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When Ordaining Women Is Still An Issue
This will be my last post for several days. I am traveling to Italy for a conference on the Ecumenical Perspectives on the Role of Women in the Church.
There are still some Christian traditions that don’t ordain women.
It’s weird for me to type those words as a clergywoman who was ordained 33 years ago in a denomination... + Read More
“What has our church been doing wrong?”
September 14, 2017—
This was a question posed to me by a very concerned member of the congregation a year into my time there as interim pastor there. As happens often during interim periods, church membership, attendance, and giving were lower.
Often, many people who were already disengaged with the church in one way or... + Read More
Role vs. Function: Which do you most focus on?
By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.
September 11, 2017—
A friend recently shifted from an associate pastor position ("second chair") to senior pastor ("first chair") in... + Read More
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. They agreed. They had lots to say, and there isn’t space to... + Read More