Featured Talks


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.

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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.  
Interview with Brent Strawn

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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.  

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
 

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.

 

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.

 


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.  

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....When it comes to religion, we need to be open to the mysterious, the divine, and the surprising.
— Amy-Jill Levine

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

Reflecting on protests in Ferguson 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.  

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