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Within our denomination there has recently been a call to join the conversation. Heath Rada, the current moderator from the 221st General Assembly, has invited Presbyterians across the country to participate and share what they think our identity and purpose are as the PC(USA).

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In order to do make this happen, they are attempting to reach a many of us as they can. There are certain dates/times in which any member can call in and participate in the dialogue, add their input, and be a part of this provisioning process. You can also fill out forms online or join Larissa Kwong Abazia, our vice moderator, on twitter chats about it using the hashtag: #pcusaidentity. And in addition to all this, they have encouraged us to talk more openly with each other about “who we are” and “why we are here”. Continue Reading…

I have had a couple of conversations lately that started out with someone asking me something along the lines of: “What app do you use for [something]?” or “How can I do [insert your dilemma] with my phone?” So today, I thought I would simply offer up some of my favorite go-to apps that I use all the time in the hope that they might assist you in your ministry or life.

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  • Dropbox … if you are not yet using this – you need to! It eliminates the need for USB flash drives and I no longer have to email myself updated versions of sermon from home to the office on a Sunday morning. All you do is download the program, install it on your computer/tablet/phone, and then you have instant access to all the folders and files that you store. It functions as another storage drive on your device and is simple to use. Dropbox offers pay versions with additional GB storage, but the free one is plenty to get started with and they offer many incentives to get additional space if desired.

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carol-howard-merritt-photo-authorTo continue on with our series “Wisdom for the Journey” – we interviewed Carol Howard Merritt.  Merritt is a well-respected pastor from within the PC(USA) who has continued to guide us in the ways of 21st century ministry.  Her writing, speaking, and teaching have been invaluable to us and we were honored for her to spend some time with us answering our questions.

  • What was a memorable moment in your first year of ministry? 

There were so many moments. I moved to the swamps of Louisiana, and I had all KINDS of culture shock. I loved learning about Mardi Gras, and it was a wonderful experience to watch the entire culture live into the liturgical calendar. Then the scariest moment came on Easter Sunday morning. I hadn’t finished my sermon. I had thought about it, studied, and worried about it so much that I didn’t actually complete it.

Let me be clear. We were talking about 30 people, even on Easter. But I felt like the worst pastor in the world. Of course, I had it planned out, so the impromptu ending was fine. It might have even been better because I was making eye contact and not reading a manuscript. But I seriously thought I was going to crap in front of every one on Easter.

  • What was some helpful advice you were once given?  

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