Someone Else’s Babies

by Darcy Metcalfe“We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” This is a recent controversial tweet from Republican Congressman Steve King from Iowa. As someone in the field of bioethics, an Iowa resident, and as a white woman who recently adopted a black son, King’s quote is particularly disturbing.Recent genomic studies have found that all human beings actually share 99.9% of the same DNA. We are coming to understand so late in the game that race is entirely a social … [Read More...]

A Cup of Cold Water on World Water Day

By Dan Haseltine and Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhDI stopped to wipe the sweat from my eyes when I noticed the giggling. I’d been hunched over, deep in concentration, replacing bolts in a metal form that would soon be filled with concrete.I had chosen this “low-impact” job because I had nearly fainted while mixing cement in the African heat. I was making Bio-sand filters, which are not easy to make, especially for an out-of-shape musician from the U.S. I smiled at my workmates, African women who s … [Read More...]

Shoulder to Shoulder: A Black Pastor, a White Pastor, and an Imam’s Journey for Justice

  Living and Leading Change for Good: Meet the DisruptorsThe 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 is … [Read More...]

Trump Bans Big Bird

For the first time ever, a President of the United States has proposed the total slashing of funds for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This action would also eliminate funds for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR). Thus, the President, in his young administration, has advocated the simultaneous banning of Muslims and Big Bird.The National Endowment for the Arts represents less than 1/100 of 1% of … [Read More...]

Politics and the Lies We Tell About Grief

by Brianne DonaldsonWe grieve our dead because they are gone. They are gone, and there are no words or promises that will bring them back. Yet, this mortal truth does not stop people from offering words and promises to one who mourns, as though to somehow protect themselves as spectators from … [Read More...]

The Preacher Persisted: Finding Courage in the Pulpit

By the Rev. Dr. Leah D. SchadeI'm no stranger to push-back from people angered by a controversial sermon. But a shift is happening in churches that is testing the mettle of even the most prophetic preachers.I was recently invited to supply preach at a congregation to cover a colleague during … [Read More...]

Three Ways Women With Theology Degrees Are Changing the World

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 ac … [Read More...]

Where Teens Do Not Turn in Times of Trouble

“Where would you turn for help if you, or someone you know, was a victim of teen dating violence?” the moderator asked an adult and a teen who were standing on opposite sides of a table, waiting to ring a bell when they had an answer. The teen struck the bell and shouted, “your best friend!” The mode … [Read More...]

Preaching in the Era of Trump

By O. Wesley Allen, Jr.Recently I posted a promotion for my new book, Preaching in the Era of Trump, on my Facebook page. Along with an image of the book cover, the copy read: “If ever there was a time to preach the Gospel, that time is now.”Not surprisingly, many of my “friends” share aspect … [Read More...]

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 r … [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 e … [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 … [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 a … [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...]