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Christmas Was Not Always Like This (Part One: The Beginnings of Christmas)

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The story of how Christmas has been celebrated in Christian history contains surprises for most of us. Read the first of our 3-part series on the history of Christmas.

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Will the ELCA be Gone in 30 Years?

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New projections forecast just 16,000 in worship across the entire ELCA by 2041. Why is this happening and what can be done?


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How to Host an Intergenerational Art Event at Your Church

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This breakthrough practice is for anyone in your neighborhood to come together and share an experience around art.
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The Ancient Art of Thanking

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Robert Hay, Jr. looks at the underestimated value of giving thanks to your church members, and how an old-fashioned hand-written note can build a stronger, more authentic relationship.
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Watch Mary Hess’ Boston College Presentation: “Finding Faith in the Maelstrom – Storytelling as a Source of Hope”

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"We know who we are in relation to God in large measure by the stories we share."
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Cultivating God’s Expansive Generosity (Part One)

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In part one of a two-part series, Pastor Larry Strenge shares the first of three mindset shifts he sees as being necessary for cultivating generosity.
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How to Make Going to a Baseball Game a Meaningful Spiritual Practice

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This breakthrough practice helps you build community, show support for your neighbors, and experience God’s presence in daily life.
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Immigration and Christianity: Walls, Exiles, and Migration

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Immigration is a top-of-mind issue in the U.S. and around the globe. What effect does it have on our faith lives? And in what ways are immigration issues addressed in the Bible? Learn more.
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How to Listen to Spiritual Stories from People Outside Your Congregation

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This breakthrough practice helps you deepen relationships with your neighbors by listening to their spiritual stories.
How to Discern God's Presence from a Lawn Chair

How to Discern God’s Presence from a Lawn Chair

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This breakthrough practice helps you discern where the Holy Spirit is at work in your neighborhood--just by sitting and observing.
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New Research on the Economic Practices of Congregations

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A new Study on Congregations' Economic Practices is being called "the largest and most comprehensive nationally representative study on money and congregations in over a generation." 
How to Create a Neighborhood Prayer Station

How to Create a Neighborhood Prayer Station

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Try creating a neighborhood prayer station as a simple and effective way of connecting with your community.
country church under the stars

Will the ELCA be Gone in 30 Years?

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New projections forecast just 16,000 in worship across the entire ELCA by 2041. Why is this happening and what can be done?
Gratitude & Grace

Gratitude & Grace

There are many G-words in the English-speaking church world; God, Good, Glory,
Loving the Least of These

Loving the Least of These

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Our call as Christians is to love -- not from a distance, but by breaking down boundaries and walking side-by-side with our neighbor.
Telling our Stories about God and Money

Telling our Stories about God and Money

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As we near the end of Advent with anticipation for another year
A Holy Process towards Stewardship Speaking: Part 1

A Holy Process towards Stewardship Speaking: Part 1

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In this week’s post, Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore describes her recent journey
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