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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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rachel helgeson

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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Just Polity

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The Justice Implications of the Presbyterian Mid-Council Report By Alex Becker, reporting on structural changes being considered by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 220th General Assembly   Walking down the hall on the third floor of the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, you’d think the Mid-Council committee was one of

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Josh Newton

Is Diversity Enough?

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Princeton Theological Seminary In hasty attempts to have healthy communities now, institutions engage conflict-avoiding diversity practices that often ignore topics such as privilege and hegemony, because such discussions create tension and discomfort. But, tension and discomfort for whom? By Josh Newton   View and print as PDF.   Princeton Theological

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Refusing to Outsource Justice

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McCormick Theological Seminary By Wes Pitts   View and print as PDF.   Where I am from, churches do not do social justice. At best, they support non-profit organizations, which do the justice work for them. Social justice is farmed out to the secular world, while churches focus on spiritual

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Prayer for a Welcoming Community

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Columbia Theological Seminary By Doug Friesema   View and print as PDF. Columbia Theological Seminary is a PC(USA) school in Decatur, Georgia. Columbia’s current housing policy, which it has operated under for many years, allows current students and the legally married partners of current students to live in campus housing.

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Jennifer Ackerman
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Turning the Church Inside-Out, Encountering the ‘Other’

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Fuller Theological Seminary Interview with Jennifer Ackerman, 2nd Year Master of Divinity Student Interviewed by Patrick David Heery   View and print as PDF.   On April 24, 2012, I interviewed Jennifer Ackerman, a second-year Master of Divinity student at Fuller Theological Seminary, under care for ordination in the Presbyterian

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