Center Blog

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  • Exploring pastoral excellence: Inviting blog submissions

    May 01, 2014 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Verity A. Jones | In the Center for Pastoral Excellence, we are continually exploring what pastoral excellence means, what it looks like, how it is practiced, and how those insights and practices can be shared. We are pleased to share the excellent work of the five initiatives that comprise the Center by curating their blogs and news stories.

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  • Mission and spirituality

    Sep 26, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Verity A. Jones | How do pastors manage the interplay between spirituality and mission? How do we engage in the deep spiritual practices of our traditions, like prayer and celebration, in ways that lead our communities into a deepening engagement with the world? How do pastors who are attuned to issues of social justice teach in a way that makes room for our faith communities’ deepest spiritual needs at the same time?

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  • What is your passion?

    Sep 13, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Hope Y. Hampton | What is it? What is your passion? What is the cause (or causes) that you just cannot keep quiet about? Perhaps you haven’t begun to act or speak about it yet, but you know the time is coming when you will no longer be able keep it to yourself? As Jeremiah says, he is “weary of holding it back" (Jer 20:9).

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  • Of death and strawberries

    Sep 12, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Shawnthea Monroe | My friend Andres Gonzalez is the chief of police for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, a position that puts him into daily contact with some of the poorest and most desperate people living in Cleveland. When we get together for lunch, I tell him about my latest stewardship frustrations; he tells me how many homicides he’s investigated.

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  • Testimony from the pew

    Aug 29, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Verity A. Jones | Testimony from the heart sometimes says it best, especially when trying to describe pastoral excellence. Theologian Joe R. Jones talks about his pastor’s preaching, at his pastor’s funeral.

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