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My Letter to Gradye Parsons About His Letter to Donald Trump

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

With the letter to Donald Trump that was sent out last week, the "Jesus was not political" faction of our dear Presbyterian Church (USA) must be flipping out!

Presbyterians Don't Have a Pope, But I'm a Fan of Francis

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Pope Francis is coming to Washington this month, and his visits will range from the White House to a homeless shelter. Although I am a Presbyterian pastor and don't pledge obedience to the pope, I am a fan of Francis.

5 Signs of the Resurrection of the Mainline Church

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

What might this risen church look like? Here are some signs I see of this revival in the Presbyterian Church. I invite you to watch for them in all the mainline American churches. Do you see them too?

A Vocational Selfie: The Discernment Deck

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.29.2015 | College
Wayne Meisel

Vocational discernment is about doing your homework and figuring out what is out there and what is not. It's about listening to your heart instead of the voices of others when deciding what to do. It's about deciding to explore and try and not worry about saving face or what others might think.

Who Is Your Family?

John Russell Stanger | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
John Russell Stanger

Who is my family? Indian orphans and saints. Survivors of violence--state and domestic. Queer people of all kinds. And we are all glorious branches on that great vine of Christ.

The Jointly Ordained Lesbian Couple Making History For Presbyterians

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion

The last time these two women walked down the aisle together, they said, “I do.” This past Sunday, the lives of the Rev. Kaci Clark-Porter and...

Most Mainline Protestants Embrace Gay Marriage

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion

(RNS) With the largest Presbyterian denomination’s official endorsement Tuesday (March 17), American mainline Protestants have solidified their supp...

Audacious Goals and Incremental Victories

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

As an American and as an Episcopalian, I was raised to pledge to and pray for two audacious goals: "liberty and justice for all" and "thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven," respectively. Yesterday's historic step by the Presbyterian Church USA brought us a little closer to both.

Is Mister Rogers in Heaven? Fred Rogers and the Faithfulness of God

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

In the deepest recesses of his heart, Fred Rogers was an unabashed universalist who believed that God never gives up on any of us exactly because we are all essentially good, valuable, and lovable: God is the Great Appreciator, and we are the greatly appreciated.

Presbyterian Church Redefines Marriage To Include Same-Sex Couples

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion

The tide has turned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to be married in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Following years of...

Raising Arms

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

The raising hands and the lifting of arms is an act of total surrender. It says, "I give up." It communicates, "I have nothing to hide." It means, "Take me as I am." Most often, it's an act of surrender to a power greater than oneself.

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

What Schism? Gay, Lesbian Issues Rarely Cause Serious Conflict in Local Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

If there ever was a likelihood that issues of gay rights would provoke a major split in U.S. Christianity, it appears that time may have passed.

Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Nida Khan | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

Until the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is ended, Netanyahu cannot play the victim no matter how hard he may try to spin a situation -- even when he disgustingly uses the deaths of innocent teenagers to do so.

Howard H. Baker Jr.: Teaching Us to Listen

Rick Jacobs | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, the governor of Tennessee and so many others of high office present listened, but did not speak. And after the twenty one-gun salute, after taps, after everyone left the graveside, there stood the simple casket of the simple man who changed the world.

Presbyterian Church Crawling Toward Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Many Presbyterians jubilantly proclaimed that the Holy Spirit had unquestionably descended upon the 221st General Assembly when commissioners voted to amend the definition of "marriage" in the Book of Order from a union of "a man and a woman" to a union of "two people."

How Resistance To Gay Marriage Melted In The Detroit Heat

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

The reaction to last week's decision taught me that for the LGBTQ community, both within and outside the church, it matters when a historic institution aligns itself on the side of the scorned and oppressed.

Presbyterians Divest from the Israeli Occupation: The End of the Beginning?

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If there is to be a just resolution, some sufficiently potent other groups of people will have to effectively weigh in on the side of the Palestinian victims of occupation.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church Makes Landmark Decision On Gay Marriage | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

In a monumental move, the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination voted Thursday to change its definition of marriage and allow its pastors to offi...

An Open Letter to Our Presbyterian Friends

Cantor Michael Davis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Cantor Michael Davis

As religious leaders, we are sensitive to the feelings of those Jews who oppose divestment. But we cannot choose to ignore the daily suffering of Palestinians and the shockingly routine loss of Palestinian life living under Occupation.

The Presbyterian Church's Tough Love of Israel

Sam Bahour | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Sam Bahour

Palestinian civil society and Palestinians -- Christians and Muslims -- have urged everyone interested in seeing peace with justice to divest from the occupation and to invest only where the occupation does not benefit.

Presbyterian Divestment: Contesting Representations of 'the Jewish Community'

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

There's no question that some Jews will be very unhappy if the Presbyterians vote to divest from these three companies. But it's equally clear that the opponents of divestment from the occupation do not speak for all Jews.

Anti-Apartheid Archbishop Calls Presbyterians to Back Divestment from Israeli Occupation

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Robert Naiman

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the leader who more than any other human being alive is associated with the successful use of divestment to help overturn apartheid in South Africa, is calling on Presbyterians to choose divestment from the Israeli occupation.

Gender Neutral and Father's Day

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.15.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

With the gradual acceptance of gay and lesbian couples and the enactment of more and more laws permitting same-sex marriages, are we beginning to see the breakdown of the role of both mothers and fathers in the lives of the family?

Pentecost: Unusual Allies and the New Faces of Ministry

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Next week is General Assembly. Like many other meetings of this kind, these national gatherings often become public displays of division and discord rather than being a time of affirmation and unity.