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The Challenges of Writing a Sermon — And Tips For Sermon Preparation

The abundance of resources available on the Web requires a new level of discipline.  After nearly 30 years in the ministry, the Rev. G. Lee Ramsey Jr. knows writing sermons week after week isn’t easy. It’s not so much writers’ block, he says. The hard part is creating a focused sermon that gives the congregation something to chew on.

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Thanksgiving Sermon Ideas and Tips for Worship Planning

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Knowing that many of our visitors are in the midst of Thanksgiving worship planning, we searched our affiliate group sites for great resources and articles for worship and sermon topics. We hope these links to resources will stimulate your own creative thinking and generate fresh Thanksgiving worship ideas this season.

Roland “Ronnie” Smith Plays Music World-Wide

Roland “Ronnie” Smith Plays Music World-Wide

When Roland “Ronnie” Smith is at a keyboard, whether an upright piano or baby grand, a digital keyboard or pipe organ, it is well with his soul.

“Music transports me,” he said as he began playing the organ in the chapel at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Inverness where he is the church’s music director.

A career church musician, Smith has played all over the United States and Europe, in small churches and large, majestic cathedrals.

From that moment he was captivated and since he has been captivating others with his playing.

Insights for Pastoral and Worship Ministries

Insights for Pastoral and Worship Ministries

Dates & Time: 
Jul 08, 2019 to Jul 12, 2019

African American Religious Autobiography Insights for Pastoral and Worship Ministries.

Location: 
Calvin College  Grand Rapids, Michigan

$500,000 Matching Grant from Lilly Endowment

$500,000 Matching Grant from Lilly Endowment

Jon Creek, Vice President, spoke about historic changes in our community and the challenges we face going forward. He invited anyone who wants to be a part of our initiatives in any way to contact Lisa Weeks, Jon Creek, or Dave Bowman.

    Jon spoke about the importance of a $500,000 matching grant from Lilly Endowment in providing significant support for several key community projects and spurring the Foundation to initiate additional matching grant programs of their own.

Auburn Lives of Commitment

Auburn Lives of Commitment

Dates & Time: 
May 01, 2019

Join us as we honor the bold and resilient women leaders dedicating their lives to advance justice in our time.

For more information email [email protected] or call 212.870.3159.

Auburn Lives of Commitment
Celebrating Women of Faith and Moral Courage
Benefit Breakfast & Awards 2019
May 1, 2019
7:00 AM Registration
7:30-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Auburn Conversation with Honorees

[More information and tickets]

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2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year named by Union Presbyterian Seminary

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. Harry Eugene Simmons (M.A. ’84) as the 2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Samuel De Witt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University (STVU) in Richmond. Since 1991, Simmons is employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center as Staff Chaplain. 

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.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists for 2018

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists for 2018

Eight of the county’s most accomplished and philanthropic teens are in the running for a full-ride scholarship.

The Hancock County Community Foundation recently announced the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship finalists for 2018.

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Rose and Cal promote shared joy with religious humor across traditions

The first Ahead of the Trend in 2019 celebrates two couples who have never given up hope that understanding can make...

Disruption, Death and the Old Testament

The Old Testament has its roots in two great disruptions: the collapse of the Late Bronze Age geopolitical system and...

Great Faith Hand in Hand with Great Sleep, Says Study

 A strong faith could be the key to a good night’s sleep, according to a study released this week in the Journal...

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