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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Keynoting Craigville Colloquy in July 2012

I'll be keynoting the annual Craigville Colloquy on Cape Cod July 16-19 with two presentations on the future of Mainline Religion.

Two Weeks in China with Bill & Linda McKinney

Linda and I recently returned from our first trip to China. See a collection of our photos and some reflections on the trip.

Christian Century Article: Crunching the Numbers


Looking for Judaism in (Un)Conventional Places

One of the ironies of living in a world in which there are few limits on the information available to us is that we protect ourselves from “information clutter” by focusing only on worlds we al

Staying in Touch with Religion on the Web

Like most people of my generation I remain loyal to print journalism.

Seminary Presidents Making a Graceful Exit (from In Trust magazine)

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 ...

Counting Members of Faith Communities in America

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 ...

Movie Review: Young Adult

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.

Book of the Year for 2011

My selection for book of the year may seem far afield for a student of American religion and congregations, but it’s not.

Seminary-Congregation Partnerships: Luther Seminary

Occasionally I come across an article or paper that gets me thinking fresh thoughts about an old topic.