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The 15 Most Common Anxiety Triggers in a Congregation

Dr. G. & Friends

The 15 Most Common Anxiety Triggers in a Congregation

It’s no secret that congregations experience times of increased anxiety. Those periods of acute anxiety can be triggered by any number of events, conditions, or situations. Here are the 15 most common triggers to anxiety in a congregation (in no...

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Presbyterian Women’s Histories at Columbia Seminary

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Presbyterian Women’s Histories at Columbia Seminary

November 2, 2019—“The twentieth-century history of Presbyterian women’s organizations is a rich and varied one, and it is a history that has been well documented by women themselves. There are stories of prayer groups and sewing circles, building programs and...

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Older Adult Ministry Program Recognizes 3 New Graduates

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Older Adult Ministry Program Recognizes 3 New Graduates

Three people were recognized for completing the coursework required to earn a Certificate in Older Adult Ministry (OAM) at the annual meeting of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) in Louisville, KY.

This program is a partnership between POAMN...

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The Box Story

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The Box Story

I counseled a parishioner who was dissatisfied with his work for a religious agency.

“I can do the work,” he said, “but my heart is not in it.”

Meanwhile, he was pondering the possibility of a new job that was...

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Moving Possibilities: Four Lessons from Moving More

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Moving Possibilities: Four Lessons from Moving More

“Why are you still moving?” the kids around me in the elementary school lunch line instructed.

“Stop moving!”

We had just finished some kind of movement class and I was still practicing the moves while in the line.

 In a...

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Spiritual Leadership During Turbulent Times

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Spiritual Leadership During Turbulent Times

During periods of societal regression, people may feel more entitled to even their bad behavior.

They may feel they have legitimate “excuses” for behaving as they do and that this should be understood and accepted no matter what the negative...

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Fusion Retreat: The Art of Glass and Grace

Along the Journey

Fusion Retreat: The Art of Glass and Grace

 The Fusion Retreat is a path to grace-filled living. Rendering diverse, distinct or separate elements into a unified whole requires taking notice and then surrendering our experiences and emotions to the kiln of God’s creative spirit.

 

“All the arts...

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How Do You Measure Success?

Dr. G. & Friends

How Do You Measure Success?

I encountered one of the most centering definitions of success during high school.

It was by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

His more humanistic definition of success goes: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the...

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Archives Creates New Discussion about Columbia’s History

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Archives Creates New Discussion about Columbia’s History

October 12, 2019—With the recent release of Erskine Clarke’s To Count Our Days: A History of Columbia Theological Seminary, many are becoming acquainted with names, places, ideas, and events that shaped this institution for several generations. The C....

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