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The Hands of God in Pictures

The Rev. Noelle York-Simmons, an Episcopal priest, spent her sabbatical photographing people’s hands as they received communion. Our hands, she said, tell our story. And our hands, transformed in receiving... read more >

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God wants us to rest: Why do we resist?

The Rev. Allen Burris encourages clergy to exercise enough trust in God and faith in their congregations to break the seven-day-a-week cycle of worry and work. Without it, he says,... read more >

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Rediscovering faith in the midst of crisis: One Pastor's story

“Trust in God, in concert with trust in the people of my congregation, has transformed my ministry into a light burden. It is like feeling the ‘good tired’ after a... read more >

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On Discerning the Creative Work of the Spirit

Arranging a sabbatical, the Rev. Dr. Alison Halsey thought to engender in herself and her congregation the seeds of “hozho,” a Navajo sense of the good life that integrates order,... read more >

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Consider the Sabbatical Context

Increasingly, clergy are encouraged to pay attention to the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of the stress of ministry, and to take steps to protect and preserve their own well-being.... read more >

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Best Resources for Sabbaticals

The best pastoral sabbatical provides an opportunity to feed both your spirit and intellect through study and/or travel, and renews your joy in ministry through informed play and self-directed inquiry. Insights Into Religion provides resources and links to stories and tips for pastoral sabbaticals as well as ways to apply for funding for clergy sabbaticals.

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A new book suggests teens are practicing religion in their own way

A new book suggests teens are practicing religion in their own way Insights into Relition Lilly Foundation Grants

In A Faith of Their Own teens rate the personal significance of religion highly; less so the institutional part.

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When it comes to polls, read the fine print

Even lay people can, and should, ask tough questions about polls to see if their claims match their findings. And when it comes to poll data we should all be informed consumers.

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Taking the lead on good governance

Are there better ways to run congregational boards? One consultant offers up best practices.

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God's Time

"Before I retired, the Lilly Foundation gave Asbury Theological Seminary a grant to enable its retiring graduates to...

Wind Farm Noise Reduction Grant from Lilly Foundation

Commissioner Frey also encouraged people to participate in a survey for Wabash Heartland Innovation Network that has...

Church Goers There For The Theology

Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, according to a LifeWay Research...

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