The blog has been a bit quieter than I prefer these past weeks, so here’s a hodgepodge post catching up on some recent thoughts and goings-on. For some work at NDSU, I read Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson’s new book, The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receiving, Grasping We Lose. Some may recall Smith’s work in […]
Recently, I’ve been thinking hard about creativity. So, I figured, why think alone? I’m happy to present a blog interview series with some particularly creative, reflective folks. First up: Adam Walker Cleaveland…What helps you stay creative? What practices do you find lead to maximum creativity?
What do a sociologist who wins prizes from economists, a Trappist monk, a former Princeton University school of public affairs Dean, and a best-selling cookbook author have in common? Their work all concerns the dangerous, unsustainable, even violent nature of busyness and overwork.
As college begins, student faces hundreds of new choices. But what if we opened ourselves to the uncomfortable notion that you don’t always have to choose. Life’s moments have a funny way of choosing you.
Have you had a positive (or negative) experience with service learning, and/or community-based writing assignments? What should I consider as my religion and social change course planning begins?
I’m grateful to report that Religion Dispatches published an essay of mine! In the piece, “Can a Church Split Truly Be Gracious?” I describe and reflect upon my experience leading a commission (officially a “Presbytery Engagement Team”) to investigate a church seeking to leave my presbytery, the Presbytery of Northern Plains. The process was fraught, troubling, and yet […]
The pilot travel seminar to Nicaragua, a partnership between Concordia College and Lutheran World Relief, was a huge success. I’m recently back from a 15-day journey on which students and I saw LWR’s work in action, meeting with cocoa and coffee farmers, drinking the water their projects helped clean, and learning from LWR partners near […]
Last weekend, I attended the Festival of Faith & Writing with 2,000+ others at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The experience deserves more than a quick post, but such is life. A few reactions follow. What fun to be around so many stellar thoughtful folks considering faith, writing, and culture. The quality of presentations […]