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Columbia Student Chosen for FASPE Ethics Fellowship

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Columbia Student Chosen for FASPE Ethics Fellowship

Columbia Theological Seminary student Emily Morrell was one of 14 seminary and divinity school students, and early-career clergy, chosen for the 2019 Seminary Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to participate in a...

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Ministry Coaching, The Way Ahead from Within

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Ministry Coaching, The Way Ahead from Within

Professionally trained ministry coaches are being sought out, not by pastors who are incapable or incompetent, but by gifted leaders who see the value in having a creative conversation partner who is unattached to their circumstance -to stir ideas, challenge...

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Shedding Light in the Dark Night of a Forced Termination

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Shedding Light in the Dark Night of a Forced Termination

It is almost impossible for anyone to go through a forced resignation, the loss of one’s livelihood, the rejection by people to whom one gave one’s life, without feeling some depression.

This can show up physically in degrees of anxiety,...

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Center for Lifelong Learning Spirituality Program Celebrates 25 Years!

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Center for Lifelong Learning Spirituality Program Celebrates 25 Years!

In 2020 the Center for Lifelong Learning’s Spirituality Program will celebrate its 25th Anniversary! The inspiration behind the program came from Ben Campbell Johnson who, while on retreat at Christ in the Desert Monastery, felt he received a vision from...

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Changing Others, Changing Self

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Changing Others, Changing Self

A very nervous young bride-to-be was counseled by her pastor on a way to stay focused for getting through the ceremony.

“Take it one step at a time,” said the minister, “When you enter the church tomorrow, you will be...

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MINISTERING TO THE NEEDS OF OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS

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MINISTERING TO THE NEEDS OF OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS

By the time I was 30 I already had a great career start in the field of working with older adults.

I had been fortunate to land a job in Bryan, TX as Director of the new government-funded senior congregate...

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Everything Takes Five Years

Dr. G. & Friends

Everything Takes Five Years

I am often reminded of what my friend Margaret Marcuson, author of Leaders Who Last, says about bringing about change in congregations, which is, “Everything takes five years.” While that’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, it’s not far from the truth. Over...

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Coaches Help Leaders Mind Their “Ps and Qs”

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Coaches Help Leaders Mind Their “Ps and Qs”

Some of us were taught at a young age to “mind our Ps and Qs.”

There are multiple theories about the origin and meaning of the term Ps and Qs.

Maybe it was a parent, or teacher or neighbor, but...

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On Knowing What You Are Actually Doing

Dr. G. & Friends

On Knowing What You Are Actually Doing

Many folks who find themselves engaged in the task of congregational education tend to be able to jump right in and keep the programs running. And they do an acceptable, if not admirable, job of keeping things going smoothly. Programs...

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