Virginia ‘Ginna’ Bairby is new managing editor of Unbound online social witness journal

Union Presbyterian Seminary grad has served as YAV, OPW intern

September 6, 2013

Virginia Bairby

Virginia "Ginna" Bairby, new managing editor of "Unbound." —PNS file photo

LOUISVILLE

Virginia “Ginna” Bairby, newly graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. and newly married in August, has been named managing editor of the online journal, Unbound (www.justiceUnbound.org).

Along with her duties as managing editor, Ginna will also assist the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) with its website and in developing new ways to advance the social policy positions of the General Assembly.

Unbound ― “an interactive journal of Christian social justice” ― continues the tradition of the former Church & Society magazine.

Bairby is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, where she studied religion and music.  After graduation, she served as a Young Adult Volunteer for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Peru. She also has served as an intern at the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC.  She is a candidate for the ministry under the care of the Presbytery of the James.

The Rev. Chris Iosso, coordinator of the Advisory Committee, noted: “We received many excellent applications for the position. We were impressed that Ginna’s sense of call to the justice ministries of the church was grounded in substantial international awareness and social analysis from her time in Peru. She also knew how the church’s social witness policy was used in Washington.”

Union Seminary President Brian Blount was also pleased to hear of Bairby’s new work. “Her commitment to institutional integrity at the seminary was real and reflected in her work with the seminary’s advancement office and student government to implement a policy of purchasing fair trade t-shirts and other products,” he said. “We believe she will be well placed to learn and contribute in both church and society.”

Bairby succeeds the Rev. Patrick Heery was hired directly out of Princeton Theological Seminary to help start Unbound. Two interim editors ― the Rev. Tricia Lloyd-Sidle and Rob S. Moore ― have continued the publication since Heery succeeded Eva Stimson as editor of Presbyterians Today magazine last January.

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