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Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   The wailing wall. . . so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. —1 Thess. 4:13b by Rose Niles when the life you thought was solidfallsthere is a wallfor wailing.someday collapse waits for all.exhausted,shocked that you live on,know this:other handsthat knew abyssprepared a placea fit-together,jagged,made-with-inspired-hands… Read more »

PresbyHonest

Relevant truth telling with a queer twist   It’s time tor the body of Christ to come outWhy the inclusion of LGBTQ people is not enough by Layton E. Williams I had tucked one leg awkwardly under me as I shifted in my kitchen chair. Across from me, my friend John was sipping his coffee… Read more »

Ponderings

Things that make you go hmm . . .   Christian Band-Aids by Shanell T. Smith “Weeping may endure for a night,           But joy comes in the morning!”But I sit here struggling in my angst           And a new day is a’dawnin’“Everything happens for a reason.           It’s all in God’s plan.”But it’s hard for me to divinize           suffering. I’m sorry…. 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   Talitha koumA reflection and confession based on Mark 5:21–24, 35–43 by Magdalena I. García When Jesus had crossed again in the… Read more »

TLC: Think Like a Christian

Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds   What is this? How thinking like a Christian is inherently a loving act by Jeffrey A. Schooley I like to ask people I meet for the first time, “What’s your schtick?” Those with the slightest knowledge of Yiddish will know how to answer; those without—eh, not… 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   Ashes God is good even when the world is not—a response to the #CharlestonShooting. by Jodi Craiglow Jerusalem was in crisis. King Hezekiah… Read more »

Don’t call me an ally: getting to work

Explaining the #CharlestonShooting to my children   Don’t call me an ally: getting to work by Mihee Kim-Kort I didn’t come into an awareness of my racialized self until late college, and didn’t really engage the issues around it until seminary, and even then wrestled with whether there was a third way beyond the black-white… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Rocky Supinger talks with Brian EllisonBrian, a pastor, talks about his “night” job: an NPR talk show.   <—- Brian Ellison has served as executive director of the Covenant Network since 2012, providing overall strategic leadership in implementing the organization’s mission. Previously, he served as pastor of… Read more »

Living In Between

Adventures of a Presbyterian pastor on a Jesuit campus   Pentecost earsListening for God in other languages by Abby King-Kaiser It’s summer. The tumbleweed blows through our campus (metaphorically of course—I live in Ohio) to the soundtrack of construction paced to be complete by August. I latch onto any student that I see, my extroverted… Read more »

The No Shame Zone

One young person’s subversive thoughts on church and society   I am not my jobA myth that needs to die by Tad Hopp “What do you do for a living?” “Oh, you work as a waiter/barista/retail associate? Well, I’m sure you are just doing that until you find something better, right? Being a waiter is… Read more »