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Reflections

Respect that Grows: A Colossian Way Story

August 17, 2016

Earlier this year, over 100 Christians went through the initial pilot phase of The Colossian Way. The Colossian Way equips pastors and lay leaders to change how their communities think about and handle challenging issues. You can read more about it here. Enjoy this story from one of our pilot groups! Getting to know someone you disagree with as […]










Tradition and Innovation

June 29, 2016

Shortly after arriving at TCF, Michael Gulker suggested that I consider attending the Foundations of Christian Leadership program hosted by Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. This program focuses on the idea of traditioned innovation, which, as the name suggests, has to do with innovating within existing institutions. When I first heard the term “traditioned innovation,” […]










Millennials Pursue Unity: Expanding Our Horizons

June 1, 2016

Rebecca Kates, former intern at The Colossian Forum, wrote a series of blog posts for us about millennials and how they see and pursue unity. Here’s part one, part two, part three, part four, part five and part six of the series. She recently graduated with a masters degree in Theological Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary, and we’re thrilled to […]










Millennials Pursue Unity: The Full Range of Possibility

May 25, 2016

Rebecca Kates, former intern at The Colossian Forum, wrote a series of blog posts for us about millennials and how they see and pursue unity. Here’s part one, part two, part three, part four, and part five of the series. She recently graduated with a masters degree in Theological Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary, and we’re thrilled to share her […]










Millennials Pursue Unity: The Commitment Problem

May 18, 2016

Rebecca Kates, former intern at The Colossian Forum, wrote a series of blog posts for us about millennials and how they see and pursue unity. Here’s part one, part two, part three, and part four of the series. She recently graduated with a masters degree in Theological Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary, and we’re thrilled to share her insights […]










A Meditation on Luke 23: Perspective and Hope amidst Difficult Problems

February 11, 2014

TCF recently hosted the third in a forum series on the origins of human existence, this one held at the site of the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, TN. A central part of each forum is joint worship, and participants are invited to contribute short meditations on each day’s lectionary reading. The following reflection was […]










Reflection – Colossians 3 and The Clothing of Christ

October 16, 2012

Special thanks to the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship for allowing The Colossian Forum to feature this footage from their 2011 Symposium where Dr. James K.A. Smith gave the Plenary Address – Love Takes Practice: Christian Worship as a Pedagogy of Desire.










Reflection – Praying the Divine Office with The Colossian Forum

April 2, 2012

Isn’t prayer the place where we come to God just as we are, unadorned by other thoughts or notions of how to be with God? Most of us at The Colossian Forum grew up in a tradition that believed praying, to be authentic, had to come from our hearts and our hearts alone. “Authentic” prayer had to be spontaneous…










Reflection – Psalm 146

April 2, 2012

Psalm 146 offers a vision of God’s shalom – beginning with the praise of his people, extending through creation, describing a world where justice and compassion rule, all the way through to the never-ending future of God’s reign in Zion.










Reflection – Create In Me A Clean Heart

February 22, 2012

What is Ash Wednesday all about? Why are we Protestants engaging in such ritual? Doesn’t the psalm emphasize the heart, our “inward being?” So why all this external ritual?