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After years of struggling to keep up its 1928 building, the congregation of First Christian Church of Oakland decided to make it a center for nonprofits working for peace. Photos courtesy of Oakland Peace Center

A tiny congregation with a big building is resurrected as a center for peace

Concerned about violence in their city, members of a declining church in Oakland shifted focus, redefined its ministry and invited nonprofit service agencies to work together as the Oakland Peace Center.

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L. Gregory Jones: Embrace the wilderness

In this time of disorientation in our culture, we must rediscover the beauty, truth and goodness of God. We can do this through extravagant love, imaginative storytelling, paying attention to awe and relentlessly reminding people of God’s hope for the world, writes the theologian.

The Rev. Jes Kast leads worship at A Taste of Heaven at West End Collegiate Church. Photos by Whitney Kidder

Soup kitchen-turned-worship service, A Taste of Heaven is a model of ministry 'with' rather than 'to'

On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a church-run soup kitchen has become ‘A Taste of Heaven,’ with its own innovative worship service and a celebratory meal. It’s what outreach can be when the church listens to those it is trying to reach.

The Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls at All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photos by Matt Blewett/Matte B Photography

First Nations Kitchen serves ancestral foods to the Native American community

Instead of serving cheap, easy food in its community kitchen, All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis honors its guests with dignified dinner service and fresh, organic traditional dishes such as buffalo, wild rice and elk.

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Leadership Education at Duke Divinity teaches a way of thinking that holds the past and future in tension, not in opposition.
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