Saturday, April 26, 2008

Pecha-Kucha Transcript Designer

One of the creative assignments I introduced this semester consists of a powerpoint presentation using 20 slides displayed for exactly 20 seconds each - a format known as "pecha-kucha" that has become an international craze among urban designers and will be used for the first time at a theological conference in June. You can see an edited version of one of my presentations here. To make it easier for students to avoid rushing through 100 words in a single slide, I've created a transcript designer tool that estimates how long it will take a person to say the words typed out for each slide.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

New Horizons in Christian Unity (panel)

National Workshop on Christian Unity

Chicago, IL

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Compassion Forum

Presidential Candidate Compassion Forum
Messiah College - Grantham, PA

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson
Among the many points Dyson covered in his reflection on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, a few pithy aphorisms stood out that I paraphrase here:

  • King is often reduced to thirty-four words [of the "I Have a Dream" speech] written when he was thirty-four years old
  • our society is intolerant of complexity and allergic to nuance
  • justice is what love sounds like when it speaks in public
  • nationalists are people who can't make a distinction between love and their country"
  • prophecy is not about gazing into the future but bringing visions into existence