Easter People #28: Evangelism – Reaching out, reaching in
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Easter People #28: Evangelism – Reaching out, reaching in

Podcast: Play in new window | Download This week the Easter People welcome Melanie Mullen, the downtown missioner at St. Paul’s in Richmond, for a conversation about evangelism. We also touch on the intersection of evangelism and mission with justice and advocacy, including our growing national conversations about race. Then we play a game about digital evangelists … Continue reading »

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 »

Resources for talking about Ferguson
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Resources for talking about Ferguson

Since well before last Wednesday’s grand jury verdict not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, colleagues have been sharing resources for discussing, praying about, and otherwise grappling with Ferguson—the shooting of Michael Brown, the events that followed, and what they all mean about and for our nation and for Christ’s church in the world. This post collects … Continue reading »

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download 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 … Continue reading »

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download 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: … 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 »

Easter People #25: Scary stories, embarrassing costumes
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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 »

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 »

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

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
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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 »

Easter People #22: Why do we need the Bible today?
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Easter People #22: Why do we need the Bible today?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode, the Easter People are joined by our pal Amber Carswell and tackle the issue of the Bible’s relevance today. And then we play a game courtesy of BibleQuiz.biz and squander whatever credibility we might have had on that topic. Here are some Green Shoots links: New … Continue reading »