Some neighborhoods feel more secure once neighbors have become acquainted. Church leaders wanting to get to know their community could organize a block party. It can be a great way to meet the neighbors and develop friendships. A key goal of a block party, besides having fun, should be to build relationships among the strangers in our midst. The first steps when planning a block party are developing a simple theme (such as a color or a holiday) or highlighting a community issue that needs to be ...
"The magic is in connecting their hearts and minds with wonder and beauty of the planet..." — Pam Arifian
In the midst of this season of Lent there is a calling to pause, listen and watch for the movement of the Spirit and breathe deeply the presence of God. In those moments my reflections wander to the movement of God’s Spirit in the last weeks and months. When I visited each Association Fall Meeting I talked about the current moment in the evolution and journey towards coming together into a new Conference: Together As One (TA1). I spoke of the need in this early phase to build relationships...
With the news of last week’s shootings in New Zealand I again offer these resources for talking with children.
"Our most vital churches have a pulse on their neighborhood and are actively serving God’s people..." —Rev. Wendy Vander Hart
Make your congregants' "mountaintop experiences" a part of your worship and programs throughout the rest of the year.
"It’s never easy to admit you don’t have the answers." —Tiffany Vail
The MACUCC Restorative Justice Task Team advocates for restorative practices in all areas of our community life, whether within the criminal legal system, in communities of faith, in schools or beyond. We take the approach that the essence of restorative practice is to build human connections between people and to seek to repair those connections when they have been damaged. Listening and seeing the humanity of one another is at the core of restorative practices. We want to be mindful that ...
Recent advances in media technology have brought sweeping changes to many aspects of everyday life, including church. In 2012, 35% of US congregations were using video projection equipment, a number that has surely increased since that time. Using technology to enhance the ministry and message of your congregation takes practice, but with some planning and intentional effort, you can reap great benefits.
"John the Baptist may be the right patron for 'Together as One.' " —Rev. Michael Ciba