By Jim Murphy
In this short video, Jim Murphy Managing Program Director at ECF, reviews the benefits of this easy to set up Life Income Gift known as the Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA).
By Alissa Newton
Can ASA give us an accurate indication of a parish’s health? In How the Pandemic Cured my ASA Obsession, Alissa Newton talks about her fixation with attendance and numbers, and how the pandemic forced her to reframe ‘metrics’ in a new light.
By Sean Steele
What are the benefits and challenges of building an online community in a virtual world? Could this be a significant space the Church occupies in the future? In The Ultimate ‘Online’ Church vlog, Sean Steele introduces Web3 Abbey, perhaps the first ever Anglican liturgy inside of the Metaverse.
By Janet Waggoner
How do congregations who lose their buildings and possessions refocus on what truly makes “church”? In Church Without Walls, Janet Waggoner shares the story of the Episcopal Church in North Texas, where its people have not just continued doing God’s work in the face of material loss, but have poured even more into their communities, never failing in love and faithfulness.
By John Leech
For years, human activity has altered the world we inhabit, largely in devastating and destructive ways. In Stewards of the Earth, John Leech invites us to reimagine our relationship with our temporary home and assume our role as caretakers and custodians of this beautiful planet.
By Josh Anderson
In Seeking Refugia: Hope for a World in Climate Crisis, Josh Anderson describes his experience of reading Refugia Faith a book by Debra Rienstra, that brings joy, hope and the call to act to mend our relationship with our earth in small, continuous and impactful ways.
By Rachel Taber-Hamilton
Indigenous cultures teach that caring for world we inhabit is critical for our survival and that every living being has value. Christian Western European culture introduced a more hierarchical social structure, where value was assigned. In Let Earth Be Heaven, Rachel Taber-Hamilton implores us to really consider what the commandant about loving our neighbors actually means – are we willing to love enough to save the earth?
By Charis Bhagianathan
The evidence is all around us – rising global temperatures, shrinking ice sheets, rising sea levels, more extreme and highly destructive weather events. Climate change is already a very real threat to us and future generations, and the devastation will be much greater unless massive changes are implemented on large and small scales, as scientists have been warning us for years. What can we do to find hope and create lasting change as stewards and not consumers of this world that we have been given? In this issue we hear stories of hopefulness and a gentle embrace of our hurting planet, where our faith drives us to care and take action for our beloved temporary home.
By Marc Andrus
What is our call as Episcopalians to eco-justice and stewarding the gift of our planet? In Eco-Justice Lives in the Heart, Bishop Marc Andrus shares the experience of two communities – one in California and the other in Alaska – that have been ravaged by environmental degradation and human-induced climate change, addressing how we can respect the dignity of all life and embrace care of the earth as Christians. This article is available in English and Spanish.
By Cathy Hornberger
This month we share five reflections on Easter.