We are storytellers. We are everyday Presbyterians who want to talk honestly about the future of the church. We are part of a creative team commissioned by Presbyterians Today to ask questions about who's getting a platform to speak and who's not. And this is our canvas.
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The real miracle
A resource for Sunday’s liturgy
based on Luke 7:11–17
Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the ...
What to do when there aren't many pros in being progressive
By Jeffrey A. Schooley
I’m probably a progressive Christian. But I didn’t start that way. In fact, I didn’t start as a Christian at all. I [insert your preferred language for converting here] during my senior year of high school. And when I did become a Christian, I was pretty stereotypically evangelical. I got rid of my Eminem albums for KJ-52 because, you know, all white guys who rap are more or less the same, right?
As I grew in my faith, I don ...
A Pastor By Any Other Name…
Moving beyond the parish bias to
celebrate ministry in all its forms
By Layton E. Williams
About a month ago, I began telling people that when my current parish ministry position ends in August, I’m planning to pursue work in faith-based advocacy and policy change in Washington, DC. I’m always quick to follow this with a reassurance that “it’s still ministry, just not in a church.”
I’ve gotten lots of support and encouragement, but I’ve also gotten a fair number of confused looks and incredulous questioning. It isn’t ...