As 2016 comes to a close I am keenly aware of divisions: within families, churches and, of course, our country. The passing of the Confession of Belhar this summer at the 222nd General Assembly was timely, but irrelevant if we fail to live its mandate of reconciliation. I am convinced that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is called for such a time as this to be an instrument of God’s justice and peace. In order to do so, we must hold each other up, hold each other accountable and hold fast to the gospel. I intend for the Outlook to do all three while clinging to the One in whom all things are held together. The Outlook plays a needed role in our denomination, helping to shape our collective vision, curate our theological conversations and lift up prophetic voices across our faith community.
In order to continue this mission in 2017 and beyond, we are making some changes. Our publishing schedule will move from 26 annual issues to 18. The magazine will be thicker and include new content. What remains the same is our commitment to sharing a wide range of opinions, providing accurate reporting and providing thoughtful articles that enhance the ministry of local congregations.
However, we cannot continue without your support. In a context when publications are shutting their doors in record numbers, it would be dishonest to say the Outlook doesn’t face signi cant nancial challenges. If you value what we do, rely on our reporting, use our weekly lectionary re ections, Bible study helps and more, then please support our work with a monetary donation.
You can go to pres-outlook.org/donate and give now.
May God’s peace be with you now and in the New Year,
Jill Duffield, editor of the Presbyterian Outlook