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justleros = more than just nonsense or disparates

A space for a contemporary woman disciple to give voice to justice concerns in a world where some still think that women’s words are just leros (Greek for “nonsense”) or, in Spanish, disparates Lest we forgetA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Deuteronomy 26:5b–10 by Magdalena I. García “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he… Read more »

A Mote in Minerva’s Eye

Seeing without categorizing Global citizens and universal aliens Our citizenship is in heaven by Anita Coleman One planet. 57.3 million miles of surface land. 7.4 billion people. 59.5 million refugees and displaced peoples, of whom 51 percent are under the age of 18. Sheikh Yassir Fazaga was once one of those refugees. Forced to flee… Read more »

Reflections from the Frontline

A shared space to encounter God’s marvelous mission among all peoples Get your generosity groove onReclaiming God as King Merrymaker for Mardi Gras by Roberta Updegraff It is hard to imagine our Lord dancing in the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, but I have certainly experienced God as King Merrymaker. God takes joy… Read more »

Souls of White Folks

A white man’s frank and repentant exploration of how racism finds a home in white folks’ souls. Change context, and you change peopleWhat I learned about the socially constructed nature of racism in the United States by going to Ethiopia by Jeffrey A. Schooley From December 30 to January 13, I had the opportunity to… Read more »

Small Matters

Stories of mustard seeds and mountains How the gospel showed up in a hospital roomWhat 80 years of church will do to a person by Sue Washburn I probably should not have had that third shot of espresso. My mind was going a million miles an hour. I paced as I made phone calls to… Read more »

Uncharted Territory

Stumbling our way into God’s future for the church Permission to innovateMaking the most of low-attendance Sundays    by Lisa M. López Year after year they come, as inevitably as the high holidays, though with remarkably less fuss. If you have been serving a particular congregation for a while you may be able to see… Read more »

Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor. Nothing is wastedHow I am learning to compost the rotten stuff that comes up in life by Derrick L. Weston In early December I took at day trip to a farm. The unseasonably warm weather made… Read more »

Church in the Middle

Adventures of a mid council leader striving to network, enable, and encourage Trade in your church consultant for an archaeologistAmid changes, congregations and their mid councils should be digging to discover, not uproot.  by Amaury Tañón-Santos It’s been little more than a year since I was called to serve the church in mid-council ministry. And… Read more »

Down Like Waters

The justice-minded musings of a minister   Living WaterA prayer for Flint, Michigan by T. Denise Anderson Living Water,Who forever quenches the thirst of those who drink,Who denies no one access to life-giving nourishment,Who pours out until the vessel is emptySo that we may be covered,So that we might have life,Attend to those who thirst.Attend… Read more »

PresbyHonest

Relevant truth telling with a queer twist An equal measure of graceIt’s hard to be vulnerable when you “represent” a whole sexual identity, race, or gender. by Layton E. Williams Last winter, I had an unexpected conversation with a new friend. We had known each other only casually through our common Presbyterian circles, but she… Read more »