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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Holy listening helps connect young adults


West Concord Union Church had had a ministry for people with disabilities since the 1980s. But the congregation discovered that truly welcoming all their brothers and sisters would be complicated and costly -- and worth it.

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Sharing stories -- and listening deeply to one another -- is at the heart of a new research initiative that seeks to help churches launch ministries to attract young adults.

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Leaders must rely on an authority grounded in Christ as prophet, priest and king, writes an AME pastor in North Carolina.

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Storytelling is a vital part of the practice of "holy friendship." For both individuals and institutions, stories are how holy friends can speak hard truths in love, writes the managing director of grants at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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Icebreakers are about more than small talk, says a Presbyterian pastor. In a world of increasing social isolation, they lay the groundwork for hospitality and welcome, creating common ground where community can take root and grow.

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