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 »

ECF Vital Posts shines spotlight on Hybrid Faith Formation Cohort
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ECF Vital Posts shines spotlight on Hybrid Faith Formation Cohort

Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series for the Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vital Posts blog. It was originally published here. Subscribe to Vital Posts for more profiles of church leadership in action—and more stories of the 2014 Hybrid Faith Formation Cohort.  Over the past eighteen months, I’ve learned a lot about how new ministry models … Continue reading »

Digital Ministry Field Notes: Dedicating a parish resource center
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Digital Ministry Field Notes: Dedicating a parish resource center

One of the rewards of entering the third year of our “digital mission” in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching is getting to witness some of the fruits of our colleagues’ labors. Recently at St. Columba’s in Washington, DC, I had just such an opportunity. It had been more than a year since I met … Continue reading »

Easter People #21: Back-to-school extravaganza
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Easter People #21: Back-to-school extravaganza

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s back-to-school time all over North America, and the Easter People (mostly) rejoice. We talk fall routines and rituals and educational pop culture before ending, as always, with our Green Shoots. Welcome once again to guest panelist Becky Zartman, aka the Vicar of H Street. Here are the bits of … Continue reading »

Easter People #20: Unexpected religious experiences
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Easter People #20: Unexpected religious experiences

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Greetings, Easter People people! Here’s our new episode with a conversation about non-religious pop culture that hit us in a religious way, a game which turns that formula around, and (as always) Green Shoots. We’d like to welcome guest panelist Becky Zartman, with whom we had a blast and … Continue reading »

Kindling Conference resource wrap-up
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Kindling Conference resource wrap-up

One of my most important jobs as a faith resource curator is winnowing down large amounts of material and recommending short lists of important and manageable chunks. That’s especially true of conference resources, particularly when those conferences generate a lot of strong video. As listeners to our Easter People Podcast already know, I attended the Kindling Conference for … 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 »