As one of the six pastors who signed a letter in the Daily Record, July 8, 2015, entitled "Clergy Support Ruling on Gay Marriage," I think it is important for us, as part of the larger Wooster/Wayne County community, to reflect on this public debate as it asks the fundamental question of who we as a community aspire to be as a people.
We invite you to join us on May 17th as we educate ourselves about family detention on the US/Mexico border and take action for the humanity of all people.
Are Holy Week and Easter only for personal transformation and a promise of heaven after death, or do they have relevance and implication for the church’s role in the transformation of this life and world in bringing about the kin-dom of God?
This Lent you are invited to fast from bigotry and to affirm the God given truth that all people are created in the image of God. Our Lenten series entitled “I am Human: Created in the Image of God” invites you, through mindfulness and meditation on the words of Jesus of Nazareth and other contemporary prophets, to challenge and expose how social beliefs, church leaders, authoritarian theology, and contemporary notions of humanity distort the biblical truth that humanity was created in the image of God.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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"!
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
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 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.
This month we are inviting you to start considering your financial commitment to Westminster with Stewardship Commitement Sunday on November 11th. T
One of the reasons I felt called to Westminster Presbyterian Church was its connection to BorderLinks.