Ministry

The State of Things
11:51 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Minister Reflects On Decades As Elder In Methodist Church

Photo of Will Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke University.
Credit http://www.spdlc.org/faith-life-continues-with-william-willimon-february-4

Christian ministry professor Will Willimon talks about his life and his first novel, 'Incorporation'

Will Willimon has served at Duke University in a variety of roles for decades, but he always left to continue his calling as a Methodist minister.

He knew from an early age that he had a special connection to God.

"I think I always had an extraordinary sense of the divine," he said.

Though, he said that his fundamentalist upbringing in rural South Carolina scared him off from faith for a while.  

"I sort of decided that Christianity was for people who weren't very good at thinking things through," he said.

When he went off to Wofford College, he was exposed to a religous studies professor who helped him see a different view of Christianity.  

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Wed May 15, 2013

First Openly Lesbian Presbyterian Pastor, One Year In

Minister Katie Ricks
Credit http://www.churchrec.org / Church of Reconciliation Chapel Hill, NC

Pastor Katie Ricks reflects about being the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church

    

When Katie Ricks became the Associate Pastor of the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill last year, she was the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church. 

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