Theology and Culture

More Resources for a Deeply Formed Spiritual Life

Liz Jacobsen

Theater and Story, with Liz Jacobsen

Liz Jacobsen shares about teaching theater to high schoolers and about the power of art and storytelling to transform us.

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A Posture of Curiosity in Art and Mission

Melody Bellefeuille-Frost (MAICS ’16) considers the significant role curiosity plays in art, theology, and mission.

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A Faith of Crisis

Kutter Callaway, William K. Brehm Chair of Worship, Theology, and the Arts, reframes our understandings of theism and atheism and reimagines what it means for the church to proclaim the good news in today’s world.

Pete Docter

Soul: A Conversation with Pete Docter

Following a screening of Soul, hosted by Fuller’s Brehm Center, Pete Docter converses with Kutter Callaway about the ever-evolving and improvisational nature of storytelling, artmaking, and faith.

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Jesus and Jim Crow | James Cone

James Cone preaches about his experience of discrimination and oppression growing up in Jim Crow Arkansas and about how his upbringing and faith influenced his theological pursuits.

Grace and Yosam Manafa

Faith in Context

Returning to Uganda after their time in seminary, Grace and Yosam Manafa walk alongside others as they ask together what it looks like to live out our theology in every area of our lives.

Tony Hale and Shannon Sigler

Tony Hale on Safe Spaces

Tony Hale shares about cultivating safe communities for artists of faith to explore creative expression and their own artistic callings.

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Tony Hale on Identifying Emotions

Tony Hale discusses ways to navigate the struggles, anxieties, and fears often involved in the creative process.

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Tony Hale on Finding Common Ground

Tony Hale talks about how art—and acting, in particular—requires us to find common connections with those different from us.

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Tony Hale on Mixed Light

Tony Hale reflects on creating art from places of both light and darkness, knowing God’s presence offers freedom and comfort through it all.

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Tony Hale on Healthy Integration

Tony Hale reflects on the integration of spiritual and mental health and on the freedom found in openly owning one’s faith.

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Tony Hale on Spiritual Practices

Tony Hale discusses spiritual practices that can ground artists in safety through difficult creative processes.

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Tony Hale on Knowing Your Value

Tony Hale speaks about finding resiliency in both craft and faith by remembering who we are—and that our identities are not defined by our work.

Michelle Lang-Raymond

Conversation Spaces

Michelle Lang-Raymond shares how theater and the arts can create opportunities for us to safely yet deeply engage with today’s polarizing issues.

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On Worship and the Arts, with Brehm Center Voices

Faculty and alumni of Fuller’s Brehm Center discuss the role of worship and the arts in the church, common misconceptions many may have about the church and culture, and the hope-filled shifts they are witnessing.

Shannon Sigler

Worship and the Arts, with Shannon Sigler

Shannon Sigler explores the church’s engagement with culture and the integration of worship and the arts, while reflecting on the history and future of Fuller’s Brehm Center.

Soong-Chan Rah

Soong-Chan Rah on Western Cultural Captivity

Soong-Chan Rah reflected on Acts 15 and asked how the Western Church might move from its captivity to culture and toward deeper commitment to Christ.

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Soong-Chan Rah on Cultural Intelligence

Soong-Chan Rah explained how power and cultural incompetence in majority cultures breeds an oppressive otherness, and he explores how this has particularly played out in the church.

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Theologies of the Multicultural Church

At the 2012 Missiology Lectures, Soong-Chan Rah spoke about our need to develop cultural competency to address the changes in ethnoracial diversity in the world and in the church.

Mako Fujimura

Art and Faith, with Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura talks about a theology of new creation and reflects on the sanctifying, healing power that comes through the process of making.

Richard Flory

Richard Flory on the Cultural Ecology of Los Angeles

In his lecture “City of Dreams: Los Angeles as a Cradle for Religious Activism, Innovation, and Diversity,” Richard Flory, senior director of research and evaluation at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, introduces the unique culture of Los Angeles and considers the dynamics between culture and place.