My Gift from Malawi

My Gift from Malawi

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On the final night of a seminar I attended in Malawi, a pastor from one of the Methodist circuits pronounced a benediction. Then, instead of leaving, everyone sat down. We three American guests were asked to come down front and sit in the chairs provided. As we took our assigned seats, all of the women disappeared into a hallway. The men sat in total silence. No one seemed perplexed, no one that is except for the three of us who sat facing the remaining male seminar participants. Finally the silence ended with soft melodic sounds. One by one, the women reappeared. They sang as they slowly re-entered the meeting room. The men added their voices to the rhythmic melody. Each of the first three women carried a beautifully wrapped package. Continuing the song, they slowly carried them forward to where we sat. Everyone stood. We stood too. The women processed…
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The Episcopal Network for Stewardship Sponsors Flourish in Faith Conference

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship Sponsors Flourish in Faith Conference

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  Are you ready to blossom in stewardship? Are you looking to plant the seeds of faithful giving in your congregation and local judicatory? Do you want to network with others passionate about generosity and discipleship? Then plan to attend the Flourish in Faith Stewardship Conference, sponsored by The Episcopal Network for Stewardship, July 12-13, 2013 at the Episcopal Commons of Utah in Salt Lake City.  Dr. J. Clif Christopher and Bishop Bruce Caldwell will be the keynote speakers.     Dr. J. Clif Christopher is the author of four books, including Not Your Parent's Offering Plate. He is founder of Horizons Stewardship Company, which assists churches and other faith-based institutions to make strategic decisions and secure the necessary capital to accomplish their mission. Dr. Christopher has twenty years of pastoral…
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