An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.
Religion and Ethics News Weekly | Lucky Severson, correspondent
PBS reports on Rev. Nadia Bolz Weber (MDiv, ’08): We take you to The House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, a widely unconventional congregation led by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber. She told correspondent Lucky Severson her language, teaching, and tattoos symbolize her acceptance of everyone, and they of her. Together their church is thriving.
Sojourners | Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls
North Carolina Black Clergy Stand for LGBTQ Rights and Protections – As a black, same-gender loving woman, who is a pastor, Bishop and activist, I can solidly say that my wife, children, grandchildren, and community have stronger allies, greater opportunities, and more protections than we have ever had. This is in many ways attributable to a growing number of black clergy who are no longer willing to stand idly by… Read more.
Al Jazeera America | Miguel De La Torre
Al Jazeera America interviews Miguel De La Torre, Professor Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies, about the Pope’s recent visit to Mexico. De La Torre speaks about the Pope becoming the voice for the voiceless in Mexico where every four days five Mexicans or Central Americans are dying in the desert trying to cross into the United States. See video – Al Jazeera
Patheos Progressive | David Dark
5. The universe is made of stories.
So says the poet Muriel Rukeyser. One person’s guiding story might involve sprinkling water on babies while speaking particular words in the presence of others. Another’s could require an oath of allegiance addressed to a flag. One’s might demand the beheading of journalists while someone else’s deems unfortunate, but also necessary, the deaths of innocent civilians in the liturgies of an alleged homeland security. Read more.
RMCUMC - Episcopal Relief - ELCA
Which Super Bowl team can raise the most to fight hunger to win on and off the field?
United in Orange – United Methodist & Presbyterian Churches:
Episcopal Showdown for Episcopal Relief & Development:
Rocky Mountain Synod – ELCA World Hunger Synod Challenge:
Patheos Progressive Christian | Crystal St. Marie Lewis
Like many of you, I’ve been following the Larycia Hawkins controversy very closely. Hawkins is the tenured professor at Wheaton College who decided to wear a hijab during the season of Advent as a display of solidarity with Muslims. During Dr. Hawkins’ time of solidarity, she publicly declared on her Facebook page that she viewed Muslims as sisters and brothers who have been “formed of the same primordial clay.” …who worship the same God. Read more.
Patheos | Deborah Arca
The year 2015 brought Patheos bloggers — and especially our passionate Progressive Christian bloggers — plenty to write and rant about, from discriminatory cake bakers to sexually-abusive fundamentalists to Olympic-winning transgenders. We pushed back on the notion of “Christian persecution” in America, grieved way too many mass shootings, and raged on behalf of way too many murdered black youth, men and women at the hands of white cops. We celebrated when same-sex marriage became the law of the land… Read more.
Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church | Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky
…In the darkest days of World War II W. H. Auden wrote these fearsome lines:
Outside the civil garden
Of every day of love there
Crouches a wild passion To destroy and be destroyed.
O who to boast their power
Have challenged it to charge? Like
Wheat our souls are sifted
And cast into the void(1) Read more.
UCC Global Ministries | Global Ministries
A joint statement of the leadership of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) …Recognizing that all people are created in the image of God, and heeding the words of our sacred scripture, we are disturbed and concerned as we witness the divisive discourse in our country concerning our Muslim neighbors. The rhetoric of exclusion and vilification runs absolutely counter to our understanding of God’s oikos, which is an inclusive fellowship of God’s children and creation. Read more.
Glamour News | Liz Brody
Rev. Laura Rossbert, a minister, Christ Church, United Methodist, Denver, the pastor interviewed, is an adjunct faculty member at Iliff. …Black Friday turned into a bloody tragedy at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, leaving 12 people gunned down, three of them dead. Although the motive has yet to be officially released, what we do know, is that the accused killer, Robert Dear, is a Christian man of “religious conviction” and a staunch opponent of abortions, according to reporting by the New York Times. We can all stand up in outrage— Read more.