Leadership for a Bold Church
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.
Like most people of my generation I remain loyal to print journalism.
Not long ago I was interviewed by In Trust, the magazine for theological school board members. The topic was how to leave a seminary presidency. The resulting article includes insights from ...
I’ve been working on a review essay for the The Christian Century that looks at recent sociological studies of religion in America. One of the things I realized as I was working on the article ...
The new movie Young Adult tells the story of a 37 year-old woman who is a ghost writer for a fading series of young adult novels.
My selection for book of the year may seem far afield for a student of American religion and congregations, but it’s not.
Occasionally I come across an article or paper that gets me thinking fresh thoughts about an old topic.
Recently I had a note from a friend who is a leader in a fine theological school.
For most of my fiction reading I depend on the Centerville Public Library, which caters to Cape Cod’s summer and year-round populations.
Next summer I’ll be keynoting the “Craigville Colloquy” which has taken place in our little Cape Cod village for over 25 years.
I’m a graduate of Penn State University, having received my PhD degree there in 1979. Linda and I took advantage of the opportunity to purchase student tickets an