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Dec  2016 27
In September, President Gary Peluso-Verdend asked what kind of nativity scenes congregations would set up for the 2016 Advent/Christmas season. He proposed two revised nativity sets to tell the Jesus story in a more powerful way. This Christmas week, we offer Gary’s vision of two more complex nativity scenes.
Dec  2016 20
President Gary Peluso-Verdend is resolving to scrub his mind and future writing of the concept “mainline.” He is acknowledging that he is now a participant in a minority expression of Christianity.
Dec  2016 13
Many Protestant leaders, including me, worry that congregations have not formed a sufficiently strong identity to have a crisis about. And a community or society with weak identity formation is a crisis waiting to happen.
Dec  2016 06
In writing about the ecumenical movement, President Gary Peluso-Verdend says, "An understanding and practice of community that is large and generous and hospitable enough to embrace all but those who don’t want to be within a community seem very far away to me."
Nov  2016 29
Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend has been thinking about the kind of church he would like to attend. But he also asks a different question: What kind of church might attract persons who don’t find anything relevant at church as traditionally done?
Nov  2016 22
This is a portion of an extended, post-election reflection on the climate in which Phillips Theological Seminary does its work. That extended reflection is being sent to students, employees, trustees, and alumni/ae. President Gary Peluso-Verdend is taking this opportunity to restate what he considers to be Phillips’s core educational values.
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