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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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Roots in the Present

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Five years ago, I discovered the Young Adult Volunteer program and thought it would be a great way to transition from college to…whatever I would do after college. As a YAV, I served in Nashville, Tennessee, working with children and volunteers at Preston Taylor Ministries – an after-school program for

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A Refugee in Skinny Jeans

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I dropped out of college after a one-semester attempt at art school. This was not just because my soul had something of an allergic reaction to the amount of debt that would come with pursuing that degree, but also because I had this crazy feeling that I was being “called”

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Playlist and Reading List – Expanding Your Roots!

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To accompany Jocelyn Kirk’s article “In the In-Between”: Expanding Your Roots, the Young Adult Editorial Team for Unbound has compiled a suggested playlist and reading list for expanding YOUR roots! Check out the following list of songs (available as a Spotify playlist and plain text) and books that don’t necessarily fall into

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“In the In-Between”: Expanding Your Roots

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Don’t miss the playlist and reading list to accompany this article! “God is in the in-between.” When I first heard this phrase, my mind immediately went to middle school dance chaperones telling kids to “save room for Jesus” when slow dancing (in other words, “Don’t grow up too fast!”). This

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Worship Resources for Presidents’ Day

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Resources available courtesy of Rev. Teresa Stricklen from the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship. “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and

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The Hymnal From Below: A Justice Reading of Glory to God

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[ezcol_1third] Advent I: HOPE for Gender Justice Advent II: LOVE in the Context of Multiculturalism Advent III: JOY at Being Included Advent IV: PEACE on Earth, Goodwill to All [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end][/ezcol_2third_end] “There remains an experience of incomparable value. We have for once learned to see the great events of world

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Ransom Captive Palestine?

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Salvation History in the Presbyterian Hymnal Letter by Nahida H. Gordon, Introduction by Rev. Chris Iosso Mary is warned by Simeon in the Christmas story that “a sword will pierce her heart” (Luke 2:35). Frankly, this letter from Professor Nahida Gordon, a Palestinian American Presbyterian, makes me uncomfortable because it challenges

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The Prophet’s Song

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[ezcol_2third][/ezcol_2third] [ezcol_1third_end]Author David Lamotte sings “This Is My Song” (#340)[/ezcol_1third_end] “The prophet does not ask if the vision can be implemented, for questions of implementation are of no consequence until the vision can be imagined.”             — Walter Brueggemann In the field of music therapy, stories are often told of

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