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Reaching out through ministry of music

The body of Christ is an extraordinarily diverse place, and music has great potential to reach people in the midst of their differences, says ethnomusicologist and jazz saxophonist Melvin Butler, an assistant professor of music at the University of Chicago. He spoke recently with Faith & Leadership. Tell us about your work as an ethnomusicologist. […]

Friendship leads to My Story, My Song

As the author of several books relating to aging and faith, Missy Buchanan has listened to the stories of many older people. Her latest book tells one of those stories: My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith, by Lucimarian Roberts, as told to Missy Buchanan (Upper Room Books). Lucimarian Roberts is the […]

On breaking the ‘Christian movie’ mold

Steve Taylor is the director, screenwriter and one of the producers of Blue Like Jazz. He also wrote and directed The Second Chance, a 2006 film starring Michael W. Smith. In addition to his work in cinema, Mr. Taylor has been a recording artist, music producer, author and more. While on a promotional tour for […]

Tips on being a parent to adult children

When children are young, their parents parent them. But what’s the parents’ role after children grow up? The Rev. Ronald J. Greer, director of the Pastoral Counseling Service at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, tackles that question in his new book, Now That They Are Grown: Successfully Parenting Your Adult Children (Abingdon Press). […]

Sibling delegates share hopes for GC 2012

Two General Conference delegates from the Arkansas Conference—the Rev. John P. Miles Jr. and the Rev. Rebekah “Beka” Miles—are siblings with sometimes widely divergent views. But they and other delegates are being encouraged to use holy conferencing, or holy conversation, to set “a tone for respectful dialogue and relationship building.” The goal, explained Minnesota Area […]