"Every Day Is A New Chance For Resurrection!"
~ Pastor Allen V. Harris
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When & How To Reach Me:
Mondays 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (Staff Meeting is at 9:30 a.m.)
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Call the church office at all times to either speak with me or to leave a message: 216-781-8232
E-Mail me at: PastorAllen@FranklinCircleChurch.org. I am great about reading my e-mail several times a day. (But PLEASE do not subscribe me to any e-mail lists!)
A Little About Me:
Allen Harris is the Pastor of Franklin Circle Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Cleveland, Ohio. He was called as a Redevelopment Pastor to the historic, diverse, urban congregation in the spring of 2001 in hopes of helping the congregation to reclaim a clear sense of its identity and to renew its mission to the community. In April of 2004 the Region of Ohio and the congregation affirmed the work Allen and the congregation had done to revitalize the church and they called him to continue to be their Pastor.
Rev. Harris moved to Cleveland from New York city with his partner of 18 years, the Rev. Craig Hoffman, in 2000 after a 10 year pastorate at Park Avenue Christian Church in Manhattan. Allen was privileged to serve as Associate to the Rev. John Wade Payne for nine of those ten years. While serving as Associate Pastor at Park Avenue Christian Rev. Harris was ordained into ministry on Pentecost Sunday, 1991.
In his ministry at Park Avenue Christian Church Rev. Harris spent time studying and developing skills in working with multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, economically-diverse congregations. He also served for almost ten years as the Developer for the Open & Affirming Ministries Program of the Gay, Lesbian, and Affirming Disciples Alliance. He continues to use all of these skills at Franklin Circle Christian Church.
[Rev. Harris has several liturgies included in the book, Shaping Sanctuary: Proclaiming God's Grace in an Inclusive Church. For ordering information, click on the image to the right.]
Rev. Harris was born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico. He received his B.S. in Religious Education at Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma and his M.Div., with a concentration in Religious Education, from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, in Ft. Worth, Texas. While at Brite he served for over three years as Assistant to the Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Grapevine, Texas under the mentorship of Rev. Eleanor Cozad Cherryholmes. He has authored articles in several journals, including DisciplesWorld, Homily, and Open Hands. He and his partner have been remodeling a historic 1880's "folk Victorian" home using environmentally-friendly and sustainable techniques and building materials.
Currently, Rev. Harris is on the Community Advisory Board of Lutheran Hospital. Within the Christian Church of Ohio (Disciples of Christ) he is honored to serve as Co-Director of Advance Conference, with the Rev. Margot Connor. He was also elected in the summer of 2006 as an at-large member of the Adult Conference Planning Committee.
He has previously served on several non-profit and denominational boards, including Interfaith Partners In Action of Cleveland (InterAct Cleveland) where he served as Board President; the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he served on both the Administrative Committee and on the Executive Committee. He is a proud graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute (Class 17).
Writing letters to Public Officials on issues of public policy is not only a right and responsibility of every citizen, but an important part of a person of faith's stewardship of God's resources. Click on the letter icon to the right to read some of Pastor Allen's recent personal letters to government officials.
Pastor Allen was invited to write for the DisciplesWorld magazine.
And just in case you think he takes himself too seriously...
click on the video still above to see him on Holy Humor Sunday!
Pastor Allen's Places/People of Inspiration include...
Weekly I explore the intersection between religion and society in our nation and world, with stories from Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other award-winning National Public Radio programs. I invite you to either go to this website and hear an individual story, the past week's stories, or do what I do and sign up for Podcasts.
On Being, with Krista Tippett
On Being is a spacious
conversation — and an evolving media space — about the big questions at the
center of human life, from the boldest
new science of the human brain to the most
ancient traditions of the human spirit. The program began as an occasional
series on Minnesota Public Radio in 1999, then became a monthly national
program in September 2001, and launched as a weekly program titled Speaking
of Faith in the summer of 2003.
And, of course, my Chief Source of Inspiration (after God) is...
Click on the photo or word above and read my Tribute to Coffee!
Pastor Allen Participated In
Cathedral College Conference June 2 2-7
(The Rev. Douglass Bailey
(left), The Rev. James Forbes (center), and the Rev. Barbara
Brown Taylor (right)
To find out more, go to: http://www.cathedralcollege.org/pages/cnfrnc/conferenceSchdl7.shtml
Some Quotes That Inspire Me:
Quote attributed to Archbishop Oscar Romero
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long
it is even beyond our vision.
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
o confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they
hold future promise.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of
trees and a blue true dream of sky;
and for everything which is natural
which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday;
this is the birth day of life and love
and wings: and of the gay great
happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing
seeing breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
[thanks to our friends at Findlay St. Christian Church in Seattle, WA for this poem!]
The American writer, Willa Cather, once wrote:
"The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or
voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but
upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can
see and our ears can hear what is there about us always."
"Living On The Edge"
"Jesus can live on the edge because he lives from a center radiant with God's love for him and for all creation. There his treasure lies, there his heart abides, from there the boundaries of his heart expand to transform every edge into a potential center of God's untamed grace. As the Spirit of God gradually conforms our hearts to the heart of Jesus, we begin to move away from centers of world and self to edges where God is doing a new thing."
+ John S. Mogabgab, Editor, Weavings: A Journal Of The Christian Spiritual Life, Volume XIII, Number 4, July/August 1998p. 3.
Powerful Prayer Attributed To Sir Francis Drake:
Disturb us, Lord, when
Quote on Grace and Thanksgiving, by Rev. John Thomas
Saying a prayer before
meals quietly or with others acknowledges that my life depends on God's
bounty and on a host of people who grew, processed, distributed,
prepared, and served the food that gives me nourishment and delight.
Saying a prayer by a hospital bed admits that my health rests in God's
love as well as the skills of scientists and physicians and nurses and a
host of people who maintain these places of care. And, yes, even sending
a thank-you note, as mothers perhaps instinctively knew, is far more
than social convention, but an awareness that the best gifts and thus
much of the joy of life are not things we can give ourselves but come
from beyond us as an alluring expression of love, even an invitation to
love. Each thank you becomes a way to practice gratitude so that more
and more our lives are weaned away from the myth of entitlement and the
arrogance and isolation of independence. Each thank you becomes a way to
practice gratitude so that more and more our lives are shaped by the
truth of our belonging to others, even to Christ.
Several Quotes On Gentleness:
Gentleness succeeds better than violence.