Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ESN Staff prays for the ongoing grace to seek justice and practice mercy, to stand with the vulnerable, and to celebrate the vast diversity of people represented in God’s Kingdom. Here are a few resources the ESN blog has shared over the past few years related to the work of Martin Luther King Jr.Read more…

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…

The Vocation of Law in God’s Global Mission to Bring Justice & Wholeness: Brian Dennison at Urbana

How can legal knowledge and experience bring justice to contexts outside the U.S.? The opportunities are real and plentiful. In this seminar, Brian Dennison shared what he learned as a law lecturer and coordinator of the law clinic at Uganda Christian University.Read more…

Moving Beyond Indifference and Inactivism: Lessons for Christians from #BlackLivesMatter

What role have Christians played in the #BlackLivesMatter movement in St. Louis, and what lessons have they learned? This panel discussion at the Urbana Missions Conference brought together black and white faith leaders to reflect on these movements and gave an opportunity to a packed theater of attendees to ask questions.Read more…

Urbana Preview: Cross-Cultural Teaching—One Story and a Few Tips for North American Scholars

Personally I had the opportunity to serve on a law faculty in Uganda for seven years. It was an incredible experience and I got involved in some very meaningful work. However, there was definitely a learning curve. To explain I need to tell a quick story . . Read more…

Navigating Justice: Followup to Defender of the Accused (Scholar’s Compass)

Drawing on her experience as lecturer and head of the Mission department at West Africa Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria, Chinyere Priest contributed to our Lent series with a reflection on pursuing justice for those falsely accused of witchcraft within Nigerian society. . . . Here she provides more detail on the theological grounding of her post. Read more…

Re-Interpreting Our Explanation Systems (Scholar’s Compass)

Job’s colleagues explained his misfortune or calamity using moral causal ontology: they said that he was suffering due to his sin. This led several to put blame on Job, which compounded his suffering through his friends’ inability to lament with him and provide succor for him. The loss of Job’s flock, wealth, children, and health were used as evidence that he had sinned. Read more…

Book Review: Birmingham Revolution

Solitary confinement in prison can be a shattering psychological experience, one often used to break the spirit of those imprisoned. For Martin Luther King, Jr., solitary confinement served not only to further forge the character of this civil rights leader, but resulted in one of the signature documents of the civil rights movement . . .Read more…

Fruitful, Faithful Presence in the Academy: Part II

In Part I, I explored what Alan G. Padgett, DPhil (Oxford) will share at the upcoming Midwest Faculty Conference: Fruitful, Faithful Presence: Living Theologically in the Midst of the Academy (Cedar Campus, MI, 6/22-28).* Although the conference (or what some have termed a Confamication**) will provideRead more…