The Transition Task force met last week to discuss our meetings going forward. One of the things we realized is that as we adapt the Milwaukee model, we want to reflect on the issues in our world and resource our congregations and ministries to respond accordingly.
In light of the election, the anxiety that so many are feeling about our future, and moving forward in an unknown world, We’ve secured a one hour conversation with Rick Ufford-Chase.
Rick Ufford-Chase was the Moderator of the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), from 2004 to 2006. He is a lifelong activist and advocate for social justice. He served in various capacities in mission on the U.S./Mexico border for nearly twenty years, where he was a co-founder of BorderLinks, Samaritans and No More Deaths. In 2008, Rick and his wife Kitty became the Co-Directors of Stony Point Center, where they helped to found the Community of Living Traditions, a multifatih, residential community of Muslims, Christians and Jews who dedicate themselves to the practice of hospitality, nonviolence, peace and justice. He currently also serves part-time as the Associate Director for Interfaith Formation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Rick is the Co-Moderator of the Activist Council for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Rick is the father of three, Leana (17), Troy (18) and Teo (21). He is an avid outdoorsman whose first loves are rafting, kayaking, and sailing.
Rick has a new book out – Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions for the Church in the Time of Empire –
“Is it possible for a church that has been at the heart of Empire for as long as we have to make a course correction and move intentionally from the center of Empire to the margins?” Rick Ufford-Chase has touched the deep longing that exists in so many of us who are Christian in the United States, and responded with ideas that offer a future we know God has in store for us but can’t seem to imagine is really possible.
This is a book we should read and discuss with friends who share our longing and are ready to take a risk. If this book stays in our heads, it fails and we fail. If we use it as a springboard for daring, it is quite likely to change everything about being church in the heart of Empire.
Fourteen contributing authors offer their own ideas for ways to move the Christian church to a place of faithfulness in the midst of the empire, and Rick adds his own observations about the compromised condition of our church institutions with concrete suggestions for bringing us home to the heart of the gospel. Contributors: Annanda Barclay, Michael Benefiel, Aric Clark, Linda Eastwood, Alison Harrington, Rabia Terri Harris, Jin S. Kim, Alex Patchin McNeill, Brian Merritt, Ched Myers, J. Herbert Nelson, II, John Nelson, Laura Newby, Germán Zárate. Foreword by Carol Howard Merritt.
Rick will have books to purchase at the meeting. We also encourage you to get a copy and begin reading as a way of preparing for this first meeting of 2017.
Blessings to you as you welcome the Christ child. May God come anew to us, to our congregations and ministries and to our world!