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from earlier in May, 2011
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Another presbytery shifts to vote for inclusive ordination
Missouri Union Presbytery today voted 43 to 38 to
approve Amendment 10-A -- the 22nd presbytery to FLIP from no to
Also, Western New York continued its support of
equality and justice, approving amendment A by 77 to 44.
The current tally is 96-69.
Church of Scotland votes to allow gay ministers
Scotland's largest protestant church lifts temporary
ban imposed after appointment of gay minister in 2009
The Guardian reports:
Scotland's largest protestant church has voted to
allow gay men and lesbians to become ministers.
The Church of Scotland imposed a temporary ban
after the appointment of Scott Rennie, a gay minister, to a church
in Aberdeen in 2009.
The general assembly, the church's law-making
body, voted on Monday morning [May 23] to lift that moratorium,
officially allowing gay ministers to take on parishes for the first
time since it was founded in 1560-1 by John Knox, a leading figure
in the Scottish reformation.
The vote follows warnings that allowing gay and
lesbian clergy could split the church. A special commission set up
in 2009 to investigate the implications of Rennie's appointment
predicted that up to a fifth of the church's ministers, deacons and
elders, as well as 100,000 worshippers, could leave in protest.
The commission warned that the issue was extremely
divisive, with another 1,800 church leaders and 40,000 parishioners
saying they would leave if gay ministers were not admitted. The
church has 445,000 communicants, or active members.
Why approve 10-A?
More on the
ratification of Amendment 10-A by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities
Area – what people said in the floor discussion
We reported almost two weeks ago on the action of
the Twin Cities Area presbytery in approving Amendment 10–A to the
Book of Order of the PC(USA). The discussion before the vote had
been planned by the presbytery leaders to allow for the expression
of varying views, but in a format that would minimize back-and-forth
“debate” that might sharpen differences of opinion.
Each side, for and against approval of LGBT
ordination, was presented first by a member of the Bills and
Overtures committee, and each of them was followed by ten minutes
for statements by members of the presbytery. Presentations in favor
of approval were varied, but seemed to articulate many of the most
important reasons for support the change. A number of the speakers
have shared the written version of their remarks, which we’re happy
to share with you here. Just click on the name of any presenter that
looks like a link, and you’ll see that full statement.
For more on
the discussion in Twin Cities Area presbytery >>
For more news and comments on
'Cheer up, it's not the end of the world.'
So now’s the time to register
for our PVJ Ghost Ranch seminars!
We are co-sponsoring two seminars at Ghost Ranch this
summer, both of them promising to be challenging and enjoyable, and
a chance to spend a week in a beautiful high-desert spot with great
Sex, Faith, and Culture:
Understanding the Mix in Our Lives and Society [G11S742]
July 25 - 31, 2011
Twenty years after the controversial report "Keeping
Body and Soul Together: Sexuality, Spirituality, and Social Justice"
was overwhelmingly rejected by the Presbyterian General Assembly in
1991, two of its primary authors will begin this seminar with a
reflection on the development of the report and the firestorm that
surrounded it. The conversation will then shift to address a variety
of concerns on the "justice-love" agenda, including alternative
reproductive technologies, comprehensive (vs. abstinence-only)
sexuality education, equality for transgender and bisexual as well
as lesbian and gay persons, same-sex marriage, the global HIV-AIDS
pandemic, sexuality while living with Alzheimer's and other chronic
illnesses, and the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.
More on the seminar >>
led by Marvin M. Ellison and Sylvia Thorson-Smith
Issues: a Faithful Response to Immigration
August 1 - 7, 2011
Jane Hanna, seminar coordinator, writes: Discerning
God's call to advocate for a just immigration system requires people
of faith to have a knowledgeable understanding of the issues related
to modern global migration. Julia Thorne will help us understand present immigration law, how detention and deportation policies
impact both migrants and our communities. We will learn about
Presbyterian policy on immigration reform. Mark Adams and Miriam
Maldonado Escobar, PCUSA Mission co-workers, will share their
experiences with the many players on the border (the undocumented,
Border Patrol agents, faith communities, rich and poor,
humanitarians, landowners and communities on both sides of the
border.) As momentum builds to reform U.S. immigration, our voice as
informed faith communities advocating just policies and practices is
the challenge we face. Learning about the newcomers in our
communities and how to create environments to serve everyone follows
a biblical mandate to be church together
More on the seminar >>
led by Mark Adams, Jane Hanna, Miriam Maldonado Escobar, and Julia
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Two more presbyteries support 10-A
Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, by a vote of 80 to 52), joined
the other two presbyteries in Alabama to support inclusive
And one more! Homestead Presbytery, in Nebraska,
voted 46-29 in favor of Amendment A.
Not everybody is joining in, though. Los Ranchos
voted today also, and again voted no, 51-131. so the tally is 94-69.
blogger John Shuck
|Added on 5-20-11 --
Tricia Dykers Koenig,
National Organizer, observes that Amendment 10-A has now
been approved by all the presbyteries in the states of
Alabama, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Also
all those in Illinois and Indiana (the entire Synod of
Lincoln Trails!). That’s not counting non-geographical
presbyteries, or states with only one presbytery.
Saturday, May 21, San Juan|
Tuesday, May 24, Missouri Union, Western New York|
Thursday, May 26, Hanmi, Peace River
More presbyteries support 10-A and inclusive ordination
On Saturday, May 14, the Presbytery of Boise voted
37-27 to approve the amendment for inclusive ordination. Boise was
the 20th presbytery to flip from a no to a YES.
And today, Tuesday May 17, the Presbytery of Des
Moines strengthened its past support Amendment 10-A, by a vote of 64
yes, 29 no, with 2 abstaining. Three other presbyteries also
continued their support of 10-A: Charlotte, Des Moines, and New
The current tally is 92-66.
Thanks to John Shuck and Bill Le
More on Amendment 10-A
Standing in Pain
Jenny Stone, a former member of the Witherspoon
Society Board, reminds us of the pain that the exclusion of LGBT
people has caused over the years, and invites us to see our church
from their point of view, even as we move toward changing it.
for her reflections >>
More comments on the
ratification of Amendment 10-A
For more on 10-A
How transformative inclusion fits within the larger vision of
Sylvia Thorson-Smith, a member of the
Coordinating Team of PVJ and long active in Voices of Sophia,
was asked to participate in a press conference the day after the
required number of presbyteries acted to approve Amendment 10-A
for inclusive ordination. She preparing this as her
opening comment in that press conference:
I represent a group that’s the recent merger of a
passionate feminist organization and the oldest liberal issues
organization in the Presbyterian Church. We’re not connected with
the official structures of the church – just like the other groups
on this call.
Feminists have long made the connection between
issues of sex and gender – and all of the other “isms” that plague
us. When we strike a blow at any oppression, we undermine the entire
structure of oppression.
Twenty years ago, the Presbyterian Church soundly
rejected a report I helped write -- that said that patriarchal sex
bolsters patriarchal injustice. Compulsory heterosexuality – the
social mandate that everyone be heterosexual – also requires that
all men dominate all women, and the world. Lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender persons undermine the fundamental structures of
domination because they proudly refuse to conform to these
I believe that this movement has the power to
shake the world. Every country, some more than others, punishes LGBT
experience and behavior. And every victory to make institutions less
punitive moves us closer to more freedom for all.
This is a profoundly historic moment, not only for
the Presbyterian Church, but for the liberating energies at work all
over the world. We stand on the shoulders of people who have worked
not only for sex and gender justice but racial, environmental, and
other justice issues. What we celebrate today is part of the world’s
groanings for peace and freedom! Which is why we call for More
Light, more love, more justice!
One observer comments on the action of the
Presbytery of the Twin Cities.
"There was a
confidence in the air tonight. It was tangible and good."
Susan Robertson wrote this observation for the
MLP website, after attending the Twin Cities presbytery meeting
on Tuesday. Susan has been the bookkeeper for PVJ for the
past few years, and does the same invaluable job for MLP.
I was asked to write about my experience tonight
as the Twin Cities Presbytery became the 87th presbytery to vote in
favor of 10-A. I am not clergy, I am no longer a deacon in a church.
In fact, I haven't even walked into a church for many years, with
the exception of a Christmas Eve service.
I wanted to attend this presbytery meeting so that
I could witness history and be a part of the wave of change in the
Presbyterian Church and in society. I was struck by something that
the Vice Moderator of the presbytery said during her address to the
group. She talked about fear;
the fear of not being able to
be who you are, the fear of not being treated the way you would like
to be treated, and the fear of someone else changing a world that
doesn't really need to be changed.
The Vice Moderator went on to talk about how
love casts out that fear. She
reminded us that we should attempt to displace the fear with acts of
love. She challenged us to see what we can do to show our love to
those who are fearful.
I would believe that by this time, she had
captured all of our
Having never been to a presbytery meeting before,
everything was new and different. The people that were in favor of
10-A spoke first. One person mentioned that 10-A is not about a
group of people to be ordained, but rather about God's call to a
group of people to be ordained. There was much talk about "latitude"
in scriptural interpretation. Only one "youth" was represented and
spoke about God's radical and inclusive love.
Those against 10-A, who were far fewer in number,
rose and voiced their opinions against 10-A.
There was a confidence in the air tonight. It was
tangible and good. The highlight for me, other than the outcome, was
when a woman for 10-A rose
and spoke about how we were all knitted in God's womb. She paused
and then asked, "Has God ever dropped a stitch?"
"Now I can hold my head up high and proclaim to the world who I
We received this note yesterday from Pamela
Ann Reed, who now lives in Columbus, Ohio.
I finally feel that my role as a deacon has been
accepted by the whole church! Oh! I know that there are still those
who do not accept me!! But the church itself now does and that feels
so uplifting!! As a person who fits 2 of the letters in GLBT (T and
L) I feel vindicated in my role in the church!! I have been very
lucky to be part of two wonderful communities in the Presbyterian
Church! First at First Presbyterian in Palo Alto, California and now
at Broad Street Presbyterian in Columbus, Ohio. I was just elected
to be a deacon at Broad Street and will soon be active as a deacon.
Now I can hold my head up high and proclaim to the
world who I am!! No more worrying that I will be told that I am not
worthy and can not follow my calling!! This is a most wondrous time
in our church!! Hallelujah!!!
Pamela Ann Reed
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"... today, we give thanks that a major form of injustice has
been righted in our church."
from Presbyterian Voices for Justice
For over thirty years, Presbyterians have debated
the will of God and refused to allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender persons to serve God in all ordained capacities in the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Whenever injustice is perpetuated, it
feels like a recurrence of the captivity of the Israelites in Egypt.
Like them, LGBT persons and their allies have cried to God for
justice, and our prayers have been answered. The Holy Spirit has
been praying with us in sighs too deep for words, and that Spirit
has touched human hearts in a massive movement for change.
Praise be to God that the Presbyterian Church
(U.S.A.) has taken a giant leap of freedom and removed a major
barrier to equality among us. There is yet much to do to make the
PC(USA) a fully just and egalitarian community for all of its
members. But today, we give thanks that a major form of injustice
has been righted in our church.
The Coordinating Team of Presbyterian Voices for
May 11, 2011
Amendment 10-A is ratified!
afternoon, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area became the 87th
presbytery to approve of the constitutional amendment that drops
from the church’s rule a ban on the possibility of ordination (as
minister or elder) for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
persons. The responsibility for discerning persons’ suitability for
ordination is now placed where it was in the beginning of the
Reformed churches: in the hands of the ordaining body – i.e. the
presbytery for ministers, and the local church session for elders.
The vote was strongly supportive of the change:
out of 264 ballots cast, 205 were for the amendment, and just 56
against it, with 3 abstentions.
The discussion of the action was set up in a way
to minimize conflict and oppositional thinking about the subject.
First one member of the Committee on Bills and Overtures (Gordon
Dosher, who as a commissioner to the 2010 General Assembly was
assigned to the committee that dealt with the ordination question)
spoke for about ten minutes; he was followed by ten supporters of
the amendment, each being give just one minute to make his or her
point. Then a member for the Bills and Overtures Committee spoke for
ten minutes explaining his reasons for opposing the change, after
which ten others gave their reasons for opposing it.
I’ll try to summarize some of the points that were
made, and post some of the speeches in their entirety, after I get a
bit of sleep tonight.
In the meantime,
some reports already posted >>
I’ll be back tomorrow
with more details and commentary on this great step forward for the
And if you have news or thoughts
please send a note and enrich our discussion!
Plains and Peaks shifts to support an inclusive church
Just one more affirmative vote will ratify Amendment
Earlier today, Saturday, May 7, the Presbytery of
Plains and Peaks approved amendment 10-A by a vote of 73-51 moving
us to just one vote from ratifying this important change! This is a
magnificent shift from their vote two years ago, rejecting Amendment
08-B by 41 to 60.
Dakota Presbytery was also scheduled to meet this
weekend, but we don't yet have a report.
The next presbyteries to vote:
Tuesday, May 10: New Harmony, Pacific,
Prospect Hill, San Gabriel, Twin Cities Area, Western Kentucky. Of
these presbyteries, Pacific and Twin Cities Area have previously
approved the inclusive church amendment two years ago.
Saturday, May 14: Boise.
We encourage you to do whatever you can – by your
prayers, your phone calls, your own speaking in your own presbytery
– to move us one giant step toward greater justice and inclusive
love in our church.
more on Amendment 10-A >>
Thanks to blogger
John Shuck, and Tricia
Dykers Koenig, Covenant Network
Middle Tennessee Presbytery flips to support 10-A
Of the presbyteries voting this week on Amendment
10-A, to open the possibility of ordination for LGBT Presbyterians,
three have again rejected the change, two of them (Foothills and
Peaks) by narrower margins than two years ago. St. Andrew maintained
the same percentage vote, though with fewer presbyters voting.
But the big news – the good news – is that Middle
Tennessee Presbytery voted today by 93 to 86 with 1 abstention, for
a more inclusive church. This is the 18th transformed presbytery,
having voted 95 to 139 against 08-B.
The national count is now 85 to 62. Two more
YES votes will ratify the constitutional change.
With Plains and Peaks voting on Saturday, and
possibly shifting to support the change, and Pacific and Twin Cities
voting on Tuesday (both of which supported inclusion in two years
ago, we are in sight of 87, and the change so many of us have worked
and prayed for, for so long!
Thanks to blogger
John Shuck, and Tricia
Dykers Koenig, Covenant Network
|One quick comment on this report,
from David Oliver-Holder of Bayfield, Wisconsin::
The Rev. Trina Zelle called to serve as the new Lead Organizer
for the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA)
A press release from the Presbyterian Health, Education & Welfare
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — May 2, 2011 – The Rev. Trina Zelle has accepted
the newly-formed position of Lead Organizer for the Presbyterian
Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA), a ministry of
Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministry, General Assembly Mission
Council (GAMC), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Rev. Zelle writes, “I
am excited at the prospect of collaboration with experienced and
committed leadership in strengthening and expanding this incredible
Ordained in 1980 by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Rev. Trina
Zelle has served congregations in Connecticut, Minnesota, Hawaii,
Texas, and Arizona. She also worked for ten years as a community
organizer in partnership with immigrant women living along the
Texas/New Mexico/Mexico border. Together they established a day care
business, a community center, and Cristo Rey Outreach, a nonprofit
organization that continues to provide technical assistance to
grassroots groups along the border.
Since 2006 she has served as founding director of Arizona Interfaith
Alliance for Worker Justice, Arizona’s only worker rights
center.Serving as a clergy commissioner to the 219th
(2010) General Assembly, Rev. Zelle is familiar with the current
hopes and challenges of the denomination. She has also been a
long-time friend of PHEWA, having served as the featured preacher
for the 2003 PHEWA Biennial Conference, bringing the message “God is
About to Do a New Thing.” Rev. Zelle looks forward to being PHEWA’s
new Lead Organizer: “I see PHEWA and its networks continuing to
transform the lives of individuals and communities through work that
is collaborative, respectful, and creative. I see a flexible
organization capable of responding to what will surely be an
ever-changing landscape of need.”
Rev. Zelle graduated from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio
and received her Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary
of the Twin Cities. She lives with her clergy spouse (Rev. Philip
Reller, UCC) in Tempe, AZ. They have four grown children.
While PHEWA is a ministry of the Compassion, Peace & Justice
Ministry, GAMC, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), it is also a 501(c) 3
membership organization serving the entire church. This new PHEWA
Lead Organizer position is entirely funded by PHEWA, with the PHEWA
Board of Directors serving as employer. Learn more about PHEWA at
NOTE: Presbyterian Voices for Justice is proud to note
that Trina Zelle has also served as a member of the Board of the
Witherspoon Society – a predecessor of PVJ -- and as a
co-moderator of the group. We congratulate PHEWA on finding an
excellent new staff person, and we wish her well in that
PPF responds to the death of Osama bin Laden
What if we had responded to terrorism with courage and love,
instead of fear?
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Email
Newsletter, May 3, 2011
On this day, reflecting on the death of Osama
bin Laden during a U.S. military operation in Pakistan, we turn
to Paul’s Letter to the Church in Rome . . .
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room
for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I
will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry,
feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink;
for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads."
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans
On this day, we mourn the loss of life
experienced by so many on September 11, 2001, and we stand in
compassion with our sisters and brothers for whom that loss of
life remains a daily reality. We are deeply moved by the service
of so many who risked their own lives on that day and in the
days that followed.
On this day, aware that the wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq have now gone on for almost a decade, we
are keenly aware of the continued sacrifice borne by U.S.
families as tens of thousands of our soldiers have been wounded
On this day, we know of the suffering of
countless—truly countless—numbers of families in both of those
countries who also have lost loved ones because of the wars, or
who have been displaced by the violence, and whose lives will
never be the same again. We say, again, it is time to bring the
wars in Afghanistan and Iraq swiftly to an end, bring all U.S.
soldiers and military contractors home to their families, and
commit to the hard work of partnering to rebuild those
communities devastated by the wars.
On this day, with many other sisters and
brothers across our country and around the world, we dare to ask
. . .
|What might the world look like today
had we responded to our own fear with the courage to love those
of whom we are most afraid?|
|What if the billions upon billions of
dollars spent to wage war had been spent instead on food and
potable water and schools and development projects—the things
that make for peace?|
|What if we prepared our young people
to wage peace rather than to wage war?|
We follow the Prince of Peace. We are a people
of hope. We will seek common ground with sisters and brothers
who share our commitment to peace in all religious traditions.
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, May 2, 2011
Two thoughtful reflections on the death of Osama bin Laden
Robert Neiman, policy director at Just Foreign
Policy, writes on Truthout:
The War Is Over. Start Packing!
"We got our man. Wave the flag, kiss a nurse
(or a sailor) and start packing the equipment. It's time to plan
to bring all our boys and girls home from Afghanistan. When the
tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks rolls around, let the
world see that we are on a clear path to bringing home our
troops from Afghanistan and handing back sovereignty to the
After Bin Laden, People of Faith Must Transcend
a Baptist minister, and director of the religious studies
program at the University of Oklahoma, writes on
God’s Politics, a blog by “Jim Wallis and friends”
development highlights many critically important factors
that converge at the intersection of religion and politics
today. Two connected issues stand out for all of us who seek
a more healthy and hopeful future. First, we must recognize
that the conditions that helped create and sustain Osama bin
Laden’s extremism continue to exist: unrepresentative,
autocratic rulers in many predominantly Islamic lands,
perceived heavy-handed and predatory U.S. political,
military, and economic involvement in many of these same
countries, and the deep frustrations with the plight of
Palestinians after more than 40 years of military
occupation. While the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims
have rejected Bin Laden’s violent extremism, the “Arab
spring” upheavals throughout the Middle East and the urgent
need for real progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
underscore the sources of frustration that must be addressed
Obama correctly emphasized a crucial, related issue: Bin
Laden was not a Muslim leader and the ongoing conflict is
not with Islam. Osama bin Laden used religion to recruit,
incite, and justify murder. His lethal corruption of
religion must be named and rejected without indicting Islam
and the 1.5 billion Muslims.
than ever, it is essential that people of faith and goodwill
transcend the temptations of triumphalism and redouble
efforts at education, dialogue, and cooperation across
|A quick response has come from
Shirley Nelson, of Amherst, Massachusetts:
Hi, Doug: Glad to see the Wallis
reference. Let's hope churches come through with
sane and wise responses, and further outreach to
peace-seeking Muslim people.
presbyteries voted Saturday on Amendment A. Both voted
National Capital continued its strong support for equality by
approving the change to G-6.0106b by a vote of 204-80-3.
River Valley (Omaha and environs) increased its pro-equality
margin and approved A, 52-39-4.
In a Sunday
meeting the Presbytery of the Foothills voted 64 to 95 against
the amendment – still a No, but by a narrower margin than two
years ago, when it was 34 to 99.
The tally is now
That means only
three more YESes to reach 87 and take a big step forward for
Click here for a listing of the presbyteries that have yet
to vote >>
Thanks to John Shuck (of
Shuck and Jive) and
Pam Byers (of Covenant
Three former Moderators of the PCUSA have written to the
church expressing their support for 10-A
The three former Moderators -- Freda Gardner,
Rick Ufford-Chase, and Bruce Reyes-Chow -- have sent their
letter to the church as a whole. They begin:
“...We've been asked what we think about 10-A,
so we decided to share our thoughts and hope with you in this
way. We also know that some in our Church are anxious about 10-A
and its passage. We imagine similar fears were expressed about
women's ordination. All of us are aware of the natural
kaleidoscope of feelings in the midst of change.
We believe that Amendment 10-A will be
profoundly helpful to the mission, future and witness of the
Presbyterian Church (USA)... “
Read the full letter >>
here it is in easy-to-print PDF format >>
Calling for a “Circle of Protection” for the poor
Presbyterians Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk, and
Gradye Parsons and Carlos Malave, Associate for Ecumenical
Relationships, join in letter calling for a “Circle of
Protection” for programs that aid the poor
Jim Wallis, of Sojourners, reports:
What is the Circle of Protection?
Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50
Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the
sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do
the same. We united around the basic principle that those who
are already suffering should not be made to suffer even more in
order to reduce the deficit. Evangelical, Roman Catholic,
mainline Protestant, black, and Hispanic church leaders came
together to say that Christians will form a "Circle of
Protection" around programs that assist poor and vulnerable
Click here for the full text of the letter >>
And we encourage you to click here to sign on to the letter
Big Tent to stay
Location finalized after examination of new Indiana immigration
from the Office of the General Assembly
The Big Tent –
the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s biennial celebration of
ministry and mission – will be pitched in Indianapolis June
The decision to
keep the Big Tent event in Indianapolis this summer was made
after church leaders examined the final text of the newly passed
Indiana immigration bill (Senate Bill 590) and confirmed that it
does not contain elements that would have necessitated a change
Big Tent website for more information and to register.
For an index to all our reports
the 219th General Assembly
from earlier in June, 2011
For links to earlier archive pages,
Some blogs worth visiting
Mitch Trigger, PVJ's
Secretary/Communicator, has created a Facebook page where
Witherspoon members and others can gather to exchange news and
views. Mitch and a few others have posted bits of news, both
personal and organizational. But there’s room for more!
You can post your own news and views,
or initiate a conversation about a topic of interest to you.
for Life" website
Long-time and stimulating blogger John Shuck,
a Presbyterian minister currently
serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton,
Tenn., writes about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized
and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and
Click here for his blog posts.
Click here for podcasts of his radio program, which "explores
the intersection of religion, social justice and public life."
John Harris’ Summit to
Theological and philosophical
reflections on everything between summit to shore, including
kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology,
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), New York City and the Queens
neighborhood of Ridgewood -- by a progressive New York City
Presbyterian Pastor. John is a former member of the Witherspoon
board, and is designated pastor of North Presbyterian Church in
Voices of Sophia blog
Heather Reichgott, who has created
this new blog for Voices of Sophia, introduces it:
After fifteen years of scholarship
and activism, Voices of Sophia presents a blog. Here, we present the
voices of feminist theologians of all stripes: scholars, clergy,
students, exiles, missionaries, workers, thinkers, artists, lovers
and devotees, from many parts of the world, all children of the God
in whose image women are made. .... This blog seeks to glorify God
through prayer, work, art, and intellectual reflection. Through
articles and ensuing discussion we hope to become an active and
Got more blogs to recommend?
send a note, and we'll see what we can do!