Awareness for Communities of Faith: The Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Impact of COVID

Awareness for Communities of Faith: The Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Impact of COVID

Dealing with the physical aspects of COVID has received a lot of attention in media. 

However, the mental, emotional, and spiritual impacts COVID is having, particularly among COVID survivors, needs far greater awareness than it is currently receiving. 

In pursuit of transformative communities

I want to make what is sure to be a contested assertion: The way that we celebrate Black History month will not result in a transformed or transformative society

We live our lives as a collection of stories. 

During Black…

Deep thinking, powerful ideas

Quick quiz: What philosopher said, “To think is easy, to act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all.”?

Answer: None. I pulled that quote out of a fortune cookie after lunch at a local Chinese restaurant….

Unwinding Tornados: Three Conflict Transformations

Conflict can feel like a tornado. 

A triggering event gathers energies, building momentum as it soon starts taking over everything, pulling everything up into swirling chaos. 

Conflict with tornadic force can derail trains of thought and easily uproot the best-laid plans.   

Like a tornado, conflict can rip through a…

Who are we becoming?

I have been a faculty member at CTS since 1991.

I was not looking for a job when a senior professor mentor told me that the seminary was looking for an African American professor.

He knew that I had…

15 Common Sense Practices for Pastoral Ministry

Emotional Intelligence is one of the fields of research applied to pastoral leadership.

I think it holds great promise for effective pastoral leadership because the nature of leadership in the context of congregations is more about understanding relationships in the…

Education by Israel Galindo

My Most Meaningful Mission Engagement

One of my most meaningful mission engagements was my first mission experience.  

 A van full of adults and two teenagers (my brother and I) left early one morning from East Tennessee for a day trip to an Appalachian region of Kentucky.

There we met another group of people, and we were all separated into two groups.

Return of the Prodgical

 This extended season of Covidtide (#covidtide) has been a liturgical season unlike any other. 

For many of us,  the restrictions on socializing have created isolation for some, while for others the advice to stay-at-home has given us too much of the same people.

This season has…

Thriving Congregations Part 2: Characteristics of a Thriving Congregation

NOTE: Columbia seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning has launched its Lilly-funded Thriving Congregations program, “reKindle: A Congregational Development Initiative.” Selected congregations will be awarded grants of up to $15,000 to execute a thriving congregation initiative in their ministry context. Applications…

Come to the Table

I am excited about facilitating the 2022 Colloquy for Young Black Church Clergy with James Ellis, III.

These are trying times we are in and one major lesson I have learned in ministry is that you can’t do this…

Thriving Congregations. Part 1: Challenges to Becoming and Sustaining A Thriving Congregation

NOTE: Columbia seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning has launched its Lilly-funded Thriving Congregations program, “reKindle: A Congregational Development Initiative.” Selected congregations will be awarded grants of up to $15,000 to execute a thriving congregation initiative in their ministry context. Applications…

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