in Vestry Papers and filtered by Worship, Outreach, Clergy Transition + 6 other(s)
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 Sean Steele
What are the benefits and challenges of building an online community in a virtual world? Could this be a significant space the Church occupies in the future? In The Ultimate ‘Online’ Church vlog, Sean Steele introduces Web3 Abbey, perhaps the first ever Anglican liturgy inside of the Metaverse.
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 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 Audra Abt
The Rev. Audra Abt, vicar of Church of the Holy Spirit in Greensboro, North Carolina, views caring for God’s creation as a ministry, not a program or activity. In Creation Care and Community Engagement, she shares ways her parishioners nurtured their relationships with their land and their neighbors. They started by asking the community how their church might be a place where creation care is experienced and taught, and from that beginning, innovative, community-based partnerships were formed.