How Donald Trump’s Opponents Missed what was Right in Front of Them

Hidden from the Learned, Revealed to the Simple: How Donald Trump’s Opponents Missed what was Right in Front of Them The age of Rule by Amateur is upon us. When the singularly inexperienced Donald Trump defied the commentariat and dethroned the political professionals last year, he did so with resounding support from people without college degrees. Like any coastal snob, I’m discomfited by this triumph of the inexpert over the specialists. But it also occurred to me recently that the man I cal … [Read More...]

America’s Addiction to a Drug Called Trump

First you take the drug, and then the drug takes you. This didn’t happen to everyone in America; but it happened to America herself. And it was predictable. At first, our flirtations with the drug called Trump were fun! The drug called Trump was sometimes rude and often crude; but it was entertaining. It made us laugh. It made us cry. It made us sigh. It made us high.Then came the denial. We thought that this drug called Trump couldn’t possible take over. We had willpower. We had might. We we … [Read More...]

Leading Differently: Disruptors Needed

By Stephen Lewis, President of Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) In a time of withering certainty about who we are as Americans, Christians and global citizens, we desperately need courageous moral leaders—those willing to disrupt the status quo. These are leaders inspired by faith, fueled by courage and leading in unconventional ways to create a more hopeful future. Over the past year, bold leaders in FTE’s community shared their reflections on how they are Leading Differently through the … [Read More...]

The Spirituality of Popular Music: Raising Funds, Lifting Spirits & Attracting Newcomers

In an era when fewer and fewer people go to church, it is often the song, not the sermon, speech or blog that touches people’s lives in a deep and meaningful way. Houses of faith may embody ethics, morality and good deeds; but the church can learn more of these same things from the street, perhaps as much as the street can learn from the church.The Beatles, for example, are proof that spirituality flows both ways. As a child being raised in a troubled home; religion and spirituality were d … [Read More...]

Standing Rock: Building Deeper Alliances with the Land and our Neighbors

By David Phillips HansenIndigenous people are showing White Christians the dynamic power of faith in action. Standing Rock is a spiritual center of transformation and a global symbol of the struggle for environmental and interracial justice. The Lakota words, “mni wiconi,” (water is life) have be … [Read More...]

When Tupac Goes to Church

By Michael W. Waters Although Christmas Day has now come and gone, and our caroling ceased, I pray that the next time Tupac Shakur is heard in worship, it won’t be by mistake. He should be invited to church more often. The late Tupac Amaru Shakur has experienced a recent resurgence in news c … [Read More...]

Fourth Week of Advent: When You’re Stuck in the Waiting

This is the fourth in a weekly series of Advent devotionals by the Rev. Elizabeth Hagan reflecting on what an experience of infertility can teach us about waiting for Jesus here at Faith Forward. If you missed the first post about hope, you can read it here and the second one about peace here and … [Read More...]

Breaking from Sameness: Prophetic Preparations in this Advent Season

By Erin Guzmán For many years I’ve been a firm believer that the sooner the Christmas decorations go up, the less special the Christmas holiday feels and becomes for me. Don’t get me wrong: I love Christmas and all the “seasonally appropriate” colors, flavors, smells and traditions. But I prefer to … [Read More...]

Saint Santa

BREAKING NEWS: Santa has overtaken Jesus as “the reason for the season.” While many claim that a thriving movement cannot be measured in numbers, and that faith will ultimately triumph over folly ~ it is clear that religious festivities and services continue to lose ground to secular ones; spiritual … [Read More...]

We’re in the Grocery Store—for God’s Sake…

By Dr. Stephen P. Bauman Trapped in the corner of the grocer’s produce section, a young couple with two shopping carts and an unhappy toddler had cut off all avenues of my escape as they bickered over whose job it was to address the boy’s ranting. It had started out calmly enough. Dad offered that i … [Read More...]

Third Sunday of Advent: Expecting, but Not Yet Expecting

This is the third in a weekly series of Advent devotionals by the Rev. Elizabeth Hagan reflecting on what an experience of infertility can teach us about waiting for Jesus. If you missed the first post about hope, you can read it here and the second one about peace here.Nehemiah said, “Go and en … [Read More...]

Second Sunday of Advent (Infertility & Waiting For Jesus)

This is the second in a weekly series of Advent devotionals reflecting on what an experience of infertility can teach us about waiting for Jesus here at Faith Forward. If you missed the first post, you can read it here. “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do n … [Read More...]

Creating Something New Out of Chaos

Over the next 12 months, the Forum for Theological Exploration is spotlighting 12 leaders, their stories, and how their passion and call to shape a more hopeful future through Christian ministry guides the impact they are making in their communities, institutions and universities. You can find the f … [Read More...]

First Sunday of Advent: Infertility & Waiting on Jesus

This is the first in a weekly series of Advent devotionals reflecting on what an experience of infertility can teach us about waiting for Jesus here at Faith Forward.He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners . . . … [Read More...]