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  • On the making of a movie to honor "I have a dream" speech

    Aug 20, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Elizabeth Myer Boulton | We had everything we needed: a rhetorical masterpiece, local clergy, elementary and high school students, seminarians, prominent leaders in the struggle for justice, musicians, and a fantastic Indianapolis mural by Chicago-based artist Lamar Damon Reed to be our backdrop. We had everything we needed—but when it all came together, what was truly amazing was how we all became more than the sum of our parts.

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  • Stories of life and death

    Aug 15, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Shawnthea Monroe | Given a choice between conducting a wedding or a funeral, I’ll take the funeral every time. Don’t misunderstand me: I love seeing two well-suited people make a life-long pledge to one another, but there is something raw and holy about a funeral. Death has the power to strip away the pretense and illusions to which we cling in life, leaving us breathless and panting for comfort.

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  • Soli Deo Gloria

    Jul 18, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Shawnthea Monroe | Entering the sanctuary, I gasped at the size of the crowd. Not only was the main floor filled to capacity, but the balcony was standing room only. There must have been nearly 500 people in attendance. It was like Christmas Eve on steroids. I found my place and sat down. The lights dimmed, the crowd hushed, and four black clad musicians entered the sanctuary.

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  • The body of Christ is present via Skype

    Jul 03, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Verity A. Jones | Skyping is the new normal, he said. He’s an associate pastor in a large Protestant congregation in the heart of Texas. He told me two remarkable stories: First story: A long-time church member was hospitalized and died suddenly. A siren of wailing awaited the two pastors at the deceased’s bedside. The shock had given way to grief.

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  • Fly

    Jun 20, 2013 | Center for Pastoral Excellence

    By Amy Butler | People weren’t meant to fly. That’s what I told her when she told me there are times in the life of every human being in which we hang, suspended, between what used to be but is not anymore ... and what will be but is not yet. It’s like a trapeze artist, she said.

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