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Searching for Us: 7 Ways the New Hymnal is Queer

After the General Assembly 219th in 2010 lifted the ban on the ordination of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals, the leadership at my past church thought it might be a good idea to host a couple of evening classes to

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Hymns in the Midst of Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a sharp reminder about human frailty even as it has been an occasion of tremendous generosity, hospitality, self-sacrifice, compassion, and love. For all the good we have seen, we have also suffered through an openly and proudly racist, sexist, anti-science, homophobic, xenophobic government that cares only

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“Melt Down”: A Song About Gun Violence

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Music and Lyrics by Lee Catoe, Managing Editor of Unbound Gold should melt in a fireLiquid beauty to make whateverNecklace on your neck or rings on your hand But Gold becomes an Idol Shines too bright and rivalsthe light of the ones who once did stand Bullets should melt in

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Woodstock at 50: (A Chord) Deeper than Nostalgia

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I drove to Woodstock with five friends: 2 from work, 3 from church.  We got to Woodstock mid-afternoon on Friday, the fences were down, it was already a free concert. The size of the crowd shocked us, and it would keep on growing. We stretched out our sleeping bags not

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Living History – Melva Costen

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Music, Black Presbyterians, and Civil Rights Video used with permission from the Presbyterian Historical Society, part of the Living History film project. Melva Costen, wife of former general assembly moderator James Costen, is a retired professor of music and worship. Here she discusses her family’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement,

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Interview with Charles Freeman

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Unbound: What was your role in the education system? Charles: I was a college professor, teaching music history and related classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Unbound: At what type of school did you work? Charles: Over the course of my career, I taught at both public and

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Interview with Katie H. Pierce

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Unbound: What is your role in the education system? If a teacher, what age and subject matter do you teach? Katie: I am a Music Educator, currently teaching High School Choir. Unbound: At what type of school do you work? Katie: I teach at a public suburban high school. Unbound:

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Sing a New Church!

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“Language used in the worship and work of the church should affirm the wholeness of God and the full personhood of every individual.” So wrote Starr Luteri, in the PC(USA)’s 1996 study paper “Language About God”. [1] When you think about it, isn’t that what we want the Church to

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Hearing the Voices of Peoples Long Silenced: Week 1

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Gender Justice 2014 Stories That Need to Be Told: Opening Editorial, Rev. Ginna Bairby I am a somewhat-embarrassingly dyed-in-the-wool Presbyterian. I was baptized at a PC(USA) Church, where I attended worship, Sunday school, and various programmatic activities virtually every week from my baptism to my high school graduation. I spent

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