You Get the Silver, I Get the Church

by Mary Jane Pierce Norton
One of thepainful rituals at the time of a divorce is dividing up the mutual possessions. In a similar way, many other items of the couple's life together are divided. One part of … read more

At Death's Door: Threshholds of Change

by Joretta L. Marshall
A mother decides when to remove life support from a 25-year-old son who withdrew from the family to live a life of chaos and addiction. A 45-year-old daughter sees in the uncle… read more

The Empty Crib: Mourning A Miscarriage

by William B. Brunson
Picture these family snapshots. Parents hugging the son who has just helped his junior high team win their game; a high school couple just leaving home for the prom; a petite … read more

Family Systems: Insights for Congregational Care

by Peggy Way
Various forms of kinship families make up our congregations. Sometimes we forget the great variety of forms, not only of the families living amongst us but also those presented in … read more

Ministering with Our Grace-full Elders

by Sara J. Fleming
A year or so ago, I was privileged to experience a “saying good-bye to neighbors” party in the home of an elder couple who were moving out of state into an assisted… read more

The Caring Congregation

by Peggy Way
What is a caring congregation A short forty years ago, I learned that pastoral care was an activity of the ordained. Care was a professional task and vocation, and clinical … read more
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