Beth Olker

Children’s Sabbath Liturgy

October 20, 2019 (Jeremiah 31:27-34, Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 121, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, Luke 18:1-8) Call to WorshipWe have gathered in this spaceWelcomed like a prodigal child back into our warm, safe home.We have gathered in this spaceEmbraced like children greeted

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COVID-19 and Education

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If you are feeling worried in these uncertain times, you are not alone. If you are filled with the desire to do something, to help, but you are aware of your limitations as you stay home for your safety and the safety of your community, you are not alone.

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Children’s Sabbath Liturgy

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October 20, 2019 (Jeremiah 31:27-34, Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 121, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, Luke 18:1-8) Call to WorshipWe have gathered in this spaceWelcomed like a prodigal child back into our warm, safe home.We have gathered in this spaceEmbraced like children greeted by Jesus when others turned us away.We have gathered in

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A Prayer for Children’s Sabbath

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This Sunday is Children’s Sabbath, a program originally developed by Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund and now recognized by people of many faith traditions. Gracious God, our creator and our teacher, We bring before you names that you already know, of your beloved children. Each of us

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Snapshots of the ‘New Ecumenism’: Chaplaincy

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A Presbyterian, a Lutheran, and two Episcopalians walk into a hospital. Not the start of a joke, I promise. Instead, it was the start of my summer working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, as a student intern in the Clinical Pastoral Education program. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is

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Settling In, Putting Down Roots

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Moving to a new city is no easy feat. I’ve done it twice in my life thus far, and I wouldn’t wish the difficulty of moving and getting settled in a new city on anyone! Many people find themselves moving to a new city because of happy, exciting changes in their

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