welcome – my name is michael. i talk with a lot of people, read a lot of books and drink an awful lot of coffee and guinness. i really should drink more water.
after spending the past few years deconstructing and re-constructing my own theological and philosophical leanings, i’ve recently begun to put into practice a type of re-framing of both my faith and family narratives – appreciating the traditions i’ve been born into and raised in, but also discovering rebirth – finding beauty and the presence of the divine in all things – not only in my present and future interactions, but also in my past; not only in my own life or the lives of those within my own faith, but also in the lives of others in their faith traditions, or lack thereof.
the lessons of leaving behind the narratives of pride and shame i’ve inherited, navigating the pain of my past and the challenge of restoring what’s been broken left much for me to embrace, and much for me to let go of on the WayWard path of learning to live and love like the jesus found in the gospel narratives.
i’m grateful for the friendships and communities of which i’ve been fortunate to be a part, and am continually in the process of learning, provoking, asking questions and challenging the status quo. i am convinced we can do better… that the ‘good news’ really is actually good news, for everybody.
i am part of a growing movement of individuals and organizations who are deeply compelled by and committed to the life, teachings and example of jesus. increasing numbers of us are concerned with the way his fan club has, in many ways, damaged and undone his life’s work of not only proclaiming, but living out the good news of unconditional love to all people.
i am interested in seeking new ways of doing theology and living biblically; new understandings and practices of mission; new kinds of faith communities; new approaches to worship and spiritual formation; new integrations and conversations and collaborations seeking the common good for common folks – which is just common sense.
because i am rooted in a generous christian heritage, i am eager to collaborate with people of other faiths. i believe networks of dialogue and action extend beyond just self-identified christian communities to persons of all faiths, as well as to communities and neighborhoods that are not themselves faith-based.
i’m energized by engaging in conversation surrounding these ideas with my readers, and look forward to hearing about your own journeys and challenges; figuring out how we can each walk alongside one another as we together learn to love well.
for those who are looking for it, my ‘official’ bio is below ::
Michael Kimpan has a proven history of helping individuals and institutions think critically about matters of faith and culture through his writing, teaching and consulting with churches, organizations, higher education institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. He has a BA in Youth Ministry and Biblical Theology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and continued his seminary training at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Michael is a prolific contributor to Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christians website, and has written numerous articles for other in print and online publications such as Relevant Magazine and patheos.com.
His work has been featured by Advocate magazine, Human Rights Campaign, The Huffington Post, CNN and TIME magazine as well as a number of nationally syndicated radio and podcast shows. Michael serves as the Curator of Connections with OPEN Network, and is the founding Director of (un)common good collective.
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