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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Engaging the Community: Presentation Slides

On November 28, 2012 I had the opportunity to speak to the Annual Interim Ministers Gathering of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ.

Some Reflections on the Role of Social Research in the United Church of Christ

I served from 1975 to 1986 as research director for the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries. These were fascinating times in the history of Christian mission work in the United States.

"Rolling Stones": An All Saints Sunday Sermon

I had the honor of preaching at South Church in Centerville, MA on All Saints Sunday. Here's my sermon.

Teaching a New Course in January 2013: "Adaptive Leadership for Religious Practitioners"

In January I will be teaching a one-week course at Hartford Seminary entitled "Adaptive Leadership for Religious Practitioners." It's a new course for me that brings together much of my thinking abou

Commentary: "Nones" on the Rise: One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation

A new study released this week by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life explores the growing number of American adults who choose not to identify with traditional faith communities.

Film Review: The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson

Leaving the theater after viewing Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master I overheard a woman say to her companions, “I don’t really have to understand a movie in order to appreciate it.”

Craigville Tabernacle Sermon September 2, 2012

                  Every Life Has a Lesson: A Craigville Story


A Sermon by Bill McKinney

Craigville Tabernacle, Craigville, Mass.

More About My Blog: "Leadership for a Bold Church"

“Leadership for a Bold Church” is approaching its first anniversary.

Summer Reading 2012

Reading is one of the joys of my life and a big part of every day of my life.

Mainline Protestantism in a Post-Protestant World (Craigville Theological Colloquy Lecture 2)

This is my second 2012 Craigville Theological Colloquy presented on July 17, 2012.