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By Audra Abt
In our latest blog, Audra Abt encourages us to cultivate real relationships with people marked by the brutalities of systemic injustice.
By David Romanik
How do we respond when those who look and speak differently knock on our door? When two Swahili-speaking refugee families from Congo arrived at Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, in 2013, the community’s first response was to help with their physical needs. In Breaking Down Walls, David Romanik shares the process of discernment and the practical steps that followed as they shifted their focus to bringing God’s purpose for the community to life.
By Jemonde Taylor
How are icons different from images? In Icons: One Thousand Painted Prayers, Jemonde Taylor delves into the world of spiritual iconography and explains how powerfully expressive icons can be in revealing the divine to us and in us.
By Maryann Philbrook
Dean Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with the Rev. Dan Scheid, Rector of St. Pauls Episcopal Church in downtown Flint, Michigan in a podcast, with accompanying discussion questions.
By Linda Buskirk
Linda Buskirk addresses a common issue in church architecture – that often it’s not built to be welcome to people of all abilities. In our latest blog, she recommends steps to remedy such situations.
By Meredith Rogers
How can a vestry be transformational in its relationships, particularly with young people in the church? In An Open Letter to Vestry Members From a Youth Minister, Meredith Rogers appeals to church leaders to show up for their youth and children.
By Lisa G. Fischbeck
Rather than cast away the works of darkness, we can be more particular, and instead cast away the works of those policies, those tendencies, proclivities, doubts, practices, traditions, by which we deny ourselves and others fullness of life.
ECF has gathered ten resources for Advent.
By Annette Buchanan
In our latest blog, Annette Buchanan reminds us that we should always use good HR practices when hiring and gives a list of best practices for lay positions. Hiring gives us the opportunity to demonstrate that the Church is not a closed society, but welcoming to all.
By Richelle Thompson
A church coloring book? Sure, why not? It’s a creative and accessible way to teach both children and adults about the church and its traditions. Using drawings done by artists in the congregation also honors their talents.