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Christians coming together in practical ways

When Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore put on a clerical collar in 1977 — her senior year in college — and began working as a hospital chaplain she learned something the classroom didn’t teach. Physical actions mattered.

 

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With its emphasis on an expressive spirituality, contemporary worship may be one of the most promising avenues for congregational growth.

Nevell Owens remembers when he first felt called to pursue a doctorate in theology. He was working as a criminal prosecutor when he looked into the eyes of a 13-year-old boy accused of murder. He saw that they were empty, and he wanted to know: Where was God in the life of this boy?

“I knew the boy’s mother was active in church,” Owens says. “I wanted to know, why isn’t the minister here? Why aren’t members of the church here?”

Pastors are turning to the Web for ideas, networking and education. A new resource from Duke Divinity School is helping fuel this effort.

So Much Better: How Peer Support Can Revive Pastors' Passion Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News Christianity

In 2004, after nearly three decades as a pastor, the Rev. John Terpstra found himself straining to find joy and meaning in what he did for a living. He was in his early-50s and wondered what would come next.

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Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

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