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Before the pandemic, members of the church and others gathered in the Rev. Jessica Ketola's home for meals and worship. Although meals and other activities are on pause, worship still takes place on Zoom. Photos courtesy of The Practicing Church

The Practicing Church in Shoreline, Washington, seeks to live out its faith in the neighborhood

Borrowing from the Roman Catholic tradition of the parish, the pastor of a Vineyard house church focuses on serving the geographical area in which the church is located.

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The Rev. Dr. Wanda Lundy, pastor of Siloam Hope First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey, walks in the church graveyard that inspired the 313 Project. Photos by Alexis Llewellyn
 

A merged congregation bonds over a project to honor the freed and enslaved Africans buried in its cemetery

A historic, predominantly Black congregation in New Jersey seeks to learn the names and stories of more than 300 unidentified souls buried in unmarked graves.

In-person worship services have not taken place at Brooklyn's Concord Baptist Church of Christ since March 15. Photos courtesy of Concord Baptist Church of Christ; all services pictured took place prior to the pandemic

Gary V. Simpson: The pastoral challenge of a Brooklyn church and COVID-19

From one of the pandemic’s epicenters, a minister describes his congregation’s experience through death and new life over the last four months.

The Rev. Sabrina Gray is director of the Planning Ahead end-of-life ministry and the Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond is co-pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston. Photos by Angela Rowlings

Ministry on death and dying teaches people how to plan for the end of life

Bethel AME Church in Boston helps members plan for the end of their lives with a three-part program that is practical and spiritual. The ministry is in keeping with the church’s focus on health and wellness.

Artists Caleb Clark, Christopher Holt and Jill Hooper compare a tracing of preliminary drawings to the final composition of the fresco at Haywood Street Congregation. Holt is an artist trained in making frescoes; Clark and Hooper assisted him in the two-year-long project. Photos by John Warner/Warner Photography

A church's fresco project shows that everyone has sacred worth

A church dedicated to radical hospitality and welcome creates a fresco that permanently enshrines those values and the faces of those it serves.

Steven and Harriet Gaither, a retired couple who benefited from one of Eastern Star Church's programs, stand in front of their first home. Photo courtesy of Eastern Star Church

Church's money management lessons lead to transformation in an impoverished neighborhood

Eastern Star Church is helping bring hope to the 46218 ZIP code in Indianapolis through housing initiatives, social services, a grocery store, financial coaching and more.

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