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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute “Be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.” Ephesians 4:23-24 It’s still early enough in the New Year that maybe we haven’t abandoned all of our New Year’s Resolutions -- and perhaps we are still trying to chart our way through 2019. Thus, it’s a good time of the year to turn ourselves over to a little introspection. What does life mean? What does my life mean? What is my purpose in life? More immediately, what is my purpose in 2019? In...

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Almost lost between the feasts of Christmas and New Year is a Sunday with special meaning to Catholics. It’s the Feast of the Holy Family. “I confess,” says Dr. Owen Phelps, Director of the Yeshua Institute, “that in all my years of growing up as the oldest of 10 children in a devout Catholic family, I never noticed that.” Today he looks forward to it as a great way to be reminded, as a New Year dawns, on what’s most important in the life of a parent – any parent. “Your roles as spouse and parent have to come first, before all other aspirations,” Phelps says. &...

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Most change slips past us virtually unnoticed. It’s only when we stumble across a huge change, often showing up as a crisis – or we look back on a period of several years and realize the earth has moved plenty under our feet. But as Bob Dylan proclaimed so many years ago, “The times they are a changing.” Yes, they are always changing, no matter how imperceptible that change may be. With most of the new year still ahead of us, Al Lopus, head of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, focuses on the changes that will serve as major trends in the workplace in 2019. He outlines seven maj...

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2019: A new way of being church?

Posted on December 11, 2018 in: Articles

Be the change you want to see By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute There’s an evangelical church in my part of the world that likes to talk about “a new way to do church.” I get it. It’s an ultra-modern (or is that “post-modern”) way to speak. It will come in handy when we find time to “do lunch” together, right? Okay, I’ll spare you all that fad talk. But I do want to focus on a new way of being church that may be coming to your local diocese or parish soon. It’s a way of being church that Pope Francis has been promoting since long b...

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Matt Johns, a remarkable young person, will be our guest on the Yeshua Institute's free webinar Tuesday, Dec. 11, about “Attracting Young People to Greater Faith Development.” Matt is Assistant Vice President of Disaster Recovery Communications and Compliance at Catholic Charities of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese.  While that post has him focusing on things like recovery after Hurricane Harvey ripped the Texas coast, “disaster recovery might be exactly what we’re talking about when we discuss the relationship of young people to their church today,” says Dr. Owen Phelps, Dire...

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It’s been a rough year for Catholics. The retired former head of the Archdiocese of Washington resigned as a cardinal under charges of sexual abuse of a minor. Then the Archbishop of Washington resigned his post after charges he did not do enough to protect minors from predator priests in the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh before he went to Washington. In company with questions about leadership in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General released a searing report on clergy sexual abuse in 6 of that state’s dioceses – and how it was often mishandled by their leaders. Through it all we mourn the pain...

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The Yeshua Institute will sponsor a free webinar about “Attracting Young People to Greater Faith Development” on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The focus will be on reviewing highlights of the recent Bishops’ Synod on Young People and examining how a summer camp in Houston has helped teens connect their lives and their faith. The webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. CST (2:30 p.m. EST, 12:30 p.m. MST and 11:30 a.m. PST). Dr. Owen Phelps, Director of the Yeshua Institute, will discuss Catholic outreach to young people with Matt Johns, who is on the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’ Catholic Charities staff an...

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The Yeshua Institute will offer a free webinar to help parents use Advent to keep the birth of Jesus the focus of Christmas in their homes. Called “O Come Divine Messiah --  Advent Traditions to Prepare Your Family for Christmas,” it’s a parent-to-parent presentation scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. CST, 12:30 p.m. MST, 11:30 a.m. PST). If the date or time is inconvenient, still register to get a link to view the webinar at your convenience after its live telecast. The webinar presentation will last about a half hour, with time extended to answer any questions that viewers...

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By Dan Ebener EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is the last in a series on parish leaders based on a new book by Dan Ebener, Pastoral Leadership: Best Practices in Church Management. We’ve had an opportunity to preview the book and highly recommend it to anyone involved , formally or informally, in parish leadership. Dan has been developing leaders for organizations since 1976. He teaches at St. Ambrose University and works part-time as Director of Stewardship & Parish Planning for the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa. * * * Foundational paradox Pastoral planning is a time for the parish community to come t...

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The Yeshua Institute will offer another free webinar – this one on how to help your family make the most of Advent in preparing for the birth of our Savior on Christmas. Its title: “O Come Divine Messiah --  Advent Traditions to Prepare Your Family for Christmas.” It’s scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. CST, 12:30 p.m. MST, 11:30 a.m. PST). It will be co-hosted by three active Catholic parents: Erin McLevige, mother of four girls ages 5 through 12. Erin, who has a BA in education and a MA in early child development, is also a catechist. She taught in Phoenix, AZ,...

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