Growing up in southwest Virginia I never envisioned that my journey would take me all over the planet as I explored the world of religion and its many expressions in the human family. From dissenters in South Korea, to Desmond Tutu and the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, to Methodist preachers organizing tin miners for worker's rights in Bolivia, I've seen the power that faith inspires in people who pursue justice and healing for a broken world. It's the strength I've seen from those truly oppressed that inspires me as I continue on pilgrimage.
In college, I became interested, ok, obsessed with the failure of Christianity in the Nazi regime. This led me to study and research the German church struggle and theologians who resisted Hitler, most notably Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In search of heroes, I found a more complicated story. Heroes were rare, but the lessons of silent complicity in the face of fascism sank deep into me. I had no idea I would draw upon these lessons on August 12, 2017 in my town, Charlottesville, Va., to confront the cries of "Blood and soil!" and "Jews will not replace us!" If everything old is new again, we live in a challenging time. Following Christ can be unsettling and disruptive, especially when history repeats itself.
Though the German church struggle formed my early scholarly career, I also grew increasingly fascinated by questions of religion and science and have published in that field, most recently with an article about the religious dimensions of transhumanism and AI, which you can find here. As I approach the next steps on the journey, I'm grateful for the new lessons of each day. Please explore some other parts of this website to learn more about how my journey has created a living paradox of leaving God, but finding faith.