At the 2016 National Gathering, Ellen Sherby led a workshop called “Helping or Hurting? Re-Imagining Short Term Mission.” Here you’ll find the description of her workshop and an associated resource on planning short-term mission projects. Short-term mission trips are a mainstay for congregational mission, but often seem like “voluntourism” or a “mission-cation.” How can we, […]
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Only 30% of the population learns by hearing, yet most sermons and liturgies are geared to reach that minority.
At the 2016 National Gathering, Bertram Johnson and George Kerr led a workshop entitled “HIV and Gospel Justice.” Below you will find the description of their workshop and a PDF of their Powerpoint presentation. The HIV pandemic has been the most devastating health and social justice crisis of the last three decades. HIV is severely […]
At the 2016 National Gathering, Roy Howard and Shelby Etheridge Harasty led a workshop called “Practicing Vulnerability – God and Us.” The description of that workshop and its accompanying slides (in PDF format) follow:
Maybe it’s enough to stay quietly where I am and plug away diligently at my sermons, being careful not to offend anyone with my theological stances or political opinions.
This prayer was used during the 2016 National Gathering at the Monday afternoon lament service. God of breath and life, who tiptoes through graveyard valleys and sees possibility in skeletons, hear our prayer. We are skeletons of our former selves, ancient and aching. Can these bones live? O God, you know. You better know […]
In my prayers, I’ve been asking God and myself what am I being called to do next, in response to the insights, thoughts and challenges that filled my mind at NEXT and in the days following.
God’s creative breath of life is in our worship, mostly through music, but perhaps we are missing out in not exploring other forms of creativity.
NEXT gives permission to move beyond that understanding (not that it’s bad, it just isn’t realistic for LOTS of contexts) and replace it with a pursuit of faithful, creative, and non-traditional ways to be church.
We start with a list of books and blogs collected during our authors’ lunch, in which writers and book-lovers came together to share favorite books, websites, and other resources.