Rebecca Parker

The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker

The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker is a theologian who served as president of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, from 1999 to 2014. She is the author of Blessing the World: What Can Save Us Now, co-author with Rita Nakashima Brock of Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us and Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, and co-author with John A. Buehrens of A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century.

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By Rebecca Parker

  • We are already in paradise
    Rebecca Parker
    There is no land promised to any of us other than the land already given, the world already here.
  • ‘This present paradise’
    Rita Nakashima Brock, Rebecca Parker

    For almost 1,000 years, the Christian church emphasized paradise, not Crucifixion. How Christianity took a disastrous turn, and how we can rediscover paradise today.

  • Love first
    Rebecca Parker
    Love demands justice; it can't simply be an emergency strategy when everything has gone wrong.
  • Against vengeance
    Rebecca Parker
    Witness for the things that make for peace.
  • Can violence save?
    Rita Nakashima Brock, Rebecca Parker
    Challenging the theology of redemptive suffering.