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On Demanding a Surrendered Life

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On Demanding a Surrendered Life

April 5, 2018—My book, Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes, shows how the Beatitudes of Jesus validate the faith of people in emotional pain. It addresses people whose suffering arises from normal losses and…

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Presbyterian Women Fund Joint Community Gardening Effort

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Presbyterian Women Fund Joint Community Gardening Effort

April 4, 2018—The Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church non-profit (HSHC) and Columbia Presbyterian Church (CPC) have announced a new collaborative effort for community gardening in Decatur, GA. It will be funded by a $26,800 grant awarded from the Presbyterian Women of the…

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Spouses Too Are Casualties in Church Conflicts

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Spouses Too Are Casualties in Church Conflicts

April 2, 2018—I have had many restless nights and feel the Lord is nudging me to tell my side of what actually happened to my husband and me. Many people have been hurt by the termination of my husband from…

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Exploring God’s Promise: “I am with you”

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Exploring God’s Promise: “I am with you”

March 29, 2018—Rev. Amy Poling Sutherlun, author of the 2018-2019 PW/Horizons Bible Study will lead this summer’s class designed to prepare bible study leaders for the PW/Horizons Bible Study, God’s Promise: I Am with You. This study invites us…

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The Hidden Power of Multigenerational Transmission

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The Hidden Power of Multigenerational Transmission

March 26, 2018—The Bowen Systems Theory concept of multi-generational transmission in families, although often difficult to accept at one level, is logically appreciated at another. Families pass along habits, traditions, beliefs, grudges, feuds, genes, and emotional process down the generations….

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We Are More Alike than We Know

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We Are More Alike than We Know

March 22, 2018—“What was the best part of your recent pilgrimage to Israel?” several people have asked me.  I could say it was the opportunity to walk, for a second time, in the places Jesus walked or see some of…

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It Can Happen to You

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It Can Happen to You

March 19, 2018—Not too many years ago a popular song reminded us that some of the things we least expect can happen to us. Forced terminations of pastors certainly fit within this expectation. Most pastors have never faced a forced…

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Spirituality Program Participants Share: “What was most meaningful to you?”

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Spirituality Program Participants Share: “What was most meaningful to you?”

March 14, 2018—What was most meaningful to you?

“People’s lives are changed. When you encounter God in new ways and continue to seek that which is deep and true and holy,” says Debra Weir, Associate Director, Spirituality and Lifelong Learning…

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It’s About Formation, Not Schooling

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It’s About Formation, Not Schooling

March 12, 2018—Every now and again I come across the call from enthusiastic, often dissatisfied, church educators to create within the congregation a model of seminary or “school for faith.” The motivation is an earnest desire to make Christian education…

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