Divided Loyalties: Can We Be in the World and Not of It?
IN FOCUS: The Elephant in the Sanctuary
Pastor Conrad A. Braaten says we need to examine the influence of civil religion on congregational life
Broken We Kneel
Writer and seminary professor Diana Butler Bass discusses the difficulty of living in the “City of God” when the “City of Man” is so powerfully present
Can Congregations Talk about War?
Seminary professor Katie Day urges creating an environment of trust so that all voices will be heard
The Congregation: Moral Convener in a World House?
Seminary professor Larry Rasmussen claims that congregations, as local expressions of the world church, need to hold the needs of all peoples in mind
Defining a “Just Peace” Vocation
Pastor Andrew B. Warner acknowledges the challenges and dilemmas of his congregation’s quest for identity as a “just peace” congregation
Beating Burnout by Building Teams
Pastor and author Lynne M. Baab has found that creating a sense of camaraderie and community is the key to healthy, happy volunteers
From Birth to Death
Pastor and author Stephen C. Compton explores the natural life cycle of the church
THE LEADING EDGE
Alban Institute president James P. Wind says that battles over the separation of church and state have been fought for two millennia—and they’re not going away soon
Consultant Bob Leventhal suggests that group interviews are an effective way to gather data and build community
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