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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 21 a walk around your neighborhood, noticing the needs and those whom the church is not currently reaching. Then begin talking about what "radical neighboring" would look like in your community. The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world What happens when two women from one Presbyterian church share their concerns for the working poor with another Presbyterian church? A new reformation happens. Nearly 13 years ago on Reformation Sunday, two women from Memorial West United Presbyterian Church in Newark, New Jersey, went to their neighboring church, Livingston Presbyterian, to talk about what the church to tell her story publicly. Hearing Carrillo's story, the con- gregation held a community forum on immigration to help the town understand the stress and struggles that undocumented immigrants face while living in this country. The congre- gation also began to develop a rela- tionship with the primarily Hispanic Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Karlin Bilcher acknowledges that not everyone at the church, or in the community, is on board with the radical neighboring ministry they have started. But he's OK with that, because the Church in the Tetons, and the town, is made up of a diverse group of people who don't always think the same way. Recently, a young couple called Bilcher because they'd heard about this radical neighboring ministry. They'd never been to church, but they wanted to know what it might mean for them to come — and what might be required of them. "They had absolutely no idea," Bilcher said. "But in a way, they reflect both our community and church, in that we don't know much about the lives of people who are dif- ferent than us." Tip: Invite members of your session, outreach team, member- ship committee or deacons to take To schedule a campus visit or learn more visit COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY EXISTS TO EDUCATE AND NURTURE FAITHFUL, IMAGINATIVE, AND EFFECTIVE LEADERS FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD. • Master of Divinity • Master of Arts (Theological Studies) • Master of Arts in Practical Theology • Master of Theology • Doctor of Ministry • Doctor of Educational Ministry

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