Shauna Summers


There are so many kinds of transitions, and they all seem to have their own difficulties. If there are other transitions you would like resource tools or a folder full of tools for, please let us know at: We want to give you as much support as possible. You are not alone on this journey.

Statement on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Bishop Frank Beard


Our Nation and our World faces another horrific act of hatred and violence. The recent tragic shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh effects all of us. Our prayers and our hearts are extended to the Tree of Life family and to the Pittsburgh community. Our prayers are also shared with those brave first responders who willingly placed themselves inharm’s way in order to protect others. We pray for all facets of their continued healing.

"What is going to happen to our church?”

Bishop Frank Beard


I do not worry about the future of “the Church” even though I have concerns about our denominational direction and the way forward.  I am not worried about “the Church” because I understand that the worldwide Church is under God’s authority and protection and will be preserved until the end of time.

5 ways to communicate sustainability beyond words

Greenify Tips


Sustainability communications is a combination of traditional and non-traditional communications and media that plays on the senses and is sensitive to the fact that people are consuming large quantities of information every day from many sources. By striking this balance, not only will you likely reach and engage a broader audience who is receptive to your message and will want to know more about your sustainability efforts going forward, but you also will have a greater opportunity to affect positive organization change within your business.

Differentiating Depression vs. Suicide Risk in Teens

Shauna Summers


Depression is a serious disorder, with many sub-types) that can cause significant problems in mood, thinking, and behavior at home, in school, and with peers. It is estimated (because teens underreport) that major depressive disorder (MDD) affects about 5 percent of adolescents. "The key is, if you think your child might have depression, don't worry about trying to define what it is, just get it checked out," says Dr. David Fassler. "Get to a mental health professional and get a comprehensive evaluation. The good news is that if it is depression, we really can help most of these kid

How you can get a better night's sleep (so you can communicate better)

Mental Health Minute


Despite common belief, aging doesn't cause sleep problems, and seniors don't need less sleep as they grow older.   Most older people sleep poorly, or not long enough, because of ailments associated with aging, such as arthritis, physical disabilities, respiratory problems and depression.   Lack of exercise, heart disease, anxiety, stress and menopause also can disrupt sleep, and many medications seniors take can cause insomnia.

It's When, Not If a Communication Becomes a Miscommunication

PCC Guest Blogs


No matter what kind of relationship, a good tip for improving your communication skills, is to use miscommunications or conflict as a learning opportunity. Talk about where things broke down in the communication process. Bottom line--remember to apologize and to forgive. Those who never apologize and never forgive are slowing and deliberately damaging their relationships.

Recognizing and overcoming communication barriers

Clergy Assistance Program Blog


Learning the barriers to effective communication will not only help improve your communication, but also your overall quality of life. Here are some common communication barriers to learn and avoid:

Roasted winter squash soup



A recipe for what to do with seasonal squash

Our actions speak louder than our words

Bishop Frank Beard


“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:2-6 NIV.

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