Commitment, Community, Cooperation

OHI Articles in openDemocracy’s Online Magazine

In Gregory Leffel on December 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm



1968: The revolution that will not die 

How conservatives won the counter-revolution after 1968—and how they might lose.

Will Cuba become a test case for a post-postmodern future? 

GREGORY LEFFEL 25 March 2018

Metamodern mindfulness offers a new way of thinking about the ideological conflicts of the past.

Is catastrophe the only cure for the weakness of radical politics? 

GREGORY LEFFEL 21 January 2018

The left’s problem isn’t politics–it’s metaphysics 

How can liberals and progressives learn to feel differently about identity?

Is Christianity finished as a source of inspiration for progressive social change? 

GREGORY LEFFEL 12 November 2017

Whatever the emerging world becomes, it will need a new consciousness to guide it, especially if we want that world to be a good one.

The death and life of liberation theology 

GREGORY LEFFEL 22 October 2017

A generation of radical theologians from Latin America is passing away. What does their legacy mean for the rest of the world? Español Português





The Missiology of Trouble: Liberal Discontent and Metamodern Hope

In Gregory Leffel on September 14, 2017 at 10:36 pm

2016 ASM Presidential Address


In June 2016 OHI’s Gregory Leffel gave the annual Presidential Address at the American Society of Missiology. The text is posted here to provide a picture of how missiologists — that is, theologians working at the intersection of faith and public life — or Greg, at least — understand essential issues and trends affecting the quality of life in our society and what a Christian faith response might include.

Faith Seeking Action — 10 Year Anniversary

In Gregory Leffel on September 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Faith Seeking Action: Mission, Social Movements, and the Church in Motion (Intercultural Studies) by [Leffel, Gregory P.]It’s been a decade already, but Greg Leffel’s book Faith Seeking Action: Mission, Social Movements, and the Church in Motion continues to find its way deeper into the conversation at the intersection of faith, social change, and theo-politics. Based on case-studies of the early 2000s Antiglobalization movement against international corporations and finance, public policy, and their detrimental effects on labor, the environment and culture; the 1980s Sanctuary movement sheltering undocumented refugees from the war zones in Central America; and a movement of house churches beginning in the 1970s, Faith Seeking Action remains relevant to the many questions about faith in public life in an age of Trump, Brexit, and xenophobic hysteria.

It’s principal focus is the architecture of social movement mobilization, addressing the six crucial variables that organize and mobilize effective collective action. But it is also a conversation between a new theological understanding of the church and emerging social movement theory.

This is an academic book for sure, but its ideas are finding their way to popular audiences partly through the speaking and writing of Brian McLaren. His 2016 book The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian devotes a chapter to covering the basics of Faith Seeking Action.

Faith Seeking Action: Mission, Social Movements, and the Church in Motion — Gregory P. Leffel, Ph.D.

Available at in paper and Kindle versions.

For a sample from the Introduction, click the headline above.