Caring for Preachers and Pastors

Ruth Haley Barton is founder of the Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors, Christian leaders and the congregations and organizations they serve. She is the author of numerous books and articles including “Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry,” “Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, Invitation to Solitude and Silence,” and “Longing for More”. She spoke at McCormick’s “Preaching as Leadership: Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Ministry” event on April 5-6 in Chicago.

Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney on King’s Legacy and Influence

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney is an Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She is ordained as an Episcopal priest and served as a US Army Reserve Chaplain. Dr. Gafney wrote “Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel”, contributed to “Biblia Africana, Abingdon Pastor’s Bible Study, Volume III” and co-edited the “Peoples’ Bible from Fortress Press”. She gave McCormick’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage and History Lecture on March 14 and led a Community Bible Study on March 15.

Preaching as Leadership

Preaching and Public Leadership: News We Can Use!

In a world of twenty-four hour newscasts, we receive constant reports of incivility and hostility.  Many of our leaders seem unwilling or unable to transcend the gravitational pull that drags public conversation and conduct to its lowest levels.

Frances Taylor Gench on the art of listening

In her book "Faithful Disagreement: Wrestling with Scripture in the Midst of Church Conflict", Dr. Frances Taylor Gench describes her five-year involvement with the task force reporting on the Peace, Unity and Purity of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which was commissioned by the denomination’s 213th General Assembly. She describes this time as a challenging exercise in the art of listening.

Cynthia Campbell authors new Lenten study

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Campbell, President of McCormick Theological Seminary, is the author of God’s Abundant Table, the 2011 Moderator’s Lenten study published by Witherspoon Press, an imprint of Congregational Ministries Publishing of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Dr. Mafik Wahba (Class of 1985) shares reports of Egypt

The following is a personal assessment of the historic events unfolding now in Egypt from Mafik Wahba, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Tyndale University and Seminary in Canada. Professor Wahba received his M.A. in Theological Studies from McCormick in 1985.

Bruce Reyes-Chow on Institutional Fluidity and Church Leadership for the Future

The Reverend Bruce Reyes-Chow, Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, will be leading worship and a pair of workshops here at LEAD 2011, March 5, at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn, west of Chicago. In preparing a primer for the event, I spent a few minutes talking to Bruce about the subject of his morning workshop, “Institutional Fluidity and the Nature of Church Leadership for the Future.”

Distinguished Alumnus offers reflections on "The Power of One"

At its annual alumni/ae luncheon on October 26, McCormick presented the Reverend Michael McConnell with the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his "creative witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ for all people through peacemaking efforts illustrating the human cost of war, advocacy for under-served urban communities, and campaigns to engage congregations in the plight of refugees." The following is the text from his acceptance speech before a gathering of faculty, staff, students and alumni/ae at Hyde Park Union Church on Chicago's South Side.