theology, the future, and pop culture

The abstract for my paper, “The Eschatological Lens of Saga,” has been accepted at the Mid-Atlantic Pop and American Culture Conference in November. I’ve been so excited for it that I even started to re-read one of my sources for the paper, Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology of Hope. One quote struck me tonight, it reads, “TheologicalContinue reading “theology, the future, and pop culture”

bft’s reading,listening,&watching list

Here’s my weekly list of things I thought were interesting enough to share. Enjoy! Podcast Radiolab’s “From Tree to Shining Tree” “Mutual Aid at its finest” would probably be a better title. This episode is about how forests have setup a network of care and communication through fungi. A must listen for those in needContinue reading “bft’s reading,listening,&watching list”

rev. barber and the heart of democracy

For the past two years, I’ve gone to North Carolina to attend the Historic Thousands on Jones Street with Rev. Dr. William Barber II and the Moral Mondays Movement.  I’ve been awe-inspiried the several times I’ve met Rev. Barber. I’m glad last night a much wider audience has been able to experience the presence andContinue reading “rev. barber and the heart of democracy”

frantz fanon, #blacklivesmatter, and american exceptionalism

In my bedroom hangs a poster with the first and last chapter of Frantz Fanon’s book, The Wretched of the Earth. I received it as a gift after seeing the film, Concerning Violence, which I cannot recommend enough. As I looked at it again today, I was struck by these words, “Two centuries ago, a formerContinue reading “frantz fanon, #blacklivesmatter, and american exceptionalism”

politicizing villains

How many super hero movies do we need to make before Americans recognize Trump as a super villain? — Rachelle Goguen (@rachellegoguen) July 27, 2016 I retweeted this so fast without thinking it through. If we lived in a world of superheroes and supervillains, I think it would be more like The Watchmen than the world ofContinue reading “politicizing villains”

poetry for the election season

“And” by Robert Fernandez  Give us water and food to pursue our tasks.  Help us not become wards of the state,  impoverished, homeless, destitute, crushed  under the heel, buried in systems, imprisoned,  dead, hospitalized. We die die die. Our dogs  will not walk themselves after we go. Our bodies  will not burn themselves after weContinue reading “poetry for the election season”

mr. robot questions theodicy

  Mr. Robot‘s Elliot gave an epic rant before a faith-based support group in the latest episode, k3rnel-pan1c.ksd, saying, “Tell me, why didn’t God help my innocent friend who died for no reason while the guilty ran free? Okay. Fine. Forget the one offs. How about the countless wars declared in his name? Okay. Fine. Let’sContinue reading “mr. robot questions theodicy”

bft’s reading,listening,&watching list

This week I attended my first poetry workshop at a New York Public library. It made me realize how much I miss the structure of school. I may have not enjoyed writing papers or having deadlines, but school brings with it a sense of purpose and form that shaped my time. I thought that IContinue reading “bft’s reading,listening,&watching list”

belhar confession (revised with inclusive language)

The Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly 222 accepted the Belhar Confession into their Book of Confessions. As a Presbyterian, I am very proud of this.  1. We believe in the triune God, Creator, Redeemer, and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects, and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. This, God has done since theContinue reading “belhar confession (revised with inclusive language)”

batman, kurdistan, and the red prison #PPFIK

Currently,  I’m with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and Christian Peacemaker Teams on a delegation in Iraqi Kurdistan. Today, we visited the Red Prison in the morning. Below is the blogpost I wrote for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. It didn’t hit me until later in the afternoon how drained I was from the experience. Before coming on this delegation, weContinue reading “batman, kurdistan, and the red prison #PPFIK”