Greetings from Little Rock!

Greetings from Little Rock!

Most of us were able to gather in Little Rock at the 2020 APCE Annual Event. With hundreds of other educators from across the wider church, we attended workshops, worshiped together, heard challenging keynote messages, and connected with friends old and new. We look...

Greetings from Little Rock!

Mission Trips Revisited

I still remember the conversation. I was talking with our associate pastor about an upcoming annual youth mission trip. We both expressed some frustration with previous years’ trips. It wasn’t so much the places we had gone or the things we had done but mostly with...

Greetings from Little Rock!

A Lenten Experiment

Lenten small groups were now a tradition at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. A book or topic was selected and all the small groups gathered to discuss it (unlike the fall small groups that offered a variety of books or topics). But Lent 2019 was different....

What Do You Expect?

What Do You Expect?

I was pregnant with my first child in December 2000. When my pastor colleague and I divided up the services we would lead and preach during that Advent season, I requested the third Sunday. Mary’s Magnificat, Luke 1:46b-55, was the lectionary text assigned for that...

History and Hope

Isaiah 11:1-9 Common English Bible (CEB) A shoot will grow up from the stump of Jesse; a branch will sprout from his roots. 2 The Lord’s spirit will rest upon him, a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of planning and strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear...

A Season of Active Waiting

Advent is a season of waiting, waiting for the birth of the Christ child, waiting for the second coming of the Messiah. But it ought not be a season of twiddle-your-thumbs waiting or rush-around-to-get-everything-done-before-December-25th waiting. No, instead, we...

Announcing the APCE Award Winners

ENRICH- Educator of the Year Michael Waschevski Michael Waschevski was called as an Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, Texas, in 1999 after having served churches in Michigan and Texas. He serves as Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and...

A Last Hurrah for Christmas

Many have sung the repetitive carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Many church leaders can (and have) explain(ed) our reasoning behind not singing Christmas carols in worship until Christmas Eve/Day and the twelve days after. An intercultural congregation in...

The Mission of Brown Jesus

  She sat in the middle of the crowd of about 100 students at a distinguished Christian university in Southern California. Following my keynote remarks titled “The Gospel and the Politics of Race,” she raised her hand sheepishly and asked the ten million dollar...

Annual Event Theme Reflection

Annual Event Theme Reflection

Theme reflection by Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity from A Sanctified Art LLC “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Luke 10:1). Jesus commissions seventy followers with these words, inviting them to be peace-bearers in new lands. Perhaps we might utter a...

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