Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow, is leaving her position as a law professor at Ohio State University to teach and study at a seminary. Here, she explains her new directions.
The Ekklesia Project Lectionary Reflections archive is deep and wide, so when we don’t have a new post for a week, it is not difficult to go back and find a previous post that is still rich and relevant. For Trinity Sunday of 2016, we have chosen three posts for you to re-discover.
2008 from Debra Dean Murphy
2010 from Ragan Sutterfield
2014 from Anna MacDonald Dobbs
The political dimensions of the Church and the Gospel it preaches are utterly lost on the US news industry until someone commits the faux pas of “mixing religion and politics.” Catholic theologian Matthew Shadle reflects on the latest breach of decorum, Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico, which was a back page story until Francis crossed the line.
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The Ekklesia Project does not endorse political candidates, nor does it take positions in partisan political controversies, but its friends and endorsers live in a world in which Karl Barth urged Christians to read both the Bible and the newspaper, interpreting the latter through the former. Debra Dean Murphy, an Ekklesia Project endorser and leader, takes Barth’s approach as the already tiresome political season enters a new phase.
Would-be American presidents may always feel this pressure—either from within or without—to cloak themselves in religious garb, sometimes heavily, sometimes lightly; to see themselves as saviors of a sort, as those called to run “the greatest country in the world” and thus have a powerful hand in running the world. This seems laughable when it comes to the kind of servant leadership, the kind of counter politics that a crucified messiah asks of his followers. But it’s not funny. Especially when the religious rhetoric we’re hearing is so charged with murderous hate.
Read the full post on her blog.