‘Can you teach me to turn so I can get home?’

by Mike Ferguson

What you are going to find in “The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive,” a book published in March by Westminster John Knox Press and written by the Rev. Dr. Patrick Reyes, are, as Reyes...

Sisters leave a legacy of joy for future pastors

by Nancy Crowe

The bequests of two sisters recently contributed a total of more than $500,000 to the Theological Schools Endowment Fund. But that’s only part of the story. To understand the impact of the gift is to know something of the love...

Theology and tactics for stabilizing stewardship in times of crisis

by Erin Dunigan

More than a year into this new pandemic world, we are still in uncharted territory where answers are elusive and plans can be hard to make. [caption id="attachment_11452" align="alignleft" width="400"] Maggie Harmon, MRO of the Southwest and Rob Hagan, MRO...

‘Keep a sense of wonder’

by Mike Ferguson

With each of his guests on the podcast Leading Theologically, the Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty opens with the same question: what is making you come alive? On Wednesday, the Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz, a PC(USA) pastor and the assistant dean...

‘Look well to the growing edge!’

by Mike Ferguson

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Ellison II has discovered heaven on Earth. For him it involves spending time at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, with others who admire, as he does, the late Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman,...

Risks that privileged people should take

by Mike Ferguson

The Rev. Dr. Teri McDowell Ott has 10 ideas for risks that privileged people should take. But to learn what they are, you’ll have to read the book she plans to publish next spring. For those of us who can’t...

Leaders must practice self-care as part of stewardship

by Erin Dunigan

What do leadership and self-care have to do with stewardship? Everything, according to the Foundation's Ministry Relations Officers Maggie Harmon and Rob Hagan. In the first of a three-part webinar exploration of foundational stewardship principles, Hagan and Harmon suggested that...

New investment strategy focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion

by Robyn Davis Sekula

New Covenant Trust Company will start utilizing new positive and negative screening tools to assist investors who want their investments to align with their values beginning April 1.  These tools will allow New Covenant Trust Company to target investment in...

How to flourish without feeling restricted

by Mike Ferguson

Hannah Drake’s “Do Not Move Off the Sidewalk Challenge” says a lot about allowing people to flourish in whatever body God gave them. [caption id="attachment_11245" align="alignleft" width="300"] Rev. Dr. Christine Hong[/caption] During a Facebook Live event last week, the Rev....

Reese’s pieces of wisdom

by Mike Ferguson

At age 97 and with 71 years of ministry under his belt, the Rev. Dr. Jim Reese had a story or two to tell the Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty during a Facebook Live event hosted last week by the Presbyterian...