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‘Reconciling to what?’

‘Reconciling to what?’ That was one of the first questions I had from a member of the newly formed Repair and Reconciliation Alliance of the Pittsburgh Presbytery. Rev. Jeff Eddings, chair of this alliance reflects on the origins and goals of repair for historic harms and reconciliation in the context of Pittsburgh Presbytery. “The alliance had been formed with the mandate to do two things: (1) to engage in a thorough review of the experience of our Black Presbyterian churches through history. (2) to offer recommendations on actions of repair and reconciliation. The hopeful outcome of this work is that “the Pittsburgh Presbytery may become a more harmonious, joyful, and just community within the Body of Christ,” says Eddings. Read more »

When Church is Dangerous, Digital Ministry Provides Sanctuary

“The journey for queer Christians can include healing. When we thunderously proclaim acceptance, healing is possible for our LGBTQIA+ siblings. With imagination and creative ministries, healing is happening for our LGBTQIA+ siblings,” writes Rev Bethany Peerbolte, leader of the digital ministry, Our Tapestry (a 1001 New Worshiping Community supported by the Denver Presbytery). Read more »

Healing through evangelism

“Healing through evangelism requires leading a lifestyle of hope and “early intervention,” writes Rev. Carlton Johnson, associate director of Theology, Formation and Evangelism for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Johnson is an organizer of the 2024 Evangelism Conference, “A Lifestyle that Exudes Justice” in Louisville, KY from October 3-5, 2024. Read more »

Collaborative healing with victims of sex trafficking

“For the past 12 years I have been a pastor who offers support and presence to women who have been sex-trafficked,” writes Rev. Katie Kinnison. “It started when Presbyterian Women from a church I was serving took me to Human Trafficking Awareness Day at our statehouse.” For Presbyterians Today’s focus on “healing and repair,” Kinnison writes about her work with survivors of trafficking and her new worshiping community called Gathering. Read more »

Welcoming the stranger

“The immigrant community is a community in need of healing and reparation. Immigrants have played a crucial role in the building and flourishing of this nation through their hard labor, resiliency, and dedication,” writes Arelis Figueroa, leader of a La Iglesia del Pueblo, a new worshiping community in New York City. From May to June 2024, Presbyterians Today features leaders reflecting on “repair” and healing” in their contexts. Read more »

For the Bible Tells Me So …

I grew up in the traditional Black churches that taught that LGBTQ+ people will burn in hell …I wished I could find love and acceptance at church. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Rev. Dionne Boyice describes how she heals and is healed through her new worshiping community, WHOSOEVER: Community Of FAITH. Read more »

Is Your Church the Right Place to Heal from Religious Trauma?

Religious trauma is becoming quite a buzzword. Faith communities (like Harbor, the online community I help lead) have formed to help people heal from it. The church can’t afford to become irritated, blasé or condescending about church trauma. As the phrase indicates, this phenomenon is the result of harms perpetrated in and by the church. We need to take religious trauma very, very seriously. Read more »

Healing the Wounds of Transphobia

“Do we heal?” asks theologian, Dr. Wendy Farley. In the religious & legal attacks on our trans siblings, we experience a communal wounding — an indulgence in hatred and contempt no one can evade. Read more »

The Paradox of Collective Action: Isolation and Community in Climate Justice

This piece is part of an ongoing series focused on the themes of “connection” and “community.” Follow the blog or check our Facebook page to see the other posts in the series as they’re published. In the ever-evolving narrative of climate justice, there exists a profound intersection with faith. For many, the urgency of protecting our planet stems from… Read more »

A Reflection on Indigenous Peoples, Colonization, and the Church

*This piece was originally written by Shannan Vance-Ocampo for Indigenous People’s Day as part of her newsletter to the Presbytery of Southern New England. As we enter into National Native American Heritage Month, we encourage you to sit with her reflection and her invitation at the end.* Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, formerly known as… Read more »