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By Charis Bhagianathan
Editors letter for Vestry Papers issue May 2022 Beyond the Pews.
By Nancy Jacobs
Este feligresia practica su ministerio en Bushnell Park para la gente de Hartford, Connecticut.
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 Nancy Jacobs
In Church By The Pond, Nancy Jacobs describes how the people of Christ Church Cathedral realized their dream of bringing church to the park, a dream that was strengthened through the pandemic as the community continued to gather united in prayer.
By Marc Andrus
Este ensayo utiliza los relatos de dos comunidades, una cerca del Mar Salton en el sur de California y una segunda comunidad, el pueblo de Kavalina en Alaska, para explorar nuestro llamado como episcopales a la ecojusticia y las formas en que nuestra rama episcopal del movimiento de Jesús puede ayudar a cuidar la creación.
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 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.