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03-31-2016

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To Present the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising
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The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), a four day intensive program with a practical application project, provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that in turn enable donors motived by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.

03-22-2016 by

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Wayne Meisel
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Growing up, I didn’t know what “mental health issues” were. ... It never occurred to me that depression wasn’t something someone could just fix on their own.
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For more information about the conference, or to register, visit www.Faith3.org/mentalhealth. On April 3rd, Ricker and her colleagues will launch a Mental Health Toolkit to empower congregations to act during Mental Health Month in May.

Growing up, I didn’t know what “mental health issues” were. I knew of families that had children and siblings who were institutionalized for schizophrenia and other unnamed mental disorders. But the generally held assumption was that if you couldn’t see it (like a broken bone) it must not be all that bad. Depression was what happened when someone was down on their luck. It happened to people who made poor choices or had no friends. It never occurred to me that depression wasn’t something someone could just fix on their own.

02-23-2016

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Bill Holmquist passed away February 7, 2016, at age 89, surrounded by his family. Bill is survived by Marion Saxe Holmquist, his loving wife of 57 years, children in whom he took pride, Scott, of Rochester, NY, Eric (Lisa Huntoon) of Pittsford, NY, and Marta Best (Ken) of East Amherst, NY, and four grandchildren, Ella & Liam Best, and Nicholas & Samantha Holmquist. He is also survived by his sisters, Lillian Johnson of Marissa, IL, and Marian Calhoun of Toccoa, GA, and many loved cousins, nephews, nieces, & friends.

02-11-2016

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Mary Catherine McFarland, 88, of Chesterfield County, VA, passed away on January 24, 2016, after a long illness.

02-05-2016

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Robert (Rob) Paul Coffman, 78, of Oak Park, died on January 27, 2016 at home where he was in hospice care after a long battle with squamous cell cancer and myasthenia gravis.

02-04-2016 by

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Heather Nicholson
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To establish the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Scholars: African-Centered Religious Thought and Ministry.
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The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
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Dr. Wright, Jr.'s Biography

Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. is a man of faith, a homiletic genius, a theological scholar and a pastor’s pastor. Following in the path of his mentor, Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor, Dr. Wright has taught hundreds of seminarians the art of preaching and how to examine the Gospel with an African American hermeneutic. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from Howard University, a Master of Arts in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary.

As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, where he served 36 years, Dr. Wright enriched the lives and faith of his congregants by moving ministry, “from theory to praxis.” Dr. Wright’s efforts made Trinity - long considered in theological circles a model for the Black church - one of the most politically active and socially conscious churches in the nation. For full biography, please visit: jeremiahwright.com

A Collaborative Connection to the Past and Future 

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., McCormick Theological Seminary invites students to study under the tutelage of Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. The Wright D. Min. Cohort will transform leadership and prepare the next generation of leaders to challenge injustices and guide our country towards justice, peace, healing and freedom for all people.

02-01-2016 by

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Wayne Meisel
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A defining moment of my childhood was the night my father left and returned with tears in his eyes for a closed-door conversation with my mother. No one talked to us kids, but we figured it out (as kids almost always do): my dad had accompanied an army official to let a member of his congregation know that his son, who was serving in Vietnam, had been killed in action.

01-27-2016 by

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Shawna Bowman, via The Presbyterian Outlook, Jan. 26, 2016
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These are the words I want folks who visit the church I serve to use when describing worship.
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Paintings for Holy Week
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Worship space windows painted for Advent
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During Lent, worshippers were invited to add words to the wall that reflected their expanding understanding.
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Creation Lab is the outgrowth of gatherings in our living rooms for craft nights and shared meals. Creation Lab founders include Jennie Martin, Alex Wirth (2012), Megan Cochran (2012), Shelley Donaldson (2012), Tara Thompson, and Shawna Bowman (2009).

Shawna Bowman

Shawna Bowman (M.Div. 2009) is an artist and pastor currently serving at the quirky and amazing Friendship Presbyterian Church in Chicago. She is also co-founder of Creation Lab, an experimental art collective trying lots of things at the intersection of faith and arts.

Creative.
Experimental.
Curious.
Bold.
Inviting.
Formative.

But … it’s a challenge when the dominate narrative about worship insists over and over again that we Presbyterians are the frozen chosen and that worship is boring — or at the very least predictable. How did we get here? How did we get from Jacob’s sun-rising poured out oil, Miriam’s seaside dancing and Joshua’s sacred art-installation of 12 stones in the midst of the Jordan to this safe and staid celebration of the Word and sacraments we call worship?

01-27-2016 by

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Wayne Meisel
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"Out of the Mountain of Despair A Stone of Hope" photo by F Delventhal via Creative Commons

Photo: "Out of the Mountain of Despair A Stone of Hope" by F Delventhal via Creative Commons.

One of my sons recently asked me who the defining public figure in my life has been. I answered him without hesitation: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. My response is a common one, but as I reflect on my vague memories of when he was alive, and the powerful legacy he left behind, I'm reminded of how poignant his message was and remains. It's his legacy that I call upon and seek to live out every day.

01-26-2016

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McCormick will be participating in a bottled water drive with local churches through this Sunday in response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. 

In cooperation with an initiative led by the Rev. Stacy Edwards Dunn, we are collecting bottled water to be delivered to the people of Flint, Michigan. Please drop off your donation of bottled water in Ender Lobby by the north wall. If you won't be near McCormick this week, there are several drop off locations referenced in the image below. Donations will be accepted until Saturday, January 30, 2016.