The Christmas Joy Offering — support our leaders: past, present and future.


‘What democracy requests of us’

Dr. Jelani Cobb, a staff writer at the New Yorker, historian and the Ira A. Lipton Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, concluded a lecture before an audience at the University of Louisville Wednesday with a personal story that may say as much about race relations in the U.S. as the hour-long lecture that preceded his story.

A collective meeting of the minds — and hearts

Michelle Phillips, the acting director for the Presbyterian Youth Workers’ Association (PYWA), said a recent face-to-face-gathering of the Christian Formation Collective was “like a spider web tingling and then finally coming to life.”

Presbyterian educators address their organization’s lack of diversity

Knowing that the membership and leadership of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) is nearly 100 percent white — and that its organization didn’t reflect the diversity of God’s beloved community — APCE formed a task force this year to look at white privilege, racist systems and oppressive practices inherent in its structures.

Rallying around Rally Day

Sunday is big celebration day for many Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations around the country.

Ethiopia ‘mish kid’ spins memories in new book

Caroline Kurtz felt exiled to a foreign country — not when she traveled with her parents and sisters to Ethiopia, but when she returned to the United States to attend college in Illinois.

Meet the Doinks … and other imaginary friends

If we had only known. Last week our twins — Luke and Rachel — turned 28 years old. When they were very young we would dutifully say our prayers each night before bed and Eva and I would ask, “Who should we say a special prayer for tonight?” The usual list of friends and family members who were experiencing joys and/or concerns of various sorts would be recited and we would offer up our prayers of thanksgiving and intercession for them.