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  • Writing in the Margins

    Published July 29, 2015

     

    A church for white people?
    Your mouth says, “Inclusion!” Your wallet says, “More of the same.”

    by Antonio “Tony” Aja

    What will the church be like when white people[1] become the minority in the United States? In an ever-increasing multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society—thanks mainly to immigration as well as higher birth rates among people of color—the question has great relevance. It could very well represent the main challenge faced by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other mainline and mostly white denominations in the 21st century.

    The 2010 US Census and more recent predictions from demographers ...

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    From Reimagining the church

  • PresbyHonest

    Published July 28, 2015

     

    Crying my way through my first year of ministry
    It sounds obvious, but few talk about it without the noble veneer of self-sacrifice: ministry is hard.

    by Layton E. Williams

    On August 1st, I will celebrate my one-year anniversary of working in ministry. When people ask how my first year went, I tell them, “This is the year I learned to cry in public.” Depending on how honest I’m feeling, sometimes I laugh and turn it into a joke before things get too awkward. Other times I let it stand, because, frankly, it’s the truth.

    I have always ...

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    From Reimagining the church

  • Do not undermine efforts to combat human trafficking

    Published July 27, 2015

    Do not undermine efforts to combat human trafficking

    By Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson

    “I was locked up in a cage like the goats and chickens, and all the time, I was surrounded by death. Each day, five or six of us would die, either from illness or were beaten up and shot." These horrifying words come from a Rohingya man from Burma, who became a victim of human trafficking and fortunately managed to escape one of the 28 migrant camps recently uncovered in Wang Kelian, Malaysia.

    The conditions in the camps described by survivors and recent evidence of 139 ...

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    From Reconciliation

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