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 .

Invite a Corporation to Church

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The Supreme Court has declared corporations to be people, according to its Citizens United decision. And, likewise, in its Hobby Lobby decision, it decided that a company can be exempted from obeying laws that contradict his/her personal religious beliefs. This opens up an exciting opportunity for Christian evangelism! If we are serious about spreading the [Read More...]

Incarceration or Redemption?

The weekend of Oct 3-5 is a time for congregations all over America to reflect in worship on the issue of mass incarceration:  for resources, see Justice Not Jails. Today, over 2,000,000 Americans are in jail or in prison.  We’ve got 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of its prisoners.  More black men are [Read More...]

Intimate Silence: Spirituality of Desert Preservation

Reflection by Jim Burklo Desert Stewardship Project event, 9/6/14, Joshua Tree National Monument A young Muslim woman student at the University of Southern California once told me that the reason she fasts at Ramadan is to manifest an essential human quality. Human beings, she said, are the only creatures that are able to restrain themselves [Read More...]


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