Ways to Make Wayne County Fair For All

By   |  September 6, 2017

The #WayneCountyFairForAll booth will again provide a presence at this year’s fair. The Wooster/Orrville NAACP and Westminster Presbyterian Church stand in strong opposition to the sale of the Confederate flag and related merchandise at the event which runs Saturday, September 9th through Thursday the 14th. 

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Westminster Welcomes Erin Guzmán

By   |  August 18, 2017

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wooster Ohio, welcomes Erin Guzmán as Student Ministry Coordinator.  In full embrace of Westminster's mission as an "Intentionally Inclusive" church on the campus of The College of Wooster, Erin joins us feeling called to a ministry of social justice and brings with her considerable experience in collegiate ministry.

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Progress in Struggle for Racial Justice at the Wayne County Fair

By   |  August 26, 2016

Thank you to all supporters who have joined us in the struggle for racial justice in Wayne County – we are making progress! In what appears to be an encouraging step towards a more tolerant and inclusive atmosphere at the Wayne County Fair this year, a reconciliatory meeting took place this week.

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Wooster/Orrville NAACP and Westminster Presbyterian Church Response to Vendor Contract extended by the Wayne County Fair Board

By   |  August 22, 2016

It is our view that there has been a gross injustice committed in the handling of the Vendor Application for a #BlackLivesMatter booth at the Wayne County Fair scheduled to take place on September 10-15, 2016.

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Faith in Action for Earth Day and Beyond

By   |  April 21, 2016

In recognition of our care for the environment, embracing human health, and as a direct expression of our faith, Westminster Presbyterian Church hosts a monthly Vegan Potluck, on the third Thursday of most months, August through April.

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Uphold the Welcome, Family Atmosphere, and Diversity of the Wayne County Fair

By   |  April 14, 2016

The Wayne County Fair's decision in January of this year to allow the sale and display of confederate flags and related merchandise reflects a lack of concern for African Americans and reflects prejudice, racism, and white supremacy, which the Confederate Flag represents.

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Facing White Privilege

By   |  February 18, 2016

As progressives it is sometimes very difficult to realize our own prejudices as we are not overtly racist and therefore think we are without bias. As a people who desire to be "Intentionally Inclusive" this unnoticed racism can be very harmful as we do not see how we participate in structures of systemic oppression, and therefore fail to create the "inclusive" community we desire.

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Syrian Refugees Are Welcome in Ohio!

November 19, 2015

Westminster Presbyterian Church Wooster, Ohio extends its welcome to Syrian Refugees as an expression of Christian faith and shared values in the United States of America.

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Mr. Amstutz, Please Do Not Defund Planned Parenthood

By   |  November 5, 2015

Mr. Amstutz, In light of the Ohio Senate’s vote to defund Planned Parenthood, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wooster, Ohio urge you to abandon the politically motivated efforts focused on undermining women's access to Planned Parenthood health centers in Ohio.

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The Confederate Flag at the Wayne County Fair: It Is About Community

By   |  October 27, 2015

As a community, it is important for us to ask the question why county fairs, including the Wayne County Fair, have become the “last stop shop” for confederate flags and confederate flag memorabilia.

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Welcome, Emily!

By   |  October 22, 2015

It is with excitement that the Session of Westminster introduces Emily Oshinskie in the newly created Young Adult Peace Worker (YAPW) position at Westminster.

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A Kinder, More Compassionate Community

By   |  September 10, 2015

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.

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Family Detention

By   |  April 23, 2015

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.

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Holy Week And Transformation

By   |  March 26, 2015

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?

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Lent 2015 "I am Human: Created in the Image of God"

By   |  February 19, 2015

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.

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A Matter of Identity

By   |  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.

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Completely and Radically Welcomed

By   |  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.

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Striving to be a True Community of Hospitality

By   |  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.

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

By   |  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:

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Do We Have A Need To Convert?

By   |  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.

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Holy Week and Marriage Equality

By   |  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"!

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Ten Years Later: Concerning the War in Iraq

By   |  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

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The Conversation with the Scouts Continues

By   |  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

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Keywords: lgbtq  |   18 comments

Westminster and Boy Scouts USA

By   |  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.

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By   |  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

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Westminster's BoderLinks delegation

By   |  March 12, 2012

One of the reasons I felt called to Westminster Presbyterian Church was its connection to BorderLinks.

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Westminster's Response to Hedy Epstein's Visit

By   |  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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