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Vocation: How does God call us to live our faith?

Theologian Frederick Buechner is often quoted as saying, “Vocation is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” In this set of four visual poems with accompanying lesson plans, a small group can explore how God calls all Christians to live their faith.

Photo courtesy of The Frederick Buechner Center

Frederick Buechner at 90: The road goes on

Ministry is “a business that breaks the heart for the sake of the heart,” the theologian said in a commencement address. The address is reprinted in a new book marking Buechner’s 90th birthday.

Detail from the icon of the Trinity, created by the Andrei Rublev for the Trinity Cathedral of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, a monastery near Moscow. It is considered a masterpiece of ancient Russian iconography.

Gretchen E. Ziegenhals: We are called to be keepers of an open tent

Event design marked by deep hospitality is related to the core of what the church is about. It is a sign that we are making room for God in our gatherings, inviting God into our work and acknowledging our colleagues as children of God, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

Candle burning

The addition of a contemplative Saturday evening service was part of a radical change in the worship life of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church. Photos by Tom Wallace

A Minneapolis congregation finds new life through the ancient practice of keeping Sabbath

Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church has placed Sabbath keeping at the heart of its life together. Two Sundays a month, they take a rest from work and obligations -- and even the Sunday service.

BADAJOZ SPAIN: Glazed tiles with America conquest scenes. Hernan Cortes burning the ships Spain

In 1519, in the Yucatan peninsula, Hernan Cortes burned his ships, eliminating the possibility of retreat. Likewise, there was no turning back for Ken Evers-Hood when he sought help from a physician. Bigstock/juanaunion

Ken Evers-Hood: Burning the ships

A Presbyterian pastor writes that he had to face the distance between the person he knows he’s called to be and who he is.

Mural in Oakland, CA by Dave Young Kim

Dave Young Kim's mural in Oakland, which is based the life of Yu Gwan Sun, a Korean folk hero and relative of the artist. At 17, she led a demonstration in 1919 for Korean Independence against the Japanese occupation. Her parents were killed by Japanese police during the demonstration, and she later died in prison.
Photo by Christian Janssen

Dave Young Kim: Living out a calling as a muralist

The Oakland painter, muralist and community activist talks about blending his vocation as a Christian and an artist.

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