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Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   Where justice and compassion meet—in BaltimoreKate Foster Connors talks with Derrick Weston about creating an urban mission center at the heart of Baltimore that hosts church groups and equips congregations to engage their neighborhoods in… Read more »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   Mercy by Rose Niles Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first… Read more »

Ponderings

Things that make you go hmm . . .   Reflections of a caretaker by Shanell T. Smith I may have signed up for thisI may have notSure I get tired oftenBut I give the best I’ve gotI put others’ needs before my ownSometimes the prison is my homeO how I wish I could be… Read more »

PresbyHonest

Relevant truth telling with a queer twist   The burdens and blessing of a bisexual ministerIt’s a lonely ministry, but it makes me a better pastor. by Layton E. Williams This past weekend, I attended the More Light Presbyterians Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a powerful experience to reconnect with LGBTQ and ally colleagues… Read more »

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   From stumbling blocks to stepping stonesA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Mark 9:38–42 by Magdalena I. García John said to… Read more »

Living In Between

Adventures of a Presbyterian pastor on a Jesuit campus   Called to be a guestIn ministry, we often think of ourselves as hosts, but really, we are just the guests. by Abby King-Kaiser I am not in college anymore. It seems like an obvious statement, but in September, I need to remind myself of this… Read more »

The No Shame Zone

One young person’s subversive thoughts on church and society   Body shaming Kim DavisThere are many reasons to critique Kim Davis’s refusal to issue marriage licenses; her body is not one of them. by Tad Hopp By now, you’ve surely heard about Kentucky’s county clerk Kim Davis refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples… Read more »

Not Quite Right

One slightly unhinged pastor’s attempt to love (and laugh with) a slightly unhinged church, from the inside out.   Our fear is muzzling our childrenChoosing love over fear for the good of all Jesus’ disciples by Joshua Bower Do we actually want children in the church? Sometimes I wonder. I was about seven years old… Read more »

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   Let them inA reflection based on Mark 9:30–37 as a resource for Sunday’s liturgy by Magdalena I. García They went on… Read more »

Souls of White Folks

A white man’s frank and repentant exploration of how racism finds a home in white folks’ souls.   Origin storiesHow confusion about my whiteness leads to confusion about blackness by Jeffrey A. Schooley Origin stories are an essential component to any worldview. From an origin story comes clarity not only about the past, but also… Read more »