About the Rev. Tom Ryberg

Update: This blog has moved!  For my most recent writing, please go here:  Reflections of Ryberg.

I’m a United Church of Christ pastor in Battle Creek, MI, where I live with my wife. Previously, I served as a Teach For America corps member, teaching special education at an at-risk public school in Las Vegas for two years. I hold a bachelor’s degree in music composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a master of education in special education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I’m from California.

The idea behind this blog is to look at things through the specific lens of progressive, socially-and-politically-active Christianity. I am a Christian, and I am also a pluralist who recognizes that different people are on different paths and journeys from mine–and that this is an inherent and necessary element of our species’ diversity. Some might call it “God-given.”

Occasionally, this blog may become somewhat of a pulpit (yeah, as if nobody else preaches from the internet!). When and if I speak in absolutist terms, let it be known that I mean to speak first and foremost for myself–and nobody else. (I am also a Christian who recognizes diversity among both Christian and progressive thinking.)

Finally, I would say that just because I speak in absolutist terms regarding Christianity does not mean that I believe it should be everybody’s path. As I mentioned earlier, I believe we are all on unique paths.

So thank you for visiting! To contact me, please email thoberg(at)gmail(dot)com.

5 Responses to “About the Rev. Tom Ryberg”

  1. FranIAm Says:

    Great blog Tom! I saw your work at Streetprophets and followed the link here. I actually commented on your first post over there recently.

    I have a blog of my own and what an assortment of friends I have there. I am both very liberal and somewhat “snarky” as they say in blogworld. (I don’t love the term but I am living with it.) I am also deeply faithful.

    Many of my readers are (thanks to the debt-praying-on-televangelists and the religious right) are atheists, agnostics and totally anti-theocracy. Which often comes out as anti anything God. They seem to like my work but don’t always know what to do with me.

    Then I have another smaller, but equally vocal group of reader commenters who are more spiritual. Episcopalians, Lutherans and the odd Catholic (like myself) are growing in number.

    It is fascinating if nothing else!

    Anyway all this long winded preface is to say I would like to add you to my blogroll. Feel absolutely NO and I mean that- no obligation to do the same. I do hope you will come on by some time however.

    Be warned – catch me on the wrong day and you may get some cussin’ and some anger posted. Other days, most days, more peaceful.

    Peace to you,
    Fran

  2. wiserblog Says:

    Sounds great Tom! I have really enjoyed reading your blog thus far. I must admit I am fairly new to the blog scene. Incidentally, I am interested in CTS. Right now I am seeking discernment between CTS and Andover-Newton. Perhaps you can enlighten me, concerning your experiences there. Keep blogging my friend and may peace find you.

    Many blessings,

    –MLW

  3. Dave from Wildwood Says:

    Thank you very much for the thoughtful comment you posted on Hennessy’s blog regarding Parkway UCC’s use of the Koran on its inspirational sign. We appreciate the support.

    Peace,

    Dave from Wildwood

  4. Atandt cellular Says:

    Sounds great Tom! I have really enjoyed reading your blog thus far. I must admit I am fairly new to the blog scene. Incidentally, I am interested in CTS. Right now I am seeking discernment between CTS and Andover-Newton. Perhaps you can enlighten me, concerning your experiences there. Keep blogging my friend and may peace find you.
    +1

  5. Victoria M. Young Says:

    Tom,

    Are you still willing to fight the good fight against No Child Left Behind?

    A retired principal in Arizona wants to document stories about the unintended consequences. Her name is Katherine Cox and her site is http://www.inthetrencheswithschoolreform.com

    Please visit it, leave your story and pass this information on. I have been told that the only way to STOP NCLB is to “put pressure on Congress.” What? Write a letter? Done it!

    Stand United is the way to make education right again.

    Thank you, Vicki


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