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.

Why Donald Trump Is Like the Grinch. And That’s a Good Thing.

Donald Trump might be growing a heart.In an Associate Press interview last weekend, Trump reflected on his heart and the responsibilities of the presidency. He told the AP that his new job is very different from his previous jobs. As the president, Trump is discovering that you have to have a heart. A presidential heart requires him, “to think through the consequences his decisions have on people and not simply the financial implications for his company’s bottom line.”According to Trump, … [Read more...]

Theatre Reveals the Truth – Webinar with Playwright Christopher Shinn

The RavenCast webinar is weekly interview series about topics that matter. It is free and open to the public. Click here this Thursday at 12:00 CT to join me and playwright Christopher Shinn discuss the power of theatre to reveal the truth about being human. Click here to view past RavenCast interviews!Don’t let all the talk about living in a “post-truth” world mislead you. There is still truth to be told about our world, especially about human relationships. The good news is that we can know … [Read more...]

Benjamin L. Corey Webinar – Jesus: The Nonviolent Resurrection

Dr. Benjamin L. Corey claims that Jesus didn't resurrect to kick ass and take names. He came back to offer peace.I sat down with Ben to talk about Jesus's nonviolence. The resurrection confirms Jesus's nonviolent life and death. The early Christians followed Jesus in this pattern. They gave their lives to follow the resurrected Jesus in nonviolent love that offers peace to all people.Watch or listen below as Ben and I discuss the radical implications of the Resurrection.Ben is a … [Read more...]

Tulsi Gabbard: Traitor or Patriot?

Do you remember two weeks ago? It seems like so long ago. But back then Democrats and the media were upset that Trump might have been in league with Russia to win the election. There were talks about a big investigation. It was so big it was “bigly.”But that was two weeks ago. Today, nobody seems to care about Trump and Russia. Where there was discord, there’s now a blessed sense of unity. Oh glory be to God.Or, glory be to bombs and missiles. In response to a chemical attack that killed … [Read more...]

Live Webinar: Dr. Benjamin L Corey Discusses the Resurrection

Click here to join this live and free webinar this Thursday at 12:00 CT! We encourage you to bring your comments and questions to the live show. If you can't make the live show, a recording will be posted on this page on Friday. The joy and radical grace of Easter cannot be contained in just one Sunday. In fact, the liturgical season of Easter lasts for 7 weeks! But Benjamin Corey and I only have 1 hour this Thursday to plumb the divine depths of the Easter mystery.So, let's start navi … [Read more...]

Making a Fool of Satan: Wisdom From the Cross – A Recorded Webinar

It's Good Friday! The day Christians throughout the world celebrate the Atonement made on the cross. But what does Atonement mean? And how was it accomplished?In this episode of the RavenCast, Suzanne Ross and the Rev. Adam Ericksen discuss the history of Atonement theories and what the Atonement means for us today.Stay up to date on the RavenCast by liking the RavenFoundation Facebook page! Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Qbt3yqaWAMP3Show NotesN.T. Wright … [Read more...]

Washing Judas’ Feet

NT Wright has a very helpful way of explaining the Atonement. He states that, “When Jesus wanted to explain to his followers what his death would mean he didn’t give them a theory, he gave them a meal on one hand and a dramatic action on the other.”Today is Maundy Thursday, the day when we remember that meal and the dramatic action Jesus shared with his disciples. “Maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means mandate. The mandate or commandment. Jesus says, “I give you a new comman … [Read more...]