Bylined Articles

Bylined articles are stories that have been written by the Iliff faculty and staff that are of interest to the community.

Christian leaders came to see scientific truths as hostile

Through extensive research, Iliff Professor Antony Alumkal provides a rich, nuanced, and detailed view of mid-20th-century American evangelicalism’s right-wing political expression and its often dangerous impact on science in the service of the common good. » view article

Faculty on the Road: Miguel De La Torre in Germany

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Social Activism and Music

Daryl Jerome Walkers recognizes the social power of music in all of us. "There is music inside of each of us. [People] will say 'I am not musical' but [they] are. Now find the activism." » view article

Dan Lillie: Finding the Right Fit

Dan Lillie knew he wanted to attend the Iliff School of Theology before he even started his undergraduate education, for the second time. In fact, he designed his bachelor’s degree in spiritual formation and ministerial development, specifically geared toward his Iliff trajectory. » view article

Thanksgiving Complexities

November 30 is the final day of the Thirty Day Gratitude Challenge that executive trainer Jeff Packard created on FaceBook. The challenge debuted in May 2012, but playing off the Thanksgiving holiday, it soon switched to November. The Gratitude Challenge is an invitation to express thanks each day of the month. » view article

Ministry By Design: From Classroom to Community

Kevin Garman is halfway through the Master of Divinity (MDIV) Program at Denver’s Iliff School of Theology. He’s known he wanted to go into pastoral ministry since high school and is taking the steps to pursue his calling. Actually, he’s taking extra steps. Garman is taking a full set of classes... » view article

Ministering from The Land

...World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. The Land is an invitation to plant, harvest, and share fresh, local produce at a table that welcomes all. At The Land, World Food Day serves as a strategic gathering in the barren field to amend the soil, plant the seeds, and collectively labor... » view article

Handing out the love

I was working on some grant paperwork this year and ended up having to add up my time spent “working with the poor and homeless.” When we crunched the numbers it came out to just over 1,000 hours. I think back to what I know now regarding the poor and food insecurity and the homeless compared to then. » view article

Combating misperceptions of Muslims in the western world

“Islam is still looked at as kind of a foreign religion, but it has been present for a long time,” Sophia Arjana said. “This has to do with race and the desire to identify whiteness with the West, and Christianity with the U.S. and Europe. With Islam, it becomes more complicated. » view article

Prayers in the Park: Intern Helps Denver’s Homeless

“It’s heartwarming to be able to help people directly,” Lauren Grenz said. “Seeing their faces and hearing their names and being able to give communion to them was one of the most beautiful things about my time doing service in the park.” » view article

The Valiant Prophet - Dr. Vincent Harding

Civil Rights Leader, Historian, and Theologian Vincent Harding died on May 19th at the age of 82, leaving behind thousands of people whom he inspired through his embodiment of Love with a capital “L.” Let us recall Vincent. » view article

Spiritual Care is an Important Part of Your Healthcare

“Spiritual care that works with psychology is a distinctive form of client healthcare.” That is the stance that licensed psychologist and ordained minister Carrie Doehring takes when it comes to mental health and religion. » view article

From Disaster Recovery to Weekly Sermons

Emily Flemming is many things. Bored is not one of them. The 35-year-old South Carolina native noted that she has “quite a lot of balls in the air.” Not only is she a pastor at Lyons Community Church, she is a founding member of... » view article

Replacing Fear with Knowledge: A Closer Look at the Muslim Faith

“The heritage of the West is what I call ‘Judeo-Christian-Islamic,’ in the sense that the West is religiously, historically, and technologically informed by all three religious traditions.” That is one of the main ideas that Erica Ferg emphasized during her lecture on Islam in the U.S... » view article

Leveraging Organizational Productivity & Sustainability

Where do you find joy? What is most important to you? Do you find purpose and meaning in your job? Your answer to these questions can help assess your level of engagement in the work you do. » view article

Iliff Education Shapes Social Justice Leader’s Path

Even though it’s been 11 years, Marie Marchand remembers her educational journey at Iliff like it was yesterday. “My time at Iliff was a bright star in my life,” she said. “I am truly grateful for Iliff’s influence and blessing on my life. I am so proud of this accomplishment.” » view article

Parallels Between Economics and Theology Provide Stunning Connections

Theology and economics seem to notably stem from two completely different sets of principles and foundations. Iliff School of Theology adjunct professor R.J. Hernández-Diaz argues differently. He contends that in Western societies, theological matters have always been related to economic matters and... » view article

Religion: Strange, messy, confusing, intellectually stimulating

Kinnard, a professor of comparative religions at The Iliff School of Theology, discussed the definition of religion and non-religion during a University of Denver’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) lecture. OLLI is an adult learning membership program designed for people age 50 and older. » view article

Iliff Alumnus Feeds Portland’s Hungry

Providing 30,000 meals a year plus enough groceries for over 40,000 more might seem like a daunting task to some, but not to the Rev. Dr. John Paul Davis, Iliff School of Theology graduate (DMIN '08), and director of Clay Street Table, a Portland-based meals program and food pantry. » view article

Reverend Lonnie Eakle Sees Everyone as a Child of God

Reverend Lonnie Eakle is a “preacher’s preacher.” A man who has ministered to the faithful, poor, old, young and even the infamous. For more than 40-years, he also has been called a friend, mentor, and proud alumni of The Iliff School of Theology (Iliff) (MDIV ‘67). » view article

Joshua Dembicki: Master of Arts Student Hits His Stride

Student Josh Dembicki, has his eye on social change and through his study at the Iliff School of Theology (Iliff) wants to make a difference for people living in the margins. » view article

Jah Latchman Shares Her Story - Out of Many, One -

Jah Latchman, J.D., Master of Divinity (MDIV) student (3rd Year), president, National Alliance of Pan African Seminarians, at the Iliff School of Theology reports she was involved in an accident from which highway patrol officers thought no one would survive. » view article

Natalie Johnson: Social Justice Leader Blossoms in Her Time at Iliff

Student Natalie Johnson has a light about her and it’s shining bright. Johnson is in her final year at Iliff School of Theology (Iliff) studying to earn her master of divinity degree (MDIV) in spring 2014. » view article

In the Service of Others: Selena Naumoff Shares Her Story

A student in the Iliff School of Theology’s Master of Divinity Program, Rev. Selena Naumoff is passionate about serving others and adeptly uses her leadership expertise to make the world a better place. » view article

Theological Studies Offered Grounding for Family Therapist, Heike Peckruhn

Heike Peckruhn, Ph.D., is an educator who seamlessly pairs her theological interests with her love of the classroom and deep understanding of humanity. An adjunct faculty member, and proud Iliff alumna (2013), Peckruhn arrived at Iliff in transition from... » view article

Kelly Baker, Passionate Agent of Social Change, Shares Her Story

Passion, compassion, empathy and history fuel Kelly Baker’s mission-based Justice and Peace work. An Iliff School of Theology (Iliff) alumna, Baker earned her master’s degree in 2013 in the school’s Master of Arts in Social Change (MASC) Program. » view article

Peace is the Living Expression of Justice

Social and human issues have been championed at the Iliff School of Theology (Iliff) throughout the school’s more than 120-year history. » view article

Iliff Authentic Engagement Process Helps Business

As traditional sources for career opportunities using theological education have slowed, changing generational, racial, social, and personal differences, coupled with the “Great Recession,” have resulted in low levels of employee engagement for many fields. » view article

Schlessman-Funded Scholarships Exceed 100

Many Iliff scholarship recipients responded to an e-mail request to share their stories and photos. See their messages in this article. » view article

Iliff Alum Finds Success “Block by Block”

“I knew I wanted to be in ministry, but I didn’t know what it would look like for me,” said Courtney Ball. Fast forward with LOTS of water under (and over) the bridge, Ball spoke about his journey since graduating from Iliff (MDIV ’04). » view article

Artistry and Theology Create Perfect Blend For Change

"I believe art and theology are strong partners for communication" *Sandy Ceas,* master of theological studies (MTS) student. "The theology of Christianity has a rich inheritance in the arts from the past. » view article

Chavez Appointed to Obama’s Council for Faith Based Partnerships

The caller identified himself as a representative from the White House. "Would you be interested in serving on Obama's Council for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships?," he asked. *Arturo Chavez (PHD '06)* thought, "Is this call a hoax?" » view article

Carroll Brings Pastoral Care to the Statehouse

"I use my education from the pastoral care classes at Iliff everyday I work as a legislator," says Terrance Carroll (MDIV '99), speaker of the Colorado house of representatives. Seriously, it's not that different from the work of full-time clergy. » view article