How You Can Make a Difference Through Planned Giving

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Chuck Miller Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Chuck Miller, senior director of planned giving at Case Western Reserve University, joins Dean Lind to discuss the power of planned giving. Chuck Miller began his career as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General, Charitable Law Section, representing three administrations in civil and administrative proceedings regulating tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving. He supervised hundreds of investigations and compliance exams while partnering with local, state, and federal law enforcement. Previously, Chuck served as a senior development executive with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and MetroHealth. He is a trustee of the Northern…

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The Dean’s Forum: Reinvigorating the Church, One Person at a Time

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The Rev. Jay Sidebotham Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 Guest preaching: 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Around the wider church, there is great discussion around the question of reinvigorating the church. How will that happen? This is God’s work for sure, but we are invited to participate in strengthening the vitality of our congregations. In this forum, we will explore the premise that congregations are as spiritually vital as the individuals in them. We’ll consider those things that contribute to spiritual growth and those that get in the way. We’ll reflect on what those insights might mean…

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The Dean’s Forum: The Evolving Church

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The Rev. Gay Jennings Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 Guest preaching: 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. The Church finds itself in the midst of social and cultural change. How the church engages its community is becoming redefined. No longer are churches simply places where people convene for worship. Rather, the church is being called to participate in God’s mission in a way that is both faithful and life-giving.

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A Church Beyond Belief: The Search for Belonging

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The Rev. Bill Sachs Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 Guest preaching: 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. As we move beyond the “emergent” or “missional” church paradigm, pastors and other church leaders are discovering a new reality: people (especially younger generations) are coming to church not as believers, but to find a place to belong—with or without faith. This book describes the dilemma and the distractions that currently prevent congregations from being the place where that sense of belonging can unfold and guide newcomers in the discovery of faith.

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Wading Through the Messy Waters

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The Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 Guest preaching: 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. In these troubling times, it is important to look at the connections between various forms of injustice: institutional racism as it affects all of us regardless of skin color, age, gender, or economic circumstances; concerns about voting rights; and disproportional violent encounters between police and African-Americans. Delve into this complex mess in hopes of finding ways we can work through our faith to create great spaces of justice in our common work together.

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