Kresta in the Afternoon – January 2, 2020 – Hour 1

  • Description: We've reached the Penultimate day of the Countdown!

+  2019 Countdown #6: Can We Renew Parish Culture? (2 segments)

  • Description: In 2007, 24 percent of Americans identified as Catholic. By 2014, that had dropped to 21 percent. The number of people who claim no religious affiliation has surpassed Catholics and evangelicals, making "nones" the largest religious group in the United States. Catholics are simply walking away from the Church. Yet there are many committed, faithful Catholics who desperately want to stem this tide. Tim Glemkowski joins us.
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    • Tim Glemkowski
      Tim Glemkowski is the author of Made for Mission: Renewing Your Parish Culture . He's an international speaker and the founder and president of L'Alto Catholic Institute. He is also cofounder of Revive Parishes, an online formation platform for parish leaders. Tim has served in various roles in evangelization, including teaching high school theology, with youths and young adult ministry at a parish, and as a director of evangelization and catechesis. Visit laltocatholic.com
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    • Made for Mission: Renewing Your Parish Culture

      "God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission." - Blessed John Henry Newman The statistics are heartbreaking. In 2007, 24 percent of Americans identified as Catholic. By 2014, that had dropped to 21 percent. The number of people who claim no religious affiliation has surpassed Catholics and evangelicals, making "nones" the largest religious group in the United States. Catholics are simply walking away from the Church. Yet there are many committed, faithful Catholics who desperately want to stem this tide. We are here, in this moment, and are called to be part of the mission, for the sake of our members, and for those who are still outside the Church. Yet while we long for this renewal, we are often at a loss as to how to accomplish it in a practical way. What steps do we take? How do we start, and how do we continue? How will we measure success - and how long will it take? In Made for Mission: Renewing Your Parish Culture, author and speaker Tim Glemkowski offers four keys that can radically change parish culture:

        1. Cast the vision 2. Prioritize a clear path to discipleship 3. Mobilize leaders 4. Align everything
      Implementing these four keys over time, parishes can become not simply gathering places for worship but seedbeds of discipleship and missionary outposts of the New Evangelization. This book is a must-read for Catholic clergy, lay parish staff, anyone working in ministry, and any dedicated parishioner who is passionate about renewing the Church. (learn more)

+  2019 Countdown #5: Was Moses a Stutterer?

  • Description: It's one of the most iconic scenes of the Old Testament - God speaking to Moses through the burning bush, calling him to lead His people out of Egypt. And Moses resisted - "I am not eloquent…I am heavy of mouth and heavy of tongue." Many Biblical scholars have interpreted this to mean Moses was a stutterer. Was he? We take a look at the influence of Moses - and other famous stutterers - with Gerald McDermott.
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    • Gerald McDermott
      Gerald R. McDermott is Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He's the author or editor of 17 books including Famous Stutterers: Twelve Inspiring People Who Achieved Great Things while Struggling with an Impediment. He is also a stutterer.
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    • Famous Stutterers: Twelve Inspiring People Who Achieved Great Things while Struggling with an Impediment

      Moses, Aristotle, Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain, King George VI, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, distinguished historian Peter Brown, TV journalist John Stossel, Senator's wife Annie Glenn, ABC correspondent Byron Pitts, novelist John Updike. For all of these accomplished persons, stuttering was an enormous difficulty. None had a sure-fire remedy. Most had to blunder and stumble through. The persistence and courage they displayed tells us that there might be ways we too can survive and achieve--despite our own difficulties. (learn more)

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