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The Wall Street Journal
November 12, 2021 | Sarah Nicholas
The Wall Street Journal
Churches Changed During the Pandemic and Many Aren’t Going Back Religious leaders are trying to attract members for the long haul. ‘What we are trying to build is something that is Covid-proof and recession-proof.’ Rev. Chris DeVos, Colossian Way Facilitator and Executive Pastor at Pillar Church in Holland, Michigan, comments in this story about how his church has embraced recent COVID-related and other challenges as an opportunity to be more on-mission. Read Article
Under God, Divisible: Political conflict deepens rift among Christians
November 10, 2021 | Sarah Nicholas
Under God, Divisible: Political conflict deepens rift among Christians
WOOD-TV 8 (the NBC affiliate in West Michigan) featured a story on conflicts in churches across the country, featuring commentary from and Q&A with The Colossian Forum's President, Michael Gulker. The story covers the challenge and impacts of polarization that many churches are facing and how practices like The Colossian Way offer conflict transformation and healing.  Watch Now
Calvin University Chimes: Partnership with The Colossian Forum Paves Way for Campus Conversation about Sexuality
November 1, 2021 | Sarah Nicholas
Calvin University Chimes: Partnership with The Colossian Forum Paves Way for Campus Conversation about Sexuality
Calvin’s administration has called in the spiritual cavalry to prepare campus for conversation across differences in the wake of Synod 2022’s expected action on the human sexuality report. Calvin is partnering with the Colossian Forum,  a Grand Rapids-based organization which focuses on Christian conflict transformation.  The Forum, founded in 2011, offers training programs for church groups on a variety of topics, including sexuality, origins and politics. The programs are grounded in the spirit of Colossians 1:17: “He [God] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  Read Article
Divcast: Duke Divinity Alumnus Podcast with Michael Gulker
May 4, 2021 | Sarah Nicholas
Divcast: Duke Divinity Alumnus Podcast with Michael Gulker
In this episode of Divcast, Rev. Maberry connects with The Colossian Forum President Rev. Michael Gulker in this episode of Divcast. Rev. Maberry and Rev. Gulker explore topics such as finding delight across difference, the important discussions that happen in seminary hallways between classes, and how conflict formation can occur through embodied practices and worship.  Listen Now
Michael Gulker in Podcast: Talkin' Politics and Religion without Killin' Each Other
March 4, 2021 | Sarah Nicholas
Michael Gulker in Podcast: Talkin' Politics and Religion without Killin' Each Other
In this podcast, Colossian Forum President Michael Gulker dives into how our Political Talk small group curriculum is helping churches around the country fend off division and deepen discipleship while engaging disagreements and polarization around politics. 
Healing Faithfully: Ministering in and Beyond COVID-19 with Rev. Mycal Brickhouse
| Sarah Nicholas
Healing Faithfully: Ministering in and Beyond COVID-19 with Rev. Mycal Brickhouse
For the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered lives, churches and communities. How can the Church grow in the midst of so much loss, anger, isolation, and fear? Pastors bear a unique burden as they shepherd divided, hurting congregations. The Colossian Forum board member Rev. Mycal Brickhouse knows the depth of COVID-19’s impact on families and churches, having lost his beloved grandmother to the virus in 2020. Hear Rev. Brickhouse share his moving story and his hopes for resilient Christian ministry in the midst of COVID-19 and beyond. Watch Now