Apr 2013 Downloads. What should churches’ and seminaries’ basic purpose be? What distinguishes church from other community-service groups? Read/download 4-2013 Connections >

June 2008 Connections. Worship services need to be inspiring, thought-provoking, challenging, welcoming, and heartwarming, as worship is in Elk Grove UMC in California. Read/download 6-2008 Connections

Dec 2006 Connections. In the May/June 2006 issue of Weavings magazine, Maggie Ross tells about a disconcerting worship experience. With a few companions she was perched on a cliff carpeted with wildflowers in Glacier Bay, Alaska, above jagged ice… Continue reading

Oct 2006 Connections. In her book Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith (HarperSanFrancisco, 2006), whose cover shows a bird leaving its cage behind, Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor tells why she recently stopped being a pastor of local… Continue reading

May 2006 Connections. If God has no limits, we can’t portray God adequately in pictures, words, or concepts. Maybe that’s why one of the Ten Commandments forbids making “graven images” of God. Yet because we’re human, in order to conceive… Continue reading

Dec 2005 Connections. The most responses I’ve ever received to any issue of Connections have been to the 8-05 Connections. In it I said I’m attending worship services more and more reluctantly because I find so much of… Continue reading

Nov 2005 Connections. If we’re growing as Christians, we keep moving through different stages of faith as we go through life. They are like successive levels on a spiral path that goes around a mountain repeatedly as it goes… Continue reading

Oct 2005 Connections. Personality differences strongly influence how we picture God, how we recognize God’s presence, and how we respond to God. That means our personality traits influence what kind of worship services we feel the need for. Other… Continue reading

Sept 2005 Connections. The comments I’m getting (about worship) bring three main messages: many people feel deadened by our worship; absence from worship services doesn’t necessarily mean lack of faith or interest; and interacting with thinkers and questioners is… Continue reading

Aug 2005 Connections. I’ve become very lackadaisical about going to church on Sunday mornings, and that’s a big change for me. All my life I’ve attended regularly except when I’ve been sick or out of town. Even when my… Continue reading