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  • The 7Rs of sanctuary: A process for effectiveness in leadership and spiritual well-being

    Posted Jan 15, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Debora Jackson | How do we balance the demands of leadership—caring for the congregation, doing the work of the church, and serving in the community; while also tending to our own spiritual well-being? This is one of the greatest challenges of ministry. When we lead with vision and vitality, our churches and communities can thrive.

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  • Mindful meditation and yoga as a spiritual practice

    Posted Dec 15, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Three months ago I finished a class entitled “Mindful Meditation” that taught meditation and yoga exercises. It was a weekly, two and a half hour class dealing with relaxation of the mind and body to get in touch with bottled-up thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Mindful meditation works on the premise of focusing the mind in the present, being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions in the present without judging yourself.

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  • Where we dream the world

    Posted Nov 05, 2014 | Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

    By Callie J. Smith | Educator and activist Parker J. Palmer wrote a recent piece for the On Being blog whose title alone suggests volumes: “The Modern Violence of Over-Work.” Over-work is an issue. As needful as rest is for clergy, it’s needful for laity, too. Unique as the pastor’s roles are, and uniquely relentless as the pastor’s responsibilities can be, clergy inhabit these roles and responsibilities in a larger culture which itself struggles with imbalance.

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