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‘Theology of presence:’ Just being there for loved ones

Herschel Grangent Sr.
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“It’s a stress on people’s marriages, it’s a stress on their careers, it’s a stress on their finances. One of the most powerful, helpful things that a church — or any organization can do — is connect people who’ve had common experiences. There is something very real about going through an experience with other people. We call it the “theology of presence,” just being there. The church is in a unique position to marshal resources from the medical community, the academic community, the public health community and certainly the faith community. Being able to share information and resources really gives people a source of encouragement and a sense of hope.”

-Rev. Dennis Mitchell, senior pastor

Greenforest Community Baptist Church, Decatur, Ga.

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