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Pamela Czarnota

Pamelas Czarnota is a member of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod Congregational Resource Team, and a conference speaker, retreat leader, spiritual director and writer.

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Pamela Czarnota is an ELCA Associate in Ministry, focusing in Spiritual Direction and Formation. Called to Christ the Redeemer ELCA in Brecksville, Ohio, she works in the area of Adult Faith Formation.

She also has served on the Ohio Multi-Synod Candidacy Committee and currently is a member of the Northeastern Ohio Synod Congregational Resource Team. As a team member, she works with congregations to learn about Bowen Family Systems Theory as it applies to congregational life. Pamela served as spiritual director for the First Call Theological Education Conferences (2005 and 2008) convened by the ELCA Division of Vocation and Education.

Pamela also serves the church as a conference speaker, retreat leader, spiritual director (for lay people and rostered) and writer.

Pamela's mission statement: I seek to serve as midwife to the truth that is being born as people pay attention to God's movement in their lives. The extraordinary is always present in ordinary life, and we are always being led by the Holy Spirit to ways that will glorify God and empower us to serve other in Christ's Name.

 


Latest Content by Pamela Czarnota

Pamela Czarnota

Always Being Made New

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

 

Always Being Made New" -- those words have been posted, pasted, printed, painted, and proclaimed as we in the ELCA are celebrating our 25th Anniversary.  

Obviously, 25 years is an eyeblink (or less) when you think about the vast expanse of time and space granted and guided by God.  But, hey, 25 years is what we have experienced as the ELCA, and we are celebrating!  We believe that God in Christ brought us together, sent us out in mission, called us to boldly advocate in matters of justice, and meet human suffering and sorrow whether at the hands of sin or at the edge of natural disasters.  We have never stopped changing it seems. 

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Kyrie Eleison

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

I began my day like all others.  On my screened-in porch, well before dawn, strong cup of coffee in hand.  Nomatter what time the sun rises, I enjoy getting up an hour before it does.  During that time I give thanks for everything given so that I have the privilege to awaken to face another day.  I take time to orient myself as much as I can so that I am standing "at the cross".  I seek to be willing to face human suffering (including my own) and proclaim hope in Christ and the peace the passes all understanding.  

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Other Recent Content by Pamela Czarnota

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February 07, 2012

How do you wish to be healed?

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

Deep healing transforms us. Although we may be broken and wounded daily, our yearning for healing opens the possibility for radically new relationships with others.
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January 11, 2012

Prayer: A mysterious essential

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

How do you pray? When do you pray? How does your prayer life affect your leadership? How do you encourage your flock to pray?
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December 27, 2011

Got Drama?

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

What can we learn from the Holy Family about the way things work?
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December 23, 2011

Last Minute Opportunity

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

Will today's last minute challenges become last minute opportunities?
Pamela Czarnota Article

November 29, 2011

Why do we do this?

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

Have you noticed that Advent is countercultural? Why do we do this, anyway?
Pamela Czarnota Article

November 11, 2011

Encourage One Another

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

It is time! Whatever is stirring, whatever is about to be born, we don't need to be in labor in isolation.
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September 26, 2011

Finding our direction

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

I find it. I lose it. I seek it. I find it. (again, and again and again!)
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September 07, 2011

The Binding Force of Grudges

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

How does the process of forgiveness unfold? What gets in the way of the process? When does an inability to forgive sprout from our choice to hold a grudge? The more we hang on to a grudge the more it holds on to us and everything we do, think or say.
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August 19, 2011

Boasting and brooding

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

Whether plans soar or balloons fall like lead, Christ's power has the final say.
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July 23, 2011

Irritating Treasures

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

Pearls are formed where an irritant has entered the mollusk's inner space. Can the places or people who prick and annoy us be the beginning of "pearls of great value"?
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June 25, 2011

Watch the Wind!

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

The winds of change are blowing through the church of Jesus Christ? What helps us hold our missional course, especially when we enter uncharted water?
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June 13, 2011

The Day After Pentecost

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

We can't strategize or choreograph Pentecost moments. We can only be open to them, saying, "Come, Holy Spirit!"
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May 19, 2011

Didn't Our Hearts Burn?

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

When a pastor's heart begins to burn, it is good to notice what is being transformed within before rushing home to speak words of transformation to others.
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May 03, 2011

Reverberations

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

Our behavior and demeanor now will take a place in the chronicle of human history that will inform and instruct our children's children. What will the next generations see as the dominant trend of human expression when they look at the people of this day?
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April 28, 2011

Recognizing Christ

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

Contrary to what the knowledge of the world would proclaim, Christ is not a memory or a metaphor. Christ is a real presence here in 2011. Our daily mission is to recognize Him and introduce others to Him.
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April 21, 2011

Jesus' Intimacy

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

In a time and place when we are told that we must attend to boundary issues, Jesus says, "Now and then, simply get over it!"
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April 15, 2011

What about the donkey?

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

Our humblest actions may be the place where our life intersects with eternity.  
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April 07, 2011

Dead End Grace

Pamela Czarnota (ELCA)

What can you do when you face a dead end in the flow of creative, vigorous ministry? Faced with the end of a known path, how do you discover where to aim the next step?