Today in Theology

An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.

Is the Church Changing or Are We?

Iliff School of Theology | Melissa Schaaf

Is the church changing or are we? It’s a ‘chicken or the egg’ scenario as American society and social norms mutate. Wider acceptance of the LGBTQ community, the embracing of a larger lens on religious affiliations and what exactly that means, and how individuals decide on a relationship between faith, worship and themselves… Read more.

50 Shades toward Christian-based Sadomasochism

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

Much ado has been made about the blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, a disappointing screen adaptation of E. L. James’s poorly written bestseller. And yet, the film’s opening weekend box office take was $81.7 million!… Although the film could have proven to be groundbreaking, exploring enriching ways to express our sexuality; the film instead seems to have reinforced traditional gender roles with a certain glorification of the sexual abuse of women. Read more.

American Sniper and the War Story We Cannot Tell

Huffington Post Religion | Zachary Moon

This picture (American Sniper) of coming home is the myth our nation desperately wants to believe. Left out is the often mundane, sometimes ugly, process of learning and struggling, and discovering and failing, and risking again and again at home, courageously and creatively. Until our nation really sees what it takes to make that transition to civilian life, we will not see the total experience of war. Read more in this article by DU/Iliff PHD student.

Do Babies Matter?: Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower

Wabash Center | Katherine Turpin - Book Review

A powerful account of the experience of discrimination against married women and mothers in academia, this book documents many realities I have lamented alongside female colleagues and graduate students during my years in the profession. Read more.

Multicultural Mosaic Foundation and Denver Clergy Condemn Actions in France

Multicultural Mosaic Foundation

As faith leaders, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Bahai, Buddhist and others, we affirm our strong working relationships that we have nurtured here in Denver, CO, over the past decade. On Monday, January 12, 2015, Multicultural Mosaic Foundation (MMF), a non-profit organization dedicated to help cultivate moral and cultural values in our society by promoting tolerance and dialogue, published this letter condemning the actions of gunmen in France.

Theological Education Event Takes Pulse of Seminaries

United Methodist Insight | Marcie Smeck

If conversations shape organizations, what are the key conversations that we should be engaging in now? What are the most important questions that will shape the next evolution of theological education and formation? These were the guiding questions around which a Consultation on Theological Education was convened by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
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State of the Union 2015: Patheos Bloggers Debate the Issues

Patheos Topics | Patheos Bloggers

Patheos’ featured bloggers go head-to-head with opposing viewpoints, be it current news, religious practice, politics, theology or culture.
Not a knock-down drag-out debate, but a discourse among colleagues seeking to better understand the issues, and each other. Patheos Head-to-Head provides the ring and invites our bloggers to debate the big questions of the day.

And a Mother Cries

Miguel De La Torre Blog | Miguel De La Torre

Dr. Miguel De La Torre, Professor Social Ethics and Latina/o Studies, writes a blog, Our Lucha, “And A Mother Cries.” …All lives reflect the image of the Creator of the universe. All lives are sacred. All lives have infinite worth. All lives are interconnected. All lives matter. Black lives matter. Brown lives matter. Yellow lives matter. Red lives matter. White lives matter. Read more.

The Loft Cinema will be screening the Tucson premiere of Vincent De La Torre’s film “Trails of Hope

Arizona Daily Wildcat | Ivana Goldtooth

The Loft Cinema will be screening the Tucson premiere of Vincent De La Torre’s film “Trails of Hope and Terror” on Thursday. The film is based on the book of the same title by Miguel A. De La Torre’s, Vincent De La Torre’s father. Both the film and book explore the plight of the undocumented Latin American immigrant from their perspective in a mix of hope and terror. Read more.

Ferguson: Reflections and Resources

General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church

Today, across America, so many of us are asking, “Where do we go from here?” We want to share some thoughtful reflections and resources on conflict resolution from our wonderful friends at JustPeace. We hope they bring comfort, offer guidance, and provide insight into the necessary steps toward justice and peace. Read more.