The Office of New Faith Communities partnered with Center for Leadership Excellence for a Common Learning Day with Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean presenting at Hayes Barton UMC. The day […]
I’m one of those people who ALWAYS attempt to bring the weekly groceries in the house in one trip. For me, it’s not so much about eliminating multiple trips to and from the car as it is about proving I can do the difficult task. I like a good challenge, an opportunity to show I am strong and I don’t need help.
Where are the places you find rootedness, purpose, and belonging? When do you find yourself stressed and fearing drought or do you often carry those for the people you serve? What would it take for you to have a greater sense of flourishing and God’s abundance this year?
No one needs to tell us that Christmas is a busy season. There are so many things that claim our attention and time. There are presents to be purchased and wrapped, homes to be decorated, worship services to be planned, music to be rehearsed, and food to be prepared. These often are worthwhile, enjoyable, and pleasant activities, as long as we do not lose sight of why we are celebrating and what we celebrate. All our activities and our celebration aim to focus our eyes and hearts on the birth of God’s son, Jesus Christ.
November holds a special place in my heart, as it is the month of my birthday. However, last year, my birthday was not a day of joy but rather one steeped in tension and anxiety. I found myself mediating a heated debate among church members seeking disaffiliation in my former church. On a day meant to celebrate my existence and blessings, I felt my very purpose in life being questioned. Feeling discouraged, on the brink of despair, and lacking the strength to walk this calling path, my eyes caught a phrase inscribed on a birthday candle gifted by my cousin:
On September 19, the Center for Leadership Excellence hosted thirty laity and clergy for a Day of Learning with Daynette Snead Perez. The curriculum, Stranger to Neighbor, was designed to […]