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Pastor John: February

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Dear Friends, “We are marching in the light of God.” It is a freedom song from South Africa. We always need to march because freedom always needs to come.   Whenever anyone in the world is not free, neither are any of us. This past week the largest march and protest in our nation occurred on […]

Pastor John

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Dear Friends, A couple of things to put on the burner for this month. Front Porch Rockers.   That may not be the name of the new program under the oversight of the Deacons, but it is the spirit.  We have people in our congregation who could use a visit on occasion.  It might be hard […]

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Dear Friends, This summer for Southminster Reads, we are reading Linda Tirado’s book, Hand to Mouth:  Living In Bootstrap America.    Near the end of August we will discuss it together. A reviewer for the New York Times wrote: “It’s rare to hear directly from the poor. Usually their voices are filtered through journalists or activists. […]

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Dear Friends, I have asked our committees and boards to schedule meetings on other nights than Tuesday nights. That seems to be a good evening for programming. Jim Petersen and I just did a series on loss and grief which was well-attended, 20-25 on a consistent basis. We are going to use Tuesday nights for […]

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Dear Friends, The General Assembly is almost upon us. We have a role to play.  We will host commissioners and guests on Sunday, June 19, during worship.   We have a guest preacher that day, Dr. Patricia K. Tull of Louisville Seminary and author of Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis.    Following an […]

Pastor John Shuck

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Dear Friends, Southminster Presbyterian has a been a leader in issues regarding social justice.  Under Jim Petersen’s leadership, Southminster became More Light over twenty years ago and helped trail blaze the way for LGBTQ equality in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Oregon. With the guidance of Peg Pfab, Southminster became a leader in the community […]

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Dear Friends, I have enjoyed the Lent Round Robin with my progressive colleagues and hope you have as well. On Sunday, April 10 at 5:30 pm at Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, everyone in all the participating churches is invited to a potluck. The ministers had a chance to meet other folks and you […]

Connections

by John Shuck

Dear Friends, We have some exciting things happening during Lent! The Progressive Pastors of Beaverton are a doing a round robin. Each Sunday February 14 through March 14 each of us will preach at a different church. You will get a chance to hear Laurie Larson (Mission of the Atonement), Brett Strobel (Christ United Methodist […]

Connections

by John Shuck

Dear Friends, Like clockwork, Christmas comes around. “Peace on Earth” is a phrase uttered at Christmas. Christmas is the time to be happy and to celebrate. But it isn’t always quite so bubbly. For those who experience hardship, loss, or are just down because it is gray and wet, Christmastime can be heavy not light. […]

General Assembly and Meddling In Politics

by John Shuck

Dear Friends, Portland is the host for the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Assembly will meet at the Convention Center from June 18-24, 2016. This is a great opportunity to showcase the Pacific Northwest and the ministry of Southminster. It is also an opportunity to participate in and witness the […]