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The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow is the founding pastor of Mission Bay Community Church, San Francisco, CA, and former moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Follow him on Twitter @breyeschow

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Bruce is the founding pastor of Mission Bay Community Church, a quirky Presbyterian Church located in the Excelsior District of San Francisco.  A Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, MBCC made up of mostly 20 and 30 somethings and is one of the highest reviewed religious organizations on Yelp.com. A native of California's Central Valley, Bruce has lived in San Francisco for the past 20 years with his wife, Robin Pugh and three daughters. He graduated from SF State with a major in sociology, philosophy and Asian American studies and received his graduate degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. 

One of the leading voices of postmodern culture and its impact on the Christian church, in June 2008 Bruce was elected to service as Moderator of the 2.3 million member Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination. This is the highest elected office in the denomination and he served until July 2010. 

Bruce is also a contributing blogger to The SF Gate, Co-Host of a Weekly Internet Radio Show, The God Complex: Where fully divine runs smack dab into fully human, serves on the board of Public Religion Research and is currently also on a self-publishing adventure, writing his first book, Embracing the Gray: musings on faith, family and the pursuit of an American dream.  Bruce is an avid blogger and social networker and has lead numerous worships and keynotes on the intersection between faith, technology and social media. Most recently he has helped to start a weekly Christian worship gathering that takes place each Sunday called #tworship.

Bruce is third generation Filipino/Chinese American, Oakland A's fanatic and motorcycle enthusiast.  He describes himself as a Mac guy, mediocre guitarist and drummer and not nearly as cool or hip as he wants to be or thinks he is while single-handedly supporting the coffee industry of the SF Bay Area. 

If you want to get in touch with him or keep up with his latest adventures, please feel free to make contact on Twitter at [@breyeschow], on facebook at [breyeschow] or on his blog at [www.reyes-chow.com].


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Bruce Reyes-Chow: An Introduction to in360 Talks

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

From Bruce's blog.


in360 Talks by Bruce Reyes-Chow

About in360 talks

in360 talks are influenced by such popular presentation styles as Ignite!PechaKucha, and JoPa's 7-21in360'sare short projected presentations meant to explore larger concepts, questions and issues through the individual sharing of particular ideas, experiences and perspectives. in360's are not meant to provide definitive answers to expansive questions, rather, through brief "glimpses" through the lenses of particular people, in360's are meant to provoke new thought, energize communal exploration, and encourage on-going conversations.

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Bruce Reyes-Chow: A Prayer for Political People of Faith

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

 

This week someone stumbled upon an old blog post that I had written about guns and I was reminded again of the ways that politics and faith can so often turn into such a place of toxicity. I admit that I simply do not understand the motivations behind those who choose to engage in particular ways, but I do my best to live and speak my faith in ways that I believe God leads me to.

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December 28, 2013

Bruce Reyes-Chow: 10 Ways to Disconnect from the Next Generation of Progressives

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I write this list, not as much about that next generation, but to my own and those before me. For if we want our good work and our dreams for a better tomorrow to keep moving towards justice for all, we must do everything we can to stay in relationship with those who have been and will be taking our place at the table.
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September 20, 2013

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Thinking About Teen Suicide Again

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Through a confluence of events this week, I watched a video that I made in 2010 in response to a few very publicized teen suicides. This was not scripted or edited. Just me trying wandering with words for myself and for our communities.
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September 10, 2013

Bruce Reyes-Chow: I Hate Blog Lists, or Bruce's Top 10 List of Blogs You Should Read

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Bruce offers his top 10 list of blogs you should be reading If you are in any way connected to the mainline-emergent-hipster-people-of-color-post-evangelical-christian world.
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August 27, 2013

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Top 25 Social Media Platforms for Use in Church and Ministry

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Holy moley there are a ton of social media sites out there! Seriously, how the heck can anyone keep up with them all? After all, some of you church types have to do things like visit people in the hospital, prepare sermons, fix toilets and maybe, just maybe have a social/family life. This is where folks like me come into the picture.
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August 02, 2013

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Book Excerpt: He's a Different Kind of Black

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

An excerpt from my new Kickstarted book, But I Don’t See You as Asian: curating Conversations about Race.
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May 25, 2013

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Teaching Our Children to Be Joyfully Mediocre

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

While I believe that we are called to tend the passions, talents and skills that reside within each of us, that does not always equate to being the best and most talented at them all. Sometimes tending our passions means allowing ourselves be, in the eyes of the world, mediocre.
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March 11, 2013

Bruce Reyes-Chow Interviews Hal Taussig on "A New New Testament"

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Here is my interview with Dr. Hal Taussig on his newest book project, A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts.
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January 28, 2013

Bruce Reyes-Chow: I Am Still Emergence

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After the recent Emergence Christianity Gathering in Memphis, there have been some interesting responses about Phyllis Tickle’s presentation, the future of the emergent church, the response to privilege, etc. As I have skimmed the blogs, I have seen feisty conversations with some valid critiques and, for the most part, respectful interaction.
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January 12, 2013

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Interview with MaryAnn McKibben Dana: Sabbath in the Suburbs

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

I am a firm believer in building community by helping good folks get the word about projects that they are working on. Today, I want to help spread the word about MaryAnn McKibben Dana and her new book, Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time.
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November 08, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: What Historically White Denominations Can Learn from the Republican Party

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

While I doubt that I will be invited into the strategy meetings of the Grand Old Party, I do know that I may have the ear of some of our Grand Old Denominations. With this in mind let me not-so-humbly offer a few words of unsolicited advice.
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October 22, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Three Dangers of Using Social Media

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

As one who is fully supportive of embracing and integrating social media into the life of the church, I am in no way advocating any kind of blanket limit, ban or rejection of this powerful communication medium. That said, let me point out three dangers that I perceive happening as I have watched some pastors' interaction on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
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September 21, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: The Faithful Way to Sing to God? Mine

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

While the battles about worship and music are traditionally focused on the use of organs, guitars, hymns and drum sets, I have heard this same thing from those whom I would say have very creative music and worship expressions. So what it really comes down to is that many of us believe that the only true way to worship God is the way we do.
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September 08, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Why This Christian Will Never Own a Gun

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

As a Christian and a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) I often struggle with Scripture and how God intends for me to live in the world. Jesus and our faith demands of us to make difficult decisions in life that often stand firmly against our own upbringing, our own wants and, at times, our friends and family. I believe that, today, the question of gun ownership and fighting gun violence is one of those times.
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September 01, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Is the Church's Pursuit of the Young Adult Doomed?

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

It seems that everywhere you look today, the church, especially within historic traditions, is talking about reaching that ever-elusive young adult demographic. Sometimes it feels like we are on some National Geographic safari trying to observe and conserve some rare creature, but all-in-all I think it’s a great endeavor and worth the effort. But...
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July 30, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

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I asked my sister-in-law if she would be willing to share a short reflection on gun violence. As you many of you know, nearly four years ago, my own family was impacted by gun violence when my wife’s brother was shot and killed.
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June 16, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Obedient Slaves, Silent Women, and Understanding Biblical Literalism

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Heaven knows that I am no biblical scholar. I am a pastor with a seminary education who believes that Scripture holds God's inerrant truths, hopes and intentions for humanity. That said, I do not believe we get to that Truth by interpreting Scripture literally.
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June 04, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: The Importance of Making Memories with Our Children

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

One of the reasons that I am so committed to community: church, family, school, etc. is because I don’t believe we can move forward in healthy ways unless we understand our past.
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April 17, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Discerning the Future of the National Council of Churches

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Over the past few months I’ve had the privilege of being part of two task forces charged with thinking about the future of the National Council of Churches in the USA in light of so many changes in the cultural, religious and ecumenical landscape in the United States. Easy peasy.
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March 23, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Three Elements of Constructive Conversations on Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and the -isms of Our Day

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We will not always agree with one another’s perspectives or tactics, but we must keep working towards a more just world. The alternative is to give into the brokenness that exists and retreat into a bubble of our own survival and individualism.
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February 16, 2012

Getting Up to Speed on that Asian B-Baller Guy, Jeremy Lin

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Jeremy Lin story has sports, culture and religious pundits salivating because this is not only an “against all odds” story, but much much more.
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February 13, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: We Are Christianity: An Open Letter to Frustrated Christians in the U.S.

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My name is Bruce Reyes-Chow and I too am a Christian. I am also a Presbyterian minister, a husband, a father and a Democrat. Identifiers claimed, I write to you today because I am frustrated with the singular version of Christianity that is dominating today’s public and political discourse.
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January 28, 2012

Bruce Reyes-Chow: My Thoughts on the Fellowship and Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians

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Let me muse a bit on the recent developments concerning The Fellowship of Presbyterians and the newly announced Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO).
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December 30, 2011

Bruce Reyes-Chow: My 2011 Blogging Year in Review

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As I come to the end of 2011, I am taking some time to look back at these three platforms in order to remember the journey, introduce myself to new connections and keep some important conversations going.
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December 23, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: For Those Who Struggle During Christmas, You Are Not Alone

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As I go into these last days, like everyone else, I try to remember the many people for whom this is not a joyous time of the year. With themes of joyous parties, happy families and generous giving surrounding us, those who struggle with depression, estranged family and/or economic survival are often forgotten.
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December 13, 2011

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Dear God, I would like my Presbyterian Church (USA) back

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While I do not in any way want to invalidate the genuine anger, frustration and calling my conservative brothers and sisters are feeling about the church, I want to challenge the idea that there is any ONE reason that the church has changed and is changing.
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November 27, 2011

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Latifundialization and the Future of Occupy Wall Street

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Here I offer a few of the myths that are circulating about Occupy San Francisco and then I’ll get to the whole latifundialzation thing.
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November 14, 2011

Bruce Reyes-Chow: The unexpected safety of the radical Jesus

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One of the things that I have noticed recently in many interactions regarding the nature of the church is an increased reclamation of what it means to be “radical” for Jesus.
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October 28, 2011

Bruce Reyes-Chow: If I Were Mayor of Seminarytownville

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

It’s been a long time since I graduated from seminary, 1995 to be exact. Much has changed in the world: recent generations have lived a life that I can’t fully comprehend, the landscape of American Christianity has changed and the church continues to play catch-up in finding ways to share its faith and tradition.
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September 27, 2011

Bruce Reyes Chow: What Leaders Can Learn about Change from FaceBook

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Yes, Facebook has done it again. Not since the great “Rounded Corners Kerfuffle of 2008″ has there been such an uproar over changes to the design and architecture of our beloved Facebook.
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September 23, 2011

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Is God a Christian? A Review

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

With words and emotions of the the 9/11 10-year remembrance in the air, I thought this would be a great book to help me think about some of the harder questions confronting religion today. I was not disappointed.
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September 12, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Applauding Executions: Is That Christian?

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Bruce Reyes-Chow on the audience response regarding Gov. Rick Perry's executions: "I simply believe that no matter the circumstance, it is never justified to applaud at the death of another human being. Period."
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August 30, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: The Importance of Being Spiritual AND Religious

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I get why people would create the dichotomy between spirituality and religiosity. Engaging in a religious life that demands being part of a community is often difficult and frustrating. But...
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August 20, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Jesus Christ, Michelle Bachmann and Other Lunatics

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There is a fine line between name-calling and truth-telling: one is about tearing down the dignity of another human being and the other is about speaking a position or belief that helps move a body forward in positive ways.
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August 15, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: A Word of Thanks to the Teachers in Our Lives

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If you know a teacher, whether or not your kids are in public education, please take a moment to share a word of thanks.
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August 02, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: A Christian Response to the Debt Ceiling Crisis

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

If you are like me, this past few days of punditry and chatter surrounding the debt ceiling debate has been quite overwhelming. But here's my response.
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June 23, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: You Might Be a Progressive Christian If...

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Here we go, my intentionally fuzzy list of perspectives and postures that might make you a Progressive Christian. Please keep in mind that I do not think that everyone need be one, but that there is a growing number of people who yearn for a drastically different approach to being the Body of Christ.
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June 15, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Reflections on the New Race Study

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Last week I saw this announcement about a new study on race by Michael I. Norton and Samuel R. Sommers from Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. The general conclusion of the study is that basically, “Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing.”
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June 04, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Pastoral Transitions in a Social Media World

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Here is the Covenant for Our Future that was received by the congregation on May 8, 2011 when we officially dissolved the pastoral relationship between myself and Mission Bay Community Church. Feel free to “liberate” some and/or all of it for your use.
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June 01, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: What's Next?

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One of the questions that has been asked of me is “So what’s next?” Some are shocked that I would leave a paying job without having another lined up, others think there is some super-duper-secret plan that I have yet to reveal and others are just rolling with it.
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May 14, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: My Mixed Reaction to the Believe Out Loud Video

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The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow responds to the new "Believe Out Loud" video encouraging inclusive attitudes in the church, and the controversy it has raised.
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May 07, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: A Dad's Response to the Killing of Osama Bin Laden

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

A few days ago when it was announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, I, like many others, found myself torn.
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May 01, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: A Letter to the PC(USA) from Three Former Moderators

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Long a supporter of removing barriers to ordination of called and qualified candidates, I join with two other former Moderators of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in offering this letter to the church...
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April 28, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: A Few Thoughts on May 21, 2011, AKA "Judgment Day"

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

I am sure you have seen the billboard/s in your town. The clipart inspired brown signage with words boldly proclaiming”Judgement Day, May 21″ complete with a penitent and praying silhouette, a very cool gold sticker saying that “The Bible Guarantees it” and the broadcast time for the local sponsoring radio station.
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April 12, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: You Might Be a Christian If...

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

In a pluralistic age when the understanding of what it means to be "Christian" is so very complex, having these conversations with those whom stand on the various sides of faith will only help everyone see one another as complex human beings rather than demonized caricatures; created out of our own convenience and arrogance.
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April 09, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Girls Can't Play Baseball

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Simply put, the messages we send in word and deed about our girls have an impact on their ability to dream, struggle and thrive.
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April 05, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Why Easter Worship Service Should Be Nothing Special

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Most church folks know that the two times a year that new people often come to church are on Easter and Christmas Eve. We also know that the number of folks that actually come BACK or develop a meaningful relationship with the church from those worship experiences is pretty low. So frustrating. Don't they like us?
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March 26, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Why It's Not Easy to Be "One in Christ"

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It is far too easy - I might actually say lazy - to look at the divisions in the world and say, "If we could just live as if we were one in Christ Jesus, then everyone would get along."
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March 18, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Why This Father Parents Without Fear

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As I walked into the room, all I could think about was a father who chose fear, violence and intimidation as his parenting method. And as those feelings washed over me, all I could think was, "Someday my kids will walk into a hospital room during a tender time of life, they will see me and their first reactions will be love, acceptance and tenderness."
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March 14, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: The Big Sort of the Presbyterian Church

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For my non-Presbyterian readers, pardon the interruption for some musing about the denomination in which I serve, the Presbyterian Church (USA), but I suspect we are not the only ones in this pickle.
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March 05, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: "The Adjustment Bureau" and Free Will

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In his review of the new film "The Adjustment Bureau," Bruce notes, "There is a dance that is described that tries to make sense of pain and destruction in the world and answer the age old question, 'If God is all-powerful, why the is the world so messed up?'"
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February 25, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Why the Government Should Get Out of the Marriage Business

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

While I applaud President Obama's recent decision regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, I for one believe that the government should get out of the marriage business all together.
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February 22, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: A Christian in Support of Public Education

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Our country and many of our states are beginning to make serious fiscal choices that will impact our lives, our children and our collective future, so now more than ever we must speak out for what we believe matters... in this case, public education.
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February 18, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Finding Commonality Despite Our Differences

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Here are "10 Things this Liberal, Social Justice Christian, Progressive Democrat has in Common with Conservative, Evangelical Christian, Tea Party Republicans," and why that's so important.
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February 15, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Jesus Doesn't Want You to "Win the Future"

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

With all due respect to my President's recent call for America to "win the future," while this might be a media-worthy rallying cry for our corporate national life, when the church engages in this kind of thinking, we get into trouble.
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February 12, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: My Top 10 Reflections from Creating Change Conference

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Despite the the fact that this was like many other conferences, it was different. Here are 10 ways in which this year's Creating Change Conference was a unique event and/or particularly interesting to this first-timer. In no particular order.
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February 10, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: What Pastors Never Learn in Seminary

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Bruce asks, "What are the strange, yet lovely things you have had to do because . . . well, you were the pastor?" and shares a few examples of his own.
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February 08, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: My Apologies to Justin Bieber, Sarah Palin, and Mom

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

What my mother was teaching us was that no matter the person, the action or the ideology EVERYONE, known or unknown, deserves to be seen as a human being: in my tradition, a child of God beautifully and wonderfully made.
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February 02, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Why Fear Disguised as Deliberation Is Deadly

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Fear, anxiety and the insecurity . . . it seems that in varying degrees society today is driven by these things. What do we do?
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January 26, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: 10 Ways "Liberal" Christians Lose Credibility

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

If the liberal or progressive church... is going to lead the way forward in the church and be part of a larger cultural conversation about morals and faith, we have got to quit shooting ourselves in the proverbial foot and driving people away from our particular approach to faith and life.
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January 25, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: In Defense of "Tiger Mother" Amy Chua

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

If you caught any of the buzz and reactions about Amy Chua this past week, you would think that she is the worst thing to happen to parenting since the old lady in Hansel and Gretel.... let me stick my nose into the mess and see if I can add anything to the conversation.
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January 22, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Teaching Children to Embrace the Joy of Mediocrity

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Whether it is cooking, singing, athletics or juggling knives, most of us are probably contentedly mediocre at a great many things. And yet for some reason, we keep at these activities without expectation of superstardom . . . and we find joy in doing so.
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January 15, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: There Is a "Me," and "I," and an "US" in "Social Media"

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

I want to give a little background for why this pastor, father, etc. gives social media so much energy. And plus, I think it's a good idea to examine why one does certain things.
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January 03, 2011

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: My 2011 Predictions

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Whether it is a "best" or "worst" list, it seems as if everyone is coming out with some list to end 2010 or begin 2011. So never wanting to be left out, here is my list of predictions for 2011 ...
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December 06, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Responding to Racism

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Some weeks ago when I started posting a few thoughts on race, I received this note from a friend of mine. He has given me permission to post this anonymously in order to gain some insight into one of the most difficult issues that arise in conversations about race...
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November 29, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Confessions of a Middle-Aged Husky Boy

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Like so many people, I woke up on Friday morning with a serious case of the "I cannot believe I ate a whole turkey" Day After Thanksgiving Blues. I rolled out of bed, slipped on some clothes and went out for, what I have not done in forever . . . a run.
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October 27, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Looking the Other Way?

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

While a thinly veiled attempt to share my star-sighting a few weeks ago while on a trip to New York City, what happened AFTER I bumped into Michelle Rodriguez is the real story.
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October 05, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Cynicism Ain't All Bad, Is It?

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

I am one of those folks that has a pretty optimist outlook on life.... But there are days when I want to claim my rightful place in the Generation X Cynicism Brigade and flush all hope down the proverbial social toilet.
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September 22, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Remembering That Parenting Is a Gift and a Calling

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

As parents - no matter how you define that: directly or indirectly raising the children of the world - we must see parenting as a gift and a calling. If we do not, then the frustration and resentment could overcome us ...
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September 15, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Three Myths of the "I Don't See Race" World

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

When one says "I don't see color," then we no longer have to acknowledge the realities of our own prejudice and privilege as well as the real experiences of the others. We stifle conversations that must happen around race in the US and squelch the possibilities of discovering together the one of the greatest gifts of US culture . . . our diverse racial and ethic backgrounds.
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September 10, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: 5 Reasons Why I Engage in Social Networking

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

Why bother to navitage all of craziness of social networking? Why invite interactions in and about the public square? Why open yourself up to such interactions? Why take so much time? Why engage with people that you don't even know? Again, why bother? Here are 5 reasons...
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August 19, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Why We Must Keep Talking About Race

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow writes, "We must keep talking about race and how we engage the conversation because how we live impacts the ability for people of color to, in my tradition, fully live into who God intends them to be." Read on...
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August 12, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: How Do You Know When You're "Home"?

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

In a study group the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow is part of, "one of the questions that we have been reflecting upon is, 'What or where do you consider home?'" Read on...
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August 04, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Why I Will Speak at Today's Prop 8 Rally

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow writes: "Understanding that no one is going to be convinced by a few words from a blog, here are a few of the reasons - not exhaustive or mutually exclusive - why I stand with and for members of my family, church, school community, friends and strangers seeking the legal right to marry..."
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July 02, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Praying on the Way to PC(USA) General Assembly

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

As his term as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA) draws to an end, and as the 2010 General Assembly is about to begin, the Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow shares some good information--and offers some prayers.

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June 25, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Why Pastors Rarely Take Vacations

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow writes, "Like most of us, I talk a good game when it comes to self care and sabbath taking, but like most I don't do it very well. I know that I try to take moments for myself when I can..., but the big chunks of vacation time have eluded me for pretty much my entire 15 years of ministry." What's your excuse?
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June 04, 2010

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: 10 Books for New Christians

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the PCUSA, pulls together some suggestions of books to give new Christians. What do you think?
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May 26, 2010

Bruce Reyes-Chow: The Radical Place of God in a World of Religious Extremes

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow writes of a "middle place" in the religious discourse, a place "where we are forced to examine everything about how we live and what we believe."
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May 25, 2010

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Book Review: Open Leadership

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the PCUSA, writes, "Charlene Li offers up a thoughtful book that helps folks to navigating all of this social technology hubbub, this time from the perspective of leadership." Read on...
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May 21, 2010

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Letting Go of Institutional Nostalgia?

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the PCUSA, writes, "...we are in a time of transition like we have never known. At levels of society from civic groups to churches to government it does not take a bunch of studies for us to know that if we are going to truly thrive into the future, the ways in which we engage the world and one another have got to change." Read on...
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May 07, 2010

Bruce Reyes-Chow: The Difficult Call to Be Community

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow (PCUSA)

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow writes, "A few years ago I wrote a post, 'Liberal or Conservative, Ugly is Still Ugly,' where I tried to make a case for the church to model a healthy discourse across and among the divides of theology, politics and ideology. Well...2.5 years later and I think it has gotten worse." Read on...