UPDATED (11/21): Join me in Philippines — Tragedy, Beauty, Complexity

As some of you know, am in the Philippines on a month-long teaching assignment at The Silliman University Divinity School. This was made possible by a new partnership between Silliman University, the Presbyterian Church (USA) World Mission Office and The United Church of Christ in the Philippines. I am based out of Dumaguete City, one [Read More…]

Why this Presbyterian Signed An Open Letter from the Asian American Community to the Evangelical Church

Others who have since blogged about the letter: Angry Asian Man, Kathy Khang, Rachel Held Evans, Elder,J, rethinkxian, Dora, AsAm News, Evangelical Covenant Church, NPR Codeswitch and The Christian Post — Please let me know if you know of others and I’ll update this list. And if you are seeing this for the first time, be sure to check out, The Open [Read More…]

What Historically White Denominations Can Learn From the Republican Party

The day after election night is like Christmas morning for bloggers and political pundits. Like eager children we come bounding down the stairs ready to rip open and reflect on wins, losses, gaffes and funnies left on the hearth of election night. Oh but where to start? I think I’ll start with race. For as much as [Read More…]

Election 2012, What Presbyterians Should Care About – Norb Kumagai

As part of the ongoing Patheos 2012 election coverage and commentary, I am opening up my blog for Presbyterians to answer this week’s question, “What are the key issues at stake in this election for people of your tradition?” I gave no guidance other than to keep it under 500 words and to avoid bashing and dehumanizing [Read More…]

An Update on the Presbyterian Church that Meets Online

As many of you know the past year has had me exploring many options for ministry. One of those things was to begin thinking about the formation of a Presbyterian church that meets online. It is hard to believe that we floated this idea about six months ago. My how times flies.  This project has spurred some good conversations about church, [Read More…]

The Church’s Doomed Pursuit of the Elusive Young Adult

It seems that everywhere you look today, “the church,” especially within historic traditions, is talking about reaching that ever-elusive young adult demographic.  Sometimes it feels like we are on some National Geographic safari trying to observe and conserve some rare creature, but all-in-all I think it’s a great endeavor and worth the effort. At the same time, I [Read More…]

ABQ, Ghost Ranch and Those Presbyterian Peacemakers

It’s been exactly one week since I blogged last. I wish that my break was because I am on a some kind of relaxing get-away, but alas, I am on Presbyterian Conference overdrive. Last week I was at the Presbyterian General Assembly in Pittsburgh, I then spent three days in Albuquerque and now I am [Read More…]

Wherever Liberals and Conservatives are Gathered, There is _____?

I am sure that when you read the title of this post, you filled in the blank with: fear ignorance hostility injustice distraction Jesus or beer Sure, there are individuals who might indeed warrant such descriptors, but might we be better served by filling in the blank with “faithfulness, conviction and grace?” As you some [Read More…]

I See Presbyterians

Like many Presbyterians who rode down the escalators at the Pittsburgh airport, when I arrived last night, I was greeted by the, the familiar – and oh so stylish – sight of those Committee On Local Arrangements (COLA) PC(USA) seal-emblazoned aprons. Like the smell of fresh cookies or sizzling bacon wafting from the kitchen, it [Read More…]

Book Review: Making Paper Cranes by Mihee Kim-Kort

Making Paper Cranes Toward an Asian American Feminist Theology by Mihee Kim-Kort [Mihee on Twitter] Pre-order on Amazon First, Mihee is a friend and colleague. Second, I am in awe of my friend and colleague. When I review a book by a friend, I am always a little nervous. What if it isn’t very good? [Read More…]