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A pastor recalls a summer friendship with a 94-year-old neighbor as one of the most important lessons of his training -- and a model for Lenten discipline.
When we turn a blind eye to the misdeeds of our institutions, we deny our corporate fallibility and miss opportunities to practice the confession and reconciliation that frame our personal experiences with God.
By examining our assumptions about race and the larger systems that shape our lives, we, like the wise men, can experience the manifestation of God, says a youth ministry leader. We too can experience Christ in the chaos.
At Church Street UMC's pageant, sleeping shepherds are about to be awakened by angels bearing good news. Photos by Wade Payne
A spur-of-the-moment event with a wide variety of participants, the annual Christmas pageant at Church Street UMC in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a celebration filled with grace, imperfection and joy.
As we lean toward the incarnation during Advent, we need to remember our bodies, says a pastor and yoga instructor.
We must transform the workplace, the home and the play place into spaces that care for the vulnerable, for Christ himself.
Moving from darkness to light is part of the Advent journey for an artist, writer and minister who uses the arts to encourage contemplation during the season.