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...
Isaiah 43:16-21: Trends/Disruptions

Isaiah 43:16-21: Trends/Disruptions

By: The deep anxiety in our society (that now readily spills over into violence) reflects a loss of confidence in trends that seem to have been interrupted and broken, a disruption that is powerfully symbolized by 9/11 and the loss of our illusion of invulnerability....
Trends and innovations

Trends and innovations

By: Change is a comin’. How do you deal with change? There are lots of changes coming our way and we have to adapt or not. What is new and innovative in the church in Christian education or faith formation? What is change? Is change doing things differently and...
The church’s response to cultural shifts

The church’s response to cultural shifts

By: It seems that at every conference I attend these days we are talking about “The 21st Century Church” and how to be the church that reflects the realities of today’s culture. Some people want to skip the theory to discover the next...
Serving Christ with small hands

Serving Christ with small hands

By: For many years the focus of children’s ministry has been on engaging the Bible in new and inviting ways. We’ve looked for curriculum resources that have bright engaging illustrations, multi-sensory ways of learning, and easy to follow instructions for...
Thinking outside the box while on a firm foundation

Thinking outside the box while on a firm foundation

By: On a regular September afternoon in Trenton, NJ, loud joyful sounds of teenagers and children filled the room of our church’s afterschool program. I methodically counted my volunteers in order to most effectively distribute my helping hands, when suddenly a...