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From Bible Drill to Interdenominational Seminary

A Personal Faith Journey My favorite book as a child was called “I Like Sunday School.” It followed a little white girl who looked forward to learning about Jesus each week at church, just like me. I spent much of

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From Bible Drill to Interdenominational Seminary

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A Personal Faith Journey My favorite book as a child was called “I Like Sunday School.” It followed a little white girl who looked forward to learning about Jesus each week at church, just like me. I spent much of my childhood at church: memorizing Psalm 23 in Sunday School,

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For the Common Good of our ‘Whole Inhabited Earth’

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Ecumenical Advocacy in our Nation’s Capitol When we at the Office of Public Witness step outside into the bustle of Capitol Hill, it is common to see packs of people with purple arm bands or orange neckties or yellow book bags traveling together from one congressional office to another, carrying

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Faith Leaders Influencing the Debate on Drug Sentencing

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Clergy and faith leaders are successfully flexing their political muscle with lawmakers in Washington, DC, to end mass incarceration. Last month the new chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), was confronted by three Iowa bishops — a United Methodist, a Catholic and a Lutheran — who

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Strategies and Solutions

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Seeds of Hope for the Future of Education The Prime Time Parade: Walking the Church/School Boundary, Rev. Dave Brown “Prime Time is a religion-free zone so that it affirms the separation of church and state and so that it embodies Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbors.” Read Article sdf Her

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Director of Office of Public Witness Meets with United States Embassy Officials in South Sudan

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The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson returned this past weekend from ten days in South Sudan. While there, he investigated ways that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) can better partner with World Mission to more effectively engage partner churches and organizations, mission co-workers, and other personnel,

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Women in Poverty & The ‘American Nightmare’

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A Story of Economic Oppression When Americans think about “oppression,” we’re inclined to go straight to civil and human rights. We think of voting rights and voter intimidation, of warrantless wiretaps and law enforcement dispersing crowds of peacefully-gathered demonstrators. We think of countries where citizens do not have freedom of

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