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January 15, 2014

New Spirit Community Church: An Appreciation

An e-mail letter arrived in my mailbox this week from the board of directors of New Spirit Community Church in Berkeley, California. The board has come to the conclusion the…
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December 9, 2013

“Pilgrims on a Journey,” A Sermon Preached for the Installation of Rev. Susan Brecht as Pastor and Teacher of Eliot Church, UCC

Pilgrims on a Journey William McKinney Sermon for the Installation of Rev. Susan Brecht Eliot Church, UCC, Newton, MA, December 8, 2013 Text: Romans 12 A few years ago I…
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May 5, 2013

When Our Reach Should Exceed Our Grasp, or What’s a Heaven For? (Rev. 21:10 – 22:5)

Or What’s a Heaven For? William McKinney A Sermon Preached at South Congregational UCC, Centerville, MA May 5, 2013 Text: Revelation 21:10-22:5 When Michael McSherry asked me to be with…
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May 4, 2013

Memorial Tribute to the Rev. Nevin Kirk

The Rev. Nevin Kirk, a United Church of Christ minister and resident of Craigville and Centerville, Massachusetts died April 27 at age 93. I had the honor of presiding at…
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September 12, 2012

More About My Blog: “Leadership for a Bold Church”

“Leadership for a Bold Church” is approaching its first anniversary. I’ve been unusually busy the past couple of months with a couple of exciting consulting projects and the blog has…
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July 17, 2012

Mainline Protestantism in a Post-Protestant World (Craigville Theological Colloquy Lecture 2)

This is my second 2012 Craigville Theological Colloquy presented on July 17, 2012. Its focus in on an important presidential address to the Organization of American Historians by Berkeley historian…
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January 16, 2012

Staying in Touch with Religion on the Web

Like most people of my generation I remain loyal to print journalism. Thanks to a wonderful English teacher named John Burns, I’ve been a New York Times subscriber since my…
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January 11, 2012

Seminary Presidents Making a Graceful Exit (from In Trust magazine)

Not long ago I was interviewed by In Trust, the magazine for theological school board members.  The topic was how to leave a seminary presidency.  The resulting article includes insights…
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November 15, 2011

Seminary Presidents Making a Graceful Exit (from In Trust magazine)

Recently I had a note from a friend who is a leader in a fine theological school. He worries about the looming placement crisis facing American seminarians: “it won’t be…
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November 11, 2011

On “Mainline Religion”

Next summer I’ll be keynoting the “Craigville Colloquy” which has taken place in our little Cape Cod village for over 25 years. It’s a unique gathering of clergy and laity…
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