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Becoming a Long-Term Church: Lessons Learned

Just one of five new church starts is viable after five years. Survivors typically have strong leaders who have created and embodied a vision that met the need. At some... read more >

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Traditioned Innovation brings communities together

St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn is a church grounded in both early Christian practice and modern urban living. Named for the hospitable woman in the book of Acts, St. Lydia’s holds... read more >

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Free eBook Has Ideas For Coach-Mentor Clergy

Listening an hour a week to a violin teacher play would help a person appreciate the music and the genre, the technique and musicianship, but it wouldn't teach the listener... read more >

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Understanding Mormonism

After Mitt Romney began his campaign for the U.S. presidency in 2012, media assumed and repeated misconceptions about Mormonism. In a brief video prepared for Odyssey Networks, an initiative that... read more >

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Unique internship brings local musicians to church

Even multicultural and economically diverse congregations tend to sing gospel songs, hymns and contemporary Christian music based in (or adapted to) Western European structures and harmonies. Such music, while comfortably... read more >

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Steps to becoming a community that loves its neighbors

Lee Street Church was founded in 1926 by Dutch immigrants who wanted to worship in English. Today, the Wyoming, Mich., congregation regularly includes Spanish to fulfill the vision of its... read more >

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Bringing worship to life with the five senses

Fruit-flavored candy to symbolize the fruits of the Spirit; a bag of potato chips handed through the congregation with the admonition “you can only eat one,” to model restraint; trinket... read more >

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Trends in Theological Education — How are Seminaries Faring?

At the same time that the poor economy has hurt endowment funds and dramatically reduced donations to traditional schools of religion, online education is a growing phenomenon, the number of... read more >

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The Thanksgiving Challenge: Learning about Hunger

Rabbi Lenny Gordon and his synagogue’s teenage students engaged in learning to shop for Thanksgiving as though limited to a food stamp budget. The challenge extended the synagogue’s participation in... read more >

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Good Chapel Planning Begins with Asking the Right Questions

A 2012 seminar on chapel planning for the high school setting revealed that there is a wide variety in how often chapel happens, that some chapel models work better than... read more >

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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...

How to Help with A Religious Response to Global Warming

"The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming...

Sharing Deep Stories Despite Politics

“We all have deep stories, whatever our politics, but we’re not fully aware of them. They’re dreamlike and are told...

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