Who Are You?

Photo by Beverley Goodwin

I preached this sermon yesterday, the third Sunday of Advent, at the afternoon jazz service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The scripture readings were Isaiah 61:1-3a; Luke 1:46b-55; John 1:6-8, 19-28. You can listen to an audio recording of it here: Who Are You (12.14.2014) I don’t know about you, but for me—more so than usual—it […]

What to do with “Sisters and Brothers”?

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So here is a liturgical language issue that is blowing my mind a little bit and raising lots of questions for me. I recently had a very interesting conversation with a member of my church who has a transgender sibling. Because her sibling does not fully identify with either gender, she made a point of […]

Playing at Presbyterianism

Here Is Its Steeple

Carmen Fowler LaBerge of the Layman recently posted a reflection titled “Commentary on a Comment: ‘People are Going to Hell While You’re Playing at Presbyterianism.” She wrote it after attending the Covenant Network conference on marriage a few weeks ago and last week’s World Outreach Encounter of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Here is how she […]

Putting the T in Progressive Youth Ministry

H. Adam Ackley

Last week, when I laid out my hopes for the Progressive Youth Ministry conference I’m organizing with the JoPa Group, I mentioned that one of my goals is to directly address issues and topics that simply don’t get discussed at most (or any) other youth ministry conferences. High on this list is sexuality. The traditional […]

My First Pride Parade Experience

Pride Parade

For some reason or another, I have always had a schedule conflict for the Chicago Pride Parade. This year, as I was wrapping up my duties at church on Sunday morning, I noticed an email from my good friend Polly passing on an open invitation to walk in the parade with the Chicago Coalition of […]