Lisa has been leading trainings and helping mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good, with a focus on racial justice. Prior to joining Sojourners, Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice — an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City.
Afraid of Trump becoming president? Well, don’t be too thrilled about the alternative. Professor Mark Lewis Taylor of Princeton Seminary has written a couple of articles for Counterpunch in which he lays out the case for defeating both Trump and Clintonian Neo-Liberalism.
Amy Livingstone is the proprietor of Sacred Art Studio in Portland. Amy explores the intersection of theology, ancestral ways of knowing, environmentalism, and spiritual ecology. Her work is informed by her love for the earth and engagement with many forms of creative expression that include painting, sculpture, installation, and ceremony. We discuss the role of spirituality and sacred art in activism for the earth.
Becky Garrison returns to Progressive Spirit to talk about alternative spiritual communities. Secular church but not “church.” Not religious but a place to connect, find meaning, do worthwhile things. We’ll hear about
The Portland Round–the visual arts, slam poetry, and music come together for intimacy and collaboration,
Sex Positive Portland — “members plan and host events centered around understanding and exploring all aspects of human sexuality, relationship styles, kink, gender and orientation,”
and the Orchard Kitchen in Whidby Island near Seattle that is building community through food and sustainability.
Becky is a religion writer and her credits include work for The Washington Post’sOn Faith column, The Guardian, Believe Out Loud, Killing the Buddha, American Atheist Magazine, Perceptive Travel, The Revealer, The Humanist, Religion Dispatches and the now defunct Wittenberg Door.
Why was Christianity so odd in its time and how did it change the way we think of religion today?
Larry Hurtado is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language, Literature,and Theology in the school of divinity at the University of Edinburgh. His research has focused on the origins and development of what he calls “devotion to Jesus” in earliest Christianity. He is an author of numerous books and an authority on the Gospels (esp. Gospel of Mark), the Apostle Paul, Early Christology, the Jewish Background of the New Testament, and New Testament Textual Criticism.
Tom Krattenmaker is a writer specializing in religion in public life. He is the author of Onward Christian Athletes and The Evangelicals You Don’t Know. Formerly of Portland, he is now communications director at Yale Divinity School. He is not a believer in God or the supernatural. But he digs Jesus. In his latest book, Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, he talks about Jesus as a resource for those who don t have religious beliefs.