About Adam Ericksen

Adam Ericksen is the Education Director for The Raven Foundation. He writes blogs and films vlogs at Teaching Nonviolent Atonement and the Raven Foundation website that explore the intersections of mimetic theory, the news, religion, and popular culture.

The Prophet Jeremiah: Social Justice Warrior – The RavenCast

The RavenCast interview series challenge “us vs. them” thinking with new perspectives on the issues that divide us. Hear from knowledgeable guests and join live with your questions and comments. Can’t join live? Watch or listen to the recordings at your convenience. In this episode, the Rev. Adam Ericksen mixes things up with a sermon he preached at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ. Adam became Jeremiah by dressing in an ancient prophetic costume to deliver a message for today. You can listen … [Read more...]

Trump Warns about the Downfall of the Western World. But He Doesn’t Know Our Greatest Threat.

The United States is exhibiting all the symptoms of a nation in a death spiral.We see the evidence everywhere, but the crisis extends beyond the U.S. I don’t agree with Donald Trump very often, but he’s right about one thing. At the beginning of his European trip, he said in Poland, “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.”President Trump rightly understands that we are at a crisis moment, but he completely misunderstands the biggest threat facing … [Read more...]

Donald Trump & Mika Brzezinski: How to Fight In An Age of Political Scandal

The Donald Trump presidency provides a daily scandal of tweets. The latest scandal that offends our moral compass has Trump in a Twitter war with Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Once again, the scandal has to do with Trump, women, and blood.It all started when Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough mocked the president during a segment about the GOP health care plan. They stated that the plan “takes money away from the poorest of the poor” and gives it to the GOP’s richest dono … [Read more...]

Prophetic Responsibility in the Health Care Debate

There was once a prophet named Jeremiah. He was known as the “weeping prophet.” Jeremiah wept because he clearly saw that his nation was about to fall to the Babylonian Empire.The Babylonians were ruthless. Before they infiltrated Jerusalem, Jeremiah’s beloved city, the Babylonians starved the inhabitants for months. After they tore down the city walls, the Babylonians demolished the Temple, the royal palace, and burned down the city. They sent most of the survivors into exile throughout the … [Read more...]

Wonder Woman and the Myth of Redemptive Violence – The RavenCast

The weekly RavenCast interviews challenge “us vs. them” thinking with new perspectives on the issues that divide us. Hear from knowledgeable guests and join live with your questions and comments. Can’t join live? Watch or listen to the recordings at your convenience. In this RavenCast, Adam Ericksen and Suzanne Ross discuss the hit movie Wonder Woman. Warning - there are spoilers in this review! The full MP3 and the video are below, along with a description of a portion of their discussion. Tell  … [Read more...]

Man Who Attacked GOP Was a Product of American Logic of Violence

Violence continues to run rampant in the United States. This time it struck against Republican lawmakers playing some early morning baseball yesterday. We’ve learned that the attacker was an outspoken Bernie Sanders supporter, and a critic of Hillary Clinton, the GOP, and Donald Trump.The shooter was 66-year-old James Hodgkinson. He shot into the baseball field, where more than a dozen Republican lawmakers  and staff members were practicing for a charity event. Steve Scalise, a member of the … [Read more...]

Islamist Militants Carry Out Terror, Not Jihad

Editor's Note:  This article was written by Teaching Nonviolent Atonement friend Dr. Asma Afsaruddin and originally published by Religion News Service. It is posted here with Dr. Afsaruddin's permission. For more, see my interview with Dr. Afsaruddin about "Islam and Violence: Debunking the Myths."One of the most persistent accusations leveled against Muslims today is that the Quran explicitly instructs them in the name of jihad to fight against non-Muslims — solely because they are non … [Read more...]