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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 »

Poking at Elephants

An evangelical’s (un)apologetic for the church   How big is the tent?Knowing when we’ve gone too far by Brandon Gaide We know it’s a big tent. But exactly how big is the tent?  I’m not a cradle Presbyterian. I was denominationally promiscuous before I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The downside to this… 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   OffshoreA reflection and confession based on Mark 4:35–41 by Magdalena I. García On that day, when evening had come, he said… Read more »

Recovering Reverend

You can take the pastor out of the church, but you can’t take the Church out of the pastor.   Charm City BluesBaltimore and trauma-informed community by Derrick L. Weston Some refer to them as “riots.” Some call it the “uprising,” others the “unrest.” Whatever you call it, it has been over a month since… Read more »

YoRocko Podcast

Conversations with church leaders about projects that matter   Rocky Supinger talks with Libby ShannonLibby talks about running the Boulder Boulder in a way that you never will.   <—- Libby Shannon is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the associate director of the Center for Spiritual Life at Eckerd College in… Read more »

Pilgrim Poems

If not now, when?   We agreed to loveDedicated to University Heights Presbyterian Church, Bronx, New York(located in one of the poorest congressional districts in the United States) by Rose Niles Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my… Read more »