Let's Take a Walk: The Ministry of Accompaniment

The Parish Paper

10/1/2019

Walking alongside someone in a time of need can be vastly reassuring. The ministry of “accompaniment,” often provided by churches in support for immigrants facing deportation, takes the metaphor of “walking alongside” to mean a commitment to be present and bear witness to the struggle for fair treatment. With a little imagination, the accompaniment model could be stretched to include a ministry of presence to anyone who struggles, whether due to immigration woes, poverty, or addiction. ...


Bring Your Youth to Super Saturday!

Debbie Gline Allen

9/10/2019

Youth groups, confirmation classes, and their adult leaders will lead all Super Saturday participants in a Church World Service mission project.


Facing the Rising Sun Part 4: The Legacy of Judy Simmons

Cleo Graham

9/3/2019

Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors.


A Team Approach to Worship Design

The Parish Paper

9/1/2019

Audrey Wells, director of Under the Tuscan Sun, describes how the use of non-professionals enriched the film crew’s effort to tell their story. For scenes in the town’s piazza, local people who walked there every day were asked to serve as “extras.” For the food scenes, a nearby restaurant cooked the meals. After its release, many local participants gathered at the movie theater, which itself had appeared in the film, to enjoy the story they had helped to tell. From the director’s perspective, ...


Facing the Rising Sun Part 3: Slave, Midwife, and Legacy

Cleo Graham

8/29/2019

Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors.


And Now For Something New

Tiffany Vail

8/27/2019

Here we are at the end of August, and there is indeed a plan for something new. I thought I'd share it, and I invite your feedback.


Facing the Rising Sun Part 2: Searching for Milo

Cleo Graham

8/12/2019

Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors.


Our Planetary Cathedral on Fire

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

8/2/2019

The fire in Notre Dame – literally, “Our Lady” – is over. But the fire on Mother Earth rages on.


Facing the Rising Sun Part 1

Cleo Graham

8/1/2019

Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors who were slaves in America. This is one of those stories.


Learn More about Your Congregation through Focus Groups

The Parish Paper

8/1/2019

For church leaders seeking to better understand their congregation, it pays to listen. Everyone knows the value of one-on-one conversations, yet it might not always be the most efficient use of time for a busy leader. In these situations a focus group can help. Simple in design, it honors the experience of congregants in the stories they tell, the questions they ask, and the concerns they express.


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