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Jan  2017 17
Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend proposes in this week's blog that we no longer pray for elected officials at ceremonies of their own making.
Jan  2017 10
President Gary Peluso-Verdend takes on the issue of politics in church this week. "There is church politics. There will always be church politics. We should get honest about that fact and strive to deal with power, authority, and conflict in a more constructive way than churches often do," he writes.
Jan  2017 03
Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend outlines his reasoning for why he is a "secular Christian" and problem areas that can come with that identity in this week's blog post.
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 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?
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