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By Joe Merlino
Joe Merlino talks about discernment in his first blog post for ECF. A capital campaign consultant, Joe meets with parishes that often have tried various approaches before turning to ECF. Here he explains the holistic approach he uses with parishes.
By Lindsey Harts
Lindsey Harts grew up doing “code red drills” where she hid from a pretend shooter. She feels that this common experience among millennials helped lead to the generation’s demand for radical authenticity. As she says, “in a world where shootings are live-streamed on the internet…you tend to have a very low tolerance for nonsense.”
By John Lynch
John Lynch was always expected to be a leader as a millennial. He thinks it’s because he continued to show up in church. Here he shares his impressions of leadership and a lesson that he learned from members of the oldest generation—Trust in God and pray.
By Erin Wolf
As a millennial leader in Youth Ministry, Erin has walked with students as they’ve gone through serious traumas. She hopes that adults remember how valuable young people are and work to keep them safe.
By Gerlene Gordy
Gerlene Gordy grew up half time on the Navajo reservation and half time in the city. She started volunteering in the Church and got involved with Navajo singing groups and Bible studies that had both Navajo and English versions. She calls the Episcopal Church in Navajoland her home.
By Hilary Bogert-Winkler
Hilary Bogert-Winkler argues that millennials as a group have a particular relationship with authenticity. The churches she’s seen that are thriving and that have a healthy number of millennials and their families are churches that have a firm sense of who they are.
By Alan Yarborough
Alan Yarborough asks whether the Episcopal Church has what it takes to heal the political divide in this country. He posits that the Church has the space, staff, systems and stuff required to do so.
By Samantha Haycock
Samantha Haycock found that there are quite a few transferable skills between partially-blind, online dating and talking to strangers about Jesus. Often first dates proved fertile ground to practice spreading the Good News, as she found people curious about what it means to be a practicing Christian.
By Nelson Mendoza
Nelson Mendoza observes that the very popular Marie Kondo method of decluttering (keep only what sparks joy) can also be applied to individual religious practices. What we can truly take away is that the process for sparking joy is deeply personal, much like our journey for what brings us closer to God.
By Charles Graves
Millennials have grown used to portrayals as phone-connected, disbelieving, libertine, avocado toast-eaters. Such statements are usually followed by hand-wringing pleas for more young people in the pews. As a group, we crave a church that is “Loving, Liberating and Life-Giving”. We believe in justice because we are Christians and because of our Episcopal faith. We need the Church to meet us on those grounds with relationship and understanding.