Historic Harrisena Community Church in Queensbury, New York, is seeking a full time pastor to lead a congregation of approximately 250 members. A full posting may be downloaded at this link.
The following reflection was written by alumnus George Payne, who is Peace and Justice Educator at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.
It is clear that the overwhelming majority of Americans do not support military involvement in Syria. Some denounce military action because Syria does not immediately endanger America’s national security. Others contend that two dreadful attempts at nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan have left Americans war weary. And still others decry the use of force based on its limited effectiveness in deterring the Bashar al-Assad regime.There are also detractors who base their opposition on economic and political philosophy. Following a foreign policy agenda that dates back to President Washington, this group asserts that a war in Syria will not promote the mandates of the Constitution, nor will it prevent a foreign dictator from encroaching on the livelihood of American citizens. If this opposition was not staunch enough, President Obama must answer critics within his own party who prefer hard diplomacy to military action. This group believes that diplomatic overtures to China, Iran and Russia may be the only way to bring peaceful order to this crisis.
Many people are in need of healing today: veterans returning from service, individuals recovering from addiction and all who are experiencing suffering or loss. Pastors and church communities know first hand the curative role of pastoral care, but what possibilities can spirituality offer mainstream social care services? “Tending the Wounded Spirit” explores this question through an engaging series of events that includes lectures, community worship,discussion, art and film, inviting attendees to gain a deeper insight into the intersection between spirituality and healing.
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The following is a reflection on the potential use of military force by the United States on the current Syrian government by CRCDS M.Div. student Kathy Thiel.
What comes to my mind when I think about the US becoming forcefully involved in the situation in Syria are the words of Martin Luther King Jr. on non-violence. What comes to my heart is sadness. If the United States uses violence against Syria, we are ignoring faith of any kind that this situation will resolve itself without our intervention.
Dr. John R. Tyson, Professor of Church History and Director of United Methodist Studies, is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Heitzenrater–the foremost scholar on the life and thought of the 18th century preacher John Wesley–will be teaching a doctoral level course in June 2014.
A new D.Min. concentration
Dr. Heitzenrater will launch the new D.Min. in Transformative Leadership with a Concentration in Methodist and Wesleyan Studies (learn more here), a project that Dr. Tyson has brought to fruition over the past year. The course, entitled “The Sayings of John Wesley for Today,” will take place from June 9-13, 2014. It is open to current D.Min. students, new students on the program, auditors, and Continuing Education students seeking CEUs (Continuing Education Units).
About the CRCDS D.Min. Program
The D.Min. (Doctor of Ministry) Program at CRCDS includes two week-long intensives each year. Students come to the Hill in January or June and work closely with faculty or visiting professors through seminars and coursework.
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