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An update, and a prayer, for our friends in Puerto Rico

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
9/12/2018

This week, I watched Hurricane Florence take aim at the North Carolina coast, a place that is close to my heart and is where my home Presbytery resides. I'm anxious for my friends, colleagues, and all of those serving Christ's...

“Who’s ready for a new academic year?”

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
9/6/2018

Editor's note: Sending our oldest child off to college this year made me more attentive the last few weeks to my social media friends posts of their children’s first day at school. They range from the first day of preschool...

More Presbyterian Women Ordained Ministers than Men 2007-2016

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
8/3/2018

Although there are three times as many men currently serving as congregational minsters than women, the tide is turning as more Presbyterian women were ordained from 2007-2016. This seems like a long time coming since 1994 is the first year...

Women of the Church

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
7/27/2018

Arise, Shine, Your Light Has Come! -Isaiah 60:1 Women of the Church play a tremendous role in shaping Christians. In fact, there wouldn’t be a Christian Church without the women witnesses at Jesus’ tomb described in all four Gospels. The...

Some words of thanks after General Assembly

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
7/19/2018

For all who go to General Assembly, it is an exhilarating and exhausting whirlwind of the Holy Spirit, both at the same time. Even for extroverts like me, all that time together is intense, and when it’s all said and...

Where are our Future Ministers now?

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
5/24/2018

You probably will not be surprised to learn our future ministers are active in healthy congregations now, maybe even yours! According to a landmark 2017 Barna study, the vast majority (85%) of current ministers were active as children in a...

Seminaries working together

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
4/10/2018

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12          Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico last year, I’ve kept in touch with colleagues...

“Resurrection” along Harriet Tubman’s Pathway to Freedom

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
3/22/2018

Lent is traditionally a time for Christians to reflect, (re)affirm our baptismal identity, who we are and who we are called to be, and to commit to living faith in more life-giving ways. Our liturgical year takes us on a...

Faith lives on in Franklinville, Maryland

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
3/5/2018

It is the great joy of my work to visit congregations, and those who love the church, keeping in conversation about how we can ensure we have enough ministers for the future needs of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). These conversations...

Congratulations, Katie Cannon and Doug Oldenburg

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
2/26/2018

A big congratulations to Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, professor of theology and ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and Rev. Dr. Douglas Oldenburg, former President of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia and a former General Assembly moderator. ...