in Vestry Papers and filtered by Mission, Youth & Young Adults, Stewardship + 3 other(s)
By Jeannine Otis
Have we considered how welcoming our music ministry is? In Music That Builds Bridges, Jeannine Otis describes why it is so important to prioritize inclusive music – it enlivens worship, enhances our joy and builds bridges to strengthen our communities.
By Sandra Montes
What does it mean to continually examine and reimagine church music and liturgy? In Music and Change: A Conversation with Dent Davidson, Sandra Montes talks with Dent Davidson, a professional lay music minister for over 45 years, who discusses his development as a musician and encourages us to seek and create new ways to express ourselves in our liturgy and music.
By Robert Leopold
COVID-19 has unforgivingly exposed a challenging vision of the future of our church. In Tension and Release in the Church, Robert Leopold uses the analogy of a “wrist rocket” from the Netflix series Stranger Things and shares how being called to “wade into the tension of our times” might be the pandemic’s hidden gift.
By Ellen and Kurt Huber
In this heartbreaking and poignant piece - Showing Up at the Holy Borders - Ellen and Kurt Huber narrate the story of the small community of the Cheyenne River Episcopal Mission who gathered to share in the grief of young parents, driving out their deep pain with the warmth of compassion and the living traditions of their ancestors.
By Yein Kim
The Gathering, a ministry of The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, is a space for Asian Pacific American spirituality. In A New Gathering for Asian Pacific American Spirituality, the Rev. Yein Kim describes the ministry and how they were able to pivot during the pandemic, expanding their community online and their pool of resources, lifting up voices and serving those in this underrepresented yet vibrant community.
By Mary Vano
What can we do to raise our children to have an understanding and respect for other faith traditions? When the Rev. Mary Vano came to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, it was clear that there was energy around formation for children – just not the usual Vacation Bible School way. In Breathe on Me, Breath of Life, she shares how Friendship Camp came about – an interfaith summer day camp for children in partnership with the Interfaith Center of the Institute for Theological Studies at St. Margaret’s, whose mission is to reduce fear and hatred among the world’s religions.
By Callie Swanlund and Jeremy Tackett
How do we understand digital ministry, especially in a pandemic? In Digital Ministry Is Here to Stay, the Rev. Callie Swanland and Jeremy Tackett join in conversation to explain how they’ve been telling their stories in the digital realm, what they’ve learned and share their hopes about how this type of ministry has endless creative possibilities as we imagine new ways of exploring evangelism, formation and discipleship in a post-pandemic church.
By Brian Baker
In the most ‘outside the church walls’ ministry I could find, the Rev. Brian Baker takes Christianity, fellowship and the love and understanding of Jesus Christ to the world of virtual reality at last year’s Burning Man Festival. In The Church Goes to Virtual Burning Man, he assures us that Jesus moves among us, even in cyberspace.
By Uriel Lopez
En un mundo cambiante, la Iglesia Misionera necesita liderazgo y confianza.
By Uriel Lopez
In a changing world, the Missionary Church needs leadership and trust. The Rev. Uriel Lopez describes in A Two-in-One Ministry Grows in Houston how forming San Romeo at St. Christopher’s showed him that the leadership of the Spirit of Christ must be present in planting a new Christian congregation.