Featured Talks

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.  

Interview with Paul Wallace

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
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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. 

Interview with Shane Claiborne

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

Amy-Jill Levine
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.  

Interview with Amy-Jill Levine

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. We need to be open to mystery, the divine, and the surprising.
— Amy-Jill Levine

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 Christianity. Award-winning author and professor Lauren Winner explains how engaging often overlooked divine metaphors can open up new avenues for spiritual growth. 

Interview with Lauren Winner

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

Brent Strawn
Reading the Bible as Poetry

What if we thought about the Bible not as a story but as a poem?
Old Testament professor Brent Strawn explores how reading Scripture as poetry can transform the way we understand its content, complexity, and candor.  

Interview with Brent Strawn

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

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

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

Interview with Gregory Ellison

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?
— Gregory Ellison