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Westar Institute Condemns Trump’s Dissemination of Propaganda and Hate Speech

The latest in incendiary hate speech to come from the twitter account of President Donald Trump are retweets of three anti-Muslim videos from Britain First, a far-right, nationalist political party in the UK. The videos are unverified propaganda, and one appears to be an outright hoax. After Trump’s tweets, Britain First Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen [...]

"'m not sure to which category this old Bible (not KJV), belongs, but it was stiffly open to Joshua 18. I left it in its place, untouched, took only this photograph." -Photographer Patrick Feller

Westar Institute Stands Against Biblical Appropriation Used in Defense of Sexual Assault

In a culture that increasingly equates the voice of a few on the “religious right” with the voices of all American Christians, Westar Institute finds it necessary to state unequivocally that the misappropriation of Biblical stories to support and defend oppressors and predators with little or no regard of context or historical learning is counter [...]

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How the Reformation Leads to Deconstruction

I had a great conversation with one of our scholars, Dr. Jarmo Tarkki, recently (you can watch the clip here) where we talked about the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and how Martin Luther paved the way for the church to keep re-imagining and re-inventing itself.

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Thinking about Santa Rosa

We're watching the fire in Wine Country closely, knowing that many people in that area have been affected. Westar's offices are no longer in Santa Rosa, nor are any of its employees. But we know of friends and fellows who have been affected, along with the residents of the towns through which the fire is [...]

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Colin Kaepernick, Peaceful Protest, and Prophets Among Us

I taught a class on Prophetic Imagination in the Hebrew Scriptures this Sunday. When I teach on the prophets, I always ask: Are there prophets today? I point to people like Martin Luther King, Cornel West, Wendall Berry, Maya Angelou as those who performed or currently perform the task of truth-telling in our own time. Shortly after [...]