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Alison Harrington
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The Reverend Alison J. Harrington became Southside's Pastor in January, 2009 bringing with her a passion for Christ and for social justice. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with an emphasis in U. S. Race Relations. She earned her Master's of Divinity at San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she was a Presidential Scholar. While attending SFTS she began to volunteer at San Quentin State Prison where she worked with the San Quentin Giants Baseball Team and in the Protestant Chapel leading Bible Studies and teaching theology. After graduating with her Master's of Divinity, she served Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, California and served as a facility chaplain in the Santa Clara County Jail system. In 2011 she was awarded the Beatitudes Society Brave Preacher Award and is currently a Beatitudes Society Fellow.

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Defending Oak Flat and Deconstructing White Christian Privilege

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 3:55 PM


Last week, while addressing a crowd in Bolivia, Pope Francis asked for forgiveness: "I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offenses of the church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America." With this,...

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Blessed Are the Hands That Strike the Rock: In Praise of the Tucson Samaritans

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 6:05 PM

In my role as pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church, I often find myself doing unusual liturgical rites - at least for a Presbyterian clergywoman. For instance, this Saturday morning, I will stand in our church parking lot and bless cars and trucks and jeeps as they head out on humanitarian...

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Midwives, Moses and the Demonization of Mothers Meditations on Exodus 1:8-2:10

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 5:47 PM

This Sunday, many Christians will hear a familiar story in worship -- the story of Moses' mother, Jochebed, placing him in a basket and putting him in the Nile. It is a story that we grew up with in Sunday School, acted out in Vacation Bible School, and read in...

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Sanctuary: The Movement Never Ended

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 9:53 AM

When my church declared Sanctuary for a local Tucson man facing deportation almost 2 months ago, we were asked the same question over and over, "are you starting the Sanctuary Movement again?" These questions referred to the legacy of Southside as one of the founding churches of the Sanctuary Movement...

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A Call to Sanctuary

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 4:45 PM

When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall do them no wrong, the strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as natives among you, and you love them as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. -...

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