Leadership in Ministry Feature: Carla Toenniessen

Leadership in Ministry Feature: Carla Toenniessen

This post is part of a feature series on Leadership in Ministry faculty.

 

Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way of thinking that affects every aspect of leadership in ministry.

 

Workshops are taught by BFST experts and help…

Blooming in the Desert: The Ghost Ranch Pilgrimage Experience

Kathleen Norris writes beautifully about life on the Great Plains in her book, Dakota.

I tucked that book in my carry-on bag as I set out on pilgrimage with a group of companions from Columbia and Pittsburgh Seminaries.

The 2016…

Leadership in Ministry Feature: Bill (William) Pyle

This post is part of a feature series on Leadership in Ministry faculty.

 

Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way of thinking that affects every aspect of leadership in ministry.

Workshops are taught by BFST experts and help participants confidently lead their congregations…

The Ten Commandments: A New Look at an Old View

How many times in life do we take the opportunity to think differently about a topic we think we know enough about (thank you very much!) or about which we have a well-established (and correct) opinion (again, thank you very…

Why Aren’t Things Changing?

Homeless shelters closing.

Sex-trafficking rises.

Rich-poor gap increases.

Racism is tolerated.

Natural disasters leave a trail of grief.

Senseless killings compound.

Puerto Rico without power.

Kenneka Jenkins found in a freezer.

North Korea testing missiles.

Injustice from political leadership.

The…

Women in Ministry: Sustaining Clergywomen Online and in Person Part 2

This blog is a 2-part series discussing women in ministry in honor of Women’s History Month. To read part one of the article, click here.

Together but Apart

I entered ministry determined to seek support from…

Women in Ministry: Clergywomen Need Community Part 1

This blog is a 2-part series discussing women in ministry in honor of Women’s History Month.

 

No Man (Woman) is an Island

Ministry is one of those jobs that can be hard for other people to understand, and given…

February in Photos

Homecoming ’19

Food, fun, and fellowship! This year’s event took place February 4-6 and included worship, lectures and workshops by Columbia Theological Seminary faculty and alumni, and also – for the first time in many years – included the 2019…

Life Illuminated: Finding Connections Between Imagery and Spirituality

As I reflect on my life, I notice a camera has always been there.

I received my first camera when I was about eight, primarily for traveling.

It was a Kodak point and shoot film camera.

My parents believed travel…

LIM Feature: Meg Hess

This post is part of a feature series on Leadership in Ministry faculty.

 

Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way of thinking that affects every aspect of leadership in ministry.

Workshops are taught by BFST experts and help participants confidently lead their congregations…

Observations from a Woman of Color in Ministry

Being a woman of color in male-dominated environments has been both exhilarating and exasperating.

However, my journey from undergrad to ordained ministry has proven to be a fertile training ground for what I would experience.

I went to college at…

New Colloquy Opportunity for Women of Color!

 

NOW OPEN: Registration for the 2019-2020 Colloquy for Women of Color!

 

This colloquy is for clergy leaders who are women of color, many of whom are now realizing opportunities for pastoral leadership in contexts previously…

The History of Black Worship

Where it all started

Theological reflection for Black people in the United States does not start with the great councils of Nicaea, Chalcedon, or even the 15th-century reformers.

While those have been important for many Christian traditions, for black folk…

See, Seize and Recognize Opportunities for Kindness

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

What to do, when to do it

If you read or listen to the passage…

Racial Profiling: This is us, but it doesn’t have to be

In 2008, a new social networking service hit the shelves of app stores: NextDoor.

For the longest time, I avoided the service.

At that time, I had Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

I did not need yet another service on…

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