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Real formation in a digital world
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Real formation in a digital world

#464513815 / gettyimages.com The Internet cannot do the job of formation for us. This might seem like a strange thing to say on a blog that regularly covers technology and faith formation, but it seems to me that we must accept this idea from the first if we are to properly apply the immense power … Continue reading »

Easter People #25: Scary stories, embarrassing costumes
Easter People Podcast

Easter People #25: Scary stories, embarrassing costumes

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Happy Halloween from the Easter People! In our special holiday edition, we’ll tell our church horror stories and visit the ghosts of Halloween (costumes) past. Still, hope springs eternal, so we end with Green Shoots. Thanks again to José Reyes for joining us! We know what you really want to see are … Continue reading »

The Reflective Practitioner: The significance of order
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The Reflective Practitioner: The significance of order

#171784422 / gettyimages.com Growing up in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, I learned that worship—and just about every other aspect of religious life—was realized through the words of the Apostle Paul written in 1 Corinthian 14:40: “ Let all things be done decently and in order.” What this can represent to the world beyond the … Continue reading »

A Kickstarter campaign for a children’s Bible and prayer app
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A Kickstarter campaign for a children’s Bible and prayer app

About a month ago, I had the chance to sit down with Suzanne Haraburd in Chicago. Suzanne and her friend and colleague Pam Moore are active in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd community but have been asking hard questions about faith formation for children whose parents don’t bring them to church. For those children, Suzanne has … Continue reading »

Our Picks: Interfaith resources
Our Picks

Our Picks: Interfaith resources

Here in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, we occasionally get requests for resources on teaching about others faiths. That kind of learning is a particular strength of the seminary we’re a part of, but the conversations tend to have an academic and international tone—both good things, but not necessarily what congregational faith formation ministers are looking for … Continue reading »

Easter People #24: Breaking the silence about money in church
Easter People Podcast

Easter People #24: Breaking the silence about money in church

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s stewardship time in many of our congregations, and that means doing what we don’t do enough: talk about money in church. The Easter People do so with their usual optimism and whimsy. They also play “The Price Is Right” church-style and share their Green Shoots. Welcome to … Continue reading »

Young adult mission journal 2: What are you willing to give up?
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Young adult mission journal 2: What are you willing to give up?

#86198816 / gettyimages.com See Young adult mission journal 1 for Justin’s previous reflection.  Perhaps the most well-known emerging-style Episcopal community in the United States is Thad’s in Santa Monica, CA. Known for its rootsy worship music, creative outreach, and relaxed SoCal vibe, this self-styled “mission station” has become a model for emerging ministries since it first starting meeting … Continue reading »

Nextdoor church? A tool for meeting your neighbors
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Nextdoor church? A tool for meeting your neighbors

While I am currently a senior at Virginia Theological Seminary, I am doing work at Christ Church in Old Town Alexandria. A topic of conversation that frequently comes up at Christ Church, and hopefully all churches, is this: how can we better reach the people who live in our neighborhood, and surrounding neighborhoods? Mailings can be … Continue reading »

TREC: What I think I heard about ‘the contractor thing’ and why it sounds like good news
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TREC: What I think I heard about ‘the contractor thing’ and why it sounds like good news

I went to last week’s churchwide meeting of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) for two reasons: I believe TREC’s primary task of proposing changes to “the Church’s structures, governance, and administration” really will have a far-reaching and deeply felt impact on national, regional, and local Episcopal Church ministry, and I wanted to be present at this … Continue reading »

Easter People #23: The blessing of our animals
Easter People Podcast

Easter People #23: The blessing of our animals

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Easter People welcome back Amber Carswell—who is being ordained a priest today!—to talk pets and, in another music-related quiz, rewrite the story of Noah’s arky arky. Congrats to Amber and to all those churches who made lots of new friends today. Links: The “Rise and Shine” recording we excerpted … Continue reading »

Does your church slack? A communications conundrum
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Does your church slack? A communications conundrum

Churches are typically seen as slow, plodding entities always behind the technology curve. We at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching strive to be out in front of the trends we think matter and to try out innovative technologies. Recently I wanted to check out Slack. Many tech companies use Slack, HipChat, or other organizational software for seamless internal communications … Continue reading »

Why ‘The Confirmation Project’ matters for the Episcopal Church
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Why ‘The Confirmation Project’ matters for the Episcopal Church

Editor’s note: Our Lisa Kimball and Kate Siberine are participating in a five-denomination study of confirmation practices funded by the Lilly Endowment and  based at Princeton Seminary. This post originally appeared on the research team’s blog. Read more at The Confirmation Project.  Theological uncertainty and inconsistency have surrounded the practice of confirmation in the Episcopal Church for … Continue reading »