Thursday, February 16, 2012

Choose Life!

Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Studies and Global Ministries

Feb. 10, 2012
Deuteronomy 30:15-20

In place where we have so much and where we are part of the “empire” that shapes for good or ill so much of the world, our religious life so often seems to be captured by a survival mentality; by an uncertainty about our future; and by a genuine anxiety about the role of our mainline churches.

Our partners around the world would urge us to take a risk, to “choose life” – to put our lives on the line for a world where justice, peace, respect for creation, and community with God can be a reality in our time.  In doing so, we – like them – will find life, the life that God intends for all humanity. Listen to the sermon.  Read the sermon outline in PDF.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Empty Church

Shannon Craigo-Snell
Professor of Theology

Feb 9, 2011
Spring Convocation
Drawing on the work of theologian Karl Barth and theater director Peter Brook, Craigo-Snell says, “The discipline of emptiness is vital to encountering the Holy. When we focus on filling the pews, do we forget to keep our altars empty?” Listen to the address.