Many Voices One Mission: The Sometimes Difficult, Always Important, Evolution of Language

Tiffany Vail

9/19/2018

"Language – and the evolution of language – is a fascinating thing. It can also be a frustrating and difficult thing. Because change is never easy." —Tiffany Vail


Resilience

Donald Remick

9/18/2018

This month is Disaster Preparedness month.   You will find another great resource here: Disaster Resiliency (PDF) written by Judy O'Donnell.  And we have seen that resilience unfold as the news covered the explosions and fires from an over-pressurized gas line in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence.   You home is supposed to be your place of rest, escape, safety, and renewal.  It is hard to describe the disruption of psyche and soul when you are forced to evacuate because your home has become ...


Spiritual Development - Children Are "Smarter" Than We Think

Deborah Gline Allen

9/18/2018

Children are capable of understanding way more about God than we tend to give them credit for.


Many Voices, One Mission: Face To Face

Andrew Page

9/12/2018

"I find that face to face communication can save time and improve the clarity of a discussion." — Drew Page


Disaster preparation: here it comes -- again

Donald Remick

9/11/2018

Friends, It has been a year since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  And, as I write this, hurricane Florence is bearing down on the mid Atlantic coast with 2 more hurricanes on its heels.   Florence is predicted to make landfall at Category 4 strength and linger with rainfall measured in feet.  And Hawaii, normally hurricane exempt, is slogging out of torrential rain from hurricane Lane, even as the lava keeps flowing.  Meanwhile, in California, conditions are so dry that we can't keep up with...


Being Prepared - Making an Evacuation Plan

Lucy Costa

9/10/2018

September is Preparedness Month and your Disaster Resource and Response Team brings you a wealth of resources. We offer you a bulletin insert prepared by team member Judie O'Donnell and other links and resources pertaining to creating an emergency 'grab and go' kit.   Last year, my aunt, uncle, and adult cousin monitored weather reports about Hurricane Irma.  When the mandatory evacuation order was declared in their community in Florida, they complied.  They boarded up their windows and took ...


Being Prepared: Disaster Supply Kits

Lucy Costa

9/5/2018

September is Preparedness Month and your Disaster Resource and Response Team brings you a wealth of resources. We offer you a bulletin insert prepared by team member Judie O'Donnell and other links and resources pertaining to creating an emergency 'grab and go' kit.  Preparation is a part of our daily lives. We make lunches ahead to take to work or school.  We set up our boxes of pills for the week.  We decide what to wear for the day to be suitable for the weather conditions that day.  In ...


Best Practices for Staffing Your Faith Formation Ministries

Deborah Gline Allen

9/5/2018

You have discerned that your congregation needs to hire a Christian educator and/or youth ministry leader. So now what do you do?


Many Voices, One Mission: Viability

Jonathan New

9/5/2018

"Churches are closing and it’s time to break the silence." — Rev. Jonathan New


Checking Up on Clergy Health: Assessing the Cost of Sacred Work

The Parish Paper

9/1/2018

Many people feel called to their work and respond to job demands in ways that reflect a sense of vocation. But do we expect clergy to perform their calling with even greater devotion and sacrifice? Because clergy define their work as sacred, taking care of themselves may always be a lower priority. One writer describes the high cost of sacred work in this way: “if your backdrop is burning bushes and having a child at age ninety, or if it’s bumping into an angel with premarital plans for you . . ...


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