Visual Reflection: The Annunciation to Mary

Visual Reflection: The Annunciation to Mary

Reflection by Beth Herrinton-Hodge In 1998, I had the opportunity to travel to Taizé, France on a study tour with Estelle McCarthy and fellow alumnae from Presbyterian School of Christian Education (PSCE). It was a life-changing, soul-deepening journey. I selected a...
Visual Reflection for Advent: Is there any hope?

Visual Reflection for Advent: Is there any hope?

In my worship community, we use art and art-making in worship as another layer of preaching and liturgy. On this day, I offer the piece before reading the text and invite folks to consider and answer aloud: What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? This...
Visual Reflection for Advent: Thorvaldsen’s Christ

Visual Reflection for Advent: Thorvaldsen’s Christ

by John Earl Art during the season of Advent is more often to reflect the characters central to the season. The Holy Child, the Blessed Virgin, the humble Joseph and the distant shepherds. An honest Advent theology will ask; ‘What kind of Christ does our world now...
Dementia and the Church

Dementia and the Church

By: Karen Nichols Dementia is a disease vastly misunderstood in our world today; yet it is on the rise. In fact, every 66 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. It is the sixth leading cause of death in America....
Caring of Older Adults in the Church

Caring of Older Adults in the Church

By: Julie Schaaf My first call to ministry was to serve as the chaplain of the Foothills Presbyterian Retirement Community in Easley, SC. At the time, I was one of five chaplains in our five separate Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) located throughout the...