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05-19-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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On Sunday, many Christians celebrated Pentecost, the day in the Liturgical Calendar when the Holy Sprit descends to earth. It is often called the birthday of the church and is timed 50 days after Easter.
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After explaining Pentecost to a friend, they followed up with question, “So, what’s next?”

“Ordinary time,” I replied.

“No tell me what is the time period after Pentecost is called.”

“Ordinary Time!” I repeated.

And so we could have the beginning of a new version of Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s on first?”

But it’s true: May 16th, marks the beginning of Ordinary Time, which goes from the day after Pentecost until the first day of Advent.

05-11-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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For the first twenty years, my experience at my college reunions were what I expected and hoped they would be: a good time where I would see old friends and meet peers who I had missed the first time around
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On most reunion schedules, there is a listing for a worship service, which usually takes the form of a memorial. I stayed far away from this event for two decades until I arrived at my twenty-fifth reunion when, after my first bout with cancer, the passing of several friends, and the challenges that families face, the reunion “service” had a particular draw for me. I was not alone. Five years later, the service became the defining event of the reunion for me.

05-03-2016

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McCormick Theological Seminary announces the appointment of Dr. Jennifer McBride as the Associate Dean of Doctor of Ministry Programs and Continuing Education and Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics. Dr. McBride will begin her work at McCormick in July.
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Dr. Jennifer McBride

Dr. McBride brings to McCormick extensive experience in the intersection between theological reflection and the practice of ministry. Most recently, Dr. McBride held the Regents Chair of Ethics as Assistant Professor of Religion at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where she implemented and directed the new Peace and Justice Studies Program. Previously, she held a postdoctoral fellowship and visiting lectureship at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

04-28-2016 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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In the mid nineteen-eighties, a group of recent college graduates decided to challenge the negative sterotypes that society had about young people, and young people had about themselves. In an effort to relaunch a student movement based on community service, a handful of us - a motley group for sure - launched COOL, The Campus Outreach Opportunity League.

04-21-2016

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Black Church Studies Program
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McCormick Theological Seminary is the place for ministers to define the next twenty years of the Black Church movement. The Black Church Certificate Program brings together religious scholars and prophetic, compassionate leaders from Black churches to guide students in rigorously studying the history, theology and heritage of the Church.

04-19-2016

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Rev. James LeRoy Thomson

James LeRoy Thomson passed away in Louisville, CO on March 24th, 2016. He was 87.

04-14-2016

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Lesslie J. (Wagner) Anbari died March 20, 2016, at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock, Texas. She was born March 27, 1937, in Akron, Ohio, to Margaret J. (Evans) and Frank L. Wagner.

She spent her school years in Dubuque, Iowa, where she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was active in church, school, and the community. She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

She married Abdul Ghani Anbari on August 19, 1961, in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 2011.

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McCormick Theological Seminary and the Center for Innovative Ministry are pleased to announce the winning entries of the 2016 McCormick Prize for Innovation.  The Annual Prize recognizes “impactful use of innovation in ministry,” and this year will award $8,000 in prizes to the winners.

04-12-2016

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Bishop Yvette A. Flunder
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Check out Bishop Yvette Flunder's biography. 

Bishop Yvette A. Flunder has been confirmed as the speaker for McCormick Theological Seminary’s 182nd Commencement on May 7, 2016 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Bishop Flunder is the Senior and Founding Pastor at City of Refuge, United Church of Christ in Oakland, CA and the Presiding Bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.