March 7, 2021

Tables Overturned
Rev. Hardy H. Kim

“A seventeenth-century motto may provide a helpful perspective: ecclesia reformata semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei—the church reformed always to be reformed according to the word of God…. Both church officials and dissenting elements within the church imagine that implementing organizational or programmatic changes will reform the church…. However, the Latin is passive voice. The church is to be reformed, to be acted upon, to be the object of reform, not its subject.”

—Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Small, Director of the PCUSA Office of Theology and Worship, 1989–2011