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03-23-2017 by

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AmeriCore Teacher

I believe that when Americans – especially young people – have meaningful opportunities to serve their community and country, everyone wins. Driven by this belief, I’ve spent the majority of my life working to create opportunities for such service.

03-15-2017 by

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Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. - Proverbs 31: 6-7
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Whenever I hear someone cite scripture to make or prove a point I don’t agree with, I think of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, when Antonia states, “The Devil can cite scripture for his purpose.”

It’s easy to find Scripture to stand for or against a particular issue or activity. The challenge is that sometimes scripture contradicts itself. Other times, its position is unclear. And sometimes, it’s just strange.

03-13-2017

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Marvis Hardy
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Marvis Hardy

McCormick Theological Seminary is proud to announce Marvis L. Hardy as the winner of the Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Interreligious Leadership Award. Marvis is a candidate for the Master of Divinity Degree at McCormick. Hardy won the award for her essay on the importance of interfaith leadership in moving us toward the Kingdom of God on earth. 

03-02-2017

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Exodus 22:21 - You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

In recent weeks, the new administration in Washington, through both its rhetoric and actions, has prompted grave concerns regarding the safety and well being of undocumented students, Muslim students, and members of their families across the nation. In response, schools have issued (or reiterated) statements of concern and support for those students, and all the members of their respective communities. Many have also publicly posted their policies for responding to any immigration enforcement action on campus.

02-21-2017

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Association of Theological Schools (ATS) reaffirms McCormick Theological Seminary accreditation for 10 years.
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Pittsburgh, PA - Meeting in February, the ATS Board of Commissioners voted in favor of re-accreditating McCormick Theological Seminary for ten years, citing several examples of its outstanding work in theological education. Approved degree programs include: the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theological Studies, and the Doctor of Ministry. 

02-07-2017 by

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Friendship Presbyterian Church

At Friendship Presbyterian Church, worship is a central and centering act of the worshiping community that inspires us to go into the world and work for justice and peace. With 1001 Worshipping Communities, Friendship has created a Pastoral Residency, a yearlong program for the entrepreneurial in the 21st century. Their pastor, the Rev.

01-31-2017

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McCormick Theological Seminary President Frank M. Yamada has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and will begin in that role on July 1. He has announced that he will resign as President of McCormick effective June 30, 2017.
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Rev. Dr. Frank Yamada at Commencement

Dr. Yamada came to McCormick in 2008 as Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of the Center for Asian American Ministries. In 2011 he was elected as McCormick’s tenth president, the first Asian American to lead a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary. His tenure has been marked by increasing diversity in McCormick’s student body and creative engagement with the shifting realities of theological education.

01-24-2017

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McCormick Theological Seminary and the Center for Innovative Ministry are pleased to announce the Third Annual McCormick Prize for Innovation. Center Director Rev. Dr. Thomas Dickelman, a McCormick graduate (’83, ’91), Founding Pastor of the Community Church of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff and Director of the Center for Innovative Ministry offered, “Entrants the last two years have confirmed there are many wonderfully innovative programs and ministries throughout the United States.

01-17-2017 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in an effort to recognize the important work of organizations that provide year-long service opportunities, The Center for Faith and Service announced its annual list of Service Programs that Change the World.
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Montage of Youth in Service

Service Programs that Change the World (www.ServicePrograms.org) is a collection of faith-based young-adult volunteer programs that provide leadership training, job opportunities, and career development for young people who want to work together to change the world.

01-16-2017 by

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What I like best about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is that it is a day on, not a day off.
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Statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington DC

Nearly every community around the country organizes service events that are well attended by people of all ages, faiths, cultures, classes and races. A quote from King is often used to define and capture the spirit of the day: “Everyone can be great,” he proclaimed, “because everyone can serve.” The day of service not only honors the life of Dr. King, but also recognizes the transformative power of people who work towards a common cause, sacrificing self to advance the causes of liberty, justice, and freedom for all people.