Cameron Trimble: Future of Church Renewal

Derrick has an inspiring and energizing conversation with Rev. Cameron Trimble about the future of renewal in the Church.  Cameron is the Executive Director of the Center for Progressive Renewal (www.progressiverenewal.org). She most recently served as an advisor to the Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Team of Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and as Associate Conference Minister of Church Development in the Southeast Conference of the UCC. In her ministry in the national setting, Cameron was responsible for the development of national strategy for birthing new churches. In her conference setting, she directly oversaw the birthing of churches throughout the Southeast Conference. Each setting has given her a unique perspective on the challenges of cultivating leaders equipped to meet the needs of the future of mainline Protestantism.

Cameron is an adjunct professor teaching church planting and renewal with the Pacific School of Religion and Chicago Theological Seminary. She has co-authored the book “Liberating Hope” with Michael Piazza in 2011.

With this wide experience and exposure, Cameron is convinced that the future of the progressive mainline Church is dependent upon our ability to cultivate the highest quality of leadership in both ordained and lay leadership.

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Rick Ufford-Chase: Faith, Violence, and Human Rights

This episode features Rick Ufford-Chase.  Rick worked as a mission worker for twenty years on the U.S./Mexico border, supporting migrants and refugees and developing educational programs for people of faith who are interested in the complexities and challenges of the border region. Rick served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the PCUSA from 2004 to 2006. He is currently the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, and the Co-Director (with his wife, Kitty) of Stony Point Conference Center. Rick has been deeply interested in the intersection between our faith, the challenge of responding to violence in our time, and the work of partnering with those from other religious traditions to protect and extend basic human rights to all people.

Rick is leading the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship delegation to Israel/Palestine next January 3-17. There is a grant that will subsidize more than half the cost of the trip for every participant, so the total, out-of-pocket expense should be under $2,000 including airfare. More information for anyone who would like to join this trip can be found athttp://presbypeacefellowship.org/content/january-2014-middle-east-witness-delegation#.UYBWOqUQ_0A.

 

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David H. Jensen: God, Desire, and a Theology of Human Sexuality

Carol speaks with David H. Jensen, author of God, Desire, and a Theology of Human Sexuality.  David desires to connect the basic Christian beliefs to the day-to-day living of individuals. His book examines human sexuality in light of Christian faith and doctrine. Jensen moves beyond the hot-button social debate about sexual orientation and sexual practices to look for healing. You are invited to explore human sexuality from a new biblical perspective.

 

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