Author: Steve Willis

Homecoming: Vowing ‘I Do’ to a Rural Place

Annual church homecomings help us fulfill our need to belong and to be rooted. Church leaders are busy preparing for Homecoming, which is nearly upon us. Homecoming is the largest Sunday of the year, when scores of visitors and returning family will gather at the New Dublin Presbyterian Church in Pulaski County, […]

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Lessons from the Appalachian Trail

A Virginia pastor finds the connection between the values of Appalachian Trail hikers he meets in town and those of his congregation: listening, story-telling, a quieting of technological distractions. Most days I cross the Appalachian Trail at Bearwallow Gap, in Virginia, coming down from the Blue Ridge Parkway as I […]

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