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Ray JonesIt is always a privilege for me to write to you, knowing that we are partners in the gospel. The gospel is the good news that our lives and the very life of this world are being transformed by God’s love. However, we find ourselves in a world torn asunder by injustice, madness, greed and idolatry. In the face of the evil of the injustice and madness around me, I am sometimes tempted to give up and give out. But you and I are on a journey again, a Lenten journey. It’s a journey of preparation, leading to an Easter celebration that love has the final word. Nothing else in all of Creation has the final word but God’s love.

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Theology and Worship

Planning worship for Lent? Find a wealth of ideas for music and liturgy in Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching and the Arts.

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Looking for pulpit supply for a Sunday after Easter?

The collegiate ministry students at UKirk Greensboro can help.

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Rev. Sara Hayden
1001 podcast: Listening to the wilderness

The Rev. Sara Hayden, host of the “New Way” podcast, explores the ancient wilderness stories with diverse guests during Lent — taking listeners into the Easter season.  

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Matthew 25:
Congregations address racism and poverty

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Buried in the church columbarium

By confessing the story of a racist gift, Cincinnati takes the first step in dismantling structural racism.

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As the need increases, so do expressions of God’s love

An established congregation and new worshiping community feeds as many as 2,000 people every Monday through a food bank in Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

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What is the church to do?

One in four people ages 18–24 has seriously considered death by suicide in the past 30 days. The Rev. Gini Norris-Lane provides understanding for “the water youth and young adults are swimming in,” and provides numerous resources (available at the end of the story) to assist churches and youth/young adult leaders as they care for those on the rickety bridge on the journey into young adulthood.

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Fundraising Training

Financial sustainability classes are now available on the 1001 New Worshiping Communities training platform.

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New weekly podcast from CPJ/Unbound

Get thoughtful responses to questions on issues of faith, social justice, and church life. Presbyterians from congregational members to mid-council leaders are encouraged to write in a questions for hosts Simon Doong and Lee Catoe to discuss. (Email questions to faithpodcast@pcusa.org)

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Don’t Forget

Saturday, March 20, is Mr. Rogers’ Day in the PC(USA)! Connect to the work and life of “the best neighbor ever” on what would’ve been his 93rd birthday.

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Matthew 25 – Actively engaged in the world

We recognize Christ’s urgent call to be a church of action, where God’s love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious. Jesus calls us to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned and poor. Over 860 churches and mid councils have accepted the Matthew 25 invitation to help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world by building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty.

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