From the Archives: Living Better, Not Bitter

Debby MaddenFaith Nurture, From the Archives, Spiritual Practices

During Lent we will be reposting some excellent articles from our archives aimed at supporting you, the Educator, during this season of reflection, prayer and spiritual renewal. You may find a new idea or two for future Lenten programming, as well. Debby Madden’s article originally appeared in our Winter 2009 print issue. Looking for 2018 Annual Event workshop and video resources? Check here.   You shall not covet…anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Exodus 20:17 … Read More

Keeping it Simple

James TyrellFrom the Archives

During Lent we are publishing some great articles from our archives. This article was first published in the Winter 2009 edition.  Over the last three years, my wife and I have taken several steps to simplify our lives. The simplification we call retirement pushes us hard against one of the deep dreads of being a person, “Will I have enough?” Jesus takes a long, hard look at that anxiety during the Sermon on the Mount … Read More

Why Celebrate the Christian Year?

David GambrellLiturgical Year

The Christian year is an ancient pattern of seasons and festivals by which congregations and individuals immerse themselves in the story of God’s saving love through Jesus Christ. This way of keeping time is sometimes called the liturgical year or church calendar. I prefer the name “Christian year” because it helps us remember the central focus—patterning our lives according to the great mystery of our faith: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come … Read More

Welcome to the New Advocate!

Julie HesterAdvocate News, APCE

The Advocate is doing a new thing! As we continue our goal of helping connect, enrich, empower and sustain those serving in educational ministries, we are changing with the times. Over the last year we have transitioned from a quarterly print magazine to a quarterly digital magazine. We are now excited to move to a weekly blog format, which will enable us to share the rich contributions of our writers in much more accessible ways. We begin during Lent with a series … Read More