Five Favourite Classic Educational Ministry Books

Five Favourite Classic Educational Ministry Books

Members of the Advocate Ministry Team continue our summer series sharing our five favorite ministry-related items in each article. These articles are meant to be interactive. Each time we post an article with our favorites, we invite you to add your own favorites in...
Stop Confirming Teenagers to Membership

Stop Confirming Teenagers to Membership

Stop Confirming Teenagers to Membership. Start Confirming them to Mission!  Mark D. Hinds Remember when Jesus called his disciples and how he baptized them and appointed them as junior community members? Then when the disciples turned thirteen, he convened a crash...
Simple Things: Young People Being Kind

Simple Things: Young People Being Kind

In the summer of 2019, two young sisters set out to spread kindness around their small county in Kentucky. They created “Be Kind” yard signs and sold them to local neighbors and merchants who proudly display them in their front yards and businesses. Money raised by...
Simple Things

Simple Things

In this Eastertide, and in the waning days of the school year (for many), we invite our readers to step back and allow yourselves to embrace simple things. Like you, many of us have pushed HARD over these past few years, trying to support and nurture faith, pivoting...
A Prayer Practice for the Stuff of Holy Week

A Prayer Practice for the Stuff of Holy Week

  Meet us this week, Lord, in the stuff of Holy Week. Help us notice the symbols that tell of your love. They are all around us—gift after gift from you.   Meet us in green leaves waving and in stones by the road. Remind us to lift our voices in hosannas as...
Filling Our Kindness-Buckets with Children’s Literature

Filling Our Kindness-Buckets with Children’s Literature

“These days, it seems more important than ever for books to show young people how to act with thoughtfulness, civility, and kindness.”  ―The New York Times Book Review These past two years have been difficult for many reasons. Our news has been filled with stories of...

A Simple Neighborly Project

Members of Faith Presbyterian Church of Indian Land, SC, sought to be good global citizens. They looked for ways to be actively involved in addressing the environmental crisis in the world on a scale that allowed them to make a difference. They found a way to put...
In Defense of Kindness: An Interview with Bruce Reyes-Chow

In Defense of Kindness: An Interview with Bruce Reyes-Chow

Amidst struggles and challenges, on-going illness and exhaustion, uncertainties and longings for normalcy, the Advocate turns an eye toward kindness and neighborliness as acts of justice and change. Inspired by the marking of Mr. Rogers Day on March 20, we explore...
APCE Annual Event: Long-Awaited and Much Anticipated

APCE Annual Event: Long-Awaited and Much Anticipated

The long-awaited 50th (plus one) anniversary celebration of APCE took place in Chicago and online this past week – and it was a grand event! Inspiring and challenging worship. Innovative and educational workshops. Insightful plenary gatherings. Reunions with good...

Interactive Prayer Stations for Lent

Prayer stations offer a practical idea for the Lenten season, with a focus on raising awareness of a number of social justice issues and hospitality. These themes and messages accompany us on a Lenten journey. The original “Interactive Prayer Stations on Lent &...

Joy Comes in the Morning

By James Monroe Potts I knew it would happen. It happens every year. I can see and feel it coming like a storm rushing toward me. And every year, it’s as if I am transported back to that time when it all began. During my second year of seminary, I was doing my field...

This Period of Waiting

by Natarsha Sanders Advent is not the most wonderful time of the year. At least not for everyone.There are songs to sing, plays to rehearse, goodies to bake, halls to deck, lessons to plan, candles to light, gifts to wrap, emotions to manage, weight to watch. Travel....
For You I Wait: Lament in Advent

For You I Wait: Lament in Advent

by David Gambrell The voice of lament resounds throughout the witness of Scripture. The five books of Moses, or Torah (Genesis–Deuteronomy), center on the cry of God’s people for deliverance from captivity: “The Israelites groaned under their slavery and cried out....
God Loves Circles

God Loves Circles

Rodger Nishioka, plenary speaker and preacher God loves circles. Look around. Start with the sun and the moon. Envision the planets moving in their orbits. From the grand and expansive universe, focus on the minute spherical nucleus of the atom. God loves circles....
Advent Practices During Covid-Times

Advent Practices During Covid-Times

Doodle Harris Zephaniah 3:17-18 assures us that even though we are feeling exiled and broken, God is rejoicing over us, renewing us, and restoring us with “loud singing.” I love this idea of God singing loudly with us as I think about Advent. My favorite songs, both...

Advent: What Are We Waiting For?

Kathy L. Dawson Advent is coming. No, really, Advent means “the coming” from its Latin roots. This begs the question of who is coming. Of course, we are likely to answer, “Jesus,” but here is where it gets complicated. Is this the first coming of baby Jesus, with...

How Do We Live in Advent Hope?

Editor’s Note: The Advocate Blog completes its summer sabbatical with renewed energy, commitment, and creativity. As many churches are launching their fall programs and/or still finding ways to “be church” during COVID, the Advocate invites you to...
Time Out!

Time Out!

Sometimes in hockey, baseball, or another sport, the coach looks at what’s happening on the field (often when things aren’t going the way they intended) and realizes that things need to change, so they call “TIME OUT!” With these words, the team heads to the bench for...
For Lent: A Litany of Confessing

For Lent: A Litany of Confessing

We confess, O God, that the world is a mess of our own making. We have worshipped the idols of power and money at the expense of those you created in your own image. In so doing, we have suppressed the image of God. This way is not your way.   We confess, O God,...