Ordinary people can effect extraordinary change, but sometimes they need encouragement and information about how to get started, says the pastor, activist and author of the book “Transforming Communities.”
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In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a homiletics professor and UMC pastor finds an important message in the parable of the vineyard owner’s son: Enough is enough. God did not mean for us to live this way.
Gun violence is sickeningly common, and Christian leaders often are called upon to respond when it happens. Here are resources from the Faith & Leadership archives to help in that difficult task.
Volunteers help evacuate people from a flooded neighborhood near Buffalo Bayou in Houston.
The most culturally diverse city in the nation has responded to the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey by serving and sacrificing for others, writes a Houston church leader.
The Revs. Zac Koons (center) and David Peters lead veterans in prayer at an Episcopal Veterans Fellowship healing service. Photos by Brian Diggs
Drawing on ancient religious practices and the latest research on “moral injury,” the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship is building a community of healing and reconciliation for military veterans.
Participants in the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope walk through the N.C. city. The pilgrimage teaches about the pain, pride and suffering of the city's people. Photos courtesy of DurhamCares.
Going on a “pilgrimage of pain and hope” in your own city is a spiritual discipline with the power to transform your relationship with a place and its people, writes a pilgrimage participant and leader.
Despite deep and irresolvable differences, Americans must find a way to live together, a Washington University law professor says in this interview. He calls for a ‘confident pluralism,’ bolstered in part by tolerance, humility and patience.
Participants in the FaithAction ID program get their photos taken for the identification card, which is available to anyone in the community, but is especially helpful for people who may not have access to government-issued identification. Photos courtesy of FaithAction International.
A faith-based organization in North Carolina issues its own identification card as a way to promote understanding, trust and cooperation.
The late Jocelyn Patterson, a member of Anathoth Community Garden & Farm. Photo courtesy of Anathoth Community Garden & Farm
The lonely death of a member of his community prompts the director of a community garden to reconsider the project’s mission.
Underneath and behind and inside everything is a deeper wisdom and reality, the heartbeat that keeps the whole world alive: We belong to God; we belong to each other. Let it pulse through you. Let it bring you back to life, says a Minnesota pastor in this sermon.