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Marcus J. Borg, 1942-2015

Marcus J. Borg, biblical scholar, churchman

Marcus J. Borg, biblical scholar, churchman

Progressive Christian biblical scholar and churchman, Marcus Borg, died on Wednesday, January 21. He was 72.

Marcus Borg was a founding scholar of contemporary liberal and progressive Christian approaches to biblical studies. He was one of a handful of recent scholars to revive interest in the historical Jesus and was a leading member of the Jesus Seminar. He challenged Christians of every variety to appreciate the sacred mystery of our scriptures alongside what he called “the political vision of the Bible.”

Borg authored more than twenty-five books that have helped many rediscover new vitality and spiritual transformation in Christian faith. According to New Testament scholar Scot McNight (Northern Seminary), “Most of his published work was geared toward educated lay persons and clergy, books he hoped would get them to engage with serious ethical and theological matters, including the Bible, itself.” Some of Borg’s recent titles include:

    Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally (2001)

    The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith (2003)

    Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006)

    The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’ Final Week in Jerusalem (2006)

    The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon (2009)

    Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith (2010)

    Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written (2013)

    Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most (2014)

The debt we owe to Marcus Borg — as progressive Christians and other people of faith — is beyond measure. We pray for peace and comfort for those he loved, and we praise God in celebration of a life that has brought such light to the world.

    “Religion’s purpose is to mediate the sacred and, by so doing, to inform, engender, and nourish a transforming relationship to ‘the More.'”

    Marcus Borg, The Heart of Christianity (2003)

Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 27, 2014


This Sunday, April 27, 2014, is recognized around the world as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah in Hebrew. Shoah is Hebrew for ‘catastrophe’ or ‘utter destruction,’ and on this day – in Israel, a national memorial day – we honor and commemorate the lives of approximately six million Jews who died in World War II.

In the United States, Holocaust Remembrance Day begins a week of remembering. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,

The US Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. This year’s Holocaust remembrance week is April 27-May 4, 2014. The Museum has designated Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses as the theme for the 2014 observance.

Visit the Musuem’s webiste for more information about this year’s Holocausts Remembrance Day, and click here for the Museum’s suggested reading list.

As we remember victims of the Holocaust in World War II, let us also think about victims of contemporary genocides and pray for the salvation of the world.

Memorial Service for Elaine Steinmetz

There will be a Memorial Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Elaine Steinmetz, Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s. Following the memorial service will be the first Allen Steinmetz Memorial Concert, with a reception following. As you may know, Elaine and Allen Steinmetz were both avid musicians and keenly interested in the music program at St. John’s. The Allen & Elaine Steinmetz Music Fund has been established in their memory to enable performance concerts at St. John’s.

If you would like to make a donation in Elaine’s memory, please make your check out to “St John’s UCC” and write “The Allen & Elaine Steinmetz Music Fund” on the memo line of your check.

Memorial for Don Stuart

There will be a San Francisco Night Ministry (SFNM) and St. John’s UCC memorial service for Rev. Don Stuart, SFNM’s first Night Minister and Pastor Emeritus of St. John’s UCC, on Sunday, April 6, 2pm    Donations may be  given to St John’s with the notation “San Francisco Night Ministry Offering in memory of Pastor Emeritus Don Stuart”

The Memorial Service for Pastor Emeritus Don Stuart will be held at St. John’s UCC, 501 Laguna Honda Blvd. SF, CA 94127 on Sunday, April 6 at 2pm.

Memorial Service for Rev. Don Stuart

Rev. Don Stuart,  pastor emeritus at St. John’s and the first San Francisco Night Minister, died on March 5, 2014 at age 91.  St John’s, the Night Ministry and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church are jointly offering a service of commemoration of his life and ministry on Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s UCC (501 Laguna Honda Blvd).  Memorial gifts may be given to the San Francisco Night Ministry in dedication to his memory and his work in San Francisco.  Please join us to celebrate the life and work of this very special person.

(San Francisco Night Ministry:  1031 Franklin St, San Francisco CA 94109  Tax ID 94-3122524,