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Peace & Global Witness: A Light in the Clearing

When the prophet Elijah, deep in the throes of an existential crisis, fled to Mount Horeb in search of God, he was met instead with the sound of sheer silence. Natalie Pisarcik knows just how he felt. “There was a time in my life where I was on the bottom,” Natalie testified during Sunday worship… Read more »

Celebrating the 2021 Peace & Global Witness Offering with Our Youth

Engaging the children of your congregation with the four churchwide Special Offerings has never been easier or more important, whether you are engaging them in-person or virtually. And the Peace & Global Witness Offering is especially important as we learn that no one is too young to be a peacemaker! First and foremost, the Peace… Read more »

Is it time to crowdsource the stewardship campaign?

By the Rev. Rosemary C. Mitchell Crowdsourcing existed long before the internet. Of course, we didn’t call it that. In some instances, we called it a miracle. Consider this: What was, for you, the miracle of the Feeding of the 5,000? Was it that Jesus single-handedly fed 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves?… Read more »

Summer Stewardship

By René Myers In the words of Nat King Cole, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” Summer is upon us, typically a time of respite from normal routines and activities — school, work, church programs. This summer might not be quite so “lazy,” as the world is emerging from pandemic isolation now… Read more »

Why we can all celebrate “Father’s Day”

By Emily Enders Odom The first time I served as an adult advisor at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium — that storied gathering of nearly 5,000 exuberant and excited high-school youth from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church — was in 1989. That summer, as I continued to live into my evolving call… Read more »

What it means to follow Jesus as a Matthew 25 church

By Lemuel Garcia-Arroyo The Church is to be a community of faith, entrusting itself to God alone, even at the risk of losing its life [from “The Foundations of Presbyterian Polity,” Book of Order- F-1.03] Gospel Lesson: Matthew 19:16–30 The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is committed to being a Matthew 25 church that is actively engaged… Read more »

The Other Side of the Coin

By William McConnell How many times have we winced as an older, wiser sage reminds us to “look on the bright side,” to consider the “other side of the coin” or to “look for the silver lining”? Cringeworthy platitudes to be sure, but wisdom worth considering. After more than a year dealing with COVID-19 pandemic… Read more »

Pentecost: Who are our teachers?

The Psalmist says, “God from my youth, you have taught me…” Psalm 71:17, and that is true. But it could have also said, “God from the youth, you have taught me” and stated something almost as true. With a foundation in faith built in the early years, our youth can teach us something about leading… Read more »

Building faith connections that last a lifetime

By Lynne Foreman In the late 1980s, when I was serving as a youth group leader in my local congregation, my pastor invited me to attend a gathering that I recognize now as the early stages of a new movement for youth in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Even as I was being drawn headlong into… Read more »