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    Hope in a Time of Despair with Alexia Salvatierra

    This month, the Academy Podcast features a word from Alexia Salvatierra. The content comes from her lecture at last December’s online Academy Day Apart retreat called, “Hope in a Time of Despair.” Alexia explores

Healing Our Original Wounds

October 11th, 2021|0 Comments

This month's podcast features Elaine Heath, Academy faculty, Upper Room Books author, and so much more. Elaine’s scholarly work is interdisciplinary, integrating pastoral, biblical, and spiritual theology in ways that bridge the gap between

The Embodied Spiritual Life

September 13th, 2021|0 Comments

The Academy Podcast is back with a new episode and new host. We are delighted to welcome Shalom Agtarap, alum of Two-Year Academy #29 and member of multiple Academy leadership teams, as our new

Conversation with Christopher Carter

April 12th, 2021|0 Comments

Today’s conversation features Christopher Carter, Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair & Department Diversity Officer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. Christopher Carter’s teaching and research focuses on philosophical and

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Conversation with Jenny Booth Potter

March 5th, 2021|0 Comments

In this episode, our host, Claire, is joined by Jenny Booth Potter. Jenny is the Co-Host and Producer of The Next Question, a video-based web-series devoted to expanding the imagination for racial justice. In

Conversation with Cole Arthur Riley

February 7th, 2021|0 Comments

In this episode, we’re joined by Cole Arthur Riley, who is a writer, speaker, and liturgist. She currently serves as the Content and Spiritual Formation Manager for a Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

Conversation with Safiyah Fosua

January 11th, 2021|0 Comments

In this episode, we’re joined by Safiyah Fosua, beloved Academy faculty and one of our four renowned teachers for our new one-year online offering, Spiritual Formation in Today’s World, that begins February 25, 2021. Claire's

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Luther Smith, Professor Emeritus of Church and Community, Emory University
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