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Reconciled Diversity

An Ecumenical Vision for the 21st Century “In Christ God was reconciling the world…and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.” –II

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The Time Was Yesterday

White privilege means waking up in the morning with the ability to decide whether or not racism will be a part of your day. Just ask people of color who teach their black sons how to interact with police so

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Honesty in Sacred Spaces

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What do church buildings, nations, and marriages have in common? They all need to leave a sacred space for divergent opinions. Lots of things happen in sacred spaces. Janitors clean churches up after big events, like weddings, funerals, or the occasional Baptism, Easter and Christmas services. Often they are quiet

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The Time Was Yesterday

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White privilege means waking up in the morning with the ability to decide whether or not racism will be a part of your day. Just ask people of color who teach their black sons how to interact with police so that they can stay alive. Or who listen to well-meaning

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Living History – Bettie J. Durrah

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“Color Me Part of the Human Family” Video used with permission from the Presbyterian Historical Society, part of the Living History film project. Bettie J. Durrah, church elder, shares her experiences as a leader of Presbyterian and women’s groups, including her work as a choreopoem author. Edited Transcript: I’m Bettie J.

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Reconciled Diversity

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An Ecumenical Vision for the 21st Century “In Christ God was reconciling the world…and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.” –II Corinthians 5:19 You won’t be surprised that a professor of Ecumenical Studies has chosen to write on the gift of the ecumenical movement for our common Christian pilgrimage.

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Re-Imagining the Church as Spiritual Institution

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Affirming Diversity and Life-Sustaining Relationships The following article was originally published in the May/June 1994 edition of Church & Society. Download a PDF of the original here. Listen to the words of Elizabeth, an enslaved woman and minister, born in Maryland in 1766: “I betook myself to prayer and in

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Digging Up Dirt On the Millennial Generation

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A look at the cultural and religious experiences that have shaped young adults and their desires for the church Article shared from Presbyterians Today Illustrations by Abby King-Kaiser Right now, in many congregations across America, a similar conversation is taking place—after worship over coffee, among pastors and staff, during women

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The Power of a Good Mashup

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Question: “Why should European-American Presbyterians in the United States include world music in our worship?”  I love a good mashup; I suspect we all do. There is something powerful about the collision of two different songs, a mess of lyrics and melodies that seem to work together while simultaneously offering

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I Still Believe in the Church

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by Rachel Murr The benefits of involvement in faith communities have been well documented.  Around the world, those involved in faith communities report better health, more energy, and greater social connectedness.  They have improved outcomes in fighting disease and a reduced risk of depression.  Spirituality has been associated with improved

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Paralyzed

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One Young Adult’s Reflection on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 220th General Assembly By Rachel Helgeson   When asked to write for this journal, I was excited about the prospects of what I would see and report at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 220th General Assembly. I was excited about what Presbyterians

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