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What to Leave Out in Conversations about Race

Racism is deeply intertwined with law, custom, and even religion. It’s so pervasive that it’s not always easy to identify, let alone dismantle. So constructive conversations about racism must be approached with emotional intelligence. Elsewhere I have written about...

The Surprising Impact of Emotional Intelligence on Racism

Emotional intelligence is a soft skill often prized in the world of interpersonal relationships. Can it be used as a tool to dismantle something as hard and ingrained as systemic racism?  My answer is a resounding yes.  In fact, I don’t think that the structures,...

The Most Vital Step Your Church Can Take to Address Racism

As conversations about race, racism, and racial justice heat up, you may be wondering what you can do to engage your congregation and your community on these topics. Where should you begin?  March for Black Lives Matter?  Write letters to the editor?  Support people...

How the Pandemic Prepared Churches for Addressing Racism

Over the last three months, the church pivoted quickly to be able to serve people in a new way.  You have made changes that needed to be made for years.  You have moved from being building-bound to offering online worship, from attendance-based giving to online...

Your First Sunday Back

“What should we focus on during our first Sunday back in the building?” someone recently asked me.  “Celebration,” I said, without thinking. “Celebrate who you have become through this pandemic.  A crisis of this proportion has expanded your capacity.  Own it....

Has COVID Undone Church Decline?

As churches prepare to re-open, it’s fair to ask if COVID has undone church decline. Over the last two months your congregation has gone through a transformation. You have created new forms of worship, established new means for people to give, and launched new forms...

Rebekah is Interviewed on the Spiritual Media Blog

Click here to read Rebekah's interview with Matt Weeks on the Spiritual Media blog.

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

Crises generate both chaos and miracles.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused breakdowns of every sort, it has also created breakthroughs. The pandemic has revealed to us what’s most important, most essential, to us. Especially in the areas of worship, spirituality...

How to Transform Fear into Faith During the Pandemic

Click here to read Rebekah's May 12, 2020 article in Guideposts.

How to Stave Off the Post-Pandemic Blues

“I’m really depressed about everything that is going on,” my long-time friend Lin confided to me.  I understood.  After all, her state had been in a serious lockdown.  Her fiancé was sheltering in place five states away.  She was stuck at home where once she was used...

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