Faith leaders, including those who lead seminaries, must not be silent in the face of an increasingly fractious and violent society that challenges our most deeply held Christian convictions.
I was a Master of Divinity student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1973 to 1975. As regularly occurred with women students, I had been admitted to the School of Religious Education. Yet, I enrolled in all M.Div. courses because…
Demanding that women keep silent about abuse and submit to male headship is all about patriarchy and nothing about biblical values.
Flowing like a pink river, scores of women in their trademark headgear marched all over the world, just as they did a year ago. Carrying signs with urgent messages, the generations took to the streets to bring attention to the…
President Trump would not be the only political or religious figure ever to be questioned about fitness for a position. The alchemy of autocratic decision-making with the presumption of self-sufficiency makes for a toxic concoction.
The bustle of the past few weeks slows today. It is a time of reflection and quieting the spirit. Even the relentless urge to consume begins to re-set as the year comes to a close. We realize that we are more than what we possess or give. Like Mary, we ponder what is yet to come.
Pope Francis is visiting Myanmar, where Christians are only about 4 percent to 5 percent of the approximately 55 million people who live there. He hopes to draw attention to the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who are being driven out of the Rakhine State into Bangladesh, where they live the liminal reality of refugees.
Many seminaries are in trouble; there are few that are not fragile in some way. Issues include the challenge of recruitment, the burgeoning debt of seminarians, issues of placement for women graduates, the white privilege of which many seminaries are oblivious. It is a “troubled industry.”
We are still trying to catch up with Martin Luther in many areas and there are parts of the Reformation legacy we have not fully realized.