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Peter Turner and Kyle Oliver talk social media for churches

Conversation: Social media for churches (aka #chsocm)

December 11, 2013

On December 4, I spoke with Peter Turner, Technology and Communications Director for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, about getting churches engaged in social media. If ...
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Lectionary Prayers for Creation (Year A)

December 31, 2013

Understanding our human role to serve in creation, and our hope rooted in God’s faithfulness to the creation from which humans emerge and depend ...
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‘And it was good': A Bible study on creation

April 2, 2014

The Anglican Communion Office’s Bible in the Life of the Church project offers this beautifully produced five-session Bible study exploring two themes: (1) Our understanding of ...
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Film Study Guide for “Luther”

January 15, 2014

Who was Martin Luther? What was the reformation? How do either of these matter today? This study guide attempts to shed light on these ...
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Preparing the Manger, Pointing to the Cross

November 12, 2015

A special addition to the liturgy connecting the Fourth Sunday in Advent and Christmas Eve. Congregation prepares the manger and themselves for Christ’s coming by ...
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Bible Briefs

April 2, 2014

Virginia Theological Seminary offers this series of short, highly readable pamphlets introducing the books of Scripture. Each pamphlet presents a concise (tract-size), stimulating introduction to ...
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Scripture index for LEVAS II hymnal

May 20, 2014

Virginia Theological Seminary M.Div. student Sarah Saxe has compiled a scriptural reference index for Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal. ...
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Book Study Resources

November 7, 2011

Emilie White, once an Instructor of Writing and Literature at Warren Wilson College and a parishioner at All Souls Cathedral, has written in-depth commentary ...
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Blessing of the Hands

March 10, 2014

Today we are seeing the tradition of blessings is being renewed in the church. Often a Blessing of Hands service is used in referenced ...
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Living the Good News Online: An Overview

July 28, 2013

Publisher: Morehouse Education Resources Denomination: Ecumenical (Revised Common Lectionary) Support site includes areas designed for Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ and United Methodist. (There ...
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Across the Threshold into Questions

October 31, 2013

Across the Threshold into Questions Discovering Jesus, Finding Self Caren Goldman and Ted Voorhees List Price: $22.00 Formatted in much the same way as ...
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Help Wanted

Music Director Job Description

December 31, 2013

Ministry positions require a combination of skills and expertise as well as gifts for serving a congregation or community. This job description for a ...
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Parish-based Seder Meal

March 21, 2014

There are sound theological reasons for wanting to plan a seder meal in your congregation, but, as with any tradition or ritual, it’s important ...
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Transforming Congregations

August 2, 2013

At once “travel guide” and vision for the future, the Transformation series is good news for the Episcopal Church at a time of fast ...
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Leaders Who Last

October 30, 2013

Leaders Who Last Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry Margaret J. Marcuson List Price: $20.00 Is helping others overrated? Is ministry a recipe for burnout? ...
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Stewardship for Kids

May 12, 2014

Involve children and youth in practicing stewardship, teaching them that one of the responsibilities God gives us is to care for the world we ...
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Grief Expression Through Song

January 29, 2014

Designed for a small group setting, these discussion questions facilitate theological reflection and, hopefully, help those coping with grief to engage their grief on ...
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Walk Through the Bible – A Lectionary and Sermon Series

March 29, 2014

One opportunity to teach Scripture is through regular preaching. This alternative lectionary was inspired by the ELCA’s Book of Faith initiative which emphasizes learning ...
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Retreat Centers in Western North Carolina

March 12, 2012

Following is a list of enriching retreat centers here in Western North Carolina: The Sabbath House Valle Crucis Conference Center
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Technology in Ministry

October 16, 2013

• Randall Curtis. You can find him at, read his profile on, and follow his posts on Google+. Randall teaches “Going Google” ...
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Building Faith

June 1, 2015

Christian Formation Inspiration from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching A resource website dedicated to the ministry of forming children, youth, and adults ...
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Advent Candle Lighting Liturgies

October 22, 2015

Consider integrating one of these candle lighting liturgies into your service. Advent Candle Readings: Light candles with Isaiah 9:2-7; Micah 5:2-4; Luke 2:15-20; and Luke ...
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The Nine Enneagram Styles: Type Fours

November 12, 2014

Four is one of what I jokingly call “nature’s Enneagram styles.” In extreme old age people often slow down, grow laconic and mellow; turning ...
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Grace at Meal Times

May 27, 2013

Many individuals and families wonder where they can begin to include prayer into their daily lives. Saying grace before eating is a great ritual ...
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Educational Inquiry

August 4, 2013

Educational Inquiry was created, adapted, and tested in the context of congregational development in the area of Christian formation for over six years in ...
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