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Author Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Elizabeth Hagan is senior minister of The Palisades Community Church in Washington, D.C. Other hats she wears are as a preacher, author and executive director of Our Courageous Kids, a foundation dedicated to orphan care.

While in the religion section of Barnes and Noble recently, I found two books that struck me as indicative of America at this juncture. One was titled “Why the Christian Right Is Wrong,” and the other was “God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right.” I felt like both covers were screaming at me, […] Read More

If you live in Washington, D.C., New York City or Philadelphia, everything about your life patterns last week was altered by these words, “The pope’s in town.” We changed our commute times. We braved the crowds and packed public transportation like sardines to get a glimpse of the holy man. We saw “pope” memorabilia fill […] Read More

I was able to join my husband, Kevin, in Stockholm, Sweden, last week. He was representing the American Diabetes Association at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Meeting. At meetings like this, I continue to learn so much about how ruthless diabetes can be and how it affects so many people and their […] Read More

“You should really try Twitter, Elizabeth. It’s a good networking tool for the church.” Such were the words from a communications professional friend. In 2008, they fell on my deaf ears. My distant impression of Twitter was a bunch of people saying, “I had a peanut butter sandwich for lunch.” Who really cared? I just […] Read More

Genesis 1-2 reveals two important truths about humanity: We are created in the image of God, and we are to be caretakers of the earth. God cared for all things in creation, and humanity is given a similar role. We are to occupy the earth, to multiply our human race upon the earth and to […] Read More

The epistle lesson from the lectionary last Sunday took us to 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8. It’s a passage that we don’t often hear preached in church or a book we often study in Bible classes, but it’s a passage that has a lot to say to us about the nature of ministry and what the gospel […] Read More

My mind has been dragging and my heart has lingered in this week and a half that I’ve been home from my recent trip to Kenya. When the faces of such precious people are fixated in your mind, you just stay put for a while. The joy washes over you and you don’t want to […] Read More

I am addicted to the Internet, and I imagine I’m not the only one. The first thing I do in the morning is to check not only my email, but also my Twitter feed, Facebook page and Instagram posts. I also use several apps to see who has communicated with me in a different time […] Read More

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m spiritual but not religious?” Oprah loves to say it on her network. Church folks love to write books about it. It’s the number-one excuse in certain parts of our world as to why folks have decided not to come to church anymore. For me, it’s a […] Read More

Churches often say, “We want to grow our membership. We want to reach people where they are. We want to attract young people.” But, rarely do we know how to put action to our intentions. Many churches are now seeking to address these concerns by dipping their toes into the wide world of social media. […] Read More