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Tech Report: Collecting information with Google Forms
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Tech Report: Collecting information with Google Forms

We get a lot of questions about creating online forms. There are lots of inexpensive and powerful tools to consider, including Wufoo, Formstack, SignUpGenius, and SurveyMonkey. But if you’re looking for the easiest, quickest tool, you should definitely consider Google Forms, which you access through the free Google Drive suite of web-based office tools. Today’s … Continue reading »

Easter People #27: Plenty to look forward to
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Easter People #27: Plenty to look forward to

Welcome to Advent, Easter People people! In this episode, we get in the spirit of the season by discussing what we’re eagerly anticipating in the coming year. Then we play “The Waiting Game” and end with Green Shoots. Green Shoots links: Faith Forward Conference Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways Bowen Conference (go see Randall!) Like the show? Drop … Continue reading »

Two churches thrive with combined faith formation program
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Two churches thrive with combined faith formation program

On the north shore of Long Island in Manhasset, NY, two neighboring churches are working together in a new, path-breaking ecumenical way. For 200 years, Christ Episcopal Church and Community Reformed Church (RCA) shared land and a historic cemetery, but ministered independently of one another. Since 2012, these two churches have created an interdenominational faith formation … Continue reading »

Easter People #26: Coming-of-age stories
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Easter People #26: Coming-of-age stories

This week, the Easter People welcome their pal Iman Green and talk about their favorite coming-of-age stories on the big and small screens. Then they play the Teenage Protagonist Culture Quiz. For those of you even younger than Kyle and Iman, or much older, here are some clip links: Jason: The Goonies Randall: The Wonder Years … Continue reading »

Some young adult ministry best practices from Commonplace 2014
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Some young adult ministry best practices from Commonplace 2014

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending (and serving as videographer for) Commonplace 2014, a regional gathering of young adults in the Episcopal Church. Besides learning a whole lot about shooting and editing video (perhaps I’ll save those lessons for a later post), I came away with what sounded like some best practices in young … Continue reading »

Poise of the Soul: A Yoga Worship Service
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Poise of the Soul: A Yoga Worship Service

This past year, St. Alban’s Parish in Washington, DC, conducted a bold experiment in liturgy. Associate rector Jim Quigley and I, with the support of parishioner Sally Craig, piloted a yoga worship service. We called it A Poise of the Soul: Yoga as Liturgy, and strung a large banner outside to advertise the monthly Friday-night offering. People … Continue reading »

Kadosh: Adult faith formation for today’s village
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Kadosh: Adult faith formation for today’s village

Ritual is formative. Technology is a partner. Accessibility is a must. Formation is collaborative. After spending nearly a decade leading Sunday school in parishes and teaching religion classes in day schools, these four tenets have emerged for me as primary ingredients to effective formation. It is no longer the case that the village cleric can gather … Continue reading »

Resource review: Style Guidelines for The Episcopal Church
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Resource review: Style Guidelines for The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church recently published a new communication and style guide. It offers a lot more than most style guides, which, to be honest, appeal more to grammar nerds than to anyone else. Along with nicely comprehensive writing style guidelines, this new release includes “must haves” for church websites, social media best practices, tips for bloggers, … Continue reading »

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
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Easter People #25: Scary stories, embarrassing costumes

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 the photos. Here are all the costume … 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 »