By Jonathan Davis, Small Town Churches Network
While the cultures may be vastly different, rural churches seemingly face similar challenges across international, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines.
So, what needs arise in rural communities the world over? Here are four emerging needs that rural churches will do well to address: Continue reading Four Pressing Needs in Rural Communities, and How the Church Should Respond
By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning
Pastoral leaders often get caught off guard by reactivity. That’s no surprise given that reactivity often feels like a dose of intense raw emotion. That kind of energy goes right to the amygdale (that almond shaped organ in the brain that processes emotions) triggering reactivity on the part of the recipient that results in a “fight or flight” impulse. A sudden assault of intense reactivity can turn off our brain, leaving us with an inability to tap into the resource of cognition—thinking through the problem
An important skill, therefore, is to learn to recognize reactivity for what it is. The ability to distinguish between reactivity and passion, for example, can help us know how to respond to a person in the grips of emoting anxiety. In those moments it can be helpful to remember four basic characteristics of reactivity: Continue reading The Facts About Reactivity in Conflict
The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary has extended the early registration discount for Change, Organization, and Generosity in Smaller Congregations (Smaller Churches Seminar 2015) through October 2. This energetic and creative learning event will take place at the CLL on November 3-5, 2014.
Congregational Consulting Group members John Wimberly, Sarai Rice, and Dan Hotchkiss, experienced congregational leaders of large, medium and smaller congregations, and former consultants with the Alban Institute, will lead this series of three one-day seminars designed for congregational leaders who welcome 150 or fewer in worship. Continue reading New Columbia Event Explores Change, Organization, and Generosity in Smaller Churches
By Michelle Thomas-Bush, MDiv ’94
Imagine growing up in a world knowing two presidents: one black and one white. AIDS is treatable, and Arnold Palmer is a blend of lemonade and iced tea. This is the only world today’s sixth-graders have ever known.
Members of the class of 2022 were born into a world that has always had the presence of homeland security. Children have always been soldiers and their stories have been documented by Invisible Children, formed in 2004, the year most of these students were born. Social media has also always been a presence with TheFacebook being born the same time they were. They have never known a time when same sex couples could not be married somewhere in the United States. The year they were born, we began really thinking about brain development when Stauch published The Primal Teen. Daily life’s givens include electric cars and tax forms in English and Spanish. Learning how to cook takes place via the Food Channel and they often cook better than their parents. Continue reading What You Don’t Know About What They Don’t Know: A Little Reorienting
By Margaret J. Marcuson
Let me commend to you the latest of Edwin Friedman’s writings to be reissued by Church Publishing, The Myth of the Shiksa. The book includes a number of other essays beyond the title one, including, “An Interview with the First Family Counselor,” “Secrets and Systems,” and “Metaphors of Salvation,” and a fascinating foreword by Friedman’s daughter, Shira Friedman Bogart, “Growing up Friedman.”
Many of the chapters were published as articles during Friedman’s lifetime, but they have not been collected in book form before. They show Friedman’s characteristic wit, boldness, and ability to see things at a tangent. Continue reading For the Bookshelf: The Gift of the Shiksa