Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
Earlier this month I was in Chicago and met with a representative from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, an institution of the United Methodist Church, two coordinators for executive non-profit education from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, at the invitation of my long-time friend and colleague, Rev. Sarah Sarchet Butter.
Ordinarily my blog posts are about travels that I am making, but with this post I am giving information for folks who will be traveling here to Louisville for the Big Tent Event next week. Read this article to find out more about what they will experience during the conference.
Last week I was thrilled to be able to attend the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, a conference filled with more than 5,000 high school students. It was an amazing demonstration of the vitality of the church—not of the future of the church, but of the current church.
Click here for an article I wrote recently printed in the Presbyterian Outlook.
Perhaps proving the old Presbyterian adage that you can’t get to heaven without crossing through Montreat, I ran into a friend of mine from seminary who happened to be at Montreat at the same time as me. He pastors a church at a nearby presbytery, and told me about a recent conversation at their presbytery about whether or not the purpose of the “General Assembly” is to help churches to thrive.