A Brief Word of Thanks, for Liam Hooper

Being the Divinity School’s Administrative Coordinator is – at many times – a stressful, ever-changing, and thankless role.  From working with Administrators and Faculty to organizing and structuring on-site and travel courses – to handling the myriad of student registration concerns, serving as the Administrative Coordinator in our community...

A Little Goes a Long Way

I sat down hoping to write something prolific about being thankful. I wanted to show off my writing skills as only a self-proclaimed professional blogger could. Even the good Baptist preacher in me searched Scripture looking for something that would make this post deep and thought-provoking. The problem was…I...

Reed’s Top Ten Works of Fiction Consumed in the Past Year

Trigger Warning: Entry number three on this list will briefly mention themes of sexual assault Raw – A perfect film.  Julia Ducournau’s metaphor for sexual awakening has no flaws or imperfections.  Along with containing indelible imagery and outstanding performances, it portrays one of the best representations of a sibling...

Theological Reflections on “Desperate Housewives”

When I first decided to write about the theological reflections on the ABC show Desperate Housewives, I initially thought of it more as a joke than as something real to reflect on.  The more I’ve binge-watched it since then, the more I’ve realized that there is actually something to be...

Open Questions: A Conversation Between Two Daughters of God

Our faith traditions can feel like containers with clear boundaries formed by shared ritual and doctrine. Sometimes we need faith leaders who can guide us when those containers feel claustrophobic and harmful: who can remind us that God, or the Divine, belongs to no single container. For this edition...

I’m a Bad Buddhist

I’m a bad Buddhist. That’s what I jokingly tell others when I’m asked uncomfortable questions like, “Why aren’t you vegetarian?” and “Why do you go to a predominantly Christian divinity school?” Of course, those aren’t the questions I hear. What I hear is a lot more accusatory: “Why don’t...

Hope Spot

Like many of you, I am looking forward to the season of Halloween. It’s a time for youthful energy and artistic expression. Whether our costumes are thoughtfully and carefully put together over many days and weeks of preparation, or thrown on at the last second (like yours truly), it’s...

Matriarch Rising

“The thing that defines the kind of matriarchy I aspire to is confidence, like an intense amount of self-assurance, but also a huge capacity to serve.” Matriarch is the debut album from Wanja Wohoro, a Kenyan-Australian artist based in Nairobi. From the project’s origin with a successful crowdfunding campaign...

NC Voter ID: Discrimination, Court Decisions, and Questions for Christians

Is it consistent with the Christian witness to vote for amending North Carolina’s constitution to include a requirement that voters present picture identification before voting in-person, on the ballot now? This is the second attempt by North Carolina legislative leaders to implement such a requirement.  They previously included it...