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12-22-2016 by

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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. 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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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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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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Flag of these United States

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.

11-07-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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Whenever I hear someone refer to the “Christian vote” I cringe. As if all Christians think – let alone vote – the same way.
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Vote: It's our right!

Most often, reference to the “Christian vote” assumes that Christians are overwhelmingly conservative and Republican. The truth is that when most people refer to “Christians,” they are referring to Evangelical Christians – another term that is misleading because, again, Evangelical Christians do not represent a monolithic belief system or voting bloc.

11-03-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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Christian Leaders Who Are Changing the World in Our Communities, Churches, Seminaries and Country
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Some of us are experiencing a Halloween hangover today - either the result of an intense sugar rush (and subsequent crash), a long night of trick-or-treating, or too much fun at a Halloween party. Maybe you’re experiencing all three! Our reward for having made it through Halloween? All Saints Day, the day when Western Christianity celebrates the lives of the saints – those living and passed. Tomorrow, on All Souls Day, we’ll remember the dead.

Who are the saints of the church?

10-28-2016 by

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Lisa Dagher
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A generous gift was prompted by the re-discovery of an antique coin collection.
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Margaret Hart with her continuing legacy - our students

At our October 14 Board of Trustees meeting, our board chair, Rev. Dr. Deborah A. Block led a short devotion before we began our business. For our time of prayer, she read Jesus’ words as related in Luke 15:8-10.