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Waters of Bablyon: To Be an African-American Presbyterian

This article originally appeared in the May 1992 issue of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought ( It is republished her with permission of the author and the journal. I have this vivid memory of the uncertainty I felt sitting

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Mission Coordination Committee [10], GA 223

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The Mission Coordination Committee of the General Assembly considers: “Mission programs authorized by General Assembly; PC(USA) vision and mission goals; Organization for Mission and General Assembly Mission Council Manual of Operations; mission budget; audits; churchwide compensation; initiatives on church growth and the 1001 Worshiping Communities program.” (Source: Topics Addressed:


Casting Out Our Pride

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Confrontation and Confession in Charlottesville The events in Charlottesville this weekend remind me how dangerous it can be to be proud of your identity. In the midst of that ultimately violent confrontation, I was proud to see Presbyterian clergy among the many people of faith standing up to the massed


“Be Sober, Be Watchful”: Activism and Public Discourse

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The Potential Long-Term Effects of our Discourse this Election Season A version of this article was originally published at To absolutely no one’s surprise, election season is upon us again. Admittedly, it’d be hard for anyone to miss the circus surrounding this year’s historic presidential election. Its coverage in


An Open Letter on Urban Ministry

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To Our Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Brothers and Sisters September 6, 2016 Dear Colleagues Across our Church: We are prompted to write by the tragically early death of our brother in Christ, the Rev. Eugene “Freedom” Blackwell, pastor of House of Manna in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eugene joined the church triumphant on August 29th,

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