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Divine Partnership for Women of Color in Ministry

Along the Journey

Divine Partnership for Women of Color in Ministry

My dad was a Methodist pastor.

As a result, my childhood was characterized by long car rides in which I was a passenger navigating the unique landscape of each church to which we were assigned.

One of my most worthwhile...

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For some the “New Normal” is just catching up

Dr. G. & Friends

For some the “New Normal” is just catching up

As churches and theological schools, as well as other institutions, are getting past the acute phase of adjusting to the impact of the pandemic, talk about “the new normal” has taken center stage as the topic of the day. I...

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The Transformative Power of Higher Education

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The Transformative Power of Higher Education

The writer Tara Westover wrote a riveting memoir a few years ago titled Educated.

It’s a story of how a bright and determined young girl escaped a suffocating childhood of fear and paranoia in a survivalist...

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Fixing the Problem of Sunday School

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Fixing the Problem of Sunday School

My engineer son has a mantra: “Fix the problem.” As mantras go, it’s a pretty good one. Simple, memorable, intuitive, and to the point.

The mantra refers to our tendency to go about addressing problems by doing a lot of...

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Lessons from the Wilderness for Such a Time

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Lessons from the Wilderness for Such a Time

In the rush to reopen the economy, epidemiologists are warning of a second wave of the COVID19 infections that may be more severe.

Time will tell.

Meanwhile, angry white protesters, preferring guns over facemasks, have been expressing their outrage over...

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The Growth of James McDowell Richards and Columbia

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The Growth of James McDowell Richards and Columbia

By Brian D. Hecker, Public Services Archivist 

In the summer of 1932, James McDowell Richards (1902-1986), nearing the age of thirty, accepted an offer from the Board of Directors of Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS) to become its president, a position he initially did not anticipate keeping for more than 5 years.1 Richards graduated from CTS...

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Goals vs. Magical Thinking

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Goals vs. Magical Thinking

In my consultations I often have to help folks think through what is a realistic goal and what is aspirational, or, as I call it, “magical thinking.” Their ideas for a goal are often fuzzy (“more,” “better”). People consistently overreach...

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Embrace the Challenge of Getting Older

Along the Journey

Embrace the Challenge of Getting Older

My parents died within the last decade and I watched them age over a period of 10 years with a plethora of emotions.

It was was a whole new experience for my brother and I, one for which we had...

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Ministry in an Age of Incivility

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Ministry in an Age of Incivility

One insight from participants in our Pastoral Excellence Program is that ministry is hard and getting harder. One particularly troublesome challenge clergy tell us they face is an increase in incivility, not only in the culture,...

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