Archive for the 'Discussion Starters' Category

Religion and Alcohol: Sobering Thoughts

My friends at recently talked with C.K. Robertson about his book Religion and Alcohol: Sobering Thoughts.

Honoring Grief – a good article from

I attended one of Ellen Morris Prewitt’s cross making programs, and it was a powerful experience for me. The cross I made remains on the wall of my office reminding me that the prayer of that day remains in my life today. I look forward to the day when I can remove the cross from my wall and give it to the person who… has been the subject of those prayers. This article describes another way Ms. Prewitt has offered her gift of cross making.

Clergy Facing Burnout & Multiple Health Problems

This article appeared in the NY Times.

Basic Hungers – An article on

Susan Palwick is a regular contributor to, and this is her latest article reflecting on her experiences as a volunteer chaplain.

Psalm 107:5…hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.

Creating a Healthier Environment in Your Congregation

My friends at have posted an article by Leigh Devries that offers tips to making your church building a healthy place for all.

Hymns of Healing at

My friend and colleague, Rev. Stacy Smith, has written three hymns on healing inspired by scripture. The tunes are familiar ones to many Christians. Enjoy!

I Want to Be a Healthy Pastor

Grace Hackney shares her article I Want to Be a Healthy Pastor which first appeared in Clergy Health Initiative.

Looking Back at Earth Day 2010

If you woke up this morning wondering how your congregation might get more involved in going green, you might check out this article on Charlene Hosenfeld discusses caring for creation and our health.

Nuns Blog from Haiti

Church Health Center employees Sister Ellen Buchignani, MD and Sister Jacinta Powers, RN have traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti as a part of Hospice St. Joseph Medical Relief Team. The building at Hospice St. Joseph was destroyed during the recent earthquake. The team has a total of two doctors, two nurse practicioners, two nurses and two people working with Medicines for Humanity, which sponsors the clinic at Hospice St. Joseph. Check back for updates from the team. Sister Ellen and Sister Jacinta will be blogging about their experience at

Rejoicing Spirits – Worship for Special Needs People

Jennifer Halupnik has written an article posted on describing a worship service model that is geared toward special needs worshipers. The article includes some good links to Rejoicing Spirits resources.

Faith, Food and Justice – A Lenten Series in Memphis

The Presbyterian Church, USA created a resource titled: Just Eating: Practicing Our Faith at the Table. This is a 7-week program that explores the various connections between food and faith.

Here in Memphis, Balmoral Presbyterian Church’s Wednesday night Lenten series will explore aspects of this study as it relates to ministries and other programs in Memphis. If you live in Memphis, you should consider attending this thought-provoking and informative series. The dinners are being catered by a local ministry so be sure to call and reserve your space if you wish to eat.

Trauma Surgeon Blogs About Experience in Haiti

One of the neat services we can make available through is creating blogging space for missionaries in the field. Dr. Trey Eubanks, lead trauma surgeon at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital here in Memphis, is offering his experiences and thoughts while he is in Haiti. We have titled his blog: Faithful Doctor: Haiti. I think you will enjoy following his team’s work there. Peace, Butch

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