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“Thanks so much.” “I am so overwhelmed with gratitude.” “We are excited.” “This is wonderful news for our congregation.” These comments are from some of the leaders in more than 200 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) churches and worshiping communities — each of them with 150 members or fewer — who recently received free book bundles (listed below) from the denomination.

Finding ‘Common Ground’

When the Rev. Abby King-Kaiser was hired at Xavier University as associate director of the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice, she was only the second Protestant on staff in the office. When she walked into her office on her first day, 10 Protestant students were waiting for her. “They wanted to figure out what ministry and community would look like for them on a Jesuit campus,” said King-Kaiser, who began walking through a discernment process with the students. While clubs and smaller churches offered Bible studies for them, the students felt as if there wasn’t a spiritual place for them to feel renewed, energized and challenged to grow in their faith.