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Young Adults: Accompanying pilgrims
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Young Adults: Accompanying pilgrims

This post by Kyle Oliver is part of a series inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. You can read the whole issue here. Faith formation is for all kinds of young adults: ones who have stayed in church, ones who have left, ones who have found … Continue reading

Young Adults: Understanding the lens of authenticity
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Young Adults: Understanding the lens of authenticity

This post by Kyle Oliver is part of a series inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. You can read the whole issue here. In addition to cultivating a service-oriented culture, another commonly cited means of connecting with young adults involves the lens of authenticity. What does … Continue reading

Older Adult Ministry for the Body
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Older Adult Ministry for the Body

This second post about ministry for adults 75 and older is part of a series inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and special issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. In the first post about ministry to adults 75 and older, we noted that our spiritual lives cannot be separated from the wholeness … Continue reading

Young Adults: Cultivating a service culture
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Young Adults: Cultivating a service culture

This post by Kyle Oliver is part of a series inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. You can read the whole issue here. The critical mass issue is often compounded by a sort of double disengagement. We have seen that Millennials as a cohort are detached … Continue reading

Spiritual Well-Being for Older Adults
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Spiritual Well-Being for Older Adults

This post is part of a series inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and special issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. You can read about all ages here. When answering the question, “Who is your target audience?” most church leaders will say young people, or Millennials, or young families, or the unchurched. … Continue reading

Young Adults: Engaging the critical mass problem
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Young Adults: Engaging the critical mass problem

This post by Kyle Oliver is part of a series inspired by the Seasons of Adult Faith Formation book, symposium, and issue of Lifelong Faith Journal. You can read the whole issue here. To say that young adults are at the demographic margins is, in one sense, absurd. Millennials are the largest generational cohort in American … Continue reading

Advent debates
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Advent debates

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” … Continue reading

Blue Christmas: Responding to loss
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Blue Christmas: Responding to loss

I began writing this commentary thinking of those who have experienced a significant loss in their lives: a loved one who is no longer present, an awaited birth that did not take place, a job that was lost or did not materialize — therefore no money for gifts. But as I reflected on the song … Continue reading

Interview with author Heidi Haverkamp
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Interview with author Heidi Haverkamp

.   Bio:  Heidi Haverkamp is Vicar of the Episcopal Church of St. Benedict in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Her gifts for ministry include teaching, preaching, and spiritual guidance and counseling. Her writing has appeared in several magazines and websites, including The Christian Century, Upper Room Disciplines, and Episcopal Café. She is a Benedictine oblate of Holy … Continue reading

Quantity time leads to quality formation
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Quantity time leads to quality formation

When I was a young mother, I discovered that quality time with my children did not occur on schedule. It was only through quantity time that intimate intersections occurred. Often those moments came at unexpected times. Sometimes our minds touched during a moment of laughter or when we were awestruck. Whenever one of us spotted … Continue reading

Q&A on Acolytes:  A conversation with a verger
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Q&A on Acolytes: A conversation with a verger

  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia has a thriving acolyte program. I recently sat down with Heidi Schneble, the verger who helps coordinate the entire process.   What is the acolyte program like at St. Paul’s, Alexandria VA? The acolyte program at St. Paul’s is open to all willing parishioners ages 10 to … Continue reading

Reading the bible behind bars
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Reading the bible behind bars

Two or three Tuesdays a month I visit the re-entry unit at the Washington, DC Jail. I spend an hour or so talking with some of the incarcerated men about their lives and where, if at all, they see or feel God. We always start with prayer and then we read and reflect on a … Continue reading