▲ Soup kitchen-turned-worship service, A Taste of Heaven is a model of ministry 'with' rather than 'to' (Duke Faith and Leadership)

Photo by Whitney Kidder

Photo by Whitney Kidder

On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a church-run soup kitchen has become ‘A Taste of Heaven,’ with its own innovative worship service and a celebratory meal. It’s what outreach can be when the church listens to those it is trying to reach.


▲ A Welcoming Space: The Story of Room for All

This is the story of Room for All’s journey from a handful of people who believed in 2005 that God’s love embraces people of all sexual identities and gender expressions, to a flourishing network in ministry for LGBTQ inclusion in the RCA.

▲ Here’s Why You Might See Some Christians With Sparkly Crosses This Ash Wednesday via Buzzfeed

Traditionally on Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, you see Christians going about their daily routine with a gray smudge in the shape of a cross on their forehead. This year, you may notice some observers with a little extra sparkle.

▲ Soup-kitchen Church (paywall)

West End Collegiate's soup kitchen follows the Benedictine credo: “Welcome ev­eryone as if you are welcoming Christ.” 

▲ 2015 World Sexual Health Day

Center for Sex Education Executive Director Bill Taverner recently spoke at the 2015 World Sexual Health Day, hosted by WAS and the UNFPA. Jes brought a faith-based perspective to the event.