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In Memoriam: the Rev. John O. Meloy

The pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian Church, Defiance, OH, the Rev. John O. Meloy died February 6, 2017. He was born in New Brighton, PA on May 6, 1922, the oldest son of the Rev. John W. and Lena Ogden Meloy. His school years were in Bloomington, IN and Wichita, KS, then graduated from the...

In Memoriam: the Rev. David A. Donovan

Rev. David Arthur Donovan, 82, of Evanston, passed away on March 20, 2017. Born in Delaware, OH, David graduated from Ohio Wesleyan U. in 1957. He came to Chicago in 1959 to study at McCormick Theological Seminary and became deeply connected to the area and its people, whom he spent the rest of his...

The Myth of Trump Country: Repairing the Breach

Last month I was invited to preach at the First Presbyterian Church of Hinton and present at a community-wide meeting sponsored by the Hinton Area Community Foundation. Friends who knew where I was headed commented that I was going straight into Trump country. “That’s Trump country, you know!” a...

President Trump, Let’s Make A Deal... To Save AmeriCorps

I believe that when Americans – especially young people – have meaningful opportunities to serve their community and country, everyone wins. Driven by this belief, I’ve spent the majority of my life working to create opportunities for such service. This month the White House released its 2018...