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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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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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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.

01-12-2017

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McCormick Theological Seminary is seeking comments from the public about the Seminary in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.
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Student Diversity

The Seminary will host a visit March 6-7, 2017, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. McCormick has been accredited by HLC since 1983. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Comment on McCormick Theological Seminary
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

12-22-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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FCI Herlong: The medium security prison houses roughly 1,100 inmates in eastern California.

Author's Note: Last week I visited my college classmate, Brad. Below is the resulting article. It is not often that I covet the talents of others, but when writing this I wished I had the skill of others to articulate the grace that I encountered. The point of this was not to try and turn my friend into a saint or to confess my faults as a sinner. It is merely my attempt to share a moment in time that transformed me. It was the best I could do given my deadlines.

12-01-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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Wait, what? Wow did Advent get in there? My Advent calendar doesn’t even have any doors to open (or chocolate to eat!) until December 1.
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Wayne's Advent Calendar

It’s quite a week:

11-26-2016

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Today our hearts are heavy. What does it mean to do justice in today’s world?
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Rev. Bruce and Robin Reyes-Chow

“He has told you, human one, what is good and
        what the Lord requires from you:
            to do justice, embrace faithful love,
                 and walk humbly with your God.”

11-16-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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Rev. Meisel's Letter to President-Elect Trump

Dear President-Elect Trump,

You are about to assume the mantle of leader of the free world. No doubt this is a time when you will call on your faith and rely on your faith community to help you make critical decisions that will impact not only millions of Americans, but billions around the world.

11-12-2016 by

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“By the rivers of the Ohio, we sat and wept”
How can we sing the songs of America
while in an unfamiliar place?
- Psalm 137 (adapted)
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Lady LIberty

On a rainy evening in early November 1968, my father picked me up at a friend’s house. It was the day after the election.

During the car ride home, he went into a rant about Richard Nixon. Despite being a minster, he knew how to swear - a talent I’m sure he picked up while serving as a Navy Chaplain during World War II. I remember him calling Nixon a “crook” and thinking to myself that “crook” seemed a little harsh. Of course, he was right.

11-11-2016

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Dear McCormick Community,

I am writing to you following our nation’s presidential election. I do not usually address political matters with all of you, because I believe in our democratic process and the rights and privileges of every person being able to vote his or her conscience. Civility and learning across issues of social and theological difference remains a hallmark of McCormick Theological Seminary’s mission to train leaders for the church and society in ways that are cross-cultural, urban, Reformed, and ecumenical.