Leadership for a Bold Church

William McKinney

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We’ve asked Bill McKinney, PSR’s President Emeritus, to write a regular blog for this website, and we’re delighted that he’s agreed. Bill’s academic training in Sociology of Religion, his long tenure as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and his many years in theological education make him one of the keenest observers we know of American churches and the public voice of American religion. In his new position as Senior Consultant for the Center for Progressive Renewal, Bill continues his work toward greater vitality for both “historic and emerging faith communities”.

Bill will post regularly in this space. He speaks for himself, of course—not on behalf of PSR or the PSR faculty—but we think you’ll find his words insightful and provocative as always. You’re welcome to post comments, but Bill also welcomes your e-mail to him directly, at wmckinney[at]psr[dot]edu.

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Syllabus for HS-571 American Religious History (Hartford Seminary Online Course)

I'll be teaching an online introduction to American Religious History this fall for Hartford Seminary. The course focuses on representative religious thinkers, mostly from New England.

Bill & Linda McKinney's Christmas E-letter 2014

Christmas/Holiday Greetings from Linda and Bill McKinney

Have You Walked on Water Lately? A Sermon by Bill McKinney preached at Orleans (Mass) Federated UCC August 10,2014

Have You Walked on Water Lately?

A Sermon by Bill McKinney

Preached at Federated Church UCC, Orleans, MA

August 10, 2014

Text: Matthew 14: 22-33


New Orleans Ministry Opportunity

For the past couple of years year I have been working with a group of United Church of Christ congregations in New Orleans.

Alban Institute R.I.P.

Congregations have been a big part of my life. I’ve been a member of seven and have worked with hundreds of others as a preacher, consultant, researcher and friend.

Alternative Paths to Pastoral Transition: A Comparative Case Study

In the past several years increasing numbers of churches have been asking whether the interim ministry model is appropriate in all cases of pastoral transition.

Thoughts on Being a Religious Researcher

I've agreed to blog from time to time at Vital Signs and Statistics, a WordPress blog edited by Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, director of the United Church of Christ's CARD program.

New Spirit Community Church: An Appreciation

An e-mail letter arrived in my mailbox this week from the board of directors of New Spirit Community Church in Berkeley, California.

Bill's Books of the Year for 2013

I’m a bit late posting my recommendations for books of the year for 2013.

Bill & Linda McKinney Christmas Letter 2013

Christmas and Holiday Blessings from the McKinneys