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Confession is the Start – Now Put Some Skin in the Game

Dismantling White Privilege in Institutions of Theological Education I have grown weary of liberal racism. I have grown especially weary of Christian liberal racism. White supremacy is insidious. It enables, sheds tears, and delays to deny. This sin is so

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Degrees of Debt

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Starting the Conversation at Home “Go to college”, they told me. “It’s the only way you can get a good, well-paying job.” I graduated college in 2007. The economic downturn started right before I graduated. I majored in English, not exactly what most people consider a ‘marketable’ or ‘practical’ degree?

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Interview with Sandy Irby

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Unbound: What is your role in the education system? Sandy: I am the Director of the Communities of Learning (CoL) program at Union Presbyterian Seminary, located in Richmond, VA. Unique to Union and currently funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment, CoL is an innovative program for newly-admitted students designed

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#FergusonOctober

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The revolution is now. Drums beating People marching Youth leading Mike Brown means we gotta fight back Elders talk Young folks walk Occupy Defy Never give up the fight “Wade in the Water” demands to be heard Heavens open God troubles the waters Repent for our sins Holy water cleanses

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Exxon Mobil and Me (and the BOP)

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Immediately before creating humans in Genesis 1, “God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the

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We Are Family

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A Sermon Reflecting on the 221st General Assembly Sermon preached Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Ogelthorpe Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA Sermon Text: Matthew 10:24-39 My friends, I bring you greetings from the 221st meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Presbyterians from across the country gathered

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“I Wanna Be Rich”

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The Kingdom of God and the Myth of the American Dream I am the son of first-generation, working-class Korean immigrants. My family lived a difficult but fairly typical immigrant life: My parents went through many failed attempts at starting small businesses in the US, but when push came to shove,

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The YAV Program Ruined My Life – For Good!

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This is a joke that commonly gets tossed around by Young Adult Volunteer Alumni, but for me, it’s the truth. I had my life and career completely planned out in college – I was going to become a photojournalist and travel the world. So how is it that five years

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Building Urban Communities

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In my office, I have a print of a painting by the African American artist Horace Pippin, who is one of my heroes. The picture is titled “Holy Mountain III,” and it is one of three scenes Pippin painted that depict the promises found in Isaiah 65:17-25. In this picture,

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