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Scott Kinder-Pyle

Scott Kinder-Pyle
Charles Scott Kinder-Pyle goes by Scott, and loiters amid the millennial generations along the Spokane River, where he teaches, as an adjunct professor, in the philosophy departments of Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University. Recently he’s accepted a part-time position as Coordinator of New Church Plants for the Northwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples)... and now enters the fun-loving fray as Interim Pastor at Origin. Here’s a little more biographical background on Pastor Scott. In 1988, he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). His work has taken him through Washington state, to Ohio, Pennsylvania (where he grew up) and back to Washington. For 16 of those years, Scott has enjoyed the creativity and adventure of starting newly forming congregations who reach out to those who feel alienated from the more formal institutions of Christianity. In 2008, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary and penned a dissertation, ‘Pastor as Struggling Poet: Exploring An Alternative Mode of Missional Church Leadership.’ Then, from 2011 through 2013, Scott studied with various poets and eventually received a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry and poetics from Eastern Washington University Center for Writers. He’s been married to Sheryl, whom he met at Princeton, for nearly 30 years; they have two affectionate children (Ian and Philip), and two wondrous dogs (Pearl and Caesar).

Envisioning The Visual Arts—with Blood-Shot Eyes!

I refer here, not to the immeasurable cups of coffee, undoubtably absorbed into the bloodstreams of superintendents, treasurers, budgeteers in District 81, but to the bubbling cauldron of calculation which would endorse science over the visual arts, and commercial viability over creativity.

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The Spirituality of the Body Is A Weird Thing

I am not my body. My body and I are one and the same. I do not like to consider myself an assemblage of parts. And yet, if I am, and cannot avoid the consideration of that fact—that I am an assemblage of parts—any so-called ‘spirituality of the body’ would have to modulate in that modular way.

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My FAVorite Present—A Calling into Question

And here, I arrive at the the reason I support what Spokane FāV’s has accomplished, and is doing. On Jan. 6, the congregation, known as Origin Church—known formerly, as Covenant Christian, and previous to that, as Central Christian--votes to make a gift of its property to the imaginative and prophetic genius of a religion journalist, Tracy Simmons, and to the Board of Spokane FāV’s.

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