in Vestry Papers and filtered by Small Churches, Racial Justice, Youth + 2 other(s)
By Yuri Rodriguez
En medio de tiempos tan desorientadores, estuvo la poderosa música de Lin Manuel Miranda y su historia reimaginada de los padres fundadores luchando por la libertad para todos (realmente para todos), lo que nos trajo una brisa refrescante, un sentido de unión y alivio de la fatiga del zoom y de la incertidumbre. Éste es solo uno de los muchos ejemplos de cómo la música y los músicos que ejecutaron, interpretaron, grabaron y compartieron sus dones con el mundo se contaban entre los grandes héroes de la pandemia.
By Yuri Rodriguez
COVID-19 provided music, like many other art forms, with an opportunity to rethink, reimagine and refocus. In Decolonizing Church Music, Yuri Rodriguez highlights different ways to think about diverse music traditions and to refocus music and worship as less an aesthetic priority and more a missional one.
By Aisha Huertas
How can small churches operate from a mindset of abundance? In Beyond the Numbers, Aisha Huertas shares examples and lists practical ways in which small churches have massive positive impact in the communities around them.
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 Dexter Lesieur
Being a small church, doesn’t mean only small things are possible. Quite the contrary, as Dexter Lesieur lists in Inspiration from a Small Congregation, the incredible work his church of 16 has been able to accomplish with enthusiasm, courage and the power of the Holy Spirit.
By Aisha Huertas
“La rosa no dejaría de ser rosa, tampoco dejaría de esparcir su aroma, aunque se llamara de otra manera”,me suena en la mente cuando pienso en la institución que es la Iglesia. No es porque la Iglesia es perfecta ni porque no tenemos trabajo serio que hacer en aspectos como racismo, inclusión y amar al prójimo, pero debido a que la Iglesia, independientemente de su tamaño y cuando realmente sigue el Evangelio, es la mayor fuerza que hemos conocido.
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 Charis Bhagianathan
In this issue, you’ll hear stories of love, strength and a willingness to evolve – all characteristics that we must lean on as we grow together as Church.
By Audra Abt
What does it look like to prioritize relationships and community in a pandemic? In Pandemic Learnings, Audra Abt shares the experience of her congregation and its multi-racial, multi-ethnic community, their struggle and response to a stark digital divide and their focus on relationship-driven mission during COVID-19.
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.