Oh, What Joy!

Return to blog In mid-May Karen and I traveled back to New Jersey to celebrate a friend’s graduation from Princeton Seminary. Then we helped her pack a U-Haul and drove with her from Princeton to Yuma, Colorado, where she has begun her first call as an ordained...

The Fresh Air of Open Debate

Return to blog Photo Credit: St. Cloud Times Before I begin this month’s column, let me encourage you to read Winston Presnall’s tribute to Diane Woollett at her memorial service on April 28. Diane was the Clerk of Session at First Presbyterian Church of Orange for...

The Divine Mystery of Forgiveness

Return to blog Photo by Jason Stephenson Happy Eastertide! Soon after his resurrection, Jesus appears to the disciples in a locked room and says, “Peace be with you.” When their excitement has died down, he resumes. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the...

Becoming Velcro for Good News

Return to blog “I thank my God every time I remember you…” (Philippians 1:3) This afternoon, I have just come home from a congregational meeting to dissolve a pastoral relationship. It was not an easy meeting. It concluded over three weeks of difficult conversations...

How Very Good and Pleasant It Is

Return to blog My column this month is less a reflective essay than a series of news and notes on the Presbytery’s life. 50th Anniversary Celebration Last summer I asked for help planning a party to celebrate the Presbytery’s fiftieth anniversary. Several of you have...