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December 19, 2011 | Training volunteers involves more than just teaching them to perform a particular task; it’s also an opportunity to offer an incarnational expression of God's love.
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December 19, 2011 | For 18 years, the Sixty-First Avenue United Methodist Church in west Nashville has operated the Last Minute Toy Store, a powerful sign of this small congregation’s incarnational presence in the world.
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December 19, 2011 | When her teenage daughter and friends began tuning in to the Sunday sermon, prepping for midweek lectionary study and bandying about words such as “eschatology” and “quadrilateral,” a mother realized that something exciting was happening in her congregation.
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December 5, 2011 | The Duke Clergy Health Initiative has a holiday tip for pastors: Take some time off, both this season and throughout the year. Your health could depend upon it.
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December 5, 2011 | Nurturing cheerful givers is more challenging than ever during an economic downturn. New research provides important insights that could boost the financial and spiritual health of congregations. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of church giving trends.
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November 21, 2011 | In this excerpt from “Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating,” a Duke Divinity professor argues that our work as Christians is to develop into godly gardeners, who witness to the life-creating presence of God in the world.
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November 18, 2011 | Our Saviour Community Garden began as an effort to show that a parish with dwindling membership still had relevance in an older Dallas neighborhood. Eight years later, the church garden has yielded nearly 20 tons of organic produce for the needy, serving as a destination for gardeners and a model for other churches.
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November 7, 2011 | New studies indicate that religion can play a major role in mental health. But not all expressions of faith lead to happier, more peaceful lives. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the relationship between religion and emotional wellbeing.
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November 3, 2011 | Over the past three decades, Good Works in Appalachian Ohio has created a model of Christian hospitality by offering its neighbors a hand up and a chance to help others.
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November 3, 2011 | Prayer. Welcoming others. Giving and receiving. For staff members of the Ohio-based ministry, these are some of the important practices that have made the organization successful in serving the poor.