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Archive for October, 2002


"Be careful who you hate.
It may be someone you love."

Posted on a billboard along Interstate 77 in South Carolina by PFLAG.

Thanks to Barbara Kellam Scott

As crime rates fall, the prison population continues to rise -- with an increasing proportion of prisoners being black men.

The Presbyterian Washington Office summarizes a recent study by the Justice Policy Institute. 

The threat of war against Iraq

Media remained almost silent on anti-war demonstrations

Deborah Kory, Managing Editor of Tikkun magazine (Tikkun is a liberal Jewish activist organization whose leading spirit is Rabbi Michael Lerner), has commented on the impressive lack of media coverage of the demonstrations last Saturday, Oct. 26, around the nation and indeed around the world, opposing the US march toward war against Iraq.

She urges those who share Tikkun's commitment to peace in the Middle East to write to their media outlets expressing concern at this bias.

Can you share news of any rallies or demonstrations you've taken part in or witnessed?  Please send us a note!

Keeping U.S. No. 1: Is It Wise? Is It New?

Thoughtful comments on the Administration's "National Security Strategy of the United States"

Judith Miller, writing in the New York Times, offers comments from a variety of military strategists about President Bush's recent release of an audacious new strategy for defending America against future foreign threats.

One example: John J. Mearsheimer, a professor at the University of Chicago, applauds the administration for some of its straight talk, buts fears the blunt language about American pre-eminence may backfire. "We should not be standing on the rooftop shouting that we're No. 1 and we plan to stay that way when we're trying to build coalitions against terror," he said. He warns that if global hegemony is the administration's real goal, "we will have our hands full and will ultimately fail."

Richard Shaull, voice for justice in Latin America, reaches the end of his journey

The Rev. Dr. Richard Shaull died peacefully in his sleep last Friday, October 25, after fighting cancer for nearly a decade. He had spent his last five weeks in hospice care. His wife, Nancy wrote this: 'He was ready to go and I supported his leaving. We had many hours of song, scripture reading, and great conversations. We both felt that we had no 'unfinished business.'"

Jane Hanna, past president of the Witherspoon Society, writes:

Richard Shaull was a Presbyterian missionary who first went to Latin America in 1942; there his theology, commitment and biblical understanding were deepened by exposure to liberation theologians who were influenced by the marginal and dispossessed Christians of Central and South America. From 1962-1980 he was Professor of Ecumenics at Princeton Theological Seminary where he articulated a theology of liberation learned from the poor but aimed at liberating mainline Protestants. Dr. Shaull's interpretation of Scripture challenged us to envision a different economic order, one that met the basic needs of all. From 1980 on, he divided his time between North and South America, communicating to Christians in the north the theological thought and vibrant Christian life he found amid the poor in Latin America.

Richard's wife, Nancy, adds this: "A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2002 at 11:00 am at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Please come help celebrate this unique servant of God. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Foundation (Richard Shaull Memorial Mission Fund).

Equal Exchange Coffee -- a Presbyterian project -- is a way congregations and other entities can buy their coffee from farmers' cooperatives like Miraflor, in Nicaragua, at a guaranteed price that is roughly three times the current world market price.

Try it -- You'll like it!    


Mourning the loss of Paul Wellstone 

For anyone committed to a more just and peaceful world and especially for those of us whom he represented so ably and conscientiously in the U. S. Senate, the death of Sen. Paul Wellstone, along with his wife, Sheila, and their daughter Marcia, along with three campaign aides and their two pilots, is a deep loss.

Please hold the Wellstone family and the loved ones of the other victims in your prayers.

A note just received from one Witherspooner:

I encourage you to post something about Wellstone's legacy as a US senator. He was very much a defender of those on the margins, and voted against the resolution to give Bush power to wage war. He is someone progressive Christians will sorely miss.

Tom Liddle

And a tribute from the liberal Jewish group, TIKKUN:

Dayan Ha'emet


The death of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone in a plane crash is a tragedy and a deep personal loss for us at TIKKUN. Paul was
a beautiful human being and a principled Jewish progressive.

He was a frequent contributor to TIKKUN Magazine and a person who stood with us in our commitment to Middle East peace. In 1991 Senator Wellstone was the keynote speaker at the TIKKUN Conference in Jerusalem in support of the Israeli
peace movement.

In our frequent conversations with him, Paul consistently articulated a vision of hope that affirmed the best in Judaism and the best in the secular humanist traditions. He stood with TIKKUN and with the progressive voices in American politics in public, when many others would only whisper to us privately that they agreed with us but dared not say so publicly.

He was a mensch among a Senate filled with mice.

Paul Wellstone was one of most principled and decent people to ever enter American politics. He was one of the very few elected officials who remained true to his principles and who was not corrupted by the need to appeal to the rich and the powerful.

And he retained a fundamental humanity and modesty that few have been able to sustain in public life.

Paul was proud of his Jewish identity, but unlike the many who kowtowed to the Jewish establishment, Paul spoke out as a
progressive and a critic of Israeli policy. He was a quintessential Tikkun Jew.

May his memory be a blessing, zichrono livracha.
May his life be an inspiration for all of us.
May his soul be bound in the bond of eternal life.
--Rabbi Michael Lerner

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Harry Smith 

The Rev. Dr. Harry Smith, a strong, long-time witness for peace and justice, campus minister, college president (at Austin College), and source of many of the bits of humor we've shared on our Just for Fun page, died yesterday, Oct. 24, at his home in Santa Fe.

Your WebWeaver recalls with warmth the hospitality that he and his wife, Etta, have provided to me, first at Austin College, and later at their retirement home in Santa Fe.

He and Etta have been frequent participants in demonstrations at the School of the Americas, have worked for a more inclusive Presbyterian Church, and in countless other ways have shared in the never-ending struggle for a more just and peaceful world.

Harry's reflections on Mission Responsibility Through Investment, as a former chair of that Presbyterian body, are in the latest issue of Church & Society.

We'll miss him.

Doug King

Do you have recollections of Harry Smith to share?
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Click here for the announcement from Austin College

Presbyterian News Service has posted a more complete report on his life.

The threat of war on Iraq

Presbyterians raising voices in opposition to Iraq attack  

Evan Silverstein, in a recent Presbyterian News Service report, details a variety of statements and actions by Presbyterians around the country, urging the U.S. government not to go to war against Iraq. The story also takes note of the difficulties and tensions involved in coming to such decisions.

The Washington Office reports on a recent survey of generational shifts in political and social views 
Fair trade coffee needs consumer and voter support 
PHEWA biennial conference set for San Antonio in January 2003

The social welfare ministries conference will focus on liberation theology.

Commissioner seeks special meeting of GA

Reactions are many and varied   

Reports have been pouring forth over the past few days about the effort by Dr. Alex Metherell, who was an elder commissioner to the 214th General Assembly in June, 2002, to force an extraordinary reconvening of that assembly to deal with what he calls "a full-blown constitutional crisis" in the Presbyterian Church.

Here's a brief outline of the situation thus far, with links to reports far more complete than we can provide.

Your WebWeaver also adds a few personal reflections. 

An update on Jensen's many complaints against gay ordination

Paul Rolf Jensen has become a noteworthy figure in the campaign against the ordination of glbt people in the Presbyterian Church, primarily through the many complaints he has filed against people whose ordination he considers invalid, or who have acted in other ways that he views as violating one provision or another of the Book of Order. (He prefers to call them accusations.)

Jensen has provided to the Layman a helpful update on the status of his various complaints, so just in case you're interested, and having trouble keeping up with them all, he's provided you with some helpful information. Of course he views all these cases from his own perspective.

The threat of war on Iraq

Presbytery of Western Reserve adopts super-short statement opposing military action in Iraq 

To All PC(USA) Presbyteries:

At its stated meeting of September 23, 2002, the Presbytery of the Western Reserve adopted the following statement to be sent to the President of the United States and the Ohio Congressional delegation:

We do not support unilateral, pre-emptive, retributive military action in Iraq. We believe that other measures short of sending troops must be encouraged with participation of allied and other nations.

A letter with the statement was sent to the persons indicated above on September 27th. Notice is being sent to you by action of the Presbytery.

Douglas J. Tracy, Stated Clerk
Presbytery of the Western Reserve
2800 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500
Cleveland, OH 44115-2496

Most Presbyterians in Congress backed war resolution

At least one legislator was swayed by PC(USA) policy on Iraq, according to a Presbyterian News Service report. That one was Rep. Eva Clayton, a North Carolina Democrat who also is a Presbyterian elder -- [and who spoke at a Witherspoon luncheon some years ago.]

Recently a visitor asked that famous question, "What would Jesus do" about waging war on Iraq?

We now have an interesting answer!  

Pre-emptive strikes??  How about Costa Rica doing one against the US?

After the serial killings around Washington, ballistic "fingerprinting" gains a hearing 
The Presbyterian Washington Office takes notes of a significant victory, as an election reform bill is passed by Senate and sent to the President.
A little political grump from your WebWeaver

As I started work on today's postings, my phone rang. It was a recorded call from Pres. Bush reminding me that I recently received an application for an absentee ballot from the Republican Party, and urging me to support Republican candidates. He doesn't call me very often, so I paid attention. But I didn't like it.

An interesting use of the power of the Presidency.

To be fair, I think I recall a similar call from Bill Clinton just two or four years ago. I didn't like that one any better.

Doug King


The threat of war on Iraq

Columbia Seminary faculty issue "A Public Testimony on War With Iraq, With Questions, Answers, and an Invitation to Dialogue and Action." 

In a notable action by seminary faculty, over 100 members of the Columbia Seminary community have signed as statement which opens with a too-rarely heard (but very Reformed) acknowledgment that "We share neither the mind nor the will of God."

The statement starts by affirming that "the presumption of the Christian faith is always toward peace," and that "even in the most carefully conducted wars, far too many innocent persons suffer death and hardship."

The writers then assert that "a policy of preemptive and unilateral action flouts current international laws, including those that have been agreed upon and promoted by the U.S. in the past." They summarize their stand: "We asked ourselves, 'Can we gain the type of security our national administration suggests it can deliver to us through war?' 'And if so, ought we desire it?' We believe that the answers to both questions are No."

They conclude with an invitation to their community to engage in serious theological and biblical reflection on this urgent issue, promising to hear and respect views that differ from their own. For, the affirm, "In a time of anger and despair, the church can and ought to be a place of peace and hope."

Power and Transformation -- a sermon

Beyond counting are the sermons that must have been preached last Sunday, October 13, 2002, following the action of Congress to grant President Bush the power to wage pre-emptive war against Iraq. (Even more sermons were preached, we suspect, which studiously avoided the whole thing in the name of "peace in the church.")

Witherspoon President Kent Winters-Hazelton has shared his sermonic effort to deal with the issue, acknowledging his own nervousness about offending people in his congregation. But he notes that there is now, as in Acts 4, "a collision of two sources of power; the way things have always been and the new reality of God's way." And he concludes that "The way of God is transformative and calls us to seek ways to break the cycle of power and violence."

One group encourages support of congressional candidates who stood against the war  

MoveOn, a liberal political action group, encourages support of those courageous senators and representatives who have "dared to speak for caution and restraint instead of war." The quote is from Janet Adair Hansen, who sent this to us.

US and British church leaders urge:  "Disarm Iraq without War"  

School of the Americas reminder:

November 15-17, 2002 will be the next rally and nonviolent civil resistance actions to close the School of the Americas. 

Washington Office reports on a victory for juvenile justice
Groups plan Reformation Sunday celebration of "the great gifts and diversity of all God’s people"

Presbyterian Promise, Presbyterian Welcome, and the Dissenting Churches of Hudson River Presbytery have invited people to a Reformation Sunday service of worship which will include the re-affirmation of ordination vows by LGBT persons. The service will be held at South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry, New York, on October 27, 2002.   

New announcement of Witherspoon/Peace Fellowship delegation to Colombia  

We've just received this updated announcement suitable for use in church or presbytery newsletters or bulletins:

You're encouraged to post this flyer in your church and makes copies for your next Presbytery meeting. Also announcements in your church bulletin and the Presbytery newsletter would allow more people the opportunity to participate in the delegation.


Presbyterians Concerned about Colombia: 

You are invited to participate in the March 17-29 delegation to Colombia with the Witherspoon Society and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship under the auspices of Witness for Peace. 

The delegation will meet with Presbyterians (arrangements by Alice Winters at Barranquilla Seminary in Colombia) and hear their stories about the effects of US policy on civilians. We will meet with additional experts to hear analyses of the impact of US policy in Colombia and hear personal testimonies from displaced people affected by the conflict. 

For additional information please contact Betty Kersting at or Anne Barstow at

Click here for more information.

Jerry Falwell apologizes for calling Muhammad a terrorist.

We have noted recent reports of concern at Jerry Falwell's assertion the Muhammad was a "terrorist." He has now issued a sort-of apology, saying that he intended no disrespect to "any sincere, law abiding Muslim."

You can read the Reuters report in the Boston Globe.

Thanks to

Faith-based initiatives (a.k.a. charitable choice) gains new lease on life 

Representative J.C. Watts Jr, sponsor of the House version of the faith-based initiatives bill, said this past week that he will support the weaker Senate version of the bill.

Check out the Washington Times report.

Thanks to

Supreme Court will hear four death penalty cases

Washington Office provides background  


The Case for Religious Pluralism in a Secular State

The separation of church and state takes on new dimensions - and new importance - as our society becomes more pluralistic religiously, and as fundamentalisms gain strength in many faith communities. Gene TeSelle summarizes a variety of studies that help us understand the new religious situation in which we live. 

TV worth watching

Bill Moyers special to examine resistance to Iraqi war

Airs Friday, Oct. 11 on PBS

On Friday, Oct. 11, "NOW with Bill Moyers" (PBS) will examine public arguments being made against going to war by a number of community based groups, including the National Council of Churches, Veterans for Peace, Voices in the Wilderness, and Black Voices for Peace. In a thoughtful and measured documentary segment, NOW will illuminate the issues on the minds of these groups' leaders: The impact of the war on the black community, the possibility of continuing sanctions, the human tragedy at stake, and the high financial cost of war with so many ongoing domestic problems. Check local listings for air times at:

Source: Sojourners 2002 (c)

Fidel Castro to be interviewed on US TV

Fidel Castro has agreed to an exclusive interview with Barbara Walters to coincide with the history-making Cuban Missile Crisis conference to be held in Havana later this week. See for details about the interview. Don't miss it!

Responses to Jerry Falwell

NCC Board Repudiates Falwell's "60 Minutes" Comments on Islam

Responding to Jerry Falwell's widely quoted condemnation of Islam as a terrorist religion, the National Council of Churches has issued a statement which concludes by stating that "we ... affirm to our brothers and sisters in Islam that we condemn and repudiate Jerry Falwell's hateful and destructive statements delivered on CBS's "60 Minutes," October 6, 2002, and we call upon President George W. Bush to repudiate and condemn Falwell's remarks."  

Equal Partners in Faith has also issued a statement condemning Jerry Falwell's claim that "Mohammad was a terrorist."  

The threat of war on Iraq

Quotes to ponder:  We offer a provocative collection of quotations about war -- from Ben Franklin to Margaret Mead to Herbert Hoover to Henry Miller.  (How's that for a random sample?)  
Interfaith Alliance urges US to explore non-violent alternatives to war with Iraq, and offers a quick way to write to the President and Congress. 
The President used fear instead of reason to justify a war

President Bush's address to the nation on Monday night, Oct. 7, was notable for its appeal to "the emotions of fear and repugnance and moral superiority that are the foot soldiers of war." So writes Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine. He sees Bush's appeal to fear as an effort to compensate for the weakness of his arguments for a war.

Thanks to Bruce Gillette for calling our attention to this article.


The threat of war on Iraq

Invade Iraq? What would Jesus do?

We received this note a few days ago from John Rozendaal in Carroll, Iowa.

Around this part of the country a lot of people wear the letters, "WWJD" (What Would Jesus Do). It's a good question but I haven't heard it raised (even in church) re how the war on terrorism (or the more recently raised issue of dealing with Saddam Hussein) should be carried on!

Detroit Presbytery cites Confession of 1967 and urges US "to exercise military restraint"
The Social Witness and Action Committee of The Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley has sent out a very helpful informational letter to all churches in the presbytery.
In the face of war, one preacher ponders "What to Say, What to Do."

Dr. Daniel R. Anderson-Little, Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, University City, Missouri, preached a sermon on September 29, 2002, in which he acknowledged the complex issues we are all facing today. But for all the complexities, he concludes that "If the Church of Jesus Christ is going to fulfill its calling, it must insist that we talk about the whole consequence of war" for the people of Iraq, and of the whole, newly and deeply interconnected world.  

"War and Peace" was the title for a sermon by delivered by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers at Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland, CA, on September 29, 2002. He considered the arguments being advanced to justify the war, and concluded that's our faith impels us to seek more creative solutions to the conflict - and to keep debating the questions, and making our views known. 
So, who's violating UN resolutions?

One of the arguments advanced most often by the Bush administration to justify a war on Iraq is that Saddam Hussein has violated UN Security Council resolutions, and must be punished in order to defend the standing of the United Nations.

Stephen Zunes, writing for The Progressive Response, lists eight UN resolutions that are being violated by other nations, including Israel as the primary violator.  

Another Santa Fe rally against war in Iraq
Web resources listed

Jane Hanna, just "retired" as President of the Witherspoon Society during the Executive Committee meeting last weekend, returned to Santa Fe where she took part in a rally of well over 1000 people concerned about the threatened war in Iraq.

We welcome contributions to the continuing efforts to find creative responses to the violence now going on and threatened for the future.  Please send a note with your comments, or suggested resources!  

If you're responding to a particular item, please let us know which one it is.  And if possible, please identify yourself by name -- and anything else you'd care to add.


How to support our church!

We recently were asked about ways to give extra contributions to our church, to compensate for those who are withholding their support.  We've called it our "Up Your$" campaign.

At last we have some specific suggestions.

Walter Mondale will address Covenant Network Conference, which will be held in Minneapolis, November 7-9, 2002 
A call for "repentance" from the Right ... meaning no support for the denomination

The Witherspoon Society's executive committee has been fascinated by the statement published on PresbyWeb on October 2, 2002, in which five Presbyterian pastors have issued a "call to confession and repentance."  We have been especially interested in the suggestive placement of one comma in a crucial sentence as they "call all churches that wish to be part of the faithful remnant of the Presbyterian Church, USA, to: ... remain within the denomination while refusing to fund any work of the denomination, which is antithetical to the will of God."


The threat of war on Iraq

Former Attorney General urges UN to resist Bush's pressure toward war

Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General, has sent on open letter to all members of the UN Security Council, with copies to the UN General Assembly, urging them to resist the pressures from President Bush to initiate a war against Iraq.

He presents a powerful list of reasons why the threatened war would lead the U.S. and the UN and "all nations toward a lawless world of endless wars." It is President Bush, he says, and not Saddam Hussein, who presents the greatest threat to the independence and purpose of the United Nations.

We encourage you, if you believe every voice must be raised against the war, to go to the web site where this statement is posted, and to add your name to the list of signers. (Scroll down to the end of the letter to jump to the sign-up page.)

"Who do we think we are?"

Peter Sawtell, of Eco-Justice Ministries, reflects on the current administration's attitude toward the world of nations as mirroring our nation's attitude toward the world of nature: standing above the rules, rightly telling other nations what to do - in short, attitudes the are grounded in our "bullying, exploitative, and self-centered worldview." 

GAC calls for U.S. restraint on Iraq, urges Presbyterians to witness - and work - for peace 

Meeting in Louisville at the end of September, the General Assembly Council issued a "call to prayer and action," urging Presbyterians to oppose a precipitate U.S. attack on Iraq and the Bush administration's 'new doctrine of pre-emptive military action.'

The Presbytery of Hudson River has issued a call for strengthening Presbyterian U.N. office as one contribution for peace 
When a church session withholds its per capita contribution, one member seeks alternatives  

The author of this note, for obvious reasons, has asked us not to share her identity.

I am a member of a church who just decided to withhold its per capita contribution to PCUSA. I am very unhappy about this decision.

What has fueled the Session's decision to withhold the PCUSA per capita is more about making a conservative view of issues. I am struggling with a number of conflicting principles. I have my personal concept that restitution is in order for the loss of this Church's per capita contribution. (I understand that our Presbytery will be responsible for it, so we only impact on their budget) I also recognize that Session decisions are subject to err and the frailty of humanity. I really don't like using money to make statements.

I was very impressed by your web site responding to some thought I had about this per capita dispute through the Up your$ campaign. Where can I get more information about the groups listed on the web site.

In Christ's love, I remain,

If you have suggestions for alternative giving, or other comments, please send a note!

How John Witherspoon made his mark

Rod Martin, former president of the Witherspoon Society, sends this send about the Presbyterian minister and signer of the Declaration of Independence, from whom our group takes its name.


Have just run across an interesting book (WS member Jeanne Welles sent me a copy of a review from the NYTimes Review of Books) entitled, How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman. (Crown 392pp., $25,95.)

A quote from the review: "...He makes much of the work of John Witherspoon, the minister...who became president of Princeton Seminary in 1768. During his twenty-six year tenure, he numbered among his students a future President of the United States (Madison), a vice-president (aaron Burr), six members of the Continental Congress, nine cabinet officers, twenty-one senators, thirty-nine congressmen, three Supreme Court Justices, twelve governors, thirty-three state and federal judges and thirteen college presidents. Witherspoon exposed all of them to the Scottish Enlightenment. James Madison in particular fell under the influence of David Hume ...whose ideas are apparent in the tenth of the Federalist Papers, the key to the new constitution, in which Madison argued that countervailing public interests, federal, state, executive, legislative, economic -- would guarantee private liberty...."

Arthur Herman is a former professor of History at Georgetown University.

Thought this might be of some interest to the Witherspoon members and friends.

Kindest personal regards.

Rod Martin

Stories from all of September are now listed in our September archives.  Stories from all of August are now indexed on the August archive page.  For all July reports go to the July archive page. 

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GA actions ratified (or not) by  the presbyteries   

A number of the most important actions of the 219th General Assembly are now being sent to the presbyteries for their action, to confirm or reject them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book of Order.

We're providing resources to help inform the reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.

Our three areas of primary interest are:

bullet Amendment 10-A, which would remove the current ban on lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.

bullet Amendment 10-2, which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of Confessions.

bullet Amendment 10-1, which would adopt the new Form of Government that was approved by the Assembly.

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Some blogs worth visiting

PVJ's Facebook page

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.


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 thoughtful community.


John Harris’ Summit to Shore blogspot

Theological and philosophical reflections on everything between summit to shore, including kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, 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 Flushing, NY.


John Shuck’s Shuck and Jive

A Presbyterian minister, currently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tenn., blogs about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and lightening up.


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