What’s in a Name?

Pressley CoxAdvocate News

The practice of genealogy, the practice of researching one’s ancestors and family tree, has exploded lately.  It’s an understandable obsession, of course, wanting to know who we are and where we came from. In researching my family tree, I turned to our family Bible where births from the 1800’s had been recorded.  I immediately noticed a name change from one line to the next.  In recording a birth, someone had added an extra “s” to … Read More

Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

Julie HesterAPCE

Where have we been? Where are we going? How are we doing? Who’s doing the doing? With far greater eloquence and far less brevity, these are the questions that the Special Committee to Study the Reformed Perspective of Christian Education in the 21st Century is being asked to consider. This committee was created out of the 222nd (2016) General Assembly of the PC(USA). You can read more about our work and our charge here. As … Read More

Hanging of the Greens

Pressley CoxLiturgical Year

Growing up, I had never heard of a “Hanging of the Greens” service.  Preparing the sanctuary for Christmas was done by a group of women one Saturday morning.  The bulletin announcement the next day would be a thank you to those who “decorated” the church.  It wasn’t until seminary, that I began to understand the full theological meaning of preparing the sanctuary for the liturgical season of Advent and Christmas.  A Hanging of the Greens … Read More

How Do I Figure Out What I’m Supposed to Do?

Judy FergusonAPCE

As a Certified Christian Educator (CCE), I have had the privilege of walking alongside countless college students at Schreiner University these past nineteen years.  These students are feeling a call to ministry but are not sure what that might look like in their future.  My role as the Director of the Christian Vocations Internship Program (CVIP) is to counsel and provide opportunities for them to explore that sense of call in a ministry setting.  Additionally, … Read More

A Prayer for Educators

Holly InglisPrayer

Most amazing God, we pause in the midst of all that we are doing to soak in your grace and love for us. As we prepare for another year of ministry, you know there are many things on our to-do lists, some of which may not get done or may be postponed until another day. Help us to be gracious with ourselves as you are gracious with us. You understand our need to have things … Read More

White Flour

Julie HesterUncategorized

Looking for a resource to begin a conversation about recent events in Charlottesville? Check out the book “White Flour” by David LaMotte. David’s website says this: “Inspired by true events in May of 2007, White Flour tells a story of humor conquering hatred. This was the day that the Ku Klux Klan met the Coup Clutz Clowns. It is an instructive and inspiring tale of a Third Way, illustrating that there are more creative responses … Read More