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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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Seek the Welfare of the City Where I Have Sent You

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In 2010, I decided to embark on a major life transition. I left my comfortable, full-time job, gave up my car, and moved. Why, you might be wondering? What adventure could I have possibly signed up for? Where would I be going? Someplace exotic and exciting, right? Well, sort of.

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Gendered Language and the Imago Dei

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When I was in fifth grade, my mom became the director of Christian Education at my home church. Consequently, before I learned to drive, I spent many hours at church waiting until it was time to go home. As it was before the age of smart phones – and because

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10 Things the LGBTQ Community Can Teach the Church

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Over the course of my life, I have observed and participated in the ongoing fight for inclusion of people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer in the church. In recent years, significant strides have been made in several denominations, including the eradication of official barriers that have previously

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God Loves You…Really

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The author of this article has asked to remain anonymous so that the prejudice of others does not blind them to seeing her gifts for ministry during her process of preparation and ordination. Let us take this as a reminder that in many places and situations, it is still not

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A Social Justice Journey

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At the end of seminary while I was in the middle of discerning a call, I was invited by the Reformed Church in America’s previous General Secretary, Rev. Wes Granberg-Michaelson, to participate in a continuing education cohort. Our focus: social justice. It is now two years out from that invitation.

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Witnesses to AIDS

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A new generation of AIDS advocates by Leslie Woods. In December, the Office of Public Witness (OPW) had the very great pleasure of working the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (Atlanta, GA) and the Presbyterian AIDS Network to promote the inaugural conference, “Becoming an HIV and AIDS Competent Church: Prophetic

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Demythologizing HIV/AIDS as the Gay Man’s Disease

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Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary student begins candid conversations about HIV/AIDS, sexuality, race, and faith community. This is the third article of a February 7–March 7, 2013, series of reflections from Johnson C. Smith’s first annual HIV competency training conference. New articles every Thursday! By Minister Erik Taylor Doctor  

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New Faith-Based Strategy to Combat HIV/AIDS

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Historic African American seminary, Johnson C. Smith, takes the lead in mobilizing new approaches to HIV/AIDS care and advocacy through its “AIDS Competent Churches and Church Leaders” certification program. The following is the first article of a February 7–March 7, 2013, series of reflections from Johnson C. Smith’s first annual

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My Silent Half

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ACTION: Help This Pastor Publish Her Book, Confessions of a Closeted Lesbian, by pledging support on Kickstarter Rae is a pastor and counselor from the Chicago area. On August 6, 2012, Rae launched a blog called “My Silent Half“, a series of “confessions” grappling with her sexuality. Hoping to publish

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I Wanted God to Change Me

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National Coming Out Day This week on Unbound we honor National Coming Out Day (October 11) and LGBT History Month (October) with a series of stories from PC(USA) inquirers and candidates for ordained ministry, who gathered this summer to explore their call, support one another, and discover the power of

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