Robert Cargill is collecting letters in support of Christopher Rollston, a tenured professor of an endowed chair at Emmanuel Christian Seminary who is facing possible termination. Personally, I don’t know Rollston, but this particular situation mocks the whole idea tenure and academic freedom. If you’d like to contribute a letter of support for Cargill to post you can do so by going here.
Also, I’d like to bring attention to a post by Anthony LeDonne that I think needs to be given more attention. As we see quality scholar after quality scholar shoved out the door of their respective institutions we must ask if there is anything we can do to provide a network of support for them. In his post “What can be done for academics burned by Christian fundamentalist?” LeDonne asks if anyone has any ideas they’d like to share. I suggested we find a handful of spiritual retreat centers (Christian camps, monasteries) where we can all put money into a general fund to be used the next time someone like Enns, or Licona, or LeDonne, or Pahl are mistreated. If the costs are paid said scholar and family can go spend some time in recovery afterward without using their own money. I am sure that there are other good ideas out there, so discuss!
Finally, it appears the this year’s AAR/SBL Biblioblogger’s Gathering has been scheduled. It will be Sunday evening, November 18th at 7 PM. We will meet at Kitty O’Shea’s Irish Pub at the Chicago Hilton. For more information see James McGrath’s announcement here.