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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.   Perpetually numbed and easily shockedWhy the white soul remains untransformed in the face of so much racial injustice by Jeffrey A. Schooley Writing these columns for the past half-year has revealed to me what I only instinctually… Read more »

Small Matters

Stories of mustard seeds and mountains   Small town justiceA pastor and a heroin addict’s father walk into a police station . . . by Sue Washburn My husband and I walked into the district magistrate’s office. It was cold. The air conditioning was blasting, the folding metal chairs uncomfortable. A couple dozen magazines were… Read more »

Fresh from the Farm

A pastor of a rural church explores matters of faith   Wanting a city, loving the countryThe blessings of rural ministry by Ben Beres She just started laughing. My sister was in town recently to watch our boys for a couple days, and I was checking off my last-minute chores. She’d come a little early… Read more »

A Mote in Minerva’s Eye

Seeing without categorizing   Who are the destitute?In search of a true Communion in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by Anita Coleman For all have cast in of that which they had in abundance, but she of her destitution has cast in all that she had, the whole of her living. —Mark 12:44 (“The widow’s offering,”… 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   Meager offeringsA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Mark 12:38–44 by Magdalena I. García As he taught, he said, “Beware of… Read more »

Pastorish

Redefining where and when church happens   Jump!What conquering a fear of heights taught me about being the church by Mieke Vandersall I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one… Read more »

Reflections from the Frontline

A shared space to encounter God’s marvelous mission among all peoples   Discerning fact from fiction on the refugee frontlinesA mission-experienced Presbyterian reflects on the arguments for and against resettlement. by Roberta Updegraff “It’s all a lie.” A fellow Presbyterian had felt the need to correct my understanding of the plight of thousands of Central… Read more »

Down Like Waters

The justice-minded musings of a minister   When love bears too many things Why congregations need to get serious in the fight against domestic violence by T. Denise Anderson I live and minister in Prince George’s County, Maryland. “PG County,” as we affectionately call it, is a wonderful and interesting place to live. Nearly 65… Read more »

PresbyHonest

Relevant truth telling with a queer twist   I love Jesus but sometimes I don’t like himIs Jesus sexist? Well, yeah, sort of. by Layton E. Williams Last month, as Pope Francis made his first visit to the United States and “popemania” took over the country and social media, I followed the events of his… 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   Clinging peopleA resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Ruth 1:6–14 and Mark 12:28–31 by Magdalena I. García Then [Naomi] started to… Read more »