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Book review – Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

In the newly published book, Slow Church, C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison offer criticisms of how our culture’s need for “fast” has crept in to the church in North America. They refer to this need as “McDonaldization,” a term defined by sociologist George Ritzer as “the process by which the principles of the fast-food … Continue reading »

Campus ministers to learn online together
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Campus ministers to learn online together

“There’s a church beyond our church,” one of my colleagues in campus ministry said recently. She wasn’t talking about other denominations, or denominational structures like dioceses. She was talking about communities of practice within the Episcopal Church that supplement the parish. As a chaplain, she and I are part of one of these communities, the … Continue reading »

e-Formation bootcamp returns to VTS September 19
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e-Formation bootcamp returns to VTS September 19

Are you looking to improve your knowledge and skills in online outreach and digital faith resources? Are you an e-Formation participant looking for a regional skills bootcamp? If so, get ready for a day of inspirational success stories and hands-on training. Join us September 19 at Virginia Theological Seminary for a day of learning about new ways of witnessing to … Continue reading »

Exploring ‘hard questions’ by starting with ‘big questions’
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Exploring ‘hard questions’ by starting with ‘big questions’

David Bornstein recently wrote on the New York Times Fixes blog about how we can repair our public discourse. His answer was in the form of a question, or rather “big questions.” Ask Big Questions is an initiative of Jewish campus organization Hillel and was co-founded by Hillel Rabbi Josh Feigelson and students Lexie Komisar and Allison Gross in … Continue reading »

Easter People #19: Serving with young adults (live from Kindling)
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Easter People #19: Serving with young adults (live from Kindling)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Easter People (well, some of them) come to you from the road! Live from the Kindling Conference for Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leaders, Jason and Kyle were joined in Minneapolis by past guest Mike Angell (@angellmike) and new pal Amity Carrubba (@amitycarrubba), director of Episcopal Service Corps. … Continue reading »

Episcopal Service Corps helps young adults face life’s questions
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Episcopal Service Corps helps young adults face life’s questions

Summer is upon us which means, in part, that another class of college students has graduated and are wondering what it means to enter adulthood. Find a job? Move out of their parents’ house? Begin paying off student loans? These are only some of the big questions, with many smaller choices and challenges along the way. The transition from school … Continue reading »

Our Picks: Aging resources
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Our Picks: Aging resources

Many resources about aging are available, especially as more Boomers reach 65. The list the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) has put together for Key Resources provides an overview of the topic, with a mix of demographic studies, personal reflections, and programming tools. The list comes out of workshops and classes I’ve taught … Continue reading »

Episcopal Youth Event: Marked for mission, regardless of age
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Episcopal Youth Event: Marked for mission, regardless of age

Students in my courses are familiar with one of my core convictions: “age is a social construction.” There is no universal experience of being 5, 15, or 50. While genetics shape our developmental trajectory with contributions from our environment, the meanings and values attached to age vary from one cultural context to another. Being a middle-class, … Continue reading »