Sabbath Rest in a Shaker Village

Blessed Earth’s friends Jeff and Melissa Rogers recently led a group of nineteen couples from two different churches on a weekend Sabbath retreat. The setting of the retreat was the picturesque Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, KY. The community was founded by a group of Shakers in 1805, and features original buildings and… Continue reading Sabbath Rest in a Shaker Village

October Wedding’s Sabbath EP

According to Relevant Magazine’s description, October Wedding is an indie folk-rock worship collective based out of Harrisburg, PA. The group consists of Kyle Werts, David Layser, Ben Spencer, Eleanor Helai, Charisah Cleath, Asher Stanely, and a host of other friends who join them time to time. The Sabbath EP is best enjoyed as a concept… Continue reading October Wedding’s Sabbath EP

The Sleeths live out the Importance of Rest, Retreat, and Family

I’m often struck by the irony of my parents’ ministry: they work hard teaching about rest.  They’re traveling or speaking constantly–some years they’re on the road more days than they’re at home.  They take a Sabbath every week, of course, but the other six days are crammed to the gills. As their office manager, I… Continue reading The Sleeths live out the Importance of Rest, Retreat, and Family

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Come Sunday: Sabbath Thoughts from an Old Testament Professor

The following reflections are taken from Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey Through Silence and Doubt, by Dr. Renita J. Weems. One of the nation’s leading African-American female preachers and theologians, Weems shares her early memories of Sabbath through the lens of the “colored” community. Special thanks to Cynthia V. Vaughan for sharing these excerpts with Blessed Earth. “Once upon… Continue reading Come Sunday: Sabbath Thoughts from an Old Testament Professor

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Sabbath Rest: Setting Your Rhythm

By Cynthia V. Vaughan  A couple of months ago, I found myself—after twenty years as an ordained clergyperson—on the brink of compassion fatigue, a precursor to burnout.  In addition to the challenges of being a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor in a hospital setting, I was dealing with prolonged grief from multiple major losses; had just… Continue reading Sabbath Rest: Setting Your Rhythm

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“52 Snow Days … and counting” an article by Rev. Willis Greene

52 Snow Days … and counting* by Rev. Lara “Willis” Greene First United Methodist Church, Newton, North Carolina   I knew something had changed when I did not completely freak out with excitement when the announcement arrived that school would be closed due to inclement weather – a SNOW DAY!!! Really, who doesn’t love a… Continue reading “52 Snow Days … and counting” an article by Rev. Willis Greene

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