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Advent preparations
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 12/5/2017 2:29:26 PM

Advent is a season of preparation in the liturgical year. I wonder, what are we preparing for and how? read more

Who and What Thanksgiving Day, Presbyterians, and Theological Education have in Common
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 11/9/2017 6:51:55 PM

Elias Boudinot was not only the founder of the Presbyterian Foundation, but he also gave us the gift of the Thanksgiving holiday. read more

From Grumbling to Reorienting in Exodus
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 10/16/2017 11:45:22 AM

Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty preached in two churches in the last two weeks, exploring lectionary texts in Exodus with First Presbyterian Church in Owenboro, Kentucky, and Southport Presbyterian Church in Southport, N.C. Orienting ourselves to the present, to acting faithfully now, is what God calls us to do to ensure there will be a promising future. 
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Confirmation of our current situation
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 10/8/2017 6:39:55 PM

Continuing the conversation about the need for more ministers in the PC(USA) as we face a tsunami of retirements.  read more

Thank you to all who celebrated Theological Education Sunday
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 9/18/2017 12:09:05 PM

Reflections on the future of Theological Education in the PC(USA)  read more

Gratitude and Anticipation
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 8/24/2017 7:13:15 AM

Learning Hebrew in seminary leads to a transformative understanding of faith. read more

“Out of Fear and into Freedom”: Seminaries respond to recent threats and acts of violence
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 8/14/2017 7:06:00 AM

Seminaries throughout the PC(USA) have responded to recent racist violence with statements, prayers and vigils. We have collected those into a blog post here.  read more

The key to more pastors: mentoring and affirming
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 7/27/2017 5:23:11 PM

We should encourage those who feel called, including mentoring, and should pray for and with them. To go to seminary, to decide against pursuing personal wealth or prestige, is a bold move these days – and potential seminarians need all of the support we can give them. read more

Big Tent Takeaways
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 7/17/2017 9:36:02 PM

A conversation about the future leadership of the church takes form at Big Tent. read more

A Trinity Sunday Meditation: God's Rhythmic Dance
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 6/9/2017 5:04:34 PM

June 11th is Trinity Sunday and the revised common lectionary texts for the day are grounded, pun intended, in Genesis 1:1-2:4, a creation story.

Last week at the Forum for Theological Exploration’s 2017 Christian Leadership Forum, my friend Rev. Tyler Sit reminded a multicultural, multilingual, multigenerational, ecumenical, and geographically diverse gathering of longtime, new, and emerging church leaders that God has rhythm.  read more

Who are our future ministers? A Pentecost roundup of seminary commencements
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 6/7/2017 7:57:03 AM

Pentecost is largely regarded as the birthday of the Church, and it coincides with graduation at our seminaries. Join with us in celebrating what is new in God's Church!  read more

Paying Attention to the Other
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 5/25/2017 12:59:14 PM

To truly understand a person, we must see and hear them as a full person, in the context of their life and community. Like Paul, we must adapt to their environment and bring the good news to the people. But first, we need to see, and listen.  read more

A benediction and a charge for Frank Yamada
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 5/23/2017 10:38:52 AM

Blessings and a challenge for Rev. Dr. Frank Yamada, who moves on from McCormick to a new position, serving as Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in Pittsburgh.  read more

How to donate to the Theological Education Fund
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 5/3/2017 11:15:15 AM

Gifts to the Theological Education Fund are treasured and appreciated. Here's how to be sure your donation makes it to the right place, so that we can thank you in a timely manner.  read more

Opening doors - and not lingering in the hallway
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 4/17/2017 12:10:28 PM

It’s been said that “When God closes one door, God opens another, but it’s Hell in the hallway.” That was true for me for a few years as I came to the fork in the road and chose a pathway. It took me a few years, and some hellish times in that hallway, to realize I had chosen the wrong pathway. Once I admitted that full-time ministry and seminary was the pathway for my life, the proverbial boulder upon me fell off, and I felt a lightness to my life like never before (and in some ways, not since). read more

The dry bones coming to life all around us
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 4/12/2017 2:30:43 PM

How can we bring life to the story of Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones? Look for examples of ways that dry bones have come to life in the communities around us.  read more

God works with the world for life
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 4/8/2017 12:51:09 PM

God rhetorically asked as Ezekiel is led to and surveys a valley full of bones, “Mortal, can these bones live?” God knows the answer to this question, Ezekiel knows God knows the answer to this, we know the answer to this question. That’s not what is in question. What is in question is if they and we believe there is life beyond what we are now experiencing. read more

(Nearly) 200 years of service in Huntsville, Alabama
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 4/4/2017 2:46:02 PM

This church believes in the power of theological education, supporting Huntsville Female Seminary for its entire 78 years of existence. FPC also spurred the birth and growth of other Presbyterian churches in Huntsville: Trinity, Northminster and FaithFellowship Presbyterian Church in Huntsville was sponsored by FPC. The church reaches out into the world by supporting mission workers and mission trips, and by supporting Habitat for Humanity projects. read more

Will there be enough ministers?
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 3/15/2017 11:08:43 AM

Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty of the Theological Education Fund at the Presbyterian Foundation spoke at NEXT Church 2017 as an Ignite speaker. His topic was "Will there be enough ministers to support Christ's future church?" This is intended as an invitation to begin a conversation about what we can do about this looming crisis and how we can better support Presbyterian seminaries and encourage seminarians. Please join us in this conversation! You can reach Lee at
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Lent devotionals to guide your walk
by Lee Hinson-Hasty 3/3/2017 8:39:05 AM

PC(USA) seminaries and Presbyterian publications provide many resources to guide you on your Lenten walk. Find a short listing of resources in this post.  read more

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