With Gratitude
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With Gratitude

Dear Churches, We find ourselves in the season of thanksgiving, smashed somewhere between the last of the pumpkin spice latte and the first of the Christmas cookie season. At times, it is tempting to skip over the focus on gratitude, as I rummage through the last of the Halloween candy and begin hanging our Christmas...

Ministry, Interrupted
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Ministry, Interrupted

When I was a college freshman, I contracted bronchitis while living in the dorms. I was sick for weeks and sharing a dorm room with one other person and a common living area with many more. I would attempt to sleep all night, drag myself to class in the morning, then slink back to my...

How a Broken Foot Helped Me Rethink Accessibility in the Church
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How a Broken Foot Helped Me Rethink Accessibility in the Church

I broke my foot twice in college. Once during an epic semi-final indoor soccer tournament and once during a very routine jog to first base in a co-ed intramural softball game. Altogether, I spent the better part of two months on crutches or in a cumbersome, hard-sided therapeutic boot. I would hobble from the parking...

Building Inclusive Culture in a Small Church
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Building Inclusive Culture in a Small Church

There is a very popular warehouse store close to my house where you can buy nearly anything in bulk. Need 300 packs of cheese crackers? Aisle 4. Four dozen dishrags? Aisle 12. Sheet cakes the size of Nebraska? At the bakery in the back. While many in my community thoroughly enjoy the thrill of purchasing...

Who Are We? Inclusion in Any Sized Church
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Who Are We? Inclusion in Any Sized Church

“Bronwyn…wait…” I momentarily snapped out of my inner chaos and turned around. “Hey, how are you feeling about all of this?”. I looked at the rain that began to fall all around us and rolled up my child’s freshly printed assessment results in my hands over and over. “If you ever want to meet and...

Keep Going: When Ministry Moves at a Glacial Pace
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Keep Going: When Ministry Moves at a Glacial Pace

There is a line in the movie The Devil Wears Prada that Meryl Streep’s character delivers so flawlessly, I still quote it 15 years after the movie’s release. In expressing her contempt for the work pace of her intern, Streep says simply “By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills...

3 Ways to Make Your Egg Hunt Accessible
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3 Ways to Make Your Egg Hunt Accessible

Is your church planning an Easter egg hunt this year? Thoughtfully structuring your egg hunt with all participants in mind will communicate to participants that they are seen, known, and loved. Consider implementing these three steps to make your hunt accessible and inclusive for all. Communicate expectations clearly to all participants Perhaps the best way...

Reflections on Christianity, Church and My Place In It
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Reflections on Christianity, Church and My Place In It

One fall day about 20 years ago, I packed up my car and set out on the hour drive from home to begin my college career. I was excited to shed some of my high school persona I had painstakingly crafted over the past four years and start over and simultaneously wondered how, or if...