A few weeks ago I caught up with Rev. Gradye Parsons, the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church USA and a key member of the NCC’s governing board. If you’ve ever met Gradye, you’re in for a treat today. He is as warm and accessible as he is forceful and to-the-point.
In this episode we will talk with this key American church leader about the past and future of the Presbyterian Church, the essential role of justice-making, and what’s next for Gradye as he looks forward to retirement.
For those who know him, Gradye Parsons is known as someone who is intelligent, witty, and sharp. Gradye has led the Presbyterian Church USA for the past eight years and is now retiring. The church he shepherds has faced several challenges over those years including various stands on human sexuality, justice for Palestinians, and most recently the candidacy of Donald Trump. In this brief interview I was able to get a sense of Gradye’s vision for the church, its role in the National Council of Churches, and how he views his tenure as Stated Clerk and the man who has been nominated to follow him, Rev. J. Herbert Nelson.
The response to last week’s podcast of Bishop Curry’s homily at our Christian Unity Gathering was so strong that it seemed a good idea to bookend it with the first homily of the event, given by The Most Blessed Tikhon, Bishop of Washington, and Metropolitan of All America and Canada in the Orthodox Church in America.
This week we will hear this homily in its entirety. We were grateful to have Metropolitan Tikhon with us at the Christian Unity Gathering, and to present this homily in our podcast.
Last week at our Christian Unity Gathering, closing worship celebrated the gifts of the week. One of the greatest gifts was about to come, as Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael Curry gave the homily.
In this week’s podcast, we will replay Bishop Curry’s homily in its entirety. Get ready for a moving presentation of the gospel from one of America’s most important Christian leaders.
Last week the NCC signed on to a statement called, “A Call to Resist Bigotry: A Statement of Faithful Obedience.” This statement, signed by Christian leaders from wide range of perspectives, addresses the open bigotry that has been a hallmark of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
In this episode we will talk with Dr. David Gushee, president-elect of the Society of Christian Ethics, and vice president of the American Academy of Religion, who was one of the drafters of this document. We will tackle the challenging task of critiquing a popular presidential candidate on the basis of Christian theology and ethics and put Trump’s candidacy in an historical context.