God has a sense of humor about those who speak in God’s name. Any working preacher can tell you how God sometimes engages them in holy rough-housing after their more directive and didactic sermons. We share with our congregations one of the challenges of being human and Christian in this…

Here we go again? No, not exactly, because we have changed.

Compared with my mother and my sister, I’m not much one for handicrafts. I taught myself how to use my sewing machine during the pandemic, but ultimately I got more mileage out of the sewing machine as a metaphor…

Surviving Conflict with Help from God

It drives my friend Janet a little bit crazy that I have the equivalent of a photographic memory for her sermons. “Photographic” in that I remember sermons she preached when she was the Associate Minister at the Memorial Church in Harvard Yard 25+ years ago, and I was her seminarian…

The piece that follows is the third installment in a series on conflict. In my reading and writing of late, I’ve been exploring theories of emergence that challenge leaders to attend to what God is bringing to life in our communities. We can’t do that when scrambling to retrieve an…

The piece that follows is the second installment in a series on conflict. Communities find conflict difficult in part because, on a deep level, they fear losing everything. This piece situates that fear in a theological context. …

Christian thinking about critical issues. Critical thinking about Christian Leadership.

[The Lord said to Moses,] “I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Be attentive to him and listen to his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will…

Sarah B. Drummond

Sarah Birmingham Drummond is Founding Dean of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School and teaches and writes on the topic of ministerial leadership.

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