in Vestry Papers and filtered by Leadership, Hospitality, Diversity + 2 other(s)
By Yesenia (Jessie) Alejandro
Cuando me enteré de que la COVID-19 ya estaba en EEUU y que gente estaba muriendo a causa de este virus mortífero, se me partió el corazón.
By Yesenia (Jessie) Alejandro
What does stewardship look like in a pandemic? In Prayer and Action in a Pandemic, Jessie Alejandro shares how she and a group of faithful disciples mobilized an entire community to serve those in need, both in their immediate communities and beyond.
By Gerlene Gordy
Navajoland has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, their infection and death rates amongst the highest in the country. In Abundant Love In Scarce Times, Gerlene Gordy describes how well-wishers from across the nation, Church and world responded to their crisis with love and generosity, caring for the people of this beautiful and rugged reservation.
By Charis Bhagianathan
In this issue we share ideas that will help us think anew about stewardship in this changing landscape.
By Caroline Moomaw Chilton
Stressed out at the thought of a stewardship campaign in the middle of a pandemic? In 12 Steps to Successful Stewardship, Carolyn Chilton breaks down some key stewardship concepts that are foundational and practical, especially in times of transition and disruption.
By Jimmy Bartz
The notion of abundance and overflow is something we encounter often in conversations around stewardship. In Enough Love to Go Around, Jimmy Bartz asks a simple but transformational question: what if we focus on simply having enough?
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 Kelly Brown Douglas
The alienation of America from its soul is at the root of normalizing dehumanizing and violence against black lives. In Do We Want to Be White, Or Do We Want to be Church? Dean Kelly Brown Douglas asks communities of faith to lead this country back to its soul by setting an example through repentant truth-telling and restorative letting-go.
By Sandy Webb
Are we open to new ways of being community? In An Audacious Spirit of Abundance, Sandy Webb shares the story of Church of the Holy Communion’s Audacity Fund and the projects it supported that led to a dramatic shift in the life of his church and community.
By David Robinson
A church building is a gift that we must consider using to its fullest potential. In Putting Our Buildings to Work, David Robinson invites us to be open to all possibilities and lists ideas for transforming church spaces.