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Worshiping Communities

Relishing a slower pace of life

In her introduction to the final two episodes of the New Way podcast, the Rev. Sara Hayden quotes St. Thomas More, who once said, “Soul cannot thrive in a fast-paced life because being affected, taking things in and chewing on them requires time.”

New worshiping community is A Work in Progress

The Rev. Susan Brouillette, a new leader in the 1001 worshiping community movement, hopes to create a community for those who are spiritual but not religious and want to make the world a better place.

Shining light in the darkness

From February through April, the Rev. Thirza Sayers was in bed, in another space of darkness.

‘Our model for that is Jesus’

1001 New Worshiping Communities (NWC) is offering its leaders and pastors an opportunity for rest, renewal, and reflection time through a round of Sabbath and sabbatical grants. There are two opportunities available:

Beltway-area church receives ‘best of’ award

The founding pastor of  Brambleton Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Elizabeth Brookens-Sturman, remembers what it was like to establish a new Christian church presence in the area just beyond the Capital Beltway. That’s why she isn’t taking lightly Brambleton’s honor of being named the “best of” churches in Ashburn, Virginia, announced in a recent issue of a local magazine.

1001 ‘New Way’ podcast celebrates Easter season

The Rev. Zac Morton, pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Morgantown, West Virginia, remembers what it was like  growing up in the blackberry brambles of rural West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Fitting hybrid worship into the context of the local congregation

Highlighting worship efforts during the pandemic ranging from high-tech and labor-intensive to one church’s “Call ‘Em All” telephonic approach, Thursday’s webinar on Hybrid Ministry: The Scattered Church was a balm for clergy and worship leaders who’ve struggled mightily with pandemic-induced issues including pastoral care, trauma and self-care.

As new creations, we need new lenses to see beyond tribalism

The Rev. Matt McCoy, pastor of Spring Church, a new worshiping community in Bellingham, Washington, had a thought-provoking question for his online guest Wednesday: Is the blood of tribalism deeper than the waters of baptism?