Beat the Heat this Summer

Health ministry flyer

Hope for Caregivers

Find daily moments of refreshment with Henri J. M. Nouwen

Editor’s Note

by Rachel Davis

The Nature of Care

Claiming the church’s voice in the culture of caregiving

The Day No One Spoke Up

Applying love when injustice shows up

by Barbara L. Roose

Comfort from a Furry Friend

Lutheran church comfort dogs spread mercy and compassion

by Mary Boland

Walking in Jordan

Exploring Jesus’ steps in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

by Rachel Davis

Why Walk

A Journey for Body and Spirit

7 Spiritual Practices

The Gift of Spiritual Direction

Listening well, digging deep, and letting go

by Mary Chase-Ziolek

Learning to Throw a Spiritual Practice Punch

Engaging our whole selves to become whole and healthy

by Tara Owens

Dancing Away Depression

Liturgical dance as spiritual practice holds out healing hope

by Sarita Wilson

Putting Out the Welcome Mat

The spiritual practice of generosity, hospitality and belonging

by Evelyn Bence

Faithful to Empower

Health ministry in every congregation

by J. Elisha Burke

In the Midst of Life

The Episcopal funeral liturgy reminds us that, “In the midst of life, we are in death.” The reverse is also true.

by Susan Palwick

Team Works

Sports, Athletics and Autism

by Mary Boland

Caregiver Care

by Mary Boland

Psalm 98 Revisited

by Elizabeth Burke

Getting Through the Storm

Faith community nurse serves families of homicide victims

by Lizy Heard

It Takes a Congregation

Health Ministry by Everyone, for Everyone

by Sharon T. Hinton

Why Health Ministry?

Good news through a whole-life lens

by Scott Morris

Retreat into Soul Care

Embracing the outdoors for inner renewal

by Stephen W. Smith

Nature-Centered Learning

Faith-based nature preschools

by Mary Boland

Critters, Tree Houses and Stars

The church wades in to nature-deficit disorder

by Daniel Deffenbaugh

Shalom and Creation

Protectors, Cultivators, and Servants of the Land

by Lisa Sharon Harper

How to Reply When the Wind Speaks Your Name

by Tom Springer

Statement from the Editor

by Stacy Smith

A Place To Call Home

An organization in Dallas seeks to provide a safe space for homeless youth

by Hannah Walter

God is a Master Planner

by Kat Franchino

A Healthy Church Starts With Healthy Seminarians

How one seminary takes a preemptive strike on unhealthy clergy trends

by Mary Boland

Everyday Ergonomics

Staying happy and healthy at work

by Mary Boland

A Zone for Shalom

Grassroots movements of church and community leaders aims to put the neighborhood "parish" back in the church

by Michael J. Christensen

Name, Bless, Connect

What happened when a Midwestern church stopped “helping” their community and started listening instead.

by Mike Mather
Recipe

Splashy Summer “Mocktails”

developed by Church Health Center Wellness

Gonna Make You Sweat

Sweaty Sheep Ministries

by Mary Boland

They Done Broke Our Grandson

A dog attack, a trip to the ER, and the legacy of Marty’s wisdom

by Larry Kinard

Every Church an Innovator

Just as Jesus responded to the immediate needs of his community, the church is called to an innovation process that places empathy at its core.

by Floyd Thompkins and Byron Bland

The Creativity Story

Writing, telling, hearing and imagining the story of our creation

by Ashley Goff

Finding Room For A Furry Friend

The benefits of including pets in patient care

by Mary Boland

Building in the Black Belt

The story of Rural Studio, its students, and the people they serve

by Mary Boland

Mental Illness and Belonging

A Pastor's Inquiry

by Michael Tanner

Go Green At Your Church

Four ways to make your congregation more earth-friendly

by Mary Boland

Choosing Church

My life as a reflection of my love for the church

by Scott Morris

Responding To Trauma Triggers

What they are and how you can help

by Melanie Ferguson

Signs of Jesus

by Ron McDonald

A Letter to my Daughter…

On Her First Easter in Heaven

by Robyn Bles

Matthew

Being fearfully, wonderfully and differently made

by Mike Samson

To Be Known And Loved

Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia

by Mary Button