Theology from Below

Kara Powell | Apr 27, 2010

This week is our weeklong intensive for our Urban Youth Ministry Certificate. I love this week here at Fuller as I learn from the youth workers and faculty in the program.

Kris Rocke is a guest lecturer in the training. I had the chance to sit in on one of his lectures (better described as a discussion) yesterday on Theology from Below. Some of Kris’ thoughts are described in this article in Christianity Today so for those of you not in the training, you can still learn from Kris.

Here are a few sentences from the article to whet your appetite: “Reading the Bible with those we serve means we learn to take the stained glass off the text of Scripture and begin reading from the perspective of those who have been crushed by life. It’s an adventure in mining good news out of the holes of Scripture that the church typically refuses to climb down into.”

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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