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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.

10-25-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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A single conversation can change your life. It happened to me when I was in my early thirties:
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Conversation about Call

One Sunday after church, I saw Wallace Alston, the senior pastor of Nassau Presbyterian Church approaching me. Hoping I wasn’t Alston’s intended conversation target, I made several moves to the left and the right. My attempts at avoiding eye contact didn’t shake him. It was clear he wanted to talk to me.

Without any introduction or greeting, he approached and declared, “Wayne, you belong in Seminary.”

At first I was confused, and looked to either side, as though I was looking for another Wayne he might have been talking about. “Who me?” I responded.

10-13-2016

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Join us for lunch and a panel discussion focusing on mass incarceration.
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Stay Out, Stay In. Razor Wire

There will be a 60-minute Discussion, 30-minute Q&A, and a Networking Lunch on October 29th, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until noon at McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615. The Discussion Panel is sponsored by the MUM 312 Prisons: New Realities, New Mission Course and the Ministry Programs and Continuing Education Department of McCormick Theological Seminary.

10-13-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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A new friend confided in me recently that she’d left her old job with a Christian organization because she was becoming public about being an “ally” with the LGBTQI community.
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Person Playing Guitar with Love Wins Sticker.

As she was telling me about her choice to leave, I tried to listen thoughtfully, but in the back of my mind wondered whether she’d exaggerated the situation. I knew that there were Christian groups that excluded gays and lesbians, but I’d never heard of any group going after the people who were loving and supporting them. That is, until this past weekend.

10-13-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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There are a lot of misconceptions about seminary.
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Some Intense Study

One is that all schools are essentially the same. I’m asked with some regularity whether “seminary is seminary.” In fact, seminaries are as unique as the students who attend them.

Another misconception I encounter is that the prestige of a name is what matters.

10-11-2016

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Is Responding to Hurricane Matthew
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Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, LA on Aug. 14, 2016. — Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. —Song of Solomon 8:7

Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts go out to the people affected by Hurricane Matthew. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has begun outreach to those affected.

09-27-2016 by

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Rev. Dr. Nolan Shaw (1996)
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Dr. C. Siddha Weber was a Healer, Muralist, Poet, Musician, and Community Activist
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I met Dr. Siddha Webber in 1993 while enrolled in the African American Leadership Partnership Project (AALP) at McCormick Theological Seminary. AALP was a Doctor of Ministry program designed by Dr.

09-25-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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Quick! Close your eyes and answer this question: who’s enrolling in seminary these days?
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Diversity, Energy, Cross-cultural Synergy

The first thought that comes to my mind is a younger image of my dad who attended Princeton Seminary in the 1040s.

But if my dad and his buddies were alive today, they would see a very different campus. And I’m not talking the buildings. Instead, they would see a diversity of cultures, races, theologies, politics, ages, genders, and orientations.

09-19-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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School has just started, but for those who will be graduating from College, the question of “what’s next” is already here.
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Agents of Change Seminar

Because of what I do, I’m often asked by service and justice minded young adults where they should go to grad school.

That is when I usually share my story of waiting for twelve years before I even considered going back to do graduate work. (For the record, I don’t recommend people go to grad school straight out of college. Go do something. Learn something. Get an idea about what you really want to do before you do it.)

09-13-2016 by

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Emily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service
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Congregation discerns new, hands-on ways to put their faith in action.
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When the Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in parish revitalization, she had no idea that church transformation would become her calling.

And not only her calling, but also a blessing to the people of Homewood, Illinois.

“I had anticipated doing my degree at McCormick [Theological Seminary] in preaching, but choosing parish revitalization was an act of the Spirit,” said Dederer, who became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Homewood in 2001.