On My Year as Presbytery Moderator

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 are some … Read more about On My Year as Presbytery Moderator

Tales of Two Cities

I preached this sermon at the assembly of the Presbytery of Chicago this past Saturday. Okay, before I say what I’m going to say, I want you to do something. We’re going to start this sermon with a bit of congregational participation, which I know makes most Presbyterians freak out. But here’s … Read more about Tales of Two Cities

Struggling with Exile at #NEXTChurch2014

The two and a half days I spent at the 2014 NEXT Church National Gathering were refreshing and inspiring. I want to make a few general comments about the conference before diving into the theme that I wrestled with the most. I've now been to all of the NEXT national gatherings except last year … Read more about Struggling with Exile at #NEXTChurch2014

Presbyterianism as a Relational Network?

I keep finding myself involved in projects aimed at re-imaging what it means to be Presbyterian in our rapidly changing world. I served on the first Mid Councils Commission of the 219th General Assembly, charged with studying and making recommendations to update our system of presbyteries and … Read more about Presbyterianism as a Relational Network?

Toward a Better Connectionalism

When asked what it is about Presbyterianism that people most value,  connectionalism always emerges as an essential element of this way of being Christian. Yet no one really seems to know what this means. Some might quote the Book of Order: "Congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA), while … Read more about Toward a Better Connectionalism