Pursuing Justice In the Wake of George Floyd and Others
by Rev. Carey A. Grady, Pastor, Reid Chapel AME Church, Columbia, South Carolina The recent killing of George Floyd is a constant reminder of the business-as-usual tactics of law enforcement and another reminder of the acts of terrorism against the black body and soul in America. While all black men stopped by the police are…Continue reading »
Adaptation & Connection
by Frank Mansell III, Pastor, John Knox Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis “Thank you for getting the Sunday service online. For the first time in a long time I am able to experience being connected to what once was a part of my normal life. Alice was able to experience the service yesterday and was in awe…Continue reading »
How Do We Deal With What We Do Not Want To See?
by Nathan Day Wilson, minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) currently serving as director of communications for Christian Theological Seminary The Wabash Pastoral Leaders Program (WPLP) reminds me of the Garfield comic strip. In one strip, Garfield is at the table enjoying a feast: Turkey, dressing, biscuits, vegetables, pies and more. Outside the…Continue reading »
Adaptive Leadership In the Face of a Pandemic
Grace Burton Edwards, Rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Columbus, GA Like a lot of clergy, as communities around the nation began limiting public gatherings due to the spread of COVID-19, the middle of March 2020 has been the steepest and fastest learning curve of my life. In just a few days, I did a number…Continue reading »
Reflection on Education in Indiana Session
by Lisa Hood, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Lafayette, Indiana I come to the table with a lot of thoughts about education based on my previous years of teaching experience. First, teachers can only do so much in the course of the day. They can do a lot. They can provide support and encouragement…Continue reading »
What Does It Mean To Be Human?
by Kathy Ottinger, Senior Pastor, Wall Street United Methodist Church, Jeffersonville, Indiana Over the last few months, our local public school system officials have hosted public gatherings to discuss recommended budget cuts. The biggest point of contention is a proposal to remove related arts teachers in the elementary schools and replace them with paraprofessionals who would…Continue reading »
Speaking the Truth About the Education System
by Dustin Hite, Senior Pastor, First Christian Church, Bargersville, Indiana Upon returning from our last cohort meeting, my wife was preparing to head to the #RedforEd rally in downtown Indianapolis. As an educator for almost fourteen years, she’s seen the ups and downs in the lives of many students’ lives, and the immense pressure we…Continue reading »
What Is The Purpose of Education?
by Rev. Dr. Jerry O’Neal, pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Muncie, Indiana What is the purpose of education? This was the main question our cohort pondered throughout our time together. We heard from thought-provoking leaders throughout the state who offered a wide range of perspectives. One common theme we did hear throughout our time was…Continue reading »
More Than Mere Creeds and Cheap Grace: Racism and Apple Pie
by Rev. Dr. Winterbourne Harrison-Jones, Pastor, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana “If you don’t understand racism/white supremacy – what it is and how it affects you – everything else you think you understand will only confuse you.” Dr. Neely Fuller, Jr.The United Independent Compensatory Code System Concept a Textbook/Workbook for Thought, Speech and/or Action for…Continue reading »
Reflection on Indiana’s Changing Economy
by Fr. Paul Fuller, Pastor, St. George Orthodox Church, Terre Haute, Indiana During our most recent learning session we focused on Indiana’s Changing Economy, being able to listen to a variety of presentations and participate in discussions regarding the economic landscape of our State and various cities and towns. In the hopes of greater engagement…Continue reading »