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Breathing new life into a failing church

How does a typical struggling, urban Methodist church transform itself into a vibrant, outward-oriented faith community? By looking forward, not back, according to the Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish, who transferred to Hyde Park UMC in Tampa, Florida, in 1992. When he arrived, the church had a clear sense of its past, a foggy sense of its present, and no clue about its future. What followed was an extended visionary conversation about the church’s direction, which resulted in the sense by members of being equipped by their church to minister to others in the name of Christ. To learn more, read the article, "Rebirth of an Urban Church," which tells the story of how the church found its purpose and mission. The article, along with other helpful resources, is located on the website of Faith & Leadership, an online magazine from Leadership Development at Duke Divinity School. Reflection questions are included.

After Pittsburgh, 'hesed' is both the prayer and the answer How do people of faith respond to tragedy? A rabbi, a pastor and an imam share their reflections on hesed -- lovingkindness -- as they worshipped together on the Saturday after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue.

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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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