Pearls for the Journey

Pearls for the Journey

Pearls for the Journey is a series of articles in which PBUCC CREDO participants share a key truth, an insightful moment, or offer a pearl of wisdom gleaned from their week-long PBUCC CREDO Seminar experience. During the Seminar, participants are offered the gift of time and space to inwardly and prayerfully examine significant areas of their lives as they discern the future direction of their calls.

We hope these stories inspire you and provide key takeaways – or perhaps an “aha!” moment – that speaks to you personally. Be encouraged and enlightened as you read these stories, which will be appearing periodically on this page.

CREDO Lori B Pearls for the Journey: Take a Sabbath
In Pearls for the Journey, a new PBUCC CREDO article series, the Rev. Lori Bievenour, Senior Pastor of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Carmel, IN, shares on the importance of taking a Sabbath.

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CREDO Colman _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Realize Your Importance
During a PBUCC CREDO Seminar, the Rev. Kenneth Colman, Pastor of Alpine Community Church, UCC in Alpine, CA, recognized the importance of self-care, which is helping him become a better person, husband, and father.

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CREDO Boteler _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Get Wisdom

During the PBUCC CREDO Seminar, the Rev. Jenny Boteler found that seeking wise counsel for suggestions in ministry proved invaluable. Rev. Boteler is the Pastor of Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Green River, WY.

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CREDO KJK _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Reclaim Your Gifts

During PBUCC CREDO, the Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman, Pastor of The First Congregational Church UCC in Bristol, CT, discovered that she didn’t need to do something new in ministry, but rather go back to the old - play, laugh, and be creative in ministry.

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CREDO Rachael _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Release Your Demons

Rev. Rachael Keefe, pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, MN, shares a time when she was overcome with a sense of well-being after realizing it was time to be done with her demons and become whole.

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CREDO Vander _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Articulating the “Why”

The Rev. Wendy Vander Hart, Associate Conference Minister for the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ, arrives at the importance of articulating the reason for being both personally and corporately.

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CREDO Chorpenning _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Give Yourself Permission

During the PBUCC CREDO Seminar, the Rev. Hal Chorpenning learned the importance of giving oneself permission to rest for the ability to serve others well. Rev. Chorpenning is the Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Fort Collins, CO.

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CREDO Hallman _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Kindle Joy

In a world of pain and sorrow, joy is possible. That was the key takeaway for the Rev. Carol Hallman during the PBUCC CREDO Seminar.  Rev. Hallman is the Pastor of First United Church of Christ in Salisbury, NC.

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CREDO Gusto _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Pay Attention, Be You
The Rev. Justo González, II, Pastor of Ministerios Ríos de Agua Viva/Joy Like a River United Church of Christ in Grand Rapids, Michigan, speaks to the importance of paying attention to wellness, while being yourself in the process.

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CREDO Tisha _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Take Self-Care Seriously

The Rev. Tisha Brown, Associate Conference Minister for Leadership Development in the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ, emphasizes the importance of clergy wellness.

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CREDO Abel _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Use Lego Blocks
At a PBUCC CREDO Seminar, the Rev. Brady E. Abel identifies areas in his life that are out of balance through the use of Lego Blocks.  Rev. Abel is the Senior Pastor of United Church of Sun City, AZ.

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CREDO DILLEY _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Reclamation of Joy

The Rev. Elizabeth Dilley reclaims joy as the central focus of her call while participating in PBUCC CREDO. Rev. Dilley serves Minister for Ministers in Local Churches and MESA, Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization in Cleveland, Ohio, for the United Church of Christ national office.

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CREDO Yonkman _________________________________________________________________

Pearls for the Journey: Be Honest, Ask Questions
“As I consider clergy wellness and as congregations shrink and disappear, I can’t help but note that so does the traditional source of income support for clergy.” Read more of Rev. Dr. Todd Grant Yonkman’s story, where during a PBUCC CREDO Seminar he asked himself the hard, honest questions that would impact his future.  Rev. Dr. Yonkman is the Transitional Senior Minister for First Congregational Church in Stamford, CT.

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CREDO Bagby _________________________________________________________________
Pearls for the Journey: Correct Your Mistakes
During the PBUCC CREDO Seminar, the Rev. Michele Bagby Allan receives the tools, insight, strategy and support to rectify a serious financial error. Rev. Allan is Pastor of First Congregational Church in Norwood, MA.

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 CREDO Dwyer _________________________________________________________________
Pearls for the Journey: Give Your Heart
After a deep reflection on Isaiah 58:11, the Rev. Kathryn N. Dwyer chose to “give her heart” once again to Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, where she serves as Senior Pastor in Arlington, VA.

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 CREDO Bush _________________________________________________________________
Pearls for the Journey: Share Your Gifts
During a PBUCC CREDO Seminar, the Rev. Michael Bush acts on his sense of call to serve beyond his local church and share his gifts more widely. Rev. Bush is Pastor of the United Church of Christ at Valley Forge in Wayne, PA.

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