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 [Read More…]

A Cup of Cold Water on World Water Day

By Dan Haseltine and Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD I 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 [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 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 [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 [Read More…]

Politics and the Lies We Tell About Grief

by Brianne Donaldson We 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 even a peripheral [Read More…]

The Preacher Persisted: Finding Courage in the Pulpit

Despite the push-back I have received against my sermons that tackle controversial issues, here’s one thing I know: I will not allow my prophetic preaching voice to be silenced.

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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 actively addressing civil and human rights issues and the anxiety [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 [Read More…]

Preaching in the Era of Trump

I struggle to understand how those who claim to embrace the radical ethic of the Christian faith—the gospel ethic of caring for the disenfranchised, marginalized, and oppressed “others” of society—can claim to have voted for Trump out of Christian values when there were other Republican and Democratic candidates from whom to pick. Voters are used to choosing between “the lesser of evils,” but there is no serious Christian standard by which Trump can be argued to be that choice. [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 resounding support from people without college [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 [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 [Read More…]