Catch a Vision

Thanks to Chad De Jager for sharing this Great Idea from Christ Community Church, Lemont, IL, as a Faithward blog. Pastor De Jager writes, '...in 2014... Money was low, fear was high, leaders were tired, and guests weren't coming'. Then,…

BOLD YET SELDOM TOLD

Thanks to the UCC COMMAntary for sharing and the folx at First Congregational UCC, Brainerd, for creating this Great Idea! The article, as it appears in the May 29 MN Conference UCC's COMMAntary, reads: 'A couple years ago, Lowell Johnson…

#WEAR ORANGE – END GUN VIOLENCE!

Thanks to the Synod of Lakes and Prairies for including this note in their May 2024 e-newsletter, inviting individuals and congregations to wear orange to end gun violence this June 7-9. National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange…

Six New Things – Week of May 20, 2024

Identity and transformation, marginalization and mental health, congregational and communal well-being: they're all wrapped up with one another. What affects the smallest part affects the whole; the health of one is intertwined with the health…

Practice What You Preach

Thanks to Building Faith's Ardelle Walters for sharing this Great Idea in a recent post: Ardelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and clergy spouse with experience serving Presbyterian clergy families. Walters writes, 'I have to recognize…

Six New Things – Week of May 13, 2024

This Mental Health Awareness Month, take a look within and gain insight on the big picture as we consider doom and hope, isolation and belonging, and how to care for self and others. ONE Brian McLaren's Life After Doom: Wisdom and Courage…

Connections to Counter-Act Loneliness

Thanks to Innovation Lab's Meghan Hatcher for sharing this Great Idea in her recent Lightbulb Moment. I am unable to link to her full post, so here it is in its entirety: Meghan writes: 'I recently read this mission statement for an…

Mental Health & Climate Change

Eco-Anxiety, or Climate Change Anxiety, or Eco-Grief is a diagnosis defined by the APA as, 'the chronic fear of environmental cataclysm that comes from observing the seemingly irrevocable impact of climate change and the associated concern for…

Six New Things – Week of May 06, 2024

It's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! It's (almost) Pentecost! What a perfect time for the good news of diverse stories, perspectives, histories, and cultures to shine!! And light the way toward a safer, more just world for…

What’s in a Bible Translation?

Thanks to Building Faith's Jodi Belcher for sharing this timely guide to Bible translation literacy. Bibles and their translations have frequently played a significant role in shaping cultural, political, and social norms across large swaths…