About Jim Burklo

Rev. Jim Burklo is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. An ordained United Church of Christ pastor, he is the author of three books in print, OPEN CHRISTIANITY (2000), BIRDLIKE AND BARNLESS (2008), and HITCH-HIKING TO ALASKA: THE WAY OF SOULFUL SERVICE (2013). See more about him at jimburklo.com .

Jesus Died With His Hands Up, Too


Michael Brown should not have been shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri.  His hands were up.  He was unarmed.  It doesn’t make any difference whether or not he had stolen earlier something that day.  If he had committed such a crime, he should have been given appropriate justice, not a volley of bullets.  At [Read More...]

Coffee Hour: America’s True Religion

(Here’s one from the vault!  from 1984… it ran in CoEvolution/Whole Earth Review, which was a journal of countercultural thought and technology produced by Stewart Brand and the folks at the Whole Earth Catalog.  Shortly after my article appeared, I went to worship at a Gnostic church in Palo Alto, and at coffee hour afterwards [Read More...]

How to End Poverty? A Spiritual Question

 “Bread for me is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one,” wrote Nikolai Berdyaev, a 19th-20th c. Russian philosopher and theologian.  Is there a more important spiritual question than this one?  Today may be a particularly good time to ask it in America. I took a recent USC graduate to lunch last [Read More...]