Summer Reading on Racial Justice

Welcome back to another Fall semester (albeit a strange one!). Our UTS blog has been silent this summer. In the last post, Dr. Ken Cuffey pointed us to Jesus’ Great Commandment – to love our neighbors as ourselves. The circumstances of the COVID pandemic, racial justice demonstrations and economic upheaval have been a period of testing for our country and certainly for the bride of Christ. It has been a…

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Love Your Neighbor As Yourself…Today

By Dr. Ken Cuffey, President, Urbana Theological Seminary June 16, 2020  What are we as followers of Jesus to make of all that’s happened in these last several weeks?  For some it’s been painful, agonizing, angering, while others have discovered a clarified focus for their energies.  Whatever we feel, we need to remind ourselves that God’s clear call to us is to love your neighbor as yourself.   This is vital…

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Physical Touch and a Hopeful Future – Jubilate!

Written by Dr. Peter Spychalla, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Spiritual Formation Jubilate! Shout for joy! I pen these words early Lord’s Day morning — windows fully open, morning air cool and fresh, sun rising, sky azure, trees pushing out their leaves in hope, and birds chittering busily. It is Eastertide, that festal season in the Christian liturgical year celebrating the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today, on Jubilate…

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What to Do Now

Written by Margaret Schrock, Alum, Master of Arts in Religion, 2017 Saturday, April 25, 2020 Early March, rumblings announced the coming storm. Soon COVID-19 unleashed rapid changes as it assaulted central Illinois – warnings, closings, and finally stay at home orders. Suddenly I faced something I’d never faced before. Frankly, something I never thought I’d have to deal with: a world-wide pandemic. What was I to do now in unprecedented…

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Creation, Covid-19, Natural Evil, and Hope

Written by Dr. Todd Daly, Associate Professor of Theology & Ethics Sunday, April 19, 2020 Father Paneloux grasped the wooden pulpit with both hands before delivering his opening blow: “Calamity has come on you, my brethren, and, my brethren, you deserved it.” His words were met with a flutter of aghast and murmurs throughout the packed cathedral. What kind of God would punish his people with an insidious, infectious, and…

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