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Terry Woodnorth

About Me: 

Member of Valley CRC in Binghamton, NY, where I am serving my fourth term as a deacon. Former CRWRC board member. Former trustee of the Center for Public Justice. Previous chair of Diakonia Remixed: Office of Deacon Task Force and the Task Force to Study the Offices of Elder and Deacon for the CRCNA. Employed by Columbian Financial Group in Binghamton, NY, as a software engineer. Attended Synod 2016 as a deacon delegate.

Facilitated by Others
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2016 Faith and Finances Training

Faith & Finances training equips church leaders with a practical next step for people seeking assistance from their benevolence ministries.

DeaconsPastors
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Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery

A working group in the Mennonite Church USA has created a 43-minute documentary entitled "The Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ" that is a good introduction to understanding the Doctrine of Discovery.

Biblical JusticeCRCNA and Synod
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Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence

The Chalmers Center is releasing Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence on Oct. 6. Learn how to effectively navigate the moment when someone asks the church for financial assistance. 

DeaconsPastors
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Predatory Lending Survey

We want to hear from you: how does predatory lending impact your community and individuals you have served? What would you like to know, and learn, about predatory lending? 

Biblical Justice
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Faith & Finances: A Ministry Tool for Deacons

Faith & Finances is a biblically integrated financial education curriculum designed specifically for low-income people.

Deacons
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For the Life of The World: Letters to the Exiles

Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books has given a rave review of the DVD series "For the Life of The World: Letters to the Exiles."

Global Mission
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From the Streets to the Pews: A Story of Holistic Healing

The Central Union Mission in Washington, DC exemplifies the holistic approach of faith-based organizations to alleviating poverty. From the Streets to the Pews: A Story of Holistic Healing by Emily Davisson http://www.capitalcommentary.com/central-union-mission/streets-pews-stor...
Deacons
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Disabled and Forgotten - Capital Commentary

See Disabled and Forgotten by Michael J. Gerson. http://www.capitalcommentary.com/human-dignity/disabled-and-forgotten Putting people with intellectual disabilities at the center of our concern affirms that every human community is a continuum of ability and disability.
Disability Concerns
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StoryCorp story - CHARGE syndrome

Here's a StoryCorp story about a family with a daughter who had CHARGE syndrome. Giving Thanks For Two Bonus Decades Of Life And Love http://www.npr.org/2014/01/24/265269189/giving-thanks-for-two-bonus-decades-of-life-and-love.
Disability Concerns
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  • Here's a resource I recently discovered - Halloween Brings the Mission to Your Doorstep.

  • I wasn't able to attend the webinar. Was it recorded? I do have the documents that were distributed.

  • You may want to use references to the 2016 version of the ordination form.

  • I really appreciate these suggestions. Might a corollary to "refusing to compete" be to "partner or cooperate with other churches when appropriate" (which probably wouldn't apply to the grocery...

  • How about having a session where everyone gathers in small groups of churches (a half-dozen or so) to tell stories, share ministry ideas, and pray for one another?

  • Check out the video series For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles at http://www.letterstotheexiles.com/. It addresses the question "What is our salvation for?"

  • The final third of Suttle's book elaborates on those five virtues. He references scripture (especially from the life of Jesus) as well as other Christian writers.

    By no means do I want to...

  • The most obvious benchmark of effectiveness may be annual professions of faith and baptisms within local congregations, but I would challenge whether those are the right benchmarks to use. The...

  • Thanks for asking, Jeff. I'll start by listing some things that I appreciated about Synod 2016, and conclude with a frustration.
    1.    I was able to get to know two pastors and an elder from...