Christian Formation

In our latest blog, the Rev. Alicia Hager talks about her engaging and heartwarming experience at her first Gathering of Leaders gathering in San Antonio, TX for Bi-Vocational Leaders.
In our latest blog, the Rev. Michael Carney writes about asking and receiving, prayer and answers. “When we ask, we will receive, but not necessarily what we wanted. When we search, we may not realize what we need. When we kn…
What does a theologian do? In our latest blog, the Rev. Hannah Armidon explains why she became one and what scholarship brings to The Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Spencer Hatcher writes about the vibrant sense of community and grace that can be found at Episcopal summer camp.
Linda Buskirk brings us our latest blog as part of the Good Book Club, which is reading the Gospel of Mark during Epiphany. She focuses on Mark 1:1 - “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
I became very curious, in particular, about how those people committed to faith formation are functioning at this moment in time.
With the COVID-19 pandemic came the precipitous end to in-person classes at Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary in early March.
Today we are faced with a modern plague but the question is the same: how are we called to live in the face of it. And our answers may ultimately lead to our congregations and the communities they serve surviving and thriving…
What if we, from the treasures of our Anglican theological heritage, took some of our common life out of the church buildings proper, and into the neighborhoods, homes, parks, restaurants, and coffee shops?
As we as the Episcopal Church embark on reading Paul’s longest contribution to the Biblical canon, I might just share all the reasons I love Paul, just in case your enthusiasm for reading the letter to the Romans needs a litt…
When I saw a new book, Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices, promoted on the Forward Movement website, I ordered it as a gift for a Roman Catholic friend who is on his way to being received into the Episcopal Church.…
This month we offer five resources on discipleship. Please share this digest with new members of your vestry and extend an invitation to subscribe to ECF Vital Practices to receive Vestry Papers and the monthly digest.
Following his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus stayed in the city.
I’ll be the first to admit: I don’t always want to start our leadership meetings with Bible study.
What other opportunities can your congregation create for inter-generational learning and spiritual growth, and just plain joy?
A dear friend recently celebrated 10 years of ordained ministry. As part of his reflection on the role of the priest today, he asked me what qualities I thought priests needed to have today.
How have you seen folks living out their faith in the midst of their everyday lives?
How else can we help people live out their faith, and grow in relationship with Christ, outside of Sunday morning?
We Episcopalians love our liturgy and our “color coded” church year. The liturgical calendar keeps us moving through the Bible, celebrates the major milestones and miracles of our faith, highlights examples of saints we might…
St. Nicholas doesn’t replace Santa but I hope our small celebration today gives context and meaning to the giving and receiving of gifts.