the RAVEN FOUNDATION

A welcoming community
for those who struggle with organized religion
but haven’t given up on God or a world at peace.


Suzanne Ross

A (Brief) History of Religion and Violence: An Ancient Love Story

Does Christianity cause violence or does it offer a path to peace? Suzanne Ross explores the relationship and history of religion and violence as a love story, illuminated by René Girard’s mimetic theory.

Adam Ericksen

Road to Emmaus and Biblical Interpretation

Adam Ericksen asks the big question, “Is God violent?” Taking a look at how Jesus interprets scripture gives us powerful insights.

Adam Ericksen

One Question with Pastor Adam

Pastor Adam Ericksen addresses one question that’s been submitted by listeners. Some of the topics to be explored include: the Bible, heaven and hell, who is Jesus, and do you have to be a Christian to be saved.

Lindsey Paris-Lopez

Jesus Unmasked

“Jesus Unmasked” seeks to remove the masks of exclusive theology and violent cultural lenses that obscure the truth of Jesus’s unconditional love.

Lindsey Paris-Lopez

At Christmastime (and Always) You Belong In Love

The holiday season can be a time of joy and celebration, but sometimes bring up pain and the feeling that you don’t belong., Lindsey Paris-Lopez shares a poetic letter to remind you of an important truth: you are loved.

“The time has come for us to forgive one another.
If we wait any longer there will not be time enough.”

René Girard

You belong

Be found here. Encounter your authentic self and a God who is calling to you through your doubts. We are delighted beyond measure that you have found your way to us and hope our journey resonates with the truth you feel in your heart. Now we can be on the journey together.

Topics

We know – the topics look good, but what is that last one, Mimetic Theory, all about? You may not recognize it yet, but fear not! Explore our site and it won’t take long for you to see that Mimetic Theory is the key to understanding all our other topics and building real peace in our lives and our world!


Take A Breath with Us

The Olive Branch

Each week we will offer you an Olive Branch, our way of creating space for you to step back and take a breath. By slowing down, we can discover how to move from conflict to peace, from suffering to healing, and from confusion to wholeness. Find insight, encouragement, and inspiration for the journey.

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