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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.

12-11-2015 by

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Gregg Brekke for Presbyterian News Service
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In response to recent inflammatory statements made by politicians, T. Erskine Clarke, editor and publisher at the Journal for Preachers and professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, has issued a letter appealing to Christians to “seek to be agents of God’s justice and reconciliation in the world.”

12-02-2015 by

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Wayne Meisel
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For the Church, Theological Education and the World
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Advent Calendar (Creative Commons: Andrew Eason)

Advent calendars were always a challenge me. As a kid (OK, even now) I never seemed to get them before December 1 (the initial set back) and by the time I got one, all the good ones were gone. I longed for the ones that had those cool images of toys, but I always ended up with one that had scripture references behind the doors. My Scottish sensibilities often had me buying elaborate ones on the sale rack in mid-January. The problem has always been finding them at the end of November.

Somewhere there is a box.

Filled with them.

11-25-2015

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an open letter from President Frank M. Yamada
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An open letter from President Frank M. Yamada
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McCormick Theological Seminary

We the community of McCormick Theological Seminary, along with the rest of the city of Chicago and our nation, are saddened and dismayed by video footage documenting the fatal police shooting of 17-year old Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

11-19-2015

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Amazon Smile will contribute a percentage of your purchase to McCormick Theological Seminary!
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Regardless of how you may feel about Black Friday, chances are you will be shopping for holiday gifts soon, and shopping books year-round. McCormick has recently registered with AmazonSmile, allowing us to receive a percentage of eligible purchases our friends and supporters make when they shop on Amazon and select us as the charity to support through AmazonSmile.

It sounds more complicated than it is. Here’s how to do it!

Click and follow this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2167802.

11-03-2015 by

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K. Sawyer
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Welcome Peers!
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Community Peers

A twenty year experiment is coming to a close this week as the Community of Peers gathers at McCormick for one last meeting. Part thinktank, part advocacy alliance, part writers group, the Community of Peers has met at McCormick regularly for conversation, collaboration, consultation, agitation, and to keep up with McCormick students along the way.

10-29-2015 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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Last week the country celebrated "AmeriCorps Opening Day," an event designed to welcome the more than 75,000 individuals that have chosen to serve in AmeriCorps this year. Each year, these AmeriCorps members (most of whom are between 21-35 years old) serve in more than 15,000 communities and mobilize more than 4 million volunteers. Over the past twenty-one years, more than 900,000 people have served in AmeriCorps, and next year that number will surpass 1 million.

10-22-2015 by

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Courtesy of Monroe News, Michigan
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The Reverend Dr. Paul Markham, 97, of Pasadena, California, formerly of Monroe, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 in Pasadena.

The son of Rev. Lucius S. and Ina (Graves) Markham, he was born in Batavia, New York on January 22, 1918. While he was growing up, his family lived in New York, California, Kansas, Colorado, Ohio, Texas, and Louisiana.