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Noelle Damico talks about her Fair Food campaigns

One more blog post! You may remember that I spent much of my time in the US hosted by the Rev Jeff Geary and the Rev Noelle Damico (and their son August!). Jeff is pastor of White Plains Presbyterian Church. … Continue reading

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Union Seminary Poverty Initiative

On 14 June, my final formal meeting in my study leave took me to uptown Manhattan, to Union Seminary in New York City to hear about their Poverty Initiative

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Growth or faithfulness? A Cincinnati Presbyterian pastor reflects

On Friday 15 June I had a chance to meet up with a Presbyterian pastor from Cincinatti, the Rev Erwin Goedicke of North Presbyterian Church. We spend an enjoyable hour together at the the coffee shop of Troy Jackson’s Church, … Continue reading

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Slavery and Freedom in Cincinnati

In a previous post, I wrote about Troy Jackson, and the church he heads in Cincinnati, Ohio. I could only spend a few days with Troy, before we both had to head off for Columbus for the Community Organising course … Continue reading

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PC (USA) Statistics again

There is a good summary of statistics about the PC(USA) in a Snapshot of Presbyterians , a set of slides presented to the GA.

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More writing needed!

When I started this blog, it was with the intention of sharing up-to-date information about what I was up to on my study leave with members of my congregation, friends, and anyone who might be interested. But I found that … Continue reading

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The Poverty Initiative of the the National Council of Churches of Christ

For my final appointment in Washington DC, on the afternoon of Wednesday 13 June, I returned once again to the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, a building which is also home to the Washington office of the ecumenical body … Continue reading

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Sojourners: a different evangelical politics?

On Wednesday 13, my last in Washington DC, I travelled to Columbia Heights to the office of Christian campaigning organisation, Sojourners, to meet Nicole Higgins. As Nicole explained to me, Columbia Heights is an area which burned in the riots … Continue reading

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A wee walk around New York

After meetings at the Presbyterian UN office and the Poverty Initiative at Union Seminary on Monday, I took a wander around New York. I was especially interested in something I’d read about in my guide book: an old elevated railway … Continue reading

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Economics and the General Assemblies

I have been asked to testify to the testify to the PC(USA) General Assembly’s Committee on Social Justice about the Special Commission on the Purposes of Economic Activity set up by the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly in 2012, which … Continue reading

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