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Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   My untended gardenA poem about seeing oppression in and outside the church . . . and doing nothing by Rose Niles I stareinto my untended gardenwith its morning-dappledlight barely whispering through the treetops—this bower encapsulating my tiny havenmy church of light,this freshly longed forchurch in the world—when my eye spies… Read more »

Writing in the Margins

Thinking with a not-so-colonized mind   Why I (still) love Pope FrancisHow a humble priest from the slums of Buenos Aires has changed the face of Catholicism (and Christianity) for me, despite him not being everything I want by Antonio “Tony” Aja I am a Presbyterian pastor. I try to follow the tenets of the… 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   Attentiveness deficitA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Mark 10:17–22 by Magdalena I. García As he was setting out on a… Read more »

A Mote in Minerva’s Eye

Seeing without categorizing   What new technologies can reveal about being the churchA close look at a new app called Periscope that invites users to experience “the world through someone else’s eyes” by Anita Coleman There’s a new app available, and it’s boasting that it will empower you to “explore the world through someone else’s… Read more »

Pastorish

Redefining where and when church happens   A difficult truth for young church leadersAn experienced pastor struggles to prepare new leaders for disappointment without extinguishing their passion and vision. by Mieke Vandersall I lie in bed at Stony Point Center with the cicadas lulling me back to my childhood. The sound provokes in me a… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Dreaming bigger for urban ministryMission pastor Aisha Brooks-Lytle talks with Rocky Supinger about organizing The Common Place, a blend of two worshiping communities, an arts-based afterschool program, social services, and community center in southwest Philadelphia, all supported by an established, suburban congregation.   <—- Aisha Brooks-Lytle… Read more »

Small Matters

Stories of mustard seeds and mountains   Why I love my little old churchIn a church that worships innovation, who celebrates the 30 people who’ve been showing up for years? by Sue Washburn Most of my life I’ve identified with the prodigal in Jesus’ parable about the lost sons (Luke 15:11–32). Early on, I bounded… Read more »

Simplicity on the Far Side of Complexity

“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes   Yes, I was that evangelical at the More Light Presbyterians conferenceHow evangelicals and progressives can cross the theological divide by Jodi Craiglow In… Read more »

All the pretty movies

An avid movie buff walks in the footsteps of Russell Crowe and many other famous actors and directors at Ghost Ranch.   All the pretty movies An avid movie buff walks in the footsteps of Russell Crowe and many other famous actors and directors at Ghost Ranch. by Emily Enders Odom Stepping out of the… 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   PartnersA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Genesis 2:18–23 by Magdalena I. García Then the Lord God said, “It is not… Read more »