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Video: Understanding What Muslims Mean by “Jihad”

  We all need a better understanding of Islam in America.  This video reports on a controversy over the meaning of the word “jihad,” which can mean “holy war” or simply “struggle.”  When an anti-Muslim activist started a campaign to define Islam as a violent religion, a group called “My Jihad” emerged to argue with […]

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23 DECEMBER 2016

How To Stand with Immigrant Neighbors

  Immigrants come to this country with a strong desire to experience American life at its fullest, yet they often experience life at the margins instead. What problems do they face and how can they be fixed? Problem # 1:  Lack of English Proficiency. It’s a key factor in the ability of new Americans to […]

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15 DECEMBER 2016

No Food Fights!: How to Build Program Capacity

The Rev. Rod Frohman of Rochester, NY, tells the story of a noon lunch program that devolved into a worst case scenario. A couple of years ago at Third Presbyterian Church, our Saturday noon lunch program had a glut of unexpected visitors, probably double the eighty people we usually feed every Saturday noon. We later […]

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Video: Food Banks Need Cash, Not Canned Goods

Food drives are popular during the holiday season, but the best way to help local food banks may be providing cash. That’s because a sizable portion of donated food must be thrown out due to high salt content, expiration date, or poor nutritional value. There are exceptions. Mother Nature Network suggests that canned beans, dry […]

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Video: The Biggest Thanksgiving Meal in NYC

The biggest Thanksgiving meal in New York City takes place at the Bowery Mission.  The kitchen crew prepares 500 turkeys, 4,000 pounds of potatoes, and 1,500 pounds of green beans.  Cannon Green, a cook, was hungry himself once.  “Everybody got to eat.  I have a passion for cooking.  When I’m doing that, I’m constantly thanking […]

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20 NOVEMBER 2016

Five Ways to Support the Mentally Ill

Mental illness is not just a personal issue, but also an issue for congregations and their communities. Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year, according the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Despite its invisibility, it’s safe to say that every family and every congregation has members […]

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13 NOVEMBER 2016

Twinning: Pairing Up High and Low Income Congregations

Many congregations struggle with how to help persons who struggle financially (often by providing food, clothing, cash assistance) without falling into cold, impersonal patterns of relating. Can we be neighbors? The problem is that we have learned to imitate the bureaucratized social agency: Wait here; fill out this form; answer a few questions for me. […]

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