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By Daniel Vélez Rivera
En el 2007, el reverendo Daniel Vélez Rivera se convirtió en uno de los primeros hermanos del Ministerio de Transformación patrocinados por la Fundación de la Iglesia Episcopal. Con esa financiación de la ECF, se creó un ministerio piloto diseñado y facilitado por la clériga Ema Rosero-Nordalm (de la diócesis de Massachusetts) llamado "Abuelas, Madres y Más". Han pasado quince años desde que nació el primer grupo de espiritualidad, apoyo y asesoría multigeneracional para mujeres latinas que crían a sus hijos en Salem, Massachusetts.
By Adriane Bilous
The Fellowship Partners Program has been in existence since 1964 and supported the work of over 200 creative and future-focused Episcopalians. In this month’s edition of Vestry Papers, we celebrate the work of several of these incredible individuals. These stories highlight the current projects, interests and programs ECF Fellows are engaged in and delighted to share with the ECF community. As part of our continued efforts to share more about our ECF Fellows, we are featuring Fellows’ work in both the July and August issues of Vestry Papers, in addition to a blog series focusing on the role of scholarship in the future of The Episcopal Church.
By ECFVP editorial team
In Lucinda Mosher and Building Bridges, the ECFVP editorial team describes ECF Fellow Lucinda Mosher’s (ThD, General Theological Seminary) journey that begins during her dissertation work which addressed fostering dialogue between Muslim and Christians through the lens of comparative theology. Dr. Mosher is a prolific writer on Christian-Muslim work, exemplified in the annual Building Bridges seminary which brings together Christian and Muslim scholars at Georgetown University. While Dr. Mosher’s extensive publications speak to her skills as a researcher and scholar, her ECF Fellowship made those early scholar days easier. Dr Mosher says, “According to recent research, during the many decades that General Seminary offered a Doctor of Theology degree, the overwhelming majority of those who earned it were men; only eight women completed that program. I am one of those eight. Having the support of the ECF was such an important part of attaining that goal!”
By Catherine Thompson
The Rev. Catherine Thompson talks about her church’s partnership with Khesed Wellness and their mental health services for the uninsured and underinsured.
By Ben Maddison
Leaving your comfort zone and trying new things is always a learning experience. Sometimes it’s also incredibly fun. In TikTok and Real Ministry, Ben Maddison describes his foray into TikTok which started out as a way to make people laugh and has now become a powerful source of real ministry.
By ECF Staff
What are the long-term effects of Covid-19 on faith communities and how are we tackling them? In Bridges to the Future: Addressing the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Faith Communities, ECF staff, in collaboration with Diocesan teams, share “new ministry models to ensure the sustainability and vitality of these communities over the long-term.”
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 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 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 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.