Removing Nostalgia to Unite the Church of Today


I am a sentimental fool. The nostalgia of my past happily haunts me today. At 55 years old, I’m a member of the last group of folks who rode a bike with a bag full of newspapers bouncing off the front wheel. I still have my old red paper bike and the Rocky Mountain News bag hanging in my garage. The old bike is now a cruiser; I ride it around my neighborhood in Denver on warm days. It’s the same neighborhood I rode through delivering the newspaper over forty years ago. Every ride is a sentimental journey.

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Building Puerto Rico and its Church Leaders

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Over the years, the churches in Puerto Rico have centered upon operating more introspectively—looking within to invoke spiritual connection and a deeper relationship with God, and that is good. But equally important is that the church respond to situations that arise in their communities and connect more with our people to address existing justice and peace issues.

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Developing Close Relationships with Two Communities

My role as Benefit Consultant supports the Iglesia Evangélica Unida de Puerto Rico (IEUPR) and Ryder Hospital employees. The role allows me to serve as a liaison between the Pension Boards and Puerto Rico, providing updates and communications on key topics. I consult with current and potential members or employers to facilitate their registration and plan participation process. By doing so, I become aware of the needs of our members in Puerto Rico, and help identify areas of opportunity to improve our member experience. The best way to help our members is to be intentional about listening to their needs, and for our actions to reflect the value they hold for us.

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Advancing with Hope

Ángel E. Cepeda Velázquez, a Trustee of the Pension Boards, and head of Accounting and Administration for Iglesia Evangélica Unida de Puerto Rico (IEUPR), shares how the Pension Boards and IEUPR are working together to service the financial well-being of its pastors.

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Navigating the Realities of Money

A Conversation with the Rev. Zack Jackson

The Rev. Zack Jackson, Pastor, Open Table UCC in Pottstown, PA, a participant in the Ministers’ Financial Vitality Initiative, shares his financial journey and explores the realities of money and sustaining ministry.

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Financial Tips for Couples

Managing money as a couple can be a challenging endeavor. As clergy, you are often accustomed to looking out for others—now is the time to look out for yourself and your spouse/partner.

Whether you’re just starting your journey together or looking to strengthen your financial bond, here are five tips and tricks to help you build a secure future as partners.

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Spiritual Decluttering as a Lenten Discipline

Rev. Bruce G. Epperly, PhD

During the Lenten season, the Rev. Bruce Epperly shares about pruning and letting go of those things that can weigh us down or encumber us, so we may discern the difference between the optional and essential in our spiritual journeys.

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Low-cost Ways to Stay Fit During Winter

For many of us, heading outside for a run, walk or bike ride during the cold months of winter is not very appealing. Yet how can we stay active and fit through this chilly season without paying for a pricey gym membership? Luckily, in our ever-connected world, there are an increasing number of ways to fit in fitness in the convenience of your home or with neighbors in your community, all at little to no cost to you.

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