family

More family

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen “I need more family.” These are the words of Jira, an adopted African-American teenager, spoken after her father is killed. “I need more family,” she says, to support her newfound desire to find her birth mother. Her story is told in the mini-series The Red Line, a profound glimpse into the [...]

2019-05-28T08:35:57-05:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: From the Bishop|Tags: , , , , |

We. Are. Fam-i-ly.

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen “My church is like a family!” It’s the most frequent answer I get when I ask what people like about their congregation. “We feel like a family.” There’s much to celebrate in that statement. We imagine families as places of care, deep and ongoing relationships, loving acceptance. “Family is a life [...]

2019-02-04T17:38:25-05:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: From the Bishop|Tags: , , , , , , |

5 Tips for Kids’ Sermons

By  Rev. John Hulden, Assistant to the Bishop With a gaggle of little sweet ones gathered at the preacher’s feet, who knows what will happen next? Check your next kids’ sermon against these five simple concepts so you don’t get derailed the next time you are called on to preach to kids. Keep It Simple [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:54-05:00June 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |