Margaret Aymer in Dialogue on Matthew 25: Part 1

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Dr. Aymer spoke to the staff of Compassion, Peace, and Justice (CPJ) ministry unit of the Presbyterian Mission Agency via cellphone Zoom from outside Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she is professor of New Testament. This was part of a meeting of all CPJ staff, including deployed staff, reflecting on the theological and Biblical grounding


White Progressives, God is Calling Us to Sit Down.

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This past week, I sat in a training meeting of about 300 people – all of different experiences and expressions. Racial equity training lead by two amazing black women was on the agenda. Hours of data about the black experience in the United States were presented to us, offering surprising statics of systemic oppression of

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    Chris:We were asked by the General Assembly of the church to look at the Doctrine of Discovery to understand its implications historically and the contemporary damage that it continues to do. I don’t think there is any more historic perspective among the Native American Presbyterians than yours and that of

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    Does the name Mohammed Mossadegh ring a bell for you? For your congregation?  It did not for the New York Times when it published the article “The Tension between America and Iran, Explained”.  A major boulevard in Tehran is named for this historical figure of the 20th century, but in

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    The words “settlers” and “territories” harken back to the earliest stories that came from the Europeans who sailed to the “New World.” They have complicated histories which go back to our nation’s original sins of slavery and the genocide of indigenous peoples. But Americans don’t have a monopoly on these

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    Lee:                                                      Elona, please introduce yourself to the Unbound audience and tell us a little bit about the work you are doing. Elona:                                                   Well, my name is Elona Street-Stewart. Delaware Nanticoke is my tribe, and I am the Synod Executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies here

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    Lee:                                                       Doreen please introduce yourself and tell us about yourself and what kind of work you’re doing, just so we can get to know you a little bit. Doreen:                                                 Uvafa Nutaaq, Utqiabvigmiu. Aapaga Samuel Simmonds, aakaga Martha Afupqana Simmonds, suli Hester Tugli Simmonds. Translation: My name is Nutaaq,

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    Scrawled on a page of my Choctaw Hymn book is the Choctaw version of Matthew 7:7, “Hvsh asilhhakma, hvch ima he; hvsh hoyokmvt, hvsh ahayucha he; hvsh soko hakma, hvchin tiwa he oke.” Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will


Self Development in the City

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When I was small, my grandfather used to tell me that the shortest verse in the Bible is “Jesus wept.” It made a strong impression on me, perhaps because it was the only verse I can remember him quoting. It was powerful to think of Jesus, the Son of God, crying together with his friends


Can a Church Budget Also Be Faithful?

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Learning from the Faithful Budget Campaign By Emily Hope Morgan   The recent Faithful Budget Campaign is causing a stir in the political and spiritual world. It calls upon Congress to formulate a federal budget that serves the common interests of all Americans, while guaranteeing particular protections for the most vulnerable in our society. The


Death Penalty Abolished in Maryland

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  Church efforts underway in Delaware and elsewhere. Unbound is happy to report this week Maryland became the sixth state in six years to abolish the death penalty, according to notification from Amnesty International and then NPR. We encourage our readers to help make the death penalty a very live issue during Holy Week, when we face the cross and the questionable judicial process


Mission Coordination Committee [10], GA 223

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The Mission Coordination Committee of the General Assembly considers: “Mission programs authorized by General Assembly; PC(USA) vision and mission goals; Organization for Mission and General Assembly Mission Council Manual of Operations; mission budget; audits; churchwide compensation; initiatives on church growth and the 1001 Worshiping Communities program.” (Source: Topics Addressed: The Presbyterian Mission Agency Determining

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