Maundy Thursday, Ritual, and Resilence

To be resilient is to be flexible, strong in spirit, and grounded in your life and faith. On Maundy Thursday, we see Jesus practicing and teaching resilience as he performed acts of love in the washing of feet and the sharing of bread and wine. As he washed the disciples’ feet and breaks bread with…
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Congregation Websites are not a Luxury, They are Necessity

Having a website for your congregation is not a luxury anymore. I know this has been said before and some denominations have tried to help get websites set up for their congregations, but I find that many still don’t have a website. It may seem like a luxury, or something that is not essential, but…
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Tending to the Needs

A few weeks ago, I ran across this article on Edutopia that looks at using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to address the needs of students in the classroom. Maslow’s theory, presented in 1943, remains a popular framework for sociology and psychology, even though it has its critics and skeptics. Maslow’s theory says that the most…
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Don’t Forget to Play

I recently was at a meeting with both teens and adults who were planning an event. We had more than enough work to do and could have worked the entire time we were together and still had more to do. We felt the pressure of each day knowing we had to end at a given…
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Failure, Learning, and Engaging

The Super Bowl is past, the Olympics are here, and baseball spring training has begun. These are all topics around my house as we talk about our favorite sports and marvel at what people can accomplish. We cheer when amazing plays go right, we gasp when someone falls or crashes, we wonder if they will…
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The Power of Online Communites

I spend a lot of my time going to meetings and conferences. The face-to-face time at these events is invaluable because of the connections made, interests shared, and information gained. I also spend a lot of my time online doing video conference calls, responding to email and Facebook, and culling through many online resources to…
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Helping Youth be Still

Many people today are yearning for quiet time, or time to be still, or time for themselves without interruptions. Life today is full. Full of study, work, friends, family, play, technology, etc. We have cars and bikes that get us places more quickly, we have technology that helps us get things done more quickly, we…
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Creative Prayer Practices

As religious people, prayer is something we engage in on a regular basis. Whether in our worship together, in small groups, before meetings, or at home, we pray to call God into our midst and call upon God to help us in what we are doing. However, some struggle to use prayer from a book…
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Youth Confirmation: Where to Begin

I get asked questions at least once a month about Confirmation. What program should I use? What videos are the best? How can I keep the kids interested? How long should it be? How long does it have to be? Can we do a confirmation class with adults and youth together? How big or small…
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Helping Youth Discover and Celebrate Themselves

Schools are great a helping kids find out how to do things – reading, writing, math, research, and critical thinking to name a few. They are good at helping kids discover the importance of physical activity, sharing, honesty, art, music, and learning languages to name a few. What I don’t see very often, is helping…
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