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Simply Ministry: Arizona Churches Respond to Teacher Walkout

By Carl Stagner

There wasn’t much time to respond, but there was no question what had to be done. When public school teachers in Arizona went on strike beginning on Thursday, April 26, the church community didn’t hesitate. Uninterested in taking sides or entering the political fray, the church saw their role as simply ministry. For the single parent who must work during the school day, the church was there. For the student who relies on the school for daily sustenance, the church was there. For a community divided, the church was there with a message of hope. With no certain end to the teacher walkout in sight (as of Tuesday, May 1), Church of God congregations were among those hardest at work to meet the needs of their neighbors. Continue reading

Taking Steps Toward Reconciliation

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By Carl Stagner

Did you know that November is Native American Heritage Month? President George H. W. Bush formally approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 as a month to honor the vital history of Native Americans in the United States. Since the early 1990s, more and more Americans have embraced the month as an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of Native Americans to innovation, culture, education, politics, and the church. In an effort to seek reconciliation between people groups, Community of Hope Church in Maricopa, Arizona, celebrated Native American Heritage Month this year. Continue reading