Jazz belongs in church

The jazz communion during Labor Day weekend is an annual tradition at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. The Rev. Bill Carter is a professional jazz musician who performs with his band, Presbybop. Photos by Jeff Kellam FacebookTwitterEmailPrint A pastor who is a trained pianist discovered that he did not have to choose between jazz … Continue reading “Jazz belongs in church”

Episcopal pilgrims bring Spain’s Camino de Santiago to the Appalachian Trail

By Emily McFarlan Miller Pilgrims walk through a field on June 26, 2019, on Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino, a weeklong pilgrimage organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on parts of the Appalachian Trail passing through the diocese. Photo: Emily McFarlan Miller/Religion News Service [Religion News Service — On the Appalachian Trail, … Continue reading “Episcopal pilgrims bring Spain’s Camino de Santiago to the Appalachian Trail”

Welcomed as Christ: How Benedictine Spirituality Rescued My Faith

  Welcomed as Christ How Benedictine Spirituality Rescued My Faith   BY NICHOLAS TANGEN JUNE 21, 2019  A few years ago, I visited Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota for the first time. My visit came in the midst of some conversations with my spiritual director about the tension between the life of my faith community, … Continue reading “Welcomed as Christ: How Benedictine Spirituality Rescued My Faith”

10 Ordinary Lessons From Doing A PhD In Theology

   April 16, 2019 By Cole HartinThis past week I fulfilled the last of the requirements to graduate with my PhD in Theological Studies from Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto. After five years of classes, teaching assistantships, exams, outlines, research, writing, an oral defense, and several seemingly arbitrary formatting requirements, my hands are … Continue reading “10 Ordinary Lessons From Doing A PhD In Theology”

It is a Sin to Complain about the Weather

  Image via John D Sirlin / Shutterstock It is a Sin to Complain about the Weather By Martha Tatarnic June 21, 2019 I have taken on a new spiritual discipline: I am trying not to complain about the weather. As you might imagine, this is very difficult, mostly because of how anti-social it feels. Everyone … Continue reading “It is a Sin to Complain about the Weather”