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A little extra help to keep the home fires burning

Seems like in one way or another, Jack and Kate Eisel have always been busy putting out fires — unless they were building them. The couple met practically fireside in 2009 at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, where Kate was the conference manager, and Jack, then a recently retired pastor, was volunteering in the maintenance department.

Delve into the Pandora Papers with Valéry Nodem

A trove of leaked documents about rich and powerful people funneling assets into offshore tax havens was the subject of a recent blog post by Valéry Nodem of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.

‘The promise of God is that the future is not going to be like the present’

The Rev. Irvin Porter, associate for Native American Intercultural Congregational Support in the office of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries, has offered up many presentations on the Doctrine of Discovery and the more than 500 years of history between Native American and white people in this country. Porter told Between Two Pulpits hosts Bryce Wiebe and Lauren Rogers Monday that only once has someone responded, “I didn’t do any of that, so why should I feel guilty?”

Reaching for the stars

For Sarah Valentina Hernandez Solache, the colorful city of Zitácuaro in the Mexican state of Michoacán — where millions of Monarch butterflies bathe the fields and forests in a sea of orange during their annual migration — was, and always will be, home.

Faith groups mobilize to help North Carolina community

Months after devastating flooding swept through portions of western North Carolina, residents continue working to rebound with the help of faith groups and other volunteers, but many challenges remain.

Christian educator: Play dress-up on Christ the King Sunday

Preachers looking to hold the attention of the youngest people in worship — especially during the children’s time — do well to check with a Christian educator. Nearly all are founts of creative ideas.

Extending welcome to the formerly incarcerated

During a webinar this week, special guests of the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People encouraged churches and other segments of society to find ways to help formerly incarcerated people get back on their feet.

A generosity that knows no boundaries

I grew up in a large Italian family. A hallmark of our life together was that there was always room at the table for a guest. When anyone, friend or stranger, arrived at the house, they were profusely welcomed and invited to have a seat and to eat. Always. No exceptions.

‘I am 68 and I am still excited’

“The mystery of ministry in the PC(USA) fascinates me every day,” said someone who should know, the Rev. Princeton Abaraoha, a pastor and deployed member of the denomination’s national staff, during the Between Two Pulpits Facebook Live event Monday. Watch Abaraoha’s conversation with Special Offerings’ Bryce Wiebe and Lauren Rogers here.