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  • Outsiderness: A Warning by Natalie Carnes January 11, 2018 January 12, 2018 After the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation and the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, I find myself wondering about institutional insiders and outsiders. I wonder, in particular, about the appeal of outsiders and the status of being outside—what we might call outsiderness. What do we want outsiderness to give to us? ... Read more »
  • Jane Little for BBC on Charlottesville January 11, 2018 Religion and its Publics’ own Jane Little tells the story behind that infamous August weekend in Charlottesville: how clergy trained for weeks to disrupt the far right marchers, of the MLK scholar-activist-musician who trained them, and of what it represents in an ongoing struggle for the soul of American Christianity. Click here to listen to the full ... Read more »
  • Charles Mathewes for the Washington Post December 20, 2017 Religion and its Publics Co-Director Charles Mathewes recently contributed to the Washington Post with a piece entitled “White Christianity is in big trouble. And it’s its own biggest threat.” Read the full article below. *** “White Christianity is in big trouble. And it’s its own biggest threat” Charles Mathewes | December 19, 2017 It’s that time of year again, ... Read more »
  • Using Religion? Higher Ed, Vocation, and Systemic Justice by Shelli M. Poe December 18, 2017 December 11, 2017 Shelli M. Poe, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Millsaps College, explores the role of religion in millennials’ present vocational understanding — and how a new way forward is necessary to enact real systemic justice. Millennials, it turns out, have been maligned. They’re not as politically and socially passive as they have been depicted; ... Read more »
  • Nationalism is Not Populism by Slavica Jakelić October 27, 2017 October 27, 2017 In the first issue of the new magazine American Affairs, its editors ask: “Can nationalism be leavened by justice—or even be essential to it—rather than being abandoned to its worst expressions?” At the moment in which a major public American university (UVA) can become a site for marches of the clean-shaven, torch-bearing neo-Nazi white ... Read more »
  • This Worldwide Struggle with Sarah Azaransky October 19, 2017 Isaac Barnes May & Sarah Azaransky Sarah Azaransky, Assistant Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, just released her new book This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement via Oxford University Press. Isaac Barnes May, Doctoral Candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, spoke with her about ... Read more »