Ministry on the Edge
In this month’s Bearings Magazine, we explore the margins and frontiers of 21st-century ministry. Our contributors walk into the places where ministry presses against, straddles, and transcends ecclesial, social, cultural, and personal boundaries—among others—marking paths toward new, revitalized 21st-century ministry practice.
Featured Articles by The Rev. Jodi Houge of St. Paul’s Humble Walk community and doctoral student in liturgy, Tripp Hudgins, map pathways into and through the challenging edges of contemporary life, where job loss, homelessness, sexual abuse, social privilege, and the pull toward the creative heart of life together, animate local and digital conversation, community, and prayer.
In our Commentary section, Tuhina Rasche explains that in a world of constant crisis, paying attention to oneself is necessary to build and sustain the body of Christ.
In Creative Insights, Pittsburgh poet Ellen McGrath shares poems offered by Pittsburgh writing friends Judith Alexander Brice, Pam Goldman, and Barbara Edelman, as they contend with the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue. And in “Leading with Love and Song,” Ana Hernandez shares rich learning gained through the experience of leading a group of 12 young people into a transformative circle of song at a creative arts camp.
And From Our Archives: a compelling article by The Rev. Heidi Shott from April 2015 that speaks to the needs of the world today that call on the gifts of those engaged in 21st-century ministry. We’ve also brought back the voice and vision of one of our most-read contributors, Kelly J. Baker, whose “Loving in Public: Why I Won’t Stop Talking about Racial Justice” reminds us that the path to peace is long, bumpy, and paved by a mix of resilience and hope.