In 50 years, our church and our spiritual lives will be messier than ever. I say this because I believe that the major problems facing our world in 2064 will be more complicated and difficult to solve than even the issues that dominate our prayers today. This challenge may also be a blessing, for I . . . → Read More: A Church for a Complex World: Discernment in 2064 – Geoff Wehmeyer
It’s very likely that in 2064 the Presbyterian Church will be searching for truth.
Hopefully, there are a lot of reasons for this search, but the main motivation is that we will have fully emerged as a global postmodern society. If none of that made sense, what you need to know is that . . . → Read More: Searching for Universal Truth – Nathan Lusk and Sarah Are
If you had asked an incoming Presbyterian seminarian in 1964 what he expected the church of 2014 to be like, he (and it almost surely would have been a he, wouldn’t it?) would have needed to be nothing short of a prophet to get it all right. Think about it. Civil rights. Women’s rights and . . . → Read More: Reflections on the Church of 2064 – Owen Gray
On the south side of the Lower Trenton Bridge are large, neon-lit letters that read, “Trenton makes, the world takes.” When the slogan was adopted in 1917, Trenton, New Jersey, was a different city: a major manufacturing center brimming with jobs. Today, decades after the factories were boarded up and those who were able fled . . . → Read More: ‘School-to-prison pipeline’: A New Jersey pastor recounts how her small Trenton congregation is spreading its arms around the city’s vulnerable children – Karen Hernandez-Granzen
A number of studies have shown that among adult males, perhaps the greatest predictor of violent crime is joblessness. Similarly, the greatest predictor of crime among youth is the absence of the father from the home. As criminologist Robert J. Sampson concluded in a 1987 study which linked joblessness among adult males with family disruption . . . → Read More: Crime, Punishment, Public Policy and the Church – Samuel K. Atchison
In this article I argue that recent patterns of racial profiling and incarceration are normative behaviors authorized by the predominantly white state which contribute to the maintenance of racial injustice and white privilege in the United States. Racial profiling and incarceration are symptomatic of the larger historical problem of “violent innocence” and white supremacy in . . . → Read More: Violent Innocence in Racial Profiling and Incarceration in the United States – Michael Granzen
I began teaching a class of 28 prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey during the first week of September. My last class meeting was Friday. The course revolved around plays by August Wilson, James Baldwin, John Herbert, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Miguel Piñero, Amiri Baraka and other playwrights who examine and give expression to . . . → Read More: The Play’s the Thing – Chris Hedges
Written and Directed by: Spike Jonze
The first time I saw a trailer for Her, I immediately thought, “That’s not going to work.” I admit I can be a judgmental person, especially true when it comes judging a movie based on the trailer. So, when good reviews started pouring in (although I make snap judgments . . . → Read More: Her: Relationships and Reality – Review by Zach Walker
Written by: Bob Nelson, Directed by: Alexander Payne
“Where are you going? Where are you coming from?” For Woody Grant the answers to those questions are easy. He is headed to Lincoln, Nebraska, traveling from Billings, Montana, to claim his prize money – one million dollars – via a magazine subscription service veiled as a . . . → Read More: Nebraska: A Haunted Life – Review by Charles Conkin
Written by: Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallee
Dallas Buyers Club is a story of desperation and the lengths desperate people go to find salvation in whatever ways it can be found. And not “salvation” in the ethereal sense used in evangelical circles, but in the dirt and grime of everyday existence. . . . → Read More: Dallas Buyers Club: finding priests in the desperate – Review by Craig Nash
Screenplay written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the book by Martin Sixsmith
This is not a movie about family. Or searching for a long-lost son.
On the surface it is a movie about family. And it is a movie about searching for a long-lost son. But it is so much more than . . . → Read More: The work of forgiveness is hard: Philomena – Review by Meredith Holladay
Director’s Note: This week we discuss Ken Cuthbertson’s new book, The Last Presbyterian? Remembering the Faith of our Forebears (Wipf and Stock 2013). In this final installment of our conversation, we discuss church schism, “Bleeding Kansas”, LGBTQ inclusion in the church, and the mystery of God’s living presence in the church.
Cynthia Holder . . . → Read More: The Last Presbyterian? Conversations with Ken Cuthbertson IV
Director’s Note: This week we discuss Ken Cuthbertson’s new book, The Last Presbyterian? Remembering the Faith of our Forebears (Wipf and Stock 2013). Today, the third part of my interview with him, discussing the status of women in the church, Presbyterian polity and John Knox, and “being good”, vs. “living with integrity”.
. . . → Read More: The Last Presbyterian? Conversations with Ken Cuthbertson III
Director’s Note: This week we discuss Ken Cuthbertson’s new book, The Last Presbyterian? Remembering the Faith of our Forebears (Wipf and Stock 2013). Today, the second part of my interview with him, discussing Reformed confessions, Sabbath, and the singing of Psalms, and the sacraments.
CHR: You call Presbyterians to appreciate the Confessions. What . . . → Read More: The Last Presbyterian? Conversations with Ken Cuthbertson II
Director’s Note: This week we discuss Ken Cuthbertson’s new book, The Last Presbyterian? Remembering the Faith of our Forebears (Wipf and Stock 2013). Today, the first part of my interview with him, discussing the title, the “Jewishness”of Presbyterianism, and atonement.
Cynthia Holder Rich: Talk about the title. What does “The Last Presbyterian?” mean . . . → Read More: The Last Presbyterian? Conversations with Ken Cuthbertson I
The Last Presbyterian? is a theological memoir, a charming reflection and remembrance of ways of life that have, in the main, passed into history, and an exploration of what should be claimed or reclaimed from this history. Ken Cuthbertson, a Presbyterian Church (USA) Minister of Word and Sacrament, celebrates his Scots forefathers and foremothers and . . . → Read More: Review of The Last Presbyterian? Remembering the Faith of My Forebears by Ken Cuthbertson
I admit, I am biased about how much I love Funshine Daycare and Preschool. Our children have been raised there. When I stopped working full time with a congregation, the co-directors, Paige Neal and Beth McMichael, approached me to consider coming on staff. They were interested in extending what they see as the ministry of . . . → Read More: A Ministry of Presence: Funshine Daycare and Preschool – Tara Spuhler McCabe
Guest Director’s Note: Micah Bales and I were introduced to one another through Rev. Brian Merritt in the heat of OccupyDC. There was a lot of chaos in those days as to what any of us were there for. Along with Micah, Brian and I were amazed at the faith and commitment of such young . . . → Read More: What Do You Do? – Micah Bales
Guest Director’s Note: Jody and I met as mothers bringing our children to speech therapy four years ago. We could sniff out we were church ladies of a similar strand. But as a Lutheran and Presbyterian, well, there is just so much we can talk about. Then, 2 years ago, an organizer from VOICE: Virginians . . . → Read More: Moving from Private to Public Faith: an interview with Jody Manning – Tara Spuhler McCabe
Guest Director’s Note: Denise Anderson and I found each other through colleagues and presbytery meetings! She has invited me to do pulpit supply on occasion. Also, she has shared with me the passion this young community has for service in the community. This is very new for them and not something they grew up with. . . . → Read More: One Love – My Experience at Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Washington – Denise Anderson
What is concierge ministry? Consider placing a broad ministerial lens onto this definition: A concierge is an employee of an apartment building, hotel or office building who serves guests, with duties similar to those of a receptionist.
Over the past three years, I have had a growing agitation around responses from people who say, “Wow, . . . → Read More: Concierge Ministry – Tara Spuhler McCabe