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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.