"As we dedicate ourselves to building God’s kingdom, we must define what it looks like in the local community." —Debby Kirk
I was standing at the check-in counter for a routine medical appointment a couple years ago when I heard those words. They came from an older gentleman standing at the check-out counter not far from me. I guessed he might be a decade or two older than me. There was in his voice what I interpreted as a sense of grief and frustration. Something had happened, I don’t know what, that told him he didn’t know the rules anymore. Let me very cautiously say I understood the phrase. I grew up in...
"And churches stay on the ground, involved in helping people find their way into a new normal, long after the news crews have moved on to the next disaster or lead story." —Rev. Don Remick
The church is no stranger to controversy. Chapter 15 of the Book of Acts describes a heated debate among the apostles at a gathering in Jerusalem. Should Gentiles be welcomed as Jesus’ followers or only Jews who kept Moses’ law by getting circumcised? When they resolved the matter, the letter they sent out to the churches acknowledged God’s work in the midst of disagreement: “For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us,” they wrote, that even non-Jews should be welcomed (Acts 15:28). Yet...
The Body of Christ is eternal. It is alive and well across the globe. And for the institutional church, the road ahead may look substantially different from the road behind us. This is such a profound and pivotal moment for the church. It is full of anxiety and excitement. Will we be the Body of Christ? Will that which is institutional within us find its way from cross, to grave to empty tomb and beyond? How do we effect faithful change in ourselves and our churches? These questions form ...
When it comes to emergency or disaster situations, once we know our families and pets are safe we are left to think about what we need to bring with us to either a friend’s home, shelter or hotel. We know the essentials but what about our little ones? The first thing I thought of was bringing the obvious – my daughter’s favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and favorite book. But wading through an evacuation or storm may take longer than expected. So here are some of the things I pack in a ...
"When the mission of the institution becomes sustaining the institution itself, the institution falls apart." —Rev. Michael Ciba
September is national Preparedness Month and your Disaster Resource and Response Team invites you to consider the implications of emergencies and disasters on children, youth, and young adults. Rev. Rachel Bickford offers a practical resource for little ones during and following a time of evacuation here. Children, youth, and young adults all process traumatic events differently. If you could drink from the fountain of youth, but you had to begin again at age 13, would you do it? Teenage ...
Everyone of any age can expand their experiences in the Christian faith!
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these siblings of mine, you did for me. ~ Matthew 25: 35-36,40 The Rev. Dr. William Barber and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis have created a core principal in the Poor People’s Campaign ...