The Rev. Dr. Randall K. Bush is senior pastor of East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, also known as the Cathedral of Hope, where he has served since 2006.
Before that he was pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Racine, Wisconsin, and earlier served at Lomagundi Presbyterian Church in Zimbabwe.
A graduate of the University of Kansas, Randy earned a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Marquette University.
Imagine that you're at a dinner party, standing by the fireplace with a small plate of hors d'oeuvres, when you mention to the people nearby that you'd like to talk about Easter. Imagine someone responding, "No, thank you, we are having a serious discussion about education in America." So you listen for a while as they discuss things like class sizes, teachers' salaries, and how high their property taxes are. Then they start reminiscing about their own school days, yellow school buses, packing a lunch, high school proms, and pop quizzes. You want to interrupt and bring up other details, such as how too many teachers burn out or end up having to buy class supplies with their own money, or how peer pressure can be so destructive that it leads many young people to consider suicide; but there's never a break in the conversation.Read full transcript...