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The Practice of Keeping Sabbath

Do you need a break, but doubt you have time for it? What about those who don't have sufficient work to sustain themselves? The practice of keeping Sabbath helps us... read more >


Self-Discipline as a Spiritual Practice

It takes effort and plenty of persistence to lead faithful lives these days. Learning when to say yes and when to say no is a challenging practice. We all have... read more >


The Spiritual Practice of Household Economics

Good economic practice — positive ways of transacting business as well as managing our private homes — informs the well-being of each household and by extension the whole planet. At... read more >


Practicing Hospitality

How do we overcome our fear and hesitation in order to welcome and shelter a stranger? The Christian practice of hospitality is the practice of providing a space of welcome... read more >


Honoring Our Bodies

Our bodies are worthy of care and blessing and ought never to be degraded or exploited. Stephanie Paulsell suggests in this writing that "The practice of honoring the body challenges... read more >


It’s Just Eating, Right?

Explore the relationship between the Christian heritage and food, with a focus on bodily health, our access to food, the impact food choices have on the Earth, and how food... read more >


Christian Hospitality

The challenge of hospitality is the challenge to reflect Christ in the welcoming of strangers, in creating authentic relationships with people unlike us, and in being re-created through the process... read more >


What Promotes Spiritual Growth

Certain factors related to worship experiences, participation in Bible study, community involvement, and time in personal prayer contribute to the self-reported spiritual growth of worshippers. Other factors have no effect.... read more >


Worship Services and Sermons

Approximately 50 percent of Catholic homilies last 10 minutes or less, but conservative Protestant sermons are rarely less than 10 minutes, according to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, which provides... read more >


Ethnodoxology encourages people to worship in their own way

When people are encouraged to worship in their own "heart language," they are able to know God in the ways they understand. Ethnodoxology—the theological and anthropological study, and practical application,... read more >





Explorer of the Universe, Stephen Hawkings Dies

  "Unlike me, Prof. Hawking did his best to stare into the far reaches of the universe. If anyone could have...

Philanthropy That Thinks Deeply About Rural Community

Based in Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment is perhaps best known for its grants to strengthen pastoral leaders and...

Grappling with Questions of Belonging, Unity, and Faith

Years ago, against the advice of colleagues, Amanda Parrish Morgan taught Marilynne Robinson's debut novel,...

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