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Staying Connected in Later Years
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older. Vanderbilt University Press.  ...

VIDEO: Not in Our Name
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video giving voice to the misunderstood in the Muslim community.  When facing a new threat, it ...

Reformation Then and Now - Dismantling Walls Today
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Who or what can defeat and break the walls, the towers, the fortresses we construct? Who or what can overcome oppression in the land? Where do we turn when creation shakes and societies are in an uproar? ...

Full-Body Repentance
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Forgive Us, by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah.  THE CRY OF the church to the world should be “Forgive us.” At a time when the American ...

Why Multigenerational House Sharing May Be the Wave of the Future
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

As early Christians discovered in their bold experiment in communal living, multigenerational living requires putting the other first, not oneself; approaching decisions with humility; an attitude of gratitude ...

The Key to Real Community: Tear Down that Firewall
Originally Posted: 09/23/2014 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning at 5:30 I woke up to a disconcerting email: Suspicious Sign-In Prevented. Please check your Google activity immediately. In my half-asleep bleariness, I clicked the link and filled in my pa ...

Why the Body of Christ is Not White
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Contrary to the common cliché often given in response to these difficult topics, when it comes to white American people, the facts reveal that "some of our best friends" simply are not black. ...

Orienting to New Horizons
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A "Living the Word" reflections ...

To Spiritually Thrive, We Must First Spiritually Survive (And Help Others Do the Same)
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

On numerous occasions we get pulled back into a right relationship with God only because people were willing to love us, and this wouldn’t have happened without individuals selflessly making the decision to in ...

Human Trafficking: Community Is Essential
Originally Posted: 08/25/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

What does community look like when working on a social issue? Diedrich Boenhoeffer wrote about it. Pastors preach about it. Churches strive for it. Community . It is a co ...

Fallout in the Neighborhood When a Catholic School Closes
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

What happens to a community when a Roman Catholic school closes its doors? What happens to a community when a Roman Catholic school closes its doors? That’s the question  Nico ...

The Church Has Left the Building
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Last year I spoke at a missional church conference in Southern California. The guy who spoke before me asked every one of these missional pastors do a simple exercise. “Turn to the person sitting next to you,” he said, “and tell them the names of you ...

Remember That Our Lives Matter
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

We need to (re)learn to be more human. And most importantly, remind yourself that YOU are loved. Not just merely by your loved ones but also by the ONE who created all that is good and beautiful. ...

A 'Discipleship of Equals'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A "Living the Word" reflections ...

Catholic Sisters Are Redefining Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger True power is energy that bears fruit. A new model of leadership that’s been refined in the ...

Agents of Grit and Grace
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana A unique faith-based training program in Memphis gives new teachers the skills and community they need to survive and thrive ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter The Disposable Project by Raul Guerrero / Jesus Was a Migrant by Deirdre Cornell / The New Black by Yoruba Richen / How to B ...

A Handbook for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. IVP Books. FAITH-ROOT ...

Five Questions for Katerina Friesen
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Katerina Friesen, a seminary student, knows the labor of love of land-based ministry. Bio: ...

Viewing Community
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins At film festivals, because we're all living together for a few days, people let their guard down. ...

No Longer the 'Best Kept Secret'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Allio Pope Francis is bringing renewed attention to Catholic social teaching—and not only for Catholics. ...

This Land is Our Land
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Julianne Couch From Orange City, Iowa, to York, Nebraska, and across the Midwest, young organizers are cultivating hope in rural places. ...

Want to See the Face of God?
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

A 26-year-old man was driving his pickup truck over a causeway on Lake Pontchartrain. His truck plunged over the railing and into the water. What happened next is inspiring. Did y ...

Smiling Back
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

You can smile at someone, but you can’t really smile with someone until you’ve cried with them, too. Shared their pain, their doubts, their questions, their uncertainty, even their despair. And their joy as we ...

An Unexpected Journey
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

We celebrate commitments made, successes honored, and loves found. The Christian faith, we realize, is rarely about solutions; it is about the authentic and real journey of life and a common trust that our God ...

Pittsburgh Bridge Project Knits Together Communities
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Amanda Gross describes herself as a “weaver of things and people.” Amanda Gross describes herself as a “weaver of things and people.” Gross, a fiber artist based in Pittsburgh, ...

Hack the Church
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

Early Christianity spearheaded technological innovations with global ramifications, most notably in the invention of the codex. Today’s faithful hackers, armed with code, workshops, and participatory-minded th ...

Beauty in Battered Places
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard A conversation with novelist and activist Denise Giardina. “THE CHURCH radicalized me,” celebrat ...

For Innovation to Have a Prayer, It Needs to Start with Brokenness
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

“Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. “Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. It’s like “community,” a warm and fuzzy term w ...

Millennials: Antisocial, Selfish, and Afraid?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I would argue that one of the biggest desires of millennials is that we would be involved in deeply intimate communities that allow us to express ourselves openly, ask the questions to arise in our minds witho ...

Honoring Your Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Headline news is usually bad news. Pain, division, and anger drive on-line traffic and often directs the content. Headline news is usually bad news. Viral blog posts are usu ...

The Middle of the Shelf
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Life is lived in the middle of the shelf, full of moments of uncertainty and doubt that serve as first drafts for stories of love and grace, learning, and faith. A few years ago, ...

Bringing the Word to Life
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation. Herald Press. ONE YEAR MY small group decided to ha ...

The Blades of Grass in the Garden of Gethsemane Speak to Me
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Zach Czaia There are tour guides who speak / all the human tongues, and we are trampled / for being famous blades / but then are resurre ...

Citizen Action Making a Vital Difference in South Africa
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

Changes require a more broadly palliative and increasingly active new generation —inspired by a Mandela-type cultural magnanimity that loves justice and spurns vengeful spirits — to join with the emerging forc ...

Let Your Life Be Changed
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Applications for next year's program are due March 1st, and if you or anyone you know is on the bubble in regard to applying, here are a few thoughts from this year's interns as to why you should app ...

God's Dangerous Promises
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A INVITATIONS COME. Yet an expressed desire ...

Why Does Anyone Go To Church?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

What I think we need is a rhetoric about how it's entirely fine that people don't go to church. We don't need to obsessively share why we think it's so magical or why it sucks. ...

'Nones' and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 12:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out? THIS IS NOT a column full of hand-wr ...

From the Archives: March 1986
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth McAlister Exodus and Community AN ASTONISHING aspect of the miracle that was the Exodus is the reco ...

The Thorn Tree Resistance
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Gold and silver mines in Guatemala are wreaking havoc on local communities. But the people, using nonviolent Christia ...

Loose Threads
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

Each of us is a thread woven into the fabric of our world. We’re looped around each other, pulled tightly to one another, intimately bound to one another. I noticed a loose threa ...

Smoking What We’re Growing: 8 Things That Happen When We Live (or Don’t Live) What We Talk About
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

Who's to say theology built in academia is any more valid than theology build in the realities of everyday life? I was down in Mexico a few years ago for a gathering of peers ...

When Christians Love Theology More Than People
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

The practical application of your love is just as important as the theology behind it. Our faith is evidenced by how we treat others. Does the reality of your life reflect the theory behind your spiritual beli ...

What Repentance for the Church Looks Like Today
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Before we see any leveling-off within the institutional church, there will be many more church closures, consolidation of shrinking denominations, and an increasing number of people called to, and already work ...

A New Normal: Ten Things I've Learned About Trauma
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

Trauma upends everything we took for granted, including things we didn’t know we took for granted. And many of these realities I wish I’d known when I first encountered them. So, while the work of life and hea ...

Surviving Chiberea: On Scapegoating the Weather
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

The relentless snow and the extreme cold provide an opportunity to build a sense of community. Neighbors suffer through this weather together. We check in on one another to make sure people are surviving and s ...

When the Fighting Stops
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis What does it take to reintegrate combatants into society? MARIE-LOUISE IS a 34-year-old single ...

Six Reasons Americans Still Need Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches are among the few places that inspire deep, authentic, messy, and real community. They go out of their way to involve people and connect them via small groups, activities, and an endless variety of in ...

From the Archives: January 1988
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Murphy Davis The Cost of Community THERE ARE DAYS, to tell the truth, that you just have to wonder if it’s wo ...