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Re-Imagining “Re-Imagining” and the Next 20 Years

Address at the Presbyterian Voices for Justice (formerly Voices of Sophia) Breakfast 220th General Assembly, PCUSA July 3, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA This article was originally published on the Presbyterian Voices for Justice (PV4J) website. I’m overwhelmed by the honor of

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I Wonder if We Mean it This Year

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine was telling me about the first time her partner accompanied her to the PC(USA) General Assembly. She told me that they were there to be a witness to the Church, to join their voices with many others in calling for the full

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Does the Church Need a New Hymnal?

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It may sound like the start of a joke, but the question is a legitimate one: How many Presbyterians does it take to decide to buy a new church hymnal? In reality, it is a significant decision that will wind its way through countless committees, congregation members, and Sessions. It

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10 Things the LGBTQ Community Can Teach the Church

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Over the course of my life, I have observed and participated in the ongoing fight for inclusion of people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer in the church. In recent years, significant strides have been made in several denominations, including the eradication of official barriers that have previously

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God Loves You…Really

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The author of this article has asked to remain anonymous so that the prejudice of others does not blind them to seeing her gifts for ministry during her process of preparation and ordination. Let us take this as a reminder that in many places and situations, it is still not

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Waiting for Permission

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It took me a very long time to allow myself the mental space to think that I might be transgender. I tried for years to ignore the pain associated with moving in the world when everyone saw me as a girl. Even when I did let myself think about what

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Who is Marriage for Anyway?

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It seems like everyone’s got something to say about marriage. For a while, I thought it was just me. Having just tied the knot myself 2 months ago, marriage has been a recurring topic in recent conversations. “So how’s married life?” “What does your husband do?” “Are you all planning

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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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