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.
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Earlier this week I attended the first annual Christian Unity Gathering for the National Council of Churches (NCC) in Washington, DC. The Council has been restructured due to declining resources and this was the first time for denominational leaders, pastors, and professors from a wide variety of Christian traditions to join together to discuss one topic from a number of different angles. The topic for this gathering was mass incarceration, and the societal challenges faced by our criminal justice system.
Last week I spent one of the most fascinating days I’ve experienced in quite some time. San Francisco Theological Seminary included me in a conversation of dreams and hopes for the Center for Innovation in Ministry that they are developing. The most famous participants might have been the grande dame and sound-bite-queen Phyllis Tickle, whose books include The Great Emergence and The Age of the Spirit, and Brandan Robertson, an almost-graduate of Moody Bible Institute whose Revangelical blog has led to speaking and writing opportunities all over the country. Joining them were pastors, seminary trustees, Christian leaders, and denominational officials like me.
Last Saturday I was in Vero Beach, FL, for my first board meeting with Haiti Partners, a non-denominational Christian ministry whose tagline is “Helping Haitians Change Haiti through Education.” My seminary (M.Div.) classmate Kent Annan co-directs this ministry with John Engle and they invited me to join the board earlier this year. I was quite impressed by what I saw and learned.