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Border Crossings: Barriers or Points of Access?

From 1988 to 2012, I served as the pastor of a United Church of Christ congregation in the small city of Presque Isle, which is located in Aroostook County in northern Maine—just a few miles from the Canadian border. In the spring of 2001, I had been a member of the local Rotary Club for over a dozen years, and I was about to begin a term as club president. So... Read more

What if the Pastor Can’t Do It All? Maybe That’s a Good Thing

In the beginning, there wasn’t even coffee . . . So began life with my first congregation—a part-time call to a congregation rattling around an enormous building with wrinkled carpet in the sanctuary and cracked linoleum pretty much everywhere else. They were running out of members, money and, frankly, energy. So much so that they had even stopped serving coffee... Read more

Not Quite Home

I decided to return to my old church for a visit. Readers of BEARINGS will recall that it’s been a while since I’ve crossed the threshold of the church that nurtured me through graduate school and the various ups and downs of life at that time. I’d been mulling a holiday return. I wanted to see how much changed in the intermittent years, and I wanted to know... Read more