By C.L. Schilling, Faith & Community

Sharing Stories In Faith Communities To Bring Healing & Reconciliation

If there is one aspect that all of us as Americans can agree on is that we are ready to put 2016 behind us. From the divisive presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. To the shooting at a nightclub in Orlando which targeted LGBTQ Americans. To the unjust deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile which illustrated the…

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By C.L. Schilling, Mission & Outreach

Becoming “Inclusive Evangelicals” for LGBTQ Equality

About ten years ago I found myself sitting in the chapel at Geneva College, a small, conservative Presbyterian college in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. The speaker during the chapel service was a man from Harvest Christian Fellowship, a non-profit organization which claims to “help individuals struggling with homosexuality.” During the sermon, the speaker discussed how he struggled with “homosexual thoughts” since…

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By C.L. Schilling, Faith & Community

Providing Purpose & Meaning For Older Congregants Through Volunteerism

Last month, I spent a Saturday volunteering a shift at my church’s thrift shop located in the basement of our church building. While I primary work with volunteers as a district executive with the Boy Scouts of America, spending time just being a volunteer for my church or other local non-profit organizations has been rewarding for me. For any church or non-profit organization, it’s…

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