Month: October 2009

My Dream for the Church is …

Finishing the aforementioned phrase is one of the ways that I conclude a workshop that I frequently do with churches in the Iowa Conference UCC. As you might imagine, the ways that people finish that sentence varies from person to person, church to church.Embedded in...

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Seeing the ‘through line’

Many years ago, I took a weekend “course” through a local community college on mountain biking. We packed our bikes, camping equipment and everything else we needed and headed to northern Wisconsin.I had no experience of mountain biking; consequently, I was terrified....

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The Power of Story

Frequently, I am asked to teach Sunday School or a workshop after church services in the Iowa Conference UCC where I serve as associate conference minister for youth and young adult ministries. When I first began to get those requests, I brainstormed ways to make it...

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Just what is Nicole doing now?

After starting my new position as associate conference minister for youth and young adult ministries in the Iowa Conference UCC about nine months ago, I quickly realized that people have a variety of ideas about what it is that I can/should do in this position. I,...

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