PANAAWTM 34th Annual Conference Update

PANAAWTM 34th Annual Conference Update

April 29, 2019—PANAAWTM (the Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry) held its 34th Annual Conference at Columbia Theological Seminary on April 11-13, on the theme of “Journey toward Justice.” In her opening remarks, Dr. Haruko…

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

This blog is a 2-part series discussing women in ministry. To read part one of the article, click here.

Together but Apart

I entered ministry determined to seek support from and relationship with colleagues, learning 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…

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: Michael Lee Cook

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…

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…

Colloquy Opportunity for Early Call CTS Alumni Now Open!

 

Applications for the 2019-2020 Colloquy for Early Call Clergy for CTS alumni are now open!

 

As part of the Colloquy for Clergy series, this experience is for CTS alumni in ministry who are five to…

Resisting the Co-opting of MLK’s Legacy and Remembering Him as a Theologian

Martin Luther King Jr. is arguably the most celebrated non-elected citizen in the history of the United States of America.

This is evidenced by the fact that Dr. King is the only American to have a federal holiday named in…

The Writer’s Block Antidote…It’s Not What You Think

When I first started writing fiction, I had a great idea for a story, and it felt like the whole story was alive in my imagination.

Each time I tried to write the story down on paper, though, the excitement…

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Congregational Health – Red, Green and “Black”?

Advent is upon us and a new calendar year is fast approaching.

Many pastors, especially in rural and inner-city churches, are seeing lots of RED, not nearly enough GREEN, and a complete absence of BLACK.

Red and green are two…

Grounded in Gratitude: The Benefits of Spiritual Formation

When I was asked to share about gratitude this month, I instantly thought of my experience with the Certificate in the Spiritual Formation program.

I continue finding to this day (and most likely for the rest of my life) experiences,…

A Layperson’s Guide to Practicing Gratitude

This post originally appeared in Faith & Leadership.

 

My wife and I recently relocated, which led us to visit a half-dozen churches in the past two months.

Each seemed to have a downside.

The music wasn’t that great,…

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Our God,

we welcome with anticipation this Thanksgiving week

–our one authentic religious holiday shared by

religious and skeptics alike—time to rest and play,

to gather with family and friends

around abundant tables, football games,

and appropriate pauses in which…

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Be Virgil – A Coach as Companion on the Way

Be Virgil,” reads the Post-It on the windowsill in front of my desk, a reminder of the role I am to play when I meet with a coaching client.

 

I faced my biggest crisis in ministry within weeks of…

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We’re Wired for Story…What’s Yours?

In times like these, you need a story.  “A story?” you ask. “A story? Why?”

Why? Because we are wired for story.

We are streaming stories every day on Hulu, Netflix and YouTube. When it comes to church, what is…

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