Hello, and welcome to my blog. I created this blog to draw together a lot of my public theology commentary, especially on violence against women and war, but also the institutionalized violence of economic deprivation. A lot of that writing can be found at my #OccupytheBible blog that is linked to this site, along with how you can get my book on that subject, #OccupytheBible: What Jesus Really Said (and Did) About Money and Power.
I am a Professor of Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary. I was President of CTS from 1998 to 2008, and now I am back to full-time teaching. My courses are focused on engaged theology today, and also on interreligious engagement.
I have worked on issues of violence all my life, both violence against women and the violence of war. I have a new book coming out from Palgrave-Macmillan in the summer 2015 called Women’s Bodies as Battlefield: Christian Theologies and the Global War on Women that brings together a deep analysis of violence against women, that strongly resembles war, and war itself. The war on women and war in the 21st century are “dirty wars” and should be analyzed together.
I am also the editor and a contributing author of the recently published Interfaith JustPeacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), a multi-author volume with thirty contributors and advisors, ten from each of the Abrahamic faiths. This book is gaining a wide audience through adoption as a classroom text in the teaching not only of interfaith studies, but also peace studies. In 2010 I also published Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World with Palgrave Macmillan.
I have written many other books, and if you are interested, the links to purchasing those are on the blog homepage such as Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theology from the Underside, with Mary Potter Engel (1998, first edition, 1990), and Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States (1996) with Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock.
I am a trustee of the Interfaith Youth Core, founded by Eboo Patel, since 2007 and a Senior Fellow of the Center for American Progress. I am one of the founders and a former trustee of Faith in Public Life. I am also on the Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Religion Section on Religion and Politics, a section I helped found. I am also currently a consultant to the Carter Center “Scholars in Action” and the Women, Religion, Violence and Power program.