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Sacramento police officers involved in the Cops & Clergy program raffle off a bicycle to a child at a community health fair at Ebenezer Christian Center. This kind of activity helps build relationships between police, clergy and congregations.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento Cops & Clergy

Congregations align with public institutions to serve the common good

From police departments to public schools, congregations are finding new partners -- and new mission opportunities -- as they team up to help the public sector be more effective.

Artist's rendering of Sharon UMC renovation

This is an early concept rendering of the urban village that Sharon UMC leaders envision on their property in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Courtesy of Sharon UMC
 

Kyle Thompson: Ministry is more important than a building

The bishop challenged them to be bold, and the leaders of Sharon United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, took the message to heart. The church is proposing to tear down its building and redevelop its property as an urban village. In this Q&A, the pastor explains the church's plans.

Two boys eat lunch at the Cy Hope Center

The nonprofit Cy-Hope has opened two Hope Centers, where 50-80 kids stop by after school each week to have a safe, fun place to hang out and get help with their homework.
Images courtesy of Cy-Hope

A Houston church supports its community by helping schoolchildren

Members of Foundry UMC discovered deep needs in the seemingly prosperous suburb where the church is located. They responded by creating a nonprofit that has helped thousands of economically disadvantaged children.

Christine Hong

Christine Hong, a Louisville Seminary adjunct professor, teaches her "Multifaith Perspectives on Global Displacement" class this spring. In July 2015, Hong will join Louisville Seminary's full-time faculty as assistant professor of worship and evangelism.
Photos courtesy of Louisville Seminary

Collaborating to train church leaders

A pilot course on global displacement created by the Presbyterian Mission Agency and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary aims to address a disconnect between congregations and the national church.

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