Shuck and Jive

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

What is the IRD?

I thought it might be fun to do a little truth-telling about the IRD, Jim Berkley's employer. I only want facts. There are questions many folks have. Some are easier to answer than others.

  • What is the IRD?
  • Why does it exist?
  • Where does it receive its funding?
  • What is in it for the benefactors?
  • How much did it receive and spend in 2007 and since its inception?
  • How does it spend it?
  • What are its goals for the PC(USA) and other mainline denominations?
  • How does it implement these goals?
Perhaps we could have this be a group research project. If you know of websites, blogs, books, and so forth that provide information about the IRD, send it to me. If you are afraid of posting publicly (and I understand why as Rev. Jim loves his discipline), e-mail me privately at

I will make an attractive IRD resource link list on the sidebar.