About Us

Why a Foundation?

Following Marcus Borg’s death on January 21, 2015, there was an outpouring of appreciation and an expression of immeasurable loss from people across the country and around the world who had read Marcus’ work, experienced him in the classroom or attended lecture presentations.

There was also a ground swell of interest and sense of urgency to continue to explore and articulate a meaningful and faithful Christianity for the 21st Century that would build upon the insights and understanding Marcus provided.

In response The Marcus J. Borg Foundation, Inc., was established as a 501(c) 3, non-profit charitable organization, a resource for continuing the conversation about Christianity for the 21st Century.

What are the Values of the Foundation?

The work of Marcus J. Borg provides the foundation to explore and articulate a meaningful and faithful Christianity for the 21st century. The values Marcus brought to his work we want to bring to ours:

  • Intellectual integrity and scholarship
  • Elegance and clarity of thought
  • Graciousness and humility
  • Compassion and understanding
  • Awe, wonder and gratitude for the privilege of our experience of life
  • The art of asking the open-ended question
  • Inquiry and conversation that engages both head and heart
  • Theological education that is accessible and transformative
What are the Foundation's Initial Goals?
  • Establish the Marcus J. Borg Foundation website as the official repository for the work of Marcus J. Borg.
  • Develop and provide study guides for Marcus’s books and additional educational resources for individuals, groups, and churches.
  • Use the Foundation website and Facebook page as a resource and destination for networking and intergenerational conversation.
  • Plan an annual event of education and conversation to address issues related to Christianity for the 21st Century.

Marcus J. Borg's Bio

Marcus J. Borg (3.11.1942 – 1.21.2015)

A Pioneering Voice for Progressive Christianity

Marcus was an American New Testament scholar, theologian and author.[1] He was among the most widely known and influential voices in progressive Christianity and internationally known in both academic and church circles. The New York Times described him as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars.” Marcus brought clarity and insight to an understanding of Jesus and Christianity that was accessible and transformative.

Marcus was on the faculty at Oregon State University from 1979 until his retirement in 2007 as the Hundere Endowed Chair of Religion and Culture. In 2009 he was made Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland.

A Best Selling Author

Marcus authored twenty-one books which have sold over a million copies. Many are about Jesus.  Some are about God, the Bible, the New Testament, the heart of Christianity, and reclaiming Christian language. His work often focused on what it meant to be a Christian – especially an American Christian in a time of deeply divided American Christianity. He also authored a novel whose characters wrestled with these issues. His books have been translated into fourteen languages.  Marcus appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and Dateline, ABC’s World News, and NPR’s Fresh Air.

Our 2017-2019 Board

Marianne Borg
Marianne Borg
Founding Chair
Marianne Niesen
Marianne Niesen
Board Member
Wolfgang Stahlberg
Wolfgang Stahlberg
Board Member
Ron Werner, Jr.
Ron Werner, Jr.
Board Member
Paul Knollman
Paul Knollman
Board Member
Diana Butler Bass
Diana Butler Bass
Board Member
Our Founding Board 2015-2017
Marianne Borg
Marianne Borg
Founding Chair
Linda Carpenter
Linda Carpenter
Board Member
Wade Beavers
Wade Beavers
Board Member

Quotes

Quotes

Imagine that Christianity is about loving God. Imagine that it’s not about the self and its concerns, about 'what’s in it for me?', whether that be a blessed afterlife or prosperity in this life. Imagine that loving God is about being attentive to the one in whom we live and move and have our being. Imagine that it is about becoming more and more deeply centered in God. Imagine that it is about loving what God loves. How would that change our lives?

Marcus BorgConvictions
Quotes

A thin place is anywhere our hearts are opened... There are many kinds of thin places. Some are "secular" in that they are not explicitly religious. For example, nature, especially wilderness areas, can sometimes become a thin place. The combination of an untamed world with solitude and quiet can yield moments when we experience "the earth filled with the glory of God." For some, the arts can become a thin place. Music, poetry, literature, the visual arts, and dance can all become thin places in which the boundary between one's self and the world momentarily disappears.

Marcus BorgThe Heart of Christianity, page 156
Quotes

The requirement of faith divides the world up into those who have faith and those who don't, with the implication that God is kindly disposed toward the first group and not so kindly disposed toward the second. This understanding is reflected in a popular Christian bumper sticker that reads: "Christians aren't perfect — they're just forgiven." It implies that other people aren't forgiven, and that Christians have done something (become Christian? Believed?) that merits forgiveness. There is a smugness and divisiveness in the statement that comes out of the marriage between conventional wisdom and Christianity.

Marcus BorgMeeting Jesus Again for the First Time, pg. 79

Donate to Us

Thank you for your interest in the Marcus J. Borg Foundation. Your tax deductible donation will help us build upon Marcus' work and legacy and support the Foundation's goals now and for the future.