15 Posts on Mission, Justice, and the University from Urbana 2015

What does it mean to be part of a global religion, and how can we make sense of the diverse missions, values, and politics of that belonging? How can we as Christians better understand what it means to follow Jesus in a world that is more connected than ever before? After four days in St Louis for the Urbana conference, I feel closer to the heart of those questions than ever before.Read more…

James Clerk Maxwell’s Accidental Invention of the Color Photograph: Humility in Research and Faith (Scholar’s Compass)

Reading Through the creatures Thou hast made Show the brightness of Thy glory, Be eternal Truth displayed In their substance transitory, Till green Earth and Ocean hoary, Massy rock and tender blade Tell the same unending story — “We are TruthRead more…

Find Your Voice and Own It: Women and the Academic Life

Thank-you to J. Nathan Matias (@natematias), Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media, for venturing into and reporting on Women and the Academic Life as part of his Urbana12 series.* We’re looking forward to your responses to this material — any seminar participants withRead more…

Making Cross-Cultural Relationships in a Globalised World

J. Nathan Matias (@natematias), Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media continues his Urbana12 series. This post in original form (12/30/2012) can be found here. Thank-you Nathan! Great to have you contributing material to the ESN Blog. Your work is much appreciated.. ~ ThomasRead more…

The Theology of Evangelical Action on Immigration Reform

This is the fourth post in an Urbana12 series by J. Nathan Matias (@natematias), Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media. This post in original form can be found here. ————————————- This weekend, I’m at Urbana, a gathering of Christian students interested in the workRead more…

Unpacking the Missions Statement of Jesus in Luke 4, Urbana 2012 Opening Session

J. Nathan Matias (@natematias), Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media, makes art, software and social processes which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. His recent projects include the Festival of Learning, researchRead more…