Brian Bantum

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Teaching Theology after Ferguson

When my students enter my classroom most consider theology to be a task centered on ideas, on their beliefs. Some are pretty sure of what they believe, but most are open and hoping that these ideas have something to do with their lives. Still others are pretty sure theology has little to do with their lives. To disrupt all of these starting points with either confusion or hope, we begin the class by reading scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk. This might seem like an odd choice for a course focused on theology. And for many of the students it is difficult to see how this book is a theological text.

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December 09, 2014

Wild Spaces: Reflections on the First FTE Advisory Team Meeting

Theological education, the church, the world all seem to be changing faster than we can keep up. New questions, new technologies are complicating old problems and answers…

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May 06, 2013