filtered by Outreach, Hospitality, Evangelism + 1 other(s)
By Alan Bentrup
Simple actions like nodding hello to strangers while walking around the neighborhood can create a temporary connection that brings a shared closeness. Alan Bentrup explains his version of prayer-walking evangelism in his latest blog.
By Lisa G. Fischbeck
The Episcopal Church of the Advocate lost its best loved greeter and mouser this spring. Smoke the Advo-cat came initially to take care of a pernicious mouse problem but soon began to make himself an indispensable part of the church community.
By Lisa G. Fischbeck
Lisa Fischbeck figured the Memorial Day concert and cookout would be a good way for folks to experience the hospitality of the church. It also proved to be a much easier entry point for newcomers than Sunday mass.
By Mary Cat Young
Mary Cat Young shares her advice on how to approach the subject of evangelism to millennials. How do we get millennials into our churches? By getting ourselves in a place where we can see, hear and learn from them.
By Charis Hill
Charis Hill grew up an abled child in the Episcopal Church, where she was an acolyte. As a young adult, she became disabled by ankylosing spondylitis and could no longer take the steps up to the chancel. As a millennial with years of ministry ahead of her, she noticed that most chancels are raised and accessible only by steps.
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 Lauren Kay
Lauren Kay examines personal authenticity and the Church from a LBGTQ+ lens and finds the Church lacking in hospitality. She draws strength from the recovery community and feels that people often find more acceptance, love and welcome there than they do at Church.
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.
By Maria Bautista Vargas
Maria Bautista Vargas is privileged to have been supported in the church and connected to transformative leadership opportunities, but recognizes that there are many other young adults without such opportunities. Which is a shame, because in her experience young adults are eager and hungry to serve!
By Linda Buskirk
Taylor asserts that encountering others with love and respect is to undertake “the hardest spiritual work in the world… to love the neighbor as the self”