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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 »

Swell

Blunt truth about church growth   How to make your church swellFaithfulness and the growth of our churches don’t have to be at odds. by David R. Collins We’ve all heard the statistics about decline in the church. Some comments on Facebook estimate that last year alone the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) lost around 8 billion… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Interpreting race in a mostly white denomination Pastor and writer Tawnya Denise Anderson talks with Rocky Supinger about interpreting the experience of an African American woman in the PC(USA) through her ministry and her blog, Soula Scriptura.   <—- Tawnya Denise Anderson (you can call her… Read more »

Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   Our patron saintsAre you a Donald Trump Presbyterian or a Mister Rogers Presbyterian? by Derrick L. Weston During the middle of the summer, I perused my social media and watched many recoil at the terrible… Read more »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   The end and the beginningsA poem about the day the church died, its changing shape resisted, with tickets sold for the performance by Rose Niles we find it difficultto adapt to changing conditions,which explains perhapswhy we may hate theconcept of evolutionand its thunderous announcementthat God isn’t done with us yet,but… Read more »

Scribbling Outside the Lines

Playing beyond the boundaries in hopes of finding God and inspiration   Navigating the life of a bivocational pastorHow I came to combine part-time congregational ministry with two startup initiatives for children and the arts by Adam Walker Cleaveland While in seminary, I never thought I’d use the word bivocational to describe myself. And yet,… 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   In the driver’s seatA reflection and confession based on Mark 8:34–38 by Magdalena I. García Calling the crowd to join his… Read more »

Pastorish

Redefining where and when church happens   Please stop treating my non-church ministry as if it weren’t realA defense of validated ministries serving in non-congregational settings by Mieke Vandersall I have a friend. She has one of the most pastoral souls I have experienced in my time on this earth. She is compassionate, generous, patient,… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Rocky Supinger talks with Jessica TateJessica Tate talks about NEXT Church and a movement to discern how we can be a faithful church in the 21st century in an era when institutional models aren’t serving us as well today as they once did.   <—- Jessica… 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   Demon freeA reflection and confession based on Mark 7:24–30 by Magdalena I. García From there he set out and went away… Read more »