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Here’s how Presbyterians can preach about racism

The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel recently helped preachers in and around the Synod of the Covenant to think through preaching about racism in an era of critical race theory bans.

The new language of love

The pain from hurtful words can result in issues of self-esteem, or it may cause one to make wrong life choices. Words spoken to intentionally cause pain to another — or unintentionally — can chip away at the life God envisions for all.

‘The past is in front of us’

A rainstorm exposed a Virginia church’s brick wall built by slaves, and the church is repenting of its past and seeking to make amends.

Understanding Black protest

A new book chronicles how Black resistance and protest in the U.S. has led to growing awareness that human rights are due to all people.

Living with the mind of Christ

It’s funny how things that you experienced as a young person — that didn’t seem so important at the time — pop up in your later years and remind you of the kind of person you are called to be. So it is that this passage from Paul’s advice to the Philippian Christians has come flooding back to me as I was reflecting on the terrible conflict that continues to poison our society, both in our country and around the world.

Racism impacts refugees of color in Ukraine

It’s been a little more than a month since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine on the morning of Feb. 24.

Where do we look for security?

The Rev. Deborah Lee asked participants in a recent webinar to close their eyes and think about what it feels like to be secure. “What were the things that brought about a presence of calm and peace and soothing — a relaxed, not vigilant nervous system?” Lee said, bringing viewers out of the exercise. “The absence of the threat of physical harm, the absence of hunger, the absence of worry, the absence of debt, the absence of fear.

A climate scientist’s case for hope and healing

Climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe says the most important thing we can do to fight climate change is to talk about it. That’s precisely what she did during a McClendon Scholar Program offered by New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Nearly 400 people listened in.