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Pay Attention to Worship Services

The worship service is often the first opportunity for a potential new member to connect with a faith community. According to the findings of the 2001 U.S. Congregational Life Survey,... read more >

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Churches Going Beyond Ordinary

While all churches have weaknesses, every church has a divine calling that no other congregation has. A congregation can benefit from simultaneously building on its strengths and thinking about what... read more >

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Helping College Students Discern their Calling

With so many options for employment today, and so much pressure to earn status and income, it can be difficult for students to discern a religious calling and for churches... read more >

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Prayers Answered, Dreams Experienced

In this powerful sabbatical reflection, Pastor Tom Hux recounts his history with South African pastor Tshenuwani Simon Farisani, a one-time political prisoner who escaped to California. The two met when... read more >

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Tithing: Why People Give

Most academic and church-based conversations about faith and money focus on the needs of churches and the work they do to meet budgets. These top-down concerns do not excite the... read more >

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The Challenge of Mainline Denominational Leadership

Even as society is increasingly multiracial, Mainline Protestant denominations remain largely Caucasian. In order to facilitate an anti-racist and pro-reconciliation stance, churches need to evangelize, recruit, and train people of... read more >

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Mainline Protestant Congregations: A Challenge

Most congregations see their core tasks as worship, religious education, and fellowship. However, mainline Protestant churches and Catholics do not make the organizational investment in supporting these tasks that African... read more >

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Finders Keepers: a Sabbatical Reflection

Pastor Mike Mather had the rare privilege of receiving two sabbatical grants from the Lilly Endowment. The first, in 2000, was a six-month break that allowed him to take his... read more >

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Will there be a shortage of black clergy?

Though black congregations are financially stable and functionally vital, young blacks are trending toward legal and medical careers rather than ministry. This pattern is leading to a shortage of next-generation... read more >

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Developing an African American Lectionary

The African American Lectionary project, funded by the Lilly Endowment, is an online lectionary offering commentaries, cultural tools, and worship resources for the Black Church in America. In this interview,... read more >

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International Peacemaker on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Union Seminary

Dr. Mary Mikhael, a native of Syria, will visit Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond October 3, 2018, to address the...

Discovering Hope in the Valley of Dry Bones

Struggling in the valley of dry bones?Listen and subscribe to Faith & Leadership's podcast, Can These Bones. The...

The Heart of a Servant and Faith Like a Child

Here are some sermon resources and art work for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - September 23, 2018 (Year B)...

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