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Chaplaincy Growing When Institutional Religious Affiliation Declines

Chaplaincy Growing When Institutional Religious Affiliation Declines

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for example, recently installed a new chaplain. Various police departments are adding additional chaplains, as are horse racing tracks. At the same time, chaplaincy positions continue to exist in the U.S. House and Senate.

Given the growing numbers of Americans who describe themselves as atheistic, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” this can appear puzzling.

Why is chaplaincy growing when institutional religious affiliation is on the decline? [Read more].

2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year named by Union Presbyterian Seminary

2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year named by Union Presbyterian Seminary

The Black Alumni Association (BAA) of Union Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to announce and to recognize the Rev. Dr. Harry Eugene Simmons (M.A. ’84) as the 2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Samuel De Witt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University (STVU) in Richmond. Since 1991, Simmons is employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center as Staff Chaplain. 

Kwanzaa Celebrations

Kwanzaa Celebrations

Dates & Time: 
Nov 26, 2018 to Jan 01, 2019
Dec 26, 2019 to Jan 01, 2020

Faith & Leadership Resources

   Observing the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa has helped Ali Holness understand her uniqueness as a person of African descent and her value as a child of God striving to create unity among God’s people. [Read more}.

Voices From Across Fuller Community Consider Race and Theology

Voices From Across Fuller Community Consider Race and Theology

The Black Public Theology Symposium was held at Fuller in October 2018. The symposium sought to bring the Black academy and the Black church into dialogue and explore ways to distill Black theology and make it accessible to the Black church and community. Watch reflections from this rich lecture series.

 

St. Vincent Celebrates 100 Years with Lilly Foundation Grant

St. Vincent Celebrates 100 Years with Lilly Foundation Grant

St. Vincent will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a series of public open houses throughout the month of November. A major renovation began to expand services to include infants/toddlers. The addition was partially funded with a $200,000 Lilly Foundation grant. {Read more}.

Progressive Christians

Progressive Christians

A huge online following reflects the growing fame of the Greenleaf pastor, the Rev. William Barber. A passionate preacher, anti-poverty activist, and civil rights leader, Barber has emerged as perhaps the most important figure in progressive U.S. Christianity, even while serving his small local congregation. This month, he was one of 25 Americans to be awarded a coveted MacArthur "Genius Grant," with a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 over five years.

Ripley County Community Foundation Giving

Ripley County Community Foundation Giving

The Ripley County Community Foundation will welcome any number of contributions, large or small, at the 4th annual Day of Giving Nov. 9, marketing officer Amy Wonnell reported.

The Lilly Endowment program is designed to help community foundations raise more money and lead the way in building stronger communities. More details will be available at the event.

Spaciousness Mindfuloness

Spaciousness Mindfuloness

A few years ago, when Naomi Shihab Nye was teaching in Japan, one of her students introduced her to the concept of yutori. Though the word is usually associated with an education policy calling for reduced hours and content in Japan’s primary school curriculum, I liked how Naomi and her student discussed it in a more expansive sense:

“It’s a kind of living with spaciousness. For example, it’s leaving early enough to get somewhere so that you know you’re going to arrive early, so when you get there, you have time to look around.”

78 institutions nationwide awarded grants ranging from $31,000 to $1 million

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