Peace & Place

Majora Carter on staying in the neighborhood

Here’s another great TED talk delivered by Majora Carter. Peace, dwight

transforming space into place

You’ve got to check out this great video highlighting Portland’s “intersection repair” project.  This is such a cool example of neighbors, literally, taking back the the streets such that the individuals, community and the built environment are transformed. This is gospel work.  Redemption of body, mind and soul of a community. Churches need to be […]

unbound conference – seattle – april 16-17

WHEN: April 16-17, 2010 HELD @: University Presbyterian Church in Seattle Hosted by the Freedom Initiative, the UNBOUND Conference features Human Trafficking activists who aim to educate people on the comprehensive factors that contribute to Human Trafficking, to  empower individuals to develop a personal response to slavery, and to mobilize them to action. Peace, dwight

MLK’s call to be maladjusted

This is what, among other things, Dr. King said in Michigan a little over 26 years ago: ‘”There are certain technical words within every academic discipline that soon become stereotypes and cliches. Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern psychology. It is the word ‘maladjusted.’  This […]

Soong Chan Rah @ Quest 11/14

Dr. Soong Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity and professor at North Park Seminary, will be in Seattle November 14th speaking at Quest’s “Skin Deep Conference on Faith and Race in the church”. Peace, dwight

Humanity Through Community: Healing the Racial Divide

MHGS is hosting an important daylong race and ethnicity workshop on Thursday, November 12th, for all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and our significant others. The workshop seeks to acknowledge the voices of MHGS faculty, staff, students, alumni, and significant others who recognize our need and desire to develop intercultural competence and promote ethnic and racial […]

Green Bean Lost to Fire

Last night a fire broke out in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood destroying four buildings, including the GreenBean Coffee House where a number of my friends work; Taproot Theater also suffered damage. I am deeply saddened by this loss and my heart goes out to those whose livelihood, and sense of community & neighborhood is smoldering. Peace, […]

Film, Faith & Justice

Last week was The Other Journal’s annual Film, Faith & Justice forum.  And as with previous years, I found myself drawn into hope. This year I could only attend one evening of the forum but I was able to met and hear Dr. Kelly Johnson from University of Dayton speak to “Facing Suffering: Human Tragedy […]

envision ’09

PRESS RELEASE for envision ’09

Evangelical, Mainline Theologians Gather in DC to Rethink Freedom and Faith

(Washington, DC) – As unrest in Iran continues to highlight the role of religion in public life overseas and U.S. faith leaders of diverse stripes gauge their role in public life at a time of political change, evangelical and mainline theologians are reaching across party lines to rethink the intersection of freedom and faith in the United States. Leading evangelical and mainline scholars, activists, and policy professionals will gather at the 2009 Envision Scholars Seminar in Washington, DC June 25-27 to critically examine the concept of freedom in American democracy and Christian theology.

Though some claim the Obama Presidency means a new era in American politics, questions raised by the civil rights movement remain important for churches whose services continue to be the most segregated hour in America. The Seminar will begin with a discussion of conceptions of freedom in the black freedom movement in light of the Obama presidency, followed by discussions of the changing role of faith communities in light of the current economic crisis, climate change, debates concerning marriage and human sexuality, American foreign policy, and religious fundamentalism.

The Seminar grew out of the Envision ’08 Conference – a national conference at Princeton University that brought together multi-generational leaders, scholars, artists and activists from across the theological spectrum, including prominent Christians such as Richard Cizik, Shane Claiborne, Rita Nakashima Brock, Lisa Sharon Harper, Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., and Jim Wallis. “Evangelicals are not just a people of vision,” said Richard Cizik “but are also implementing a public strategy that is transforming culture beyond politics.” The energy and enthusiasm of the Envision movement is part of a growing trend best described by Jim Wallis: “What we’re witnessing is the beginning of what could be another Great Awakening in which the hunger for spirituality and social justice are fueling a revival and inspiring a movement that will significantly impact American Politics.” 

Peace, dwight

Thy Kingdom Connected

So my first solo book now has cover art.  And is listed on for pre-order.  The book is being published in Baker’s emersion line and will be available in November 2009. peace, dwight