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Ircel Harrison
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An itinerant educator
An itinerant educator

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Diversity Makes Everything Better
"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." --Maya Angelou Diversity is something of a buzz word today.  Most often it refers to a ...
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Healing Racial Divides: A Review
A positive aspect of teaching classes for Central Seminary (Shawnee, KS) has been the diversity of the student body.     In addition to working with students from a number of denominations, I also have the opportunity to engage students of different racial ...
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Strategies for the Future of the Church
We see the articles and blogs daily: church membership is in decline, mainline influence is waning, church buildings are a burden, membership is declining, fewer people are entering the ministry.     Despite the challenges, there is a way forward for the ch...
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A Test of Leadership
The relationship between God and Israel recounted in the Hebrew Bible is a bit of a roller-coaster ride.     A good example is found in Exodus 32.     God has delivered the Israelites from Egypt. They have gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai to worship God,...
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There are Pilgrims and Then There are Pilgrims
In the recent publication of my article entitled “Day Camper or Pilgrim?”, my friend who was doing the layout chose to illustrate the piece with a Pilgrim hat.   You know, one of those conical hats with the wide brims that our kids wear in Thanksgiving page...
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Voting--A Privilege and a Responsibility
When we went to vote early recently, two of our grandchildren were with us.   This brought to mind the times when I was a child and went with my Dad to the voting place in our neighborhood.   He would pick me up at school and we would go directly to the pol...
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The Work of Equipping Leaders
While attending the ordination service for a friend recently, I appreciated that the person bringing the challenge to the candidate provided a strong emphasis on the role of a clergyperson to call and equip leaders for the church.     Although not always em...
The Work of Equipping Leaders
The Work of Equipping Leaders
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Connecting at a Distance
In retirement, I do part-time work for two organizations.     One is located near Columbia, South Carolina, and one in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.    One is about an 8-hour drive from my home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the other about 10 hours driving time. I...
Connecting at a Distance
Connecting at a Distance
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Are You Ready for a Coach?
Life Coaching or Personal Development Coaching can take many forms.     I recently was involved in a conversation with a colleague about coaching seminary students around their financial habits.     One of the things we discussed was whether a person needs ...
Are You Ready for a Coach?
Are You Ready for a Coach?
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Listening to the Spirit in Bible Study
This week I was part of a group reviewing Bible study lessons for a special emphasis in our congregation.  The participants were of different ages, and the classes they teach represent several different stages of life--young, median, and senior adults. As w...
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