Gethsemane has a long, storied history and a unique
connection to ECPC. Founded in 1856, the same year as the
city of Minneapolis, in 1895 the parish hosted the first General
Convention held west of the Mississippi. In the early 20th
century the rector was Irving Peake Johnson, who was elected
Bishop of Colorado in 1917 — the same year that he founded
The Witness magazine! An article about Gethsemane's history
and ongoing ministry by senior warden Lou Schoen is posted
on our "A Globe of Witnesses" website at www.thewitness.org.
Since 1917, The Witness has been examining church and society in light of faith and conscience advocating for those denied systemic power as well as celebrating those who, in theologian William Stringfellow's words, have found ways to "live humanly in the midst of death." With deep roots in the Episcopal Church, we are a journal of spiritual questing and theology in practice, always ready to hold our own cherished beliefs and convictions up to scrutiny.
Manuscripts: We welcome multiple submissions. Given our small staff, writers and artists receive a response only when we are able to publish.
Manuscripts will not be returned.