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Favorite Verse ... 2 Corinthians 11:28

Favorite Verse ... 2 Corinthians 11:28

Do you have a Bible verse that jumps off the page at you every time you read it? No matter how many times you have come across it, you always stop to ponder it. This verse is a never-ending wonder to you. You might be encouraged by it, convicted by it, or perplexed by it, but you always stop when you see it.

Deepen Worship with Collaborative Visual Displays

Deepen Worship with Collaborative Visual Displays

Using materials as simple as duct tape, cloth and cinder block, the staff and laypeople at Tabernacle Baptist Church create visual installations that immerse the congregation -- including a significant population of Burmese refugees -- in the worship experience.

Eugene Peterson: 7 Thoughts on Christian Living

Eugene Peterson: 7 Thoughts on Christian Living


Jana Reiss spent some time revisiting passages from Eugene Peterson's books that she's marked through the years as meaningful. Here are seven favorites.

Resurrection starts with grace
“Nothing and no one is a mere object, a thing that we can ignore or dispose of as we like ...  [More from Religion News Service]:

The Church of the Brethren has received a grant of $994,683

The Church of the Brethren has received a grant of $994,683

The Church of the Brethren has received a grant of $994,683 to help establish its Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church program. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry.

The Endowment is making nearly $70 million in grants through the Thriving in Ministry initiative.

Sharing Deep Stories Despite Politics

Sharing Deep Stories Despite Politics

“We all have deep stories, whatever our politics, but we’re not fully aware of them. They’re dreamlike and are told through metaphor.”

Arlie examines deep stories in the context of political polarization in the United States, but I wonder what additional wisdom we might find within our own hearts about this phenomenon. Sharon Salzberg often writes about how the stories we tell ourselves, whether about our self-worth or our ability to love or be loved, can form barriers to the connection we seek in each other:

Social Justicie with New Testament scholar, the Rev. Dr. Brian Blount

Social Justicie with New Testament scholar, the Rev. Dr. Brian Blount

Dates & Time: 
Oct 16, 2018

The Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation of Union Presbyterian Seminary's inaugural lecture Monday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC. The center is a new initiative of the seminary to help our students understand the prophetic dimensions of pastoral ministry, to help the Charlotte community understand the theological imperative for the faith community to engage in efforts to promote social justice and to invite the activist community into the seminary as co-learners.
 

Location: 
Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC.

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has received a $1 million grant

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has received a $1 million grant

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has received a $1 million grant to help establish the CBF Thriving in Ministry Initiative.

This grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry.

Lilly Endowment is making nearly $70 million in grants through the Thriving in Ministry initiative.

The Freedom of Real Apologies from On Being

The Freedom of Real Apologies from On Being

"Layli Long Soldier is a writer, a mother, a citizen of the United States, and a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. She has a way of opening up this part of her life, and of American life, to inspire self-searching and tenderness. Her award-winning first book of poetry, WHEREAS, is a response to the U.S. government’s official apology to Native peoples in 2009, which was done so quietly, with no ceremony, that it was practically a secret. " [Read more or Listen now].

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Inspiration from the Liturgical Letter for 26th Sunday after Pentecost

Confidence in Our Creator"Lord, we take refuge in you (Psalm 16), for you listen to our despair (1 Samuel 1:4-20) and...

Practicing Gratitude

My wife and I recently relocated, which led us to visit a half-dozen churches in the past two months. Each seemed to...

2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year named by Union Presbyterian Seminary

The Black Alumni Association (BAA) of Union Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to announce and to recognize the Rev. Dr....

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