Dimensions of Personal Care for Christian Educators

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

The ministry and work of the professional church educator is challenging and demanding. The fact is that the more you stay in the field and in the ministry (especially if you stay in the same ministry context) the job only gets more complex, not less. Educational leadership is the kind of job that involves evolutionary development. Just when you think you’ve got the job down it expands, grows, evolves, morphs, changes, and shifts into different venues, levels, areas, and forms. At the very least we can say it will always be interesting. But it is also a job that never ends. Continue reading Dimensions of Personal Care for Christian Educators

PC(USA) pastor pens hymn to commemorate those slain in Charleston

The Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, co-pastor of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Del., released the hymn, “They Met to Read the Bible,” Saturday following the murder of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The three men and six women were gunned down Wednesday evening while attending a prayer meeting. Twenty-one-year-old Dylan Roof has been arrested in conjunction with the shootings.

“This hymn is a prayer that we as a society will find courage to change,” says Gillette. “We need to live differently. We can’t put our faith in weapons or in symbols of hatred any longer. We need to hope for justice, to pray for justice, and to work for justice. We need to realize we are all brothers and sisters. We’re all children of God.” Continue reading PC(USA) pastor pens hymn to commemorate those slain in Charleston

A Prayer for Emanuel and Nine Who Lost Their Lives

Dr. Deborah Flemister Mullen, our Dean of Faculty and Executive Vice President, is part of a group of more than thirty African American deans and presidents of Theological Schools who offered the following prayer for Mother Emanuel in Charleston, SC.

As the African American presidents and deans of graduate theological education, we express our profound solidarity with the families and the faithful of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. There are not words enough to convey the emotions we feel in the aftermath of the bloodbath. Nine people of faith welcomed the proverbial stranger into the house of prayer.  Nine of God’s children subsequently lost their lives. Nine women and men were unceremoniously taken from their loved ones. Nine cherished members of a historic freedom-loving congregation and community are no longer in our midst. Our hearts are heavy and we grieve. Continue reading A Prayer for Emanuel and Nine Who Lost Their Lives

Prayer, The Force, Energy, and Causality

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

First, I think I need to start this post by saying that I believe in prayer and am a practitioner (although I must confess that I didn’t really know how to pray until I was forty, even though I grew up “churched” and in a Christian home—but that’s another story. In fact, I believe in prayer such that I don’t make it a practice to open class lectures with prayer for fear that it become merely a utilitarian function of quieting a roomful of students, getting their attention, and signaling the start of class. There are pedagogical techniques for that function. Prayer has its place and its function, and it isn’t utilitarian. Continue reading Prayer, The Force, Energy, and Causality

Resource Round Up

By Sarah Erickson, Director for Lifelong Learning

Most church leaders are generalists. We may be better at, or enjoy, some aspects of our work more than others, of course. But we are called to mix it up on a regular basis. And that’s a good thing, because according to the HBR, “the future may belong to the generalist.” It turns out that we just may be better at navigating uncertainty.

By virtue of our work, however, we often need some specialized information. This post is another compilation of resources I’ve discovered, used, recommended, and otherwise found helpful in the time since put together my first list. Continue reading Resource Round Up

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