Rev. Leah Daughtry Talks Sexuality and Intolerance at Wesley Theological

by (@TheIRD) March 14, 2013

By Mikhail Bell (@Bellsworld) On February 19, former Democratic National Convention Committee CEO and ordained Pentecostal minister Reverend Leah Daughtry delivered one of Black History Month’s most honest and thought-provoking talks at Wesley Theological Seminary. The fifth generation preacher’s comments addressed sexuality, intolerance, and race relations in the church. Sexuality and (In)Tolerance Responding to intolerance […]

An Anti-Israel Sing-a-long with Sabeel

by (@JeffreyHWalton) November 23, 2012

Reporting for the IRD inevitably provides all kinds of zen-like moments in which odd corners of the church are on full display. I’m thinking of the Earth-worship seminar I attended in 2010, in which defrocked former Roman Catholic priest Matthew Fox led a “grieving ritual” that involved 200 people on all fours emitting animal-like barking […]

Sabeel: Jesus “Attacked” in Critiques of Palestinian Christian Kairos Document

by (@JeffreyHWalton) November 21, 2012

An unspoken “ecumenical deal” between Mainline Protestant Christians and Jews to not criticize Israel — and thereby prevent accusations of anti-Semitism — is “over” according to an anti-Israel activist who spoke Saturday at United Methodist Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Mark Braverman of the Palestinian Christian advocacy group Kairos USA addressed a Friends of […]

DC Seminarians Muse on Presidential Election

by (@bjgingerich) November 21, 2012

On Monday evening, theology students and faculty across the Christian spectrum descended upon the 1823 Café at Virginia Theological Seminary to discuss faith and the presidential election. “Faith Reflections on Presidential Politics” was sponsored by the Washington Theological Consortium Student Board as part of the “Theology on Tap” series in the DC area. A former […]

Wrestling with God: Dr. Andrew Root on Youth Ministry

by (@TheIRD) November 14, 2012

Jacob Wrestling With The Angel by Alexander Louis Leloir (Photo credit: Wikipedia) by Nathaniel Torrey This past Thursday Wesley Theological Seminary hosted The Foundation for Evangelism’s 2012 Wallace Chappell Lecture. Dr. Andrew Root, Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, spoke about the task of evangelizing young people in a culture of […]

Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo to Teach at United Methodism’s Wesley Seminary

by (@TheIRD) June 14, 2012

At a lunchtime gathering in the U.S. Capitol on June 11, staff and faculty from Wesley Theological Seminary introduced their “innovative, new Master of Arts program” to a small group of prospective students. Wesley Seminary in Washinton, D.C. is one of 13 official United Methodist seminaries. According to the seminary’s website, the “program provides theological grounding […]

Wesley Theological Seminary Co-Sponsors D.C. Talk on Islam

by (@TheIRD) January 20, 2012

Asma Uddin of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty likened Sharia to Jewish law. (Photo credit: Tikkun) United Methodism’s Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. recently co-sponsored “What is the Truth About Islam and Muslims in America: Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.” Critics of Islam were portrayed negatively, and concerns […]

Wesley Seminary Ethicist Addresses “Torture”

by (@TheIRD) June 19, 2009

A professor from United Methodism’s Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. denounced past U.S. interrogation policies during a Capitol Hill luncheon for congressional staffers on June 12. Dr. Sondra Wheeler of Wesley Theological Seminary argued that Christians should reject interrogation methods that involve “torture,” which she defined to include not only the controversial water boarding, but […]

Wesley Seminary Professor Addresses Pro-Homosexuality Group

by (@TheIRD) October 23, 2008

Warning her audience at a recent meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling Ministries (BWARM) group, Professor Youtha Hardman-Cromwell predicted that for those who do not take scripture literally, “They are going to think of you as non- Christian” and “atheist.” But, she added, “Intelligence and curiosity are gifts of God and He expects us to use […]