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By Charis Bhagianathan
In this issue, we bring you ideas on how to think about music ministry in new ways, open up to exploring different music traditions and approach music ministry with a renewed sense of curiosity and joy.
By Robert Leopold
COVID-19 has unforgivingly exposed a challenging vision of the future of our church. In Tension and Release in the Church, Robert Leopold uses the analogy of a “wrist rocket” from the Netflix series Stranger Things and shares how being called to “wade into the tension of our times” might be the pandemic’s hidden gift.
By Yein Kim
The Gathering, a ministry of The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, is a space for Asian Pacific American spirituality. In A New Gathering for Asian Pacific American Spirituality, the Rev. Yein Kim describes the ministry and how they were able to pivot during the pandemic, expanding their community online and their pool of resources, lifting up voices and serving those in this underrepresented yet vibrant community.
By Hillary Raining
Mental health, wellness and spirituality have become critically important during this time of isolation, grief and fear. In Thrive in The Hive, the Rev. Hillary Raining shares examples of work they’re doing at The Hive - an online spirituality and wellness community, formed to bring ancient Christian practices of faith to those who looking to grow and learn.
By Mary Vano
What can we do to raise our children to have an understanding and respect for other faith traditions? When the Rev. Mary Vano came to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, it was clear that there was energy around formation for children – just not the usual Vacation Bible School way. In Breathe on Me, Breath of Life, she shares how Friendship Camp came about – an interfaith summer day camp for children in partnership with the Interfaith Center of the Institute for Theological Studies at St. Margaret’s, whose mission is to reduce fear and hatred among the world’s religions.
By Allison Sandlin Liles
While the pandemic has been challenging for almost everyone, one group in particular has had an especially difficult time: parents of young children. In Faith Formation at Home, the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles describes her struggle around providing Christian formation for her children during this time of isolation, and the guidance and support she able to receive from GrowChristians.org, an online space for Episcopal adults eager to be more intentional about faith formation at home.
By Callie Swanlund and Jeremy Tackett
How do we understand digital ministry, especially in a pandemic? In Digital Ministry Is Here to Stay, the Rev. Callie Swanland and Jeremy Tackett join in conversation to explain how they’ve been telling their stories in the digital realm, what they’ve learned and share their hopes about how this type of ministry has endless creative possibilities as we imagine new ways of exploring evangelism, formation and discipleship in a post-pandemic church.
By Charis Bhagianathan
Especially in recent years, female clergy leaders from around the church have added incredible depth and experience to each event and Gathering. My colleague Haley Bankey, who also serves as Executive Director for GOL, has helped curate this list of articles and vlogs from some of the women leaders of GOL.
By David W. Peters
The Rev. David Peters Shares Five Resources on Pandemic Church
By Greg Syler
Greg Syler asks “to what kind of future do we wish to return”. Do we as a church want to go back to the slow decline we were experiencing or take the time to fundamentally change the way we do business so that we fix our problems instead of patching them?