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Co-Founder Trail Notes...
Fasting Can Be Filling
"Fasting has definitely become a buzzword over the last several years (social media, books, casual conversations, and beyond) and is something that I started gaining an interest in over 10 years ago while I was participating in a spiritual formation program offered jointly through Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Columbia Theological Seminary.

While the current fasting trend is primarily focused on the physical effects of fasting, fasting for one’s overall health has been around for centuries.  Since we just finished the Advent and Christmas season, which has traditionally been a season of fasting followed by feasting, and will shortly be entering Lent, also a time of fasting followed by feasting, I thought that this would be an appropriate time to share a few fasting facts to chew on..."
Click here to read more of Karen Webster's (HSHC Co-Founder) reflections on the space fasting offers us and its benefits on our health and wholeness.
Picture of a Desert
Through the act of fasting, what may at first seem barren may be filled with life and possibilities.
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Fall 2021 Church Highlight
Ministry to Exceptional Citizens
This past fall Karen started volunteering with MINTEC (Ministry to Exceptional Citizens) at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville, PA.  This ministry (which has been around for more that 47 years!) provides adults with various intellectual and physical challenges the opportunity to gather twice a month for fellowship, Bible study, recreation, and more!  Here is a photo from their December gathering.
Fall 2021 Seminarian Highlight
Leave it to the Leaves
Karen's recent blog for Columbia Theological Seminary discusses finding mindfulness in the midst of leaves.
Research and Advocacy
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Health Highlight
Helping Kids Understand the Spiritual Discipline of Fasting

"I know what you’re thinking – should kids fast? Valid question. We would discourage kids and teens from fasting meals – for health reasons, and also because of their maturity...

However, people of any age (kids included!) can understand that fasting is about sacrificing something we love/enjoy to focus on God. While your families fast during Lent, here are some ideas for things kids can fast from..."
HSHC Recipe Box
Simple Dishes for Lent: If your considering a food fast during Lent or you just want some delicious new meals to break up your winter dinners, try out these fresh and simple plant-based options!
If you have some plant-based recipes that you enjoy and would like to share with the HSHC community, please send them to us!
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