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April 20, 2022

Thriving Congregations: Experimenting Our Way Forward

By Dr. Nancy GoingDirector of Research & Resource Development It was a beautiful November day as we gathered in Floresville, TX, just south of San Antonio. Bit-by-bit they arrived—team members of the Thriving Congregations Project from three Methodist churches who drove about an hour to spend the day together planning for innovation at their churches. These …

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Reachable Reconciliation: The Leverage of Kindness

By Fred Oduyoye and Rick Lawrence We’re well aware of the divisiveness that has already claimed many relationships and caused heartbreak in families and congregations. So much hurt has piled up that it’s hard to envision how to overcome the walls that have built up between people. But there is a “secret weapon” Jesus has given us to …

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What We’re Learning: Why Parents Matter More Than Ever

By  Dr. Nancy GoingDirector of Research & Resource Development Research has told us for more 25 years that the faith lives of parents matter (and actually matter most) for the formation of faith in their children. That message and the impact of ongoing research for discipling and education ministries in the church was first identified by …

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Now Is Not the Time to Repair Your Relationships

By Fred Oduyoye and Rick Lawrence It makes sense that there is no bad time to bring reconciliation where there is wounding or division, right? Well, not so fast… Reachable Reconciliation Founder Fred Oduyoye says holiday gatherings of friends and relatives are actually the wrong time to try and bring repair our relationships. Watch our conversation below to learn why, …

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Reachable Reconciliation: A 30-Day Jumpstart

By Fred Oduyoye and Rick Lawrence A popular Christian blogger just posted a curated list of 10 out-of-the-ordinary New Year’s resolutions—one of them is: “Make a plan to seek racial justice and healing.” Of course, that sounds like something we’d all like to “resolve”—but how do you go about “making a plan” for something so broad and deep? …

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How Young People Experience God

By Dr. Nancy Going,the Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen, andRick Lawrence  A conversation between two researchers, Dr. Nancy Going and the Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen, on the surprising foundations of “meaning-making” and how young people experience God among children and adolescents. This is the kickoff for a month-long series of posts on the important takeaways from this research, …

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What to Do About Unconscious Bias… In Yourself

By Fred Oduyoye and Rick Lawrence This week we’ve had two epic examples of unconscious bias (“social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness”)… Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of The View, and Joe Rogan, controversial host of the podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, both made highly public comments that “outed” their unconscious bias. In …

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