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By ECFVP Team
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By Charis Bhagianathan
In our final issue of the year, we raise up our young leaders. Their collective wisdom and experience teach us incredibly important lessons about our church today and tomorrow. I invite you to listen to their powerful stories and learn from them. They represent the best and most hopeful part of our beloved Church.
By Dustin Seo
How many times has your faith community thought about what it can do to bring and keep young people at church? In Worship as an Invitation to Belong, Dustin Seo describes his journey into the Episcopal Church as an active participant who knows he belongs, the role that music played on that path and how worship is something we all actively create, not something we passively consume.
By Ellis Reyes Montes
As our Church expands to reflect the world we live in, cultivating respectful relationships with people from unfamiliar cultures is a skill we all will benefit from. In Respectful Practices for Approaching Multicultural Resources, Ellis Montes discusses three practices to help initiate the respectful incorporation of materials from unfamiliar cultures into our worship.
By Charis Bhagianathan
In this issue I am thrilled to share the voices of some faithful young leaders in our Church. In these reflections they share insight about their experiences of life, work and ministry as they navigate our ever-challenging world.
By Prema Vas
We live in a culture that encourages us to ‘follow your heart’ constantly. But is that good advice? In To Feel or Not to Feel, Prema Vas shares a reflection on how she navigates immense and overwhelming feelings, with help from Jesus.
By Stephen Rumler
How does music impact our worship? In Love in Humble Service, Stephen Rumler describes how the parish where he serves as music director was impacted by the pandemic and why music continues to be “an unavoidable grace that we receive each day.”
By Nia McKinney
Does being ‘on’ at all times make you stressed? In On Being Available Always, a short video, Nia McKinney chats with us about constant availability, constant vigilance and constant worry. She implores us to learn to respect boundaries, our own and those of others.
By Cate Anthony
Cancel-culture and the associated idea of irredeemability it carries has become common in our world. But how do we reconcile that as Christians? In Call-out Culture’s Shadow Side, Cate Anthony raises important questions on justice, othering and redemption.
By Mary Vano
Do you remember your first pledge? In New World, Ancient Practice: Tithing in the 21st Century, Mary Vano describes her personal relationship with tithing and encourages us to find our way on God’s path of liberation through generous giving.