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Not too long ago our presbytery meeting was held at a cathedral-like church with thick stone, intricate stained glass and a grand, high pulpit. As I climbed the steps to the pulpit, I swear the air got thinner. When I got to the top and behind the mic, I felt like I was commanding a starship. There was a smooth wooden shelf encircling the area, like an expansive console surrounding me, but without flashing computer screens. I felt like I could pilot the church straight to heaven. As I looked down upon my colleagues something inside me felt strange. Then I realized what it was. I had pulpit envy.
When Don Stribling looks at the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, he sees an experience that challenges the
individualism that pervades much of today’s religious practice.
To celebrate 180 years of international mission engagement, Presbyterian World Mission has been reflecting on the changes that have taken place over the years.