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Reflections on a Broken Sabbatical

Walter Hermanns, of the Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin, offers a refreshing draft of insights into the possibilities and locales for ministry that he discovered unexpectedly from the vantage point of a wheelchair during his sabbatical.

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Sabbatical As Fitting Room — A Pastoral Paradigm

After thirty-three years in the ordained ministry, James E. Lamkin, of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta, offers three seminal pieces of his credo that can help other parish clergy pay attention to the emotional processes within their congregation.

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In Search of Sanctuary: A Journey Into Silence Finds God’s Peace

Linda Jo Peters, of the Unity Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, Indiana, discovers keys to becoming a source of peace in the disciplines of silence found in prayer, Sabbath taking and receiving blessings.

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Pastor Steps Out of 'Comfort Zone' During Sabbatical

Marion D. Aldridge, of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina, developed his sabbatical plans to ensure "scheduled shocks" that would help him attend to the voices of those in his church and culture that the Christian community has for too long ignored.

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A Pilgrimage through Latin America

Tom Smith, of St. Rita Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky, discovered the experience of a pilgrim as he traveled in various Latin American countries in order to understand better the cultures and religious practice of his Hispanic immigrant parishioners and why they have chosen to immigrate to the United States.

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Brick by Brick, Sunday by Sunday: Creating God, Creating Still

Talitha Arnold, of the United Church of Santa Fe, New Mexico, considers the lessons that the church might well learn from Renaissance artists who persistently embraced creativity as a calling akin to that of the Creator, despite the risk of failure and the inevitable imperfection of the works of human hands.

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Reflections on Sabbatical Exploration of Celtic Spirituality

Virginia Herring, of Holy Trinity Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, recounts a pilgrimage with her daughters into Celtic spirituality that has taught her to "bless the more mundane parts of ordained life" as the ever new beginning of a desperately needed reconciling ministry.

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Sabbatical Allows Pastor Opportunity to ‘Dance in a Sea of Practices’

Janet Lilly Wanner, of Westlake Community Church of God in Indianapolis describes how with the help of a group of writers she developed a plan for her sabbatical

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Pastor Studies Future of ‘Name Brand’ American Protestant Church

Faced with a group of potential members from a new generation who drifted away after finding the church wanting, Robert Kyte, pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dalton, Massachusetts, employed his time on sabbatical to ask whether there is a future for the traditional "name brand" (Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, UCC) American Protestant churches.

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The Ministry of Mentoring in the 21st Century Church

Amy McCreath, an Episcopal chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, considers the historic and present needs and challenges for Christian mentoring especially with what she calls the present "open source" generation in a post-modern society of increasing complexity.

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