5 Big Reasons to Register for “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization” before May 15

1. You can join the ever-so-awesome Brian McLaren and Tripp Fuller in Section VI, Track 8, “A New WAY for a New Day,” as they explore options for people who care about faith but are alienated from traditional institutions and doctrines. Tripp Fuller, self-described theo-nerd, is co-host of the famous Homebrewed Christianity podcasts. Brian McLaren [Read More...]

The Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change: Seeking Environmental Harmony in China


If you measure per person, Canada and the United States have long had the dubious distinction of leading the world in per capita climate-change-causing emissions. If you measure by country, however, China surpassed America as the world’s leading contributor to global warming in 2006.[i] By 2011, it was producing 10.6 billion metric tons of CO2e, [Read More...]

The Invisible Hand — of God

“When the happiness or misery of others depends in any respect upon our conduct, we dare not, as self-love might suggest to us, prefer the interest of one to the interest of many.”  Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Book 3, Sec. 1, Chapter 3. “(What) improves the circumstances of the greater part (of society) can [Read More...]

Happy Mother’s Day, Dad!


By Dwight Wolter “Does it bother you” I ask my son, “that I won’t be able to come to your college to celebrate Mother’s Day with you?” “No, Dad. I have to study for two finals so it’s just as well.” It isn’t until I hang up the phone that I realize how strange our two sentence [Read More...]

What’s Going On: Resistance, Uprisings, and the Gospel According to Jesus and Marvin Gaye

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A beloved black sister shared that she could not get behind the protest slogan “Never Again” while law enforcement agents are continuing to kill unarmed black men and women. In her lament, I heard an echo of the brilliant and, dare I say it, prophetic song “What’s Going On” by the late Marvin Gaye. The [Read More...]

Philip Clayton on The Dilemmas of Feeding the World

Satellite Photo of the Dead Zone from Mississippi River run-off

When Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me food,” about 2,000 years ago, there were only 100 to 300 million people on the whole Earth. Today, there are well past 7 billion living on the same-sized planet. Now that we’re bumping elbows as never before, Spaceship Earth is struggling as never before. Feeding [Read More...]

The Myth of Trickle-Down Change


I’ve heard some buzz in Christian circles that has troubled me. It is the idea that if we reach the most influential people in the world for Jesus… then everyone else will follow. I’ve seen this philosophy begin to infect churches and organizations, even entire movements and conferences whose goal is to reach the “influencers” [Read More...]

The Wake of Baltimore


By Mike Baughman The wake of a young man gave birth to stones flung from the hands of desperation. Death calls us to wake as we roll around in the waves that sweep across a nation. In the wake of Baltimore we wake to questions. Could we invest less in demonizing color, less in demonizing [Read More...]

The Haunting: A Poem about the ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

Randy Woodley

The Doctrine of Discovery is a little known aspect of our Christian history. A tragic example of the justification of conquest and the theft of land and resources from indigenous people’s around the globe. Many Christian bloggers have recently come together to raise awareness about the continuing legal and moral consequences of our this doctrine. It is [Read More...]

“As-salamu alaykum, What’s up, Bro?” — The Many Graces of Allah


I have been in many mosques, including four of the most “amazing mosques from around the world.” Then there’s the retired imperial mosque of Hagia Sophiain Istanbul – which made a decent Christian basilica, or so I’m told – wherein I once ‘stowed away’ after hours and spent part of an evening by myself marveling under its magnificent Byzantine [Read More...]

Pando Populus: When Words Aren’t Enough to Save the Planet

All Together © Tucker Nichols 2014

As promised in my first Pando Populus post, over the next few weeks I’ll highlight some of the incredible people involved in our June 4-7 global conference for the planet: Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization. For this post, however, words are not enough. That’s because today I’m introducing you to John Bielenberg and Tucker Nichols. [Read More...]

Genesis: The First Messy, Tangled Act in God’s Long Story of Becoming Humane


For the last couple of months, I’ve been studying the book of Genesis with a group of very bright young University of Southern California (USC) students. I’m the adviser for our “Church of the Broken Bread” progressive Christian student fellowship here. Our weekly gatherings are simple. First, each of us takes a piece and says [Read More...]