Archive For Religion-and-public-engagement

Hashtag to Movement

Hashtag. The night started with this one simple word. Years ago this (#) was just a symbol affectionately referred to as the ‘pound sign.’ But now it means much more. It allows people from across the nation and even across the world to join hands in causes bigger than their individual selves. This little symbol […]

Read more February 17, 2016

We have angered our common home

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, the Wake Forest School of Divinity hosted an interdisciplinary panel discussion around Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), in which Pope Francis calls for a holistic way of approaching climate change. We were honored to hear the responses to Laudato Si’ from four distinguished Wake Forest professors given their […]

Read more October 14, 2015

The Scopes Trial then and now

  “The parents have a right to say that no teacher paid by their money shall rob their children of faith in God and send them back to their homes skeptical, or infidels, or agnostics, or atheists.” (WJ Bryan, 1925) “Here, we find today as brazen and as bold an attempt to destroy learning as […]

Read more September 23, 2015

More than just a flag

A version of this post initially appeared in the September 7, 2015 edition of The Tablet, Wake Divinity’s student publication. “Currently, black lives don’t matter,” according to Alicia Garza, co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The statement was articulated in response to an inquiry about the Confederate Flag being removed from South Carolina’s State Capital after the […]

Read more September 16, 2015

Theology is a lived experience

  As I think of a well-worn quotation by Epictetus, which says, “only the educated are free”, I also consider how our society has the tendency to idolize education for education’s sake.  Don’t get me wrong.  I hold education in high esteem, and believe that access to quality, free or affordable, empowering opportunities is one […]

Read more September 10, 2015

One summer

  The following was written after Corinne Causby, second-year student, attended a worship service the Sunday after the horrific June 17, 2015 events in Charleston, South Carolina and then edited the week of July 19 following the events in Tennessee for inclusion here. This summer has been… different. One year under my belt in divinity school, I […]

Read more July 30, 2015