Featured Talks

With their 20-minute format and variety of impressive speakers, TheoEd Talks provide the perfect opportunity for anyone who is curious about the intersection of knowledge and faith to be informed, challenged, and moved to action.
— Rev. Rebekah LeMon, Executive Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

Shane Claiborne
Resurrecting Church

In this perspective-changing talk, activist and author Shane Claiborne probes what it would look like for the church to rediscover its calling to stand for life and love in the midst of the challenges of poverty and gun violence.  About the speaker

In the church, we’ve become known more often for who we have excluded than who we have embraced, we have become known more often for what we are against than what we are for.
— Shane Claiborne

Interview with Shane Claiborne


Paul Wallace
There's Something Holy Out There

Are science and faith inherently incompatible or can they enrich and enhance one another? Drawing on the book of Job and his training as a astrophysicist, Paul Wallace reveals how science and faith both bring us face to face with beauty and mystery.  About the speaker

God is the mystery behind this beauty we call existence… Science only deepens that mystery. It does not, and cannot, possibly solve it.
— Paul Wallace

Interview with Paul Wallace


Lauren Winner
Unexpected Metaphors for God

The Bible is packed with a vast range of metaphors for God, only a few of which tend to be used in Christian prayers and liturgies. Award-winning author and professor Lauren Winner explains how engaging often overlooked divine metaphors can open up new avenues for spiritual growth.  About the speaker

Unexpected divine metaphors invite us to notice and acknowledge aspects of God and our relationship with God that we might otherwise miss.
— Lauren Winner

Interview with Lauren Winner


Brent Strawn
Re-Thinking the Bible as Poetry

What if we thought about the Bible not as a narrative or story but rather as a collection of poems? Old Testament professor Brent Strawn explores how reading Scripture as poetry can transform the way we understand its content and live our lives in relation to the Bible's complexity and candor.  About the speaker

A great poem can capture our imagination, can make us think differently, can explain something in the world that couldn’t quite be explained the same way otherwise.
— Brent Strawn

Interview with Brent Strawn


Amy-Jill Levine
Life After Death: Jesus, Judaism, and Justice

Weaving together scholarly insight and personal story, noted Jewish New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine examines Jesus' claim to be "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6) from an interfaith perspective.  About the speaker

If we look at religion like Sudoku, we are in a category confusion. It is not a matter of logic, it is a matter of love....When it comes to religion, we need to be open to the mysterious, the divine, and the surprising.
— Amy-Jill Levine

Interview with Amy-Jill Levine


Gregory C. Ellison, II
A Picture of an Activist?

Reflecting on protests in Ferguson, Missouri and drawing on the work of Howard Thurman, Candler School of Theology professor Gregory Ellison probes questions about identity, vocation, and how Christians can fight for freedom in authentic ways.  About the speaker

What does it mean to continue to define your vocation by who you are not? When do we begin to concretize who we are and how we will fight for freedom?
— Greg Ellison

Interview with Greg Ellison