Christianity is a religion with an emphasis of taking example by the unfortunate peoples affected by the dynamics involved in social relations. Social justice, when applied to the distribution of opportunities within societies, is a calling embedded deeply into Christian conscience.
I began each Inshallah practice with these questions brought into our classroom: What is my connection with these people’s songs?
I’ve a confession to make. Revelation was a book I disliked immensely before tackling this topic. Orality studies reminds me that even if we tried to trace to the original context, what’s a thing to think about is how the experience could move and shift — hence one of performance criticism’s contributions to biblical studies. Something […]
Prophecy and prophets spoke in mutable voices; the whistleblowers and the desperation wane and wax down the ages of eschatology.
With an attention-grabbing title, Marc Zvi Brettler’s How to Read the Jewish Bible  demands a potential reader’s sympathy to a form of literary analytical process described as the historical-critical method when engaging the Bible.  As an organized approach,  this method was subject to unfavourable discourse over the course of its development.  Brettler appeals to readers with […]
To the religiously inclined, EDRs are perceptual evidence of the divine or an event deemed of a miracle status. This is different in concept from a religious experience, marked by assigning supernatural or preternatural traits to the observed event.
The wake of a shockwave that continues to resound through the postmodern period in Western reckoning is reflected and refracted through the lenses that comprise Moshe Jacobson-Drozi’s “Hinei ma tov.”
Myself as Matryoshka In colloquial discussion, comparisons for identity depict the many facets, roles, and masks of how an individual engages other persons. From the image of peeling an onion to expose layers that could be painful, to taking off and on hats representative of a role in dialogue, I appreciated my experiential with matryoshki […]
Trauma and the Art Journal Levine (2017) presented a keynote on his developing approach with trauma sufferers via art therapy. My class was invited to attend as we were engaged in a course meant to expose us to the breadth of art therapy as a modality and a theoretical approach that proved adaptable to several […]
Remembrance of Recollection Kariel Tejai Waterloo Lutheran Seminary May 11th, 2017. Creativity, Sustain Life An art form, the denotation was left open-ended to my peers as we set to capture, via visual media, our art forms. Creative modality, way of expression, and the question trickled upon me from the cosmos – what was my art […]
The Lullaby of the Raven Kariel Tejai Waterloo Lutheran Seminary November 11th, 2016. Why do we search for the extraordinary to light up the ordinary? We honour those who step into the limelight. We praise their humility, their acts of courage, searching for the bright day to escape the dark night. “The memories will sustain you […]
The Time I Spent in Rain Kariel Tejai Waterloo Lutheran Seminary October 2016. What do you think of the rain? Is it a cleansing agent, a foil to your plans, something to run into shelter to escape, or necessary for vegetative growth? It could be all these, it could be none of these. For me, the […]
Crimson Lotus Kariel Tejai Waterloo Lutheran Seminary April 4th, 2017. A female adolescent declared her imminent suicide attempt via private messaging to a woman. The woman informed the adolescent’s parents immediately after further communication was disengaged. This decision was hardly a momentary choice. The woman was aware of the adolescent’s self-harm history, and had familiarity with their […]
Eyes of a Child: Confluent Theology and Theory I have not lived in a singular theological paradigm. With my upbringing and understanding being self-directed, I will state my theological position as Eclectic Wiccan in this moment of time. This reflects my Pagan (nature-based, immanent-transcendent) inclination while structurally permissive, and draws upon my First Degree under […]