Discussing Church: Disability, Donuts, Faith, and Friendship

Discussing Church: Disability, Donuts, Faith, and Friendship

August 31, 2017—Sitting down to dinner with a group of friends with intellectual disabilities, I asked if they’d help me with this blog post on how churches can be more intentional about welcoming and fully involving people with intellectual disabilities….

A Prayer for Houston

By President Leanne Van Dyk.

Everlasting God, in this time of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we offer our prayers for all of the people of Houston and those in the pathway of the storm.

We are mindful of the…

Reflections Following Election 2016

3 More Persistent Myths About Leadership

August 28, 2017—There are many persistent myths about what leadership is all about. Pastors and lay leaders alike are subject to an enormous amount of mixed messages about what leadership is and what it entails. Some lay leaders tend to…

Biblical Terror

August 24, 2107—Everywhere we turn, it seems we come face to face with terror: a missile threat from North Korea, a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, a refugee crisis in South Sudan, and the seemingly ubiquitous specter racism, sexism, violence,…

4 Persistent Myths About Leadership

August 21, 2017—There are many persistent myths about what leadership is all about. Pastors and lay leaders alike are subject to an enormous amount of mixed messages about what leadership is and what it entails. Some lay leaders tend to import…

Were You Scared for Your Life?

“Absolutely, I was,” replied Rev. Traci Blackmon when asked if she was more scared in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend than when she was as a little kid watching a KKK march.

I was home alone during Christmas break my first…

scared in St. Paul's

Columbia Responds to Charlottesville and Racism

It started with a statement on racism from President Leanne Van Dyk:

“In the summer of 1964, three Freedom Riders were killed by the KKK in Mississippi. Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney are martyrs for the cause of…

Talking to Children About Money

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

During a conversation among parents about their children—now adolescents and young adults the issue of children and money came up. There were the usual rants about…

Fear, Clay, and Takeaways: Creative Persistence

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending time at the Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina. Montreat is one of those oasis-type spots where time stops, people are unusually friendly, square dancing occurs on Friday evenings, creative expression abounds, and…

creative clay work

Caught By Surprise

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

Every once in a while I hear something in church that catches me by surprise. It’s usually not a good surprise, admittedly. More often than not…

It’s All Part of the Pilgrimage

“It’s All Part of the Pilgrimage. . .”

This is the phrase we were encouraged to repeat to ourselves as we set out for the Holy Land in the early spring of 2014. There were twenty-seven of us from all…

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