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Fear, Clay, and Takeaways: Creative Persistence

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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…

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Caught By Surprise

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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…

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It’s All Part of the Pilgrimage

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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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Five Kinds of People You Will Encounter

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Five Kinds of People You Will Encounter

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

July 31, 2017—It has been my observation that in times of crisis you can count on seeing five kinds of people emerge. Leaders do well to…

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Why Change is Hard to Achieve

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Why Change is Hard to Achieve

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

July 24, 2017—Why is change so hard to achieve? One explanation is the phenomena and power of homeostasis. Whenever a leader attempts to bring about change…

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Moving Prayer

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Moving Prayer

By Kathryn Sparks, Adjunct Faculty of Liturgical Dance, Wesley Theological Seminary.

July 20, 2017—Praying through bodily movement is an ancient form of communication with God and is practiced by people of every faith expression in the world. Indeed, prayer offered through…

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The Useful and the Beautiful

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The Useful and the Beautiful

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

July 17, 2017—One of the courses I most enjoy teaching is on educational philosophy. It’s a course that is always interesting and one I think, when…

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Beauty, Variety, and the Presence of God

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Beauty, Variety, and the Presence of God

By Mark Douglas, Professor of Christian Ethics.

Over thirty years ago, cosmologist Thomas Berry wrote,

Because our sense of the divine is so extensively derived from verbal sources, mostly through the biblical Scriptures, we seldom notice how much we…

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An Interview With LIM Faculty Member Rebecca Maccini

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An Interview With LIM Faculty Member Rebecca Maccini

July 10, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) offers the Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops as part of its Pastoral Excellence Programs. LIM uses Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) as a theory of practice for ministry leadership. Rebecca Maccini…

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