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Laura Mariko Cheifetz, a member of our Spahr Reconciliation committee, recently published a paper on bravery as part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Below is an excerpt from the inspirational and thought-provoking piece. Read the full paper here. You can also read more about the project at

Theology is not neutral when it come to our personal lives within community. How we think about God shapes how we interact with others in the world. Our theological understandings of how we relate to creation and other people are lived out in policy within the church, or communities, and the country of which we are apart.
We in the white-dominant Reformed tradition of the United States are the fading edge of the Christianity of empire. The empire is spiraling. But new possibilities for Christian life are emerging. We are asked to consider our participation in Christian faith and life beyond denominations or theological traditions. We who treasure the things that make our ministries possible- like our buildings, endowments, institutional structures, and special privileges – may find these will matter little in the years to come.
Even for those who think this is a good thing, it means we must be brave. Read more…

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