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Learning (and Relearning) How To Be Hospitable

When Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., engaged in prayer and imagination to transform itself into a younger congregation, they decided to engage in a major restructuring of... read more >

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Cafe-Bar-Church: Seeking New Ways to Model Christ

Martin Luther was known to invite his students to his house, where he would serve homemade ale and engage in theological conversation. Reflecting that earthiness of faith is “Luther’s Table,”... read more >

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Can Dying Congregations Die a 'Good' Death?

Once-mainline churches are now not only "sideline," but they are increasingly closing their doors. While many worshippers are saddened by the process, sometimes it is possible to find new life, even... read more >

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How Religion Schools Are Integrating a Creation Care Ethic

More than 55 theological schools are committed to thoroughly integrating an environmental ethic into a religious institution's structure and practices. Plans and actions range from constructing or retrofitting existing buildings... read more >

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Impacting the neighborhood around your church

Congregations have an enormous impact on their surrounding communities by providing public ministry, neighborhood programs, space availability and more, says director of Partners for Sacred Spaces Elizabeth Terry. Properly understanding your... read more >

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Repairing Our Grief, An ON Scripture Feature

by Greg Carey (John 21:1-19) Repairing Our Grief, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Greg Carey with a focus on John 21:1-19 (Apr 14, 2013) On Scripture Video.

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Sustainable Institutions, Like Ecosystems, Utilize God’s Generous Provision

Elegant design of an institutional “ecosystem” involves fundamentally responding to God’s generous provision, thinking in terms of not just the physical space and the short-term problems, but the people, ideas, services, networks,... read more >

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The Coffeehouse Church: Blending Tradition and Innovation

One of the great challenges contemporary clergy face is how to lead during dramatic cultural transformation; how to honor tradition while creating innovative ways of being the church of Jesus... read more >

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Open to All: Including the Disabled in Your Church Community

Everyone needs God, says Nick Vujicic, a Christian evangelist born with a rare condition characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Vujicic, who preaches to packed churches around the globe, credits... read more >

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Taylor Brown and Logan Harmeyer Will Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships

Taylor Brown and Logan Harmeyer were selected from 68 applicants in the county by a committee with the Wayne County...

Touching ‘To Be Sure’ of Reality

What might seem almost superstitious at first could however have deeper reasons. The assurance that touch gives us...

Church Leadership Finding Solutions to Sexual Harassment Problems

We’re less than two weeks from the special election in Alabama that will determine whether a man accused of sexual...

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