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A Matter of Identity

By Andries Coetzee  |  December 19, 2013
The new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, second section of Hymns has the heading “God’s Covenant with Israel”. For a church like Westminster, whose ministry is peacemaking in a pluralistic context on the campus of a liberal arts college, and for our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), which has been involved in the Middle East for nearly two centuries and wants to be a voice of a just and durable peace in Israel/Palestine , this heading is problematic.

Completely and Radically Welcomed

By Evangeline Smith  |  September 7, 2013
I am advocating for love in hopes that the story that I just shared, my story, stops being the unusual story. I hope that through action, like the action Westminster is publicly taking this weekend, that my story becomes a common story. That kids, young adults, adults, and parents can look to their church community, to their faith traditions, and to their religious leaders and feel completely and radically welcomed.

Striving to be a True Community of Hospitality

By Andries Coetzee  |  September 5, 2013
We also apologize to our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and confess our apathy at times. As a congregation we have not always consistently spoken God's prophetic word against injustice, intolerance, exclusion, and hate, as we have been at times too occupied in saving the church as an institution.

Take Action and Stand up for the Rights and Dignity of all Workers

By Andries Coetzee  |  August 29, 2013
On this Labor Day the Presbyterian Church (USA) needs your help as God calls us to take action and stand up for the rights and dignity of all workers by speaking out against unfair International Trade Agreements and specifically the "Trade Promotion Authority", known as fast track. As Presbyterians we believe that:

Do We Have A Need To Convert?

By Andries Coetzee  |  April 11, 2013
Most of us grew up being heavily influenced by a fundamentalist view with an overemphasis on "personal" salvation that can lead to fear, exclusion, and self-righteousness. For me, just to type the word "salvation" makes me feel uncomfortable, not to mention talking about it.

Holy Week and Marriage Equality

By Andries Coetzee  |  March 26, 2013
For us Christians two landmark cases regarding Marriage Equality take place today in the midst of Holy Week. We as Presbyterians still find ourselves in the grips of social conservatism, not allowing LGBTQ to marry and considering such unions a sin. But maybe, just maybe, this Easter, the "impossible" may become "possible"!

Ten Years Later: Concerning the War in Iraq

By Andries Coetzee  |  March 21, 2013
This past week marked the 10th anniversary of the war in Iraq on Tuesday, March 19, the week before Holy Week. To me it is of great significant that we look back on ten years of war followed by the week we remember Jesus' entry into Jerusalem

The Conversation with the Scouts Continues

By Andries Coetzee  |  February 7, 2013
On Wednesday, February 5 the Boy Scouts of America decided to postpone the decision to move towards full inclusion until May. Although we are disappointed with this decision, as Christians we are not giving up. Like so many other people of faith we will continue to be in conversation with our Troop and our Rregional Scout Office in encouraging them to muster the courage to affirm the dignity and inclusion of all God’s children

Westminster and Boy Scouts USA

By Andries Coetzee  |  February 1, 2013
Westminster Presbyterian Church support the possible move towards full inclusion in the Boy Scouts, USA . We strongly feel that a move towards full inclusiveness will strengthen the Scout's mission of positive youth development and enhance the quality of life for families in all communities. This move will also allow our troop to share the values of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the charter organization.

Stewardship

By Andries Coetzee  |  October 11, 2012
This month we are inviting you to start considering your financial commitment to Westminster with Stewardship Commitement Sunday on November 11th. T

Westminster's BoderLinks delegation

By Andries Coetzee  |  March 12, 2012
One of the reasons I felt called to Westminster Presbyterian Church was its connection to BorderLinks.

Westminster's Response to Hedy Epstein's Visit

By Andries Coetzee  |  March 12, 2012
In response to the The Daily Record artickle entitled, "Local Jewish leaders critical of Epstein event", that was published on Friday March 9, Westminster issued the following Press Release
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