Today in Theology

An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.

Sand Creek Healing Run

Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church

Continuing our mission of building healing relationships with our indigenous sisters and brothers, the Rocky Mountain Conference is joining with Sand Creek Massacre descendants to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre during the 17th Annual Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run and Walk. The four-day Spiritual Healing Run and Walk begins on Nov. 26 at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and concludes in Denver… Read more.

Standing United Against Evil – Don’t Let ISIS Divide Our Humanity

Patheos Progressive Christian | Qasim Rashid

As we mourn the deaths of 129 innocent lives, rather than recycle the vicious cycle — let’s talk about how to move the ball forward. To do so, we must understand one critical fact. The goal of terrorist groups like ISIL, Al Qaeda and Boko Haram, are no different than the goal of terrorist groups like the KKK, LRA, IRA or CAR Christian militias… Their greatest weapons for war are fear and misinformation. Fear of who the “other” is, and misinformation about what allegedly evil plot the “other” has in store… Read more.

Council of Bishops President - Statement on Paris

The Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church | Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.

John 11:35 – Jesus wept.
This week, we weep for those in Paris. We weep for the senseless violence. We weep for the innocents whose lives were cut short. We weep for those who are grieving, who are frightened, who are hurting. We weep for those whose hearts are breaking, in France and all over the world. As several world leaders have stated, this is an attack on all humanity. Read more.

United with Paris

United Methodist Church

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the attacks in Paris. ‪#‎PrayersForParis‬ ‪#‎UMC‬ ‪#‎standinsolidarity‬. Post your thoughts to Facebook and Twitter.

When Hollywood Gazes at Latino Male Bodies

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

Latino men demanding to be treated as an equal risk being dismissed as “aggressive” (if not dangerous), “emotional” (lacking intellectual rigor), and/or “too passionate” (if not overly sensual). But how are these negative depictions of Latinos encoded upon the Latino male body? How are the stigmata of these cultural wounds enfleshed? Members of the Euroamerican dominant culture, male and female, are privileged with whiteness, creating a tendency to perpetuate the myth that the rules, traditions, institutions, and language of Euroamericans are legitimate and normative. Read more.

Study: Americans are becoming less religious

KUSA, 9News | Victoria Sanchez

Iliff Professor Jeffrey Mahan is interviewed in this 9News report about the recent Pew Research Center Report on how the U.S. is becoming less religious.
KUSA – Americans are becoming less religious, and the ones who are practice their faith differently, according to a new Pew Research Center study. Much of the change has to do with a growing group of Millennials who do not belong to an organized religious group. See KUSA report.

U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious

Pew Research Center | Pew Research Center - Religion & Public Life

Modest Drop in Overall Rates of Belief and Practice, but Religiously Affiliated Americans Are as Observant as Before. Is the American public becoming less religious? Yes, at least by some key measures of what it means to be a religious person. An extensive new survey of more than 35,000 U.S. adults finds that the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services all have declined modestly in recent years. Read more.

I’m a Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic Child of Elegguá – Deal with It.

Cuba Counter Points | Miguel De La Torre

Miguel de la Torre claims hybridity as central to the very notion of religiosity. Just like with any other aspects of identity, forcing of individuals into institutionalized boxes only reduces social life to preexisting categories, erasing and also impoverishing people’s experience. A new field of “critical mixed religion” studies is opening… Latino/a religious scholars speak often of hybridity to describe the mestizaje, the mixture of our cultures, our identities, our different social locations, and yet, the hybridity of our spirituality remains taboo. Read more.

Global, interfaith partnerships form at 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions

RUMCUMC | Paul Kottke

More than 10,000 people gathered in Salt Lake City from Oct. 15 to 19 for the fifth Parliament of World Religions. The theme for this impressive gathering was “Reclaiming the Heart of our Humanity”. According to the chairperson for this massive event, Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid “I pray that, in our time together at this Parliament, God will help us all reclaim the heart of our humanity and restore the earth to its bounty and beauty for all. Read more.

Pope’s family synod: No changes, but everything has changed

The Denver Post | Nicole Winfield

VATICAN CITY — It’s now quite certain that Pope Francis’ big summit on family issues won’t endorse any changes to church doctrine on the church’s teaching about homosexuality or whether civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion. And yet, it seems, everything has changed. From the crucial role African bishops have played in the debate, to calls to remove the words “intrinsically disordered” from the church’s language on gays, to the freedom bishops…Read more.