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JD Mechelke

J.D. R. Mechelke is a Ph.D. Student at Drew University in Madison, NJ. He studies in the Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion program, focusing on political theology, poststructuralism, and queer studies in religion. After growing up in Stillwater, MN he now lives in Madison, NJ with his partner, Andrew, and his aged Golden Retriever, Aiden.


Others Amidst Pandemic: Friends, enemies, and in between

Differentiating journalists as enemies is always alarming, but especially so during a public health crisis.

Pussy Riot and the Church

This piece is from the Political Theology Network archives originally posted on August 23, 2012.

In Memoriam:                                                                      Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas and the Journey of Theology Toward the Future

The prominent Eastern Orthodox theologian Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas of Pergamon (Ecumenical Patriarchate) passed in Athens, on February 2, 2023.


From Myanmar to Mariupol, from the streets of Memphis to the waves and winds of the Mediterranean Sea: resistance to violence takes many forms. So does political protest against precarity. At which point does the unavoidable vulnerability of the living condition come to expression as political agency? Can such precarious politics constitute or configure an alternative community?