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State of Formation Workshop: Writing for the Online Public Sphere November 22, 2014 | 2-4PM | Room: Omni Gaslamp 1 |675 L St., San Diego, CA 92101 At the 2014 AAR & SBL Annual Meeting, State of Formation will host a workshop for new and potential Contributing Scholars, featuring between 2-3 Outstanding Contributing Scholars who […]

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A Carefully Packed Carry-On

Someone recently forwarded me a link to a blog by Matthew David Morris titled “What It’s Like to Be A Gay Christian.”   As someone who, in my better moments, considers myself aligned with those same identity markers, I was interested to hear this author’s reflections and see if they matched my own experiences. What I […]

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Letting our Differences Breathe

After publishing new works, many scholars and cultural commentators will tour the country eager to educate a larger and more diverse audience about their research and philosophy, and they often find that audiences almost exclusively consist of people who already agree with them. This experience is not unique to lecturers. We are all more likely […]

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We’re All God’s Children

Before coming to college, I knew I was called to love my neighbors and create community between the children of God. However, at that point in my life, I believed my neighbors and children of God were those who identified as Christians.

In college, I began taking religion classes, spending time with the faith communities in Franklin, and interacting with amazing individuals such as Eboo Patel and Marcus Borg on their visits to campus. I began to understand that my neighbors and the children of God were all of the people on this earth, not just my Christian brothers and sisters.

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Idolatry and Islamophobia

Charisma magazine has taken down Gary Cass’ original call for Christians to take up arms against Islam in response to public outcry, but Cass remains unrepentant. Most bad arguments don’t lead to calls for genocide, but there’s a connection between the violence of Cass’ argument and the violence of his conclusion.

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Righteous Anger

My spiritual director asked me today what it might be like to invite Gd – and specifically the love of Gd – in to the emotional world I’m currently living within (mostly anger and grief). As often happens, questions about experiencing love left me somewhat speechless, and my director smartly redirected the question: What would […]

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Every Land is #Ferguson

There is a power in raising our hands for Ferguson. We do not raise our hands like the Illuminati or a Rockefella [sicknowledge]; we do not raise our hands to act out an NWA lyric; we do not even raise our hands in an “Allah Akbar.” Instead, we raise our hands in surrender. Our submission […]

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Rage, rage (against the dying of the light)

A year or two ago, I studied under a professor who somehow know just which buttons to push to transform my serene, scholarly public self into a senseless wreck.  Admittedly, that public persona was a very thin layer at the time, but more than anyone else, his words were the venom to set my skin […]

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About State of Formation

State of Formation, founded as an offshoot of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (JIRS), is a program of CIRCLE, The Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education at Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School.

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