• Outlook Features 4 hours ago

    Dwelling in and stumbling through “the middle” (Outlook college partnership essay)

    Dwelling in and stumbling through “the middle” (Outlook college partnership essay)

    OUTLOOK COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP AWARD RUNNER-UP ESSAY BY MCKENNA LEWELLEN I GREW UP IN A CULTURE that placed a premium on intelligence, until it came to church. There, right practices and service rather than intellect were celebrated. The gap between theologians and congregations was too wide to bridge, so without the endorsement of a clergyperson, academics were regarded with a level of suspicion. My childhood church often engaged in service first and study second. I was 15 before I discovered that the New Testament extended beyond gospel accounts. My curiosity was… continue reading...
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    The place God calls you (Outlook college partnership essay)

    The place God calls you (Outlook college partnership essay)

    OUTLOOK COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP AWARD WINNING ESSAY BY HANNAH RASMUSSEN FAMILY MEMBERS WARNED ME of Macalester’s secular reputation. It’s true that the religious community is small. But this has been the best imaginable environment for my spiritual growth. After all, a mustard seed is small too. Applicants seek out colleges with a low student-to-faculty ratio, where professors invest in their students one-on-one. At my school, I benefited from the ratio of Christian student leaders to mentors. Toward the end of my first year, all the leaders of the Christian group were… continue reading...
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    The dying church: Not an end of ministry, but a beginning

    The dying church: Not an end of ministry, but a beginning

    by Christopher Schilling
    As I finish my Clinical Pastoral Education residency, I’ve been working as a pulpit supply preacher for Park View Christian Church, a small Disciples of Christ congregation in Chesapeake, Virginia, as they begin the process of looking for a new pastor. Even though I find myself working a lot of hours between my hospital and this church, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to help this small, but caring, congregation in their worship service each week while learning about the intricacies and dynamics of parish ministry. However, at the same… continue reading...
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Dwelling in and stumbling through “the middle” (Outlook college partnership essay)

McKenna Lewellen

OUTLOOK COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP AWARD RUNNER-UP ESSAY BY MCKENNA LEWELLEN I GREW UP IN A CULTURE that placed a premium on intelligence, until it came to church. There, right practices and service rather than intellect were celebrated. The gap between theologians and congregations was too wide to bridge, so without the endorsement of a clergyperson, academics were regarded with a level of suspicion. My childhood church often engaged in service first and study second. I was 15 before I discovered that the New Testament extended beyond gospel accounts. My curiosity was peaked by Acts and by Paul’s almost unbearable wordy prose. I visited the church’s largely unused library, and from then on, I spent Sunday mornings pouring over old volumes and commentaries. I had always enjoyed church, but it was in the library’s theology books that I first fell in love with my faith tradition. I enrolled in undergraduate studies with my eyes set on seminary studies. In the months leading up to my first … [Read more...]

Self-Development of People grant recipients announced

LOS ANGELES (PNS)  The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) has approved grants totaling $133,270 to 10 self-help projects in the United States. The money is from the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. The national SDOP, which met here Sept. 18-21, enables members and non-members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to form partnerships with oppressed and disadvantaged people in order to help them achieve self-sufficiency. The funded projects and grants: Tenemos que Reclamar y Unidos Salvar la Tierra-South LA (T.R.U.S.T. South LA), Los Angeles, Calif.: $15,000 for this financial opportunity project that will enable T.R.U.S.T. South LA members interested in working to clean up their credit, establish credit, pay down debt, and to start savings. T.R.U.S.T. South LA is legally controlled by group members, who must be neighboring working-class residents.  Community Financial Literacy (CFL), Portland, Maine: $15,000 for creation of a comprehensive … [Read more...]

5 ways churches can help stop the Ebola hysteria (COMMENTARY)

Tom Ehrich new

(RNS) Once the first person in America died from Ebola, the usual bigots and ideologues blamed it on President Obama, whom they loathe. Some suggested Obama deliberately allowed the virus into the U.S. for nefarious purposes. “He wants us to be just like everybody else, and if Africa is suffering from Ebola, we ought to join the group and be suffering from it, too. That’s his attitude,” said Phyllis Schlafly, the matriarch of America’s religious right. Every misstep will be laid at the president’s doorstep, as if he personally ordered a Dallas hospital to screw up. Such nonsense plays well in an election year, at least with a certain portion of the electorate. But the question remains: How are we as a society to deal with a potential contagion that could impact our lives? Our worst instincts, as always, will be to blame whatever we don’t like, to imagine barriers and travel bans that would protect us, and to turn against each other. Schlafly, for one, blames Obama … [Read more...]

Faculty Position in Homiletics

Columbia Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track, junior FACULTY POSITION IN HOMILETICS, to begin July 1. Candidates should have a M.Div. or its equivalent and a Ph.D. or Th.D. in Homiletics and will also bring: passion for excellent teaching, including one-on-one work with students that engages diverse traditions, practices, and pedagogies; desire to work collegially as part of a homiletics team; commitment to the life of the church and to research and writing; ability to think critically and theologically about the practice of preaching; experience in leadership and preaching in ministry settings. Send letter of application, curriculum vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three confidential letters of recommendation to: [email protected] A full position description may be found at: ctsnet.edu/faculty-openings. Columbia Theological Seminary is an EO/AA employer committed to gender, racial- ethnic, international, cultural, and … [Read more...]

The place God calls you (Outlook college partnership essay)

Hannah Rasmussen

OUTLOOK COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP AWARD WINNING ESSAY BY HANNAH RASMUSSEN FAMILY MEMBERS WARNED ME of Macalester’s secular reputation. It’s true that the religious community is small. But this has been the best imaginable environment for my spiritual growth. After all, a mustard seed is small too. Applicants seek out colleges with a low student-to-faculty ratio, where professors invest in their students one-on-one. At my school, I benefited from the ratio of Christian student leaders to mentors. Toward the end of my first year, all the leaders of the Christian group were graduating or going abroad. So our group chose me to be president as a rising sophomore. My mentor encouraged me to attend leadership training for the month of July. To complete the leadership training, I had to craft a speech envisioning our group’s future. I panicked. Our tiny group didn’t even have a current email account, much less a vision statement. Then I researched the college’s Presbyterian roots. The … [Read more...]