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Formation of the Young: What the Experts are Saying

Researcher Karen Marie Yust spent hours reading some of the best and most detailed studies about children, youth and Christian formation that have emerged in the last decade or more.... read more >

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The "Calling Congregation" encourages promising future clergy

Until the 1960s, denominations often encouraged congregations to help identify promising future clergy from among their youth. With the abolition of national offices of vocation, the American Church turned away... read more >

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Building Hope Among African-American Youth

Through a three-week residential summer event designed by Dr. Anne Streaty Wimberly, African-American teenagers are immersed in a program designed to help them better connect with their Christian identities. Participants... read more >

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Living into God’s Dream for Us

The Rev. Catherine Caimano reminds us in her sermon that the only real life is the one we have with God. Now it is a dream we live into; but... read more >

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Leadership Is Also About Knowing When to Let Go

 On the website of Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, an interview with Marie Fortune, founder of FaithTrust Institute, is ostensibly about her 30-year mission to... read more >

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A Church Janitor’s Guide to Leadership

When United Methodist Church Bishop Kenneth L. Carder was a teenager, his first job was as a church janitor. His duties were cleaning, dusting, stoking the furnace, mowing the grounds,... read more >

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The Christian Vocation

The interplay among God, work, family and the individual presents complex joys and challenges. And God’s call lures us into ordered relationships that carry implications for our sense of priority.... read more >

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Syllabi for Courses in Vocational Discernment

Colleges and universities have explored a variety of means by which to introduce undergraduates to the notion of vocation and the living of called lives. The Programs for the Theological... read more >

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Movies on and about Vocational Living

Here is an extended list of movies that raise significant questions about the meaning of life and the ways we find to live meaningfully, how we discover our significance, purpose,... read more >

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Books On And About Vocational Living

Here is an extensive online bibliography of books written about and from the vantage points of living or fostering vocational lives. Throughout, vocation is understood as responding to the divine... read more >

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International Peacemaker on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Union Seminary

Dr. Mary Mikhael, a native of Syria, will visit Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond October 3, 2018, to address the...

Discovering Hope in the Valley of Dry Bones

Struggling in the valley of dry bones?Listen and subscribe to Faith & Leadership's podcast, Can These Bones. The...

The Heart of a Servant and Faith Like a Child

Here are some sermon resources and art work for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - September 23, 2018 (Year B)...

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