On My Year as Presbytery Moderator

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A week and a half ago I ended my one year term as Moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago by handing over the cross and gavel to Sonia Bodi. Serving as a presbytery moderator was a challenging and rewarding experience and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it. In no particular order, here […]

How is Our Brand Doing?

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Last Friday there was a nice synchronicity between two of the blogs I read on a daily basis. Seth Godin mused about logos and branding: The original reason for brands was to let the buyer know the source of the goods. “We made this,” says the organization we trust when we buy something. Over time, […]

Divesting of Power

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Readers of this blog will not be surprised that I was disappointed by the decision of the 221st General Assembly of the PC(USA)—at which I was a voting commissioner—to divest from Hewlett Packard, Motorola Solutions, and Caterpillar because they profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. I have consistently opposed divestment—not because I am […]

What Comes After Divestment?

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One of the things I was dreading about GA221 is another round of the fight we’ve been having about divestment for the past decade, a debate that has dominated much of my GA experience. I knew it would get ugly, and it has. Friends are treating each other like enemies. I confess my own complicity […]

Support for a Just and Peaceful Compromise of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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I really believe that the discussion paper on the Middle East conflict prepared by my friends on the Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group of the Presbytery of Chicago is a compelling “third way” for Presbyterians to engage this issue. In order to get it into the stream of GA221, I’m submitting the following as a […]