efforts often seem to fall on deaf ears—the ones who could change the structures of injustice counter with resistance, denial, and alternative explanations that preserve the status quo.  What would pe … [Read More...]

Beyond Salvation: Love Will Heal Us

During the confirmation hearing of Russell Vought, the nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, a very contentious exchange took place between him and senator Sanders of Vermont.During the hearing, senator Sanders quoted a passage from a 2016 blog written by Vought to defend Wheaton College. The passage was apparently found to be particularly objectionable:“Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus C … [Read More...]

New York Must Choose: Stand With Children or With Their Abusers

When victims of child sex abuse come forward to seek justice and stop abusers from harming others, unbelievably they are blocked by New York State law. New York ranks among the worst in the nation -- alongside Alabama, Mississippi and Michigan -- for how its courts and criminal justice system treat … [Read More...]

Consuming the Eucharist Chastises Our Consumerism

 “On the night he was betrayed he took bread, broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my body, which is given for you…”” says the minister. Then he exhorts the congregation to repent. The congregants rise and approach the table. They take of the bread and drink t … [Read More...]

Scholarship in a Time of Fear

  Living and Leading Change for Good: Meet the Disruptors The Forum for Theological Exploration series, Living and Leading Change for Good,invites you to meet the disruptors – theological explorers and visionary architects inspired by their Christian faith and fueled by courage.  These leade … [Read More...]

Who Is My Neighbor? (Reflections on the L.A. Riots)

A guest post from Rebecca Lister This past week marks the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. On NPR's Here and Now, I was listening to the host, Robin Young, as she interviewed the four African American strangers who saved a white truck driver from being beaten to death on that day. Fueled … [Read More...]

PRESIDENTS TRUMP & DUTERTE SHOULD TRAVEL TOGETHER FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO THE SOBER HOUSE

During a “very friendly conversation,” last Saturday, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, invited the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, to the White House ~ knowing that seven months ago (10/16), in response to the presence of three million drug addicts in his country, P … [Read More...]

Young People Are Leading the Way. Will The Church Follow?

Living and Leading Change for Good: Meet the Disruptors The Forum for Theological Exploration series, Living and Leading Change for Good,invites you to meet the disruptors – theological explorers and visionary architects inspired by their Christian faith and fueled by courage.  These leaders are act … [Read More...]

A PISTOL PACKING PASTOR, RABBI & IMAM (& Other Responses to Increasing Attacks Against Houses of Faith)

Although it has been happening for a long time, there are an increasing number of attacks on institutions, individuals, and houses of faith. Here are a few historic and current, general and personal examples:Fifty years ago, fifteen sticks of dynamite were detonated at the 16th Street Baptist … [Read More...]

6 Reasons Why Love Made Me A Progressive Christian

I am a progressive Christian. I did not choose this, like selecting which kind of ice cream my wife is most in the mood for (as long as it has chocolate but no nuts, I am probably safe). It is probably more accurate to say I grew into it. I have always been a follower of Jesus. I suspect I always … [Read More...]

Dear White Christians (An invitation to take on five commitments for racial justice)

A majority of white Christians supported President Trump during the campaign, voted for him, and are in favor of many of his actions thus far, including his thwarted ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Unfortunately, that support sends a harsh message. The majority white … [Read More...]

Dear Mr. O’Reilly: Your Behavior Suggests You Are a Broken Man (And I Wish You Peace.)

Dear Mr. O'Reilly, I will admit, as a liberal-leaning Christian woman, I was a tad bit gleeful when I heard you had lost your job at Fox News. It seemed like justice had finally stepped in and taken control; the righteous had finally won; David had finally wound up that sling-shot and slung that … [Read More...]