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Wesley Granberg-Michaelson is the author of several books includeing Without Oars: Casting Off into a Life of Pilgrimage, From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church, and Future Faith: Ten Challenges for Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century. His forthcoming book describes the ways of nurturing the inward spiritual journey in the midst of one’s active, outward engagement in the world.

He served as general secretary of the Reformed Church in America for 17 years from 1994 to 2011. Previously he held the position of director of church and society at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. Earlier in his career he served as executive and legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (1968-1976) and then as the associate editor of Sojourners magazine when it was founded. He played a leading role in establishing Christian Churches Together in the USA, and presently helps guide the development of the Global Christian Forum. Over the course of his ministry his ecumenical work has taken him to all corners of the world. In addition to the recent titles listed above, he is the author of Underexpected Destinations: An Evangelical Pilgrimage to World Christianity and Leadership from Inside Out: Spirituality and Organizational Change, as well as four other earlier books. His numerous magazine articles have appeared in Sojourners, The Christian Century, The Church Herald, Ecumenical Review, and other publications.

In the fall of 2012, Granberg-Michaelson was appointed as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. While there he researched and wrote the book From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church (Eerdmans, Fall 2013). The book deals with the effects of the shift in world Christianity to the global South, and impact of global migration on congregational life and society in the global North. It was chosen to be part of the 2013 National Book Festival in Washington, D. C.

Granberg-Michaelson is a graduate of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, both in Holland, Michigan, and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America in 1984. Presently he continues his work in ecumenical organizations, in writing and public speaking on issues facing world Christianity, and consulting to church-related organizations. He serves today on the governing boards of Sojourners, Church Innovations, and the Global Christian Forum. His wife, Kaarin Granberg-Michaelson, is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, and they have two children. Wes and Kaarin make their home in Santa Fe, N.M.

Posts By This Author

Our Gravest Temptation

Politicians have given the president a military blank check. The church, however, cannot write a moral blank check.

The Year is 2054

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Many Members, One Body

Homosexuality should not become a litmus test of who's in or out of God's favor

Time to Come Clean

The addiction of campaign money.

Come to the Water

Knee-deep in the matters of life

On Behalf of the Earth

Despite its failures, Rio's legacy is challenge and hope.

Economics: Searching for Alternatives

Time for a new theological and economic system

The Cry of Creation

The recent resurgence of concern about the environment has meant many good things for me, and one of them is that I'm starting to see some old friends again.

Renewing the Whole Creation

Constructing a theology of relationship

The Promise Of God's Reign

The church's role in the world's future.

The Authorship Of Life

A biblical look at genetic engineering


A theology for global sanctification.


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At the Dawn of the New Creation

A Theology of the Environment

Whose Right To Live Where?

A report on La Grange II and the Middle East conflict.

The Cost of Renewal

For any church to begin to live a corporate life defined by the kingdom of God means that its patterns, activities, and ways of being will be fundamentally transformed and renewed.

Forced Glimpse into Brazil's Jails

One of Rosalyn Carter’s goals in her recent trip to Latin America was to improve relations with Brazil's military government.

Carter's Energy Plan: Conserving the American Way

President Carter’s energy policy, his first major domestic policy initiative, has received a rocky reception in the Congress.

Human Rights: A Surer Standard

The rhetoric of human rights and morality has dominated the first two months of the Carter Administration’s foreign policy.

Evangelical Zionism

“The establishment of the modern state of Israel is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy,” according to Jimmy Carter, President of the United States.