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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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Bread and Breath for the Breadth of the Journey: Reflections Three Years Out

orisanne Cooper, of Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, describes her exploration of spiritual and physical practices

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Sabbatical Helps Pastor Discover Power of Sacred Places, Practices

Joseph Phelps, of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, was neither burned out nor questioning his calling.

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Pastor’s Sabbatical Helps Him Experience Strands of Religious Diversity

Jim Papile, of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Reston, Virginia, wanted to travel to places where Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy and contemporary American culture were dominant in order to experience how the faithful expressed their religious beliefs in their day-to-day lives.

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Sabbatical Offers Pastor, Family ‘New Sight’

Malcolm Young, of Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos, California,and his family expected their pilgrimage to Africa to help them build better neighbors, to understand their own faith and the conflicts within it.

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Pastor's Sabbatical Helps Him Find God in Unexpected Places

Mike Mather, of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, recalls that his two sabbatical experiences in India, Bangladesh, South Africa and New Mexico allowed him the space in his life to search in the "unlooked for" where he found clear evidence of God's abundance in the most unlikely places and lessons in persistent faith despite what appeared to be intractable obstacles.

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