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Yvette Flunder, PSR alum and trustee, who is currently senior pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ and presiding bishop of The Fellowship--a multi-denominational movement of more than 50 churches and faith organizations in the U.S. and Africa, will receive clergy credentials in the Metropolitan Community Church during a trip to Washington, D.C. on May 3, 2009.
PSR Dean Emeritus Delwin Brown comments on the differences and disputes between "purists" and "accomodators" within progressive Christianity.
The PSR community joined local congregations in a Good Friday prayer walk to protest violence in the Bay Area. See full article for text, pictures, and video.
PSR alumnus and CLGS staffer Rev. Roland Stringfellow comments on Lisa Larges, openly lesbian candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
While challenges remain, hopefulness exists in the UCC-related seminaries - no matter their size. "We live in an era of emergence, where 'congregating' is undergoing a lot of changes," says PSR President and Professor of American Religion Bill McKinney. "We need to broaden our understanding of what it means to prepare people for congregational ministry." McKinney is optimistic that by focusing PSR's curriculum on how people congregate, and assuming all churches are in some way "new churches," they can better prepare students for the needs of future ministry.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has named Jason Eberhart-Phillips Health Director and Kansas State Health Officer. Eberhart-Phillips received his MDiv from PSR, earned his BA in journalism from Northwestern University, his MD from the University of California San Francisco, and also holds an MA in public health from the University of California-Berkeley.
Eberhart-Phillips has been serving as the county health officer of El Dorado County, California, since 2006. Prior to his appointment as health officer in El Dorado County, Eberhart-Phillips served as senior lecturer in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Zion United Church of Christ in York, PA has installed a new pastor, PSR alumnus Matthew R. Seeds. Seeds began serving the congregation in September. He was ordained at his home church, Dubbs United Church of Christ, in Allentown last fall.