Stephen Ray

Recent Entries


Our Students Will Lead Us

At a recent FTE Community Forum in Chicago, I was struck with the observation made by a presenter that our next generation of pastors are now in prison. I was reminded of a related thought expressed last year at a gathering in Ferguson, MO on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death—that the leaders of church, whatever it will become in the future, are in the streets today fighting for justice.

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June 07, 2016


Trusting Brown Hands

Conversations about theological education and diversity generally focus on opening our doors to diverse populations—here read people of various shades of brown, while generally understanding ourselves as playing hosts while maintaining a vibrant sense of our own “traditions” and ecclesial “affiliations”—here read white.

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December 09, 2015


The Sublime Power of Belief

At particular historical moments events overwhelm our usual use of words and categories. Such was the martyrdom of the Saints at Mother Emmanuel on June 19th, 2015.

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July 28, 2015


Whose Name is on the Invitation?

It is not uncommon for institutions in the Church and in the part of the academy engaged in Christian academy education to approach diversity through the idea of inclusion.

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March 19, 2015