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An elevator pitch for the Episcopal Church

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Editor’s Note: Today’s post is a response to the Acts 8 Moment‘s BLOGFORCE challenge to write a 250-word elevator pitch for the Episcopal Church. What follows is obviously about more than just faith formation. Still, I hope this attempt does justice to our center’s passion and insight about the place of faith formation on our Christian journey.

The Episcopal Church is a faith community for grown-ups. That doesn’t mean we exclude children or that we don’t sometimes act like them. It does mean we are comfortable with mess and skeptical of easy answers. We worship a God whose will is sometimes hard to know—but whose love knows no bounds.

We are not the one true church, not the biggest, hippest, or best organized. We’re a ragtag bunch united primarily by our firm conviction that praying together forms us into the people God is calling us to be.

What do we believe about Jesus? It’s a bit more complicated than we have time for in this elevator. Basically: (1) Being born into the world was the way God continued reaching out to it in love. (2) Living, loving, seeking, and serving as Jesus did leads us more deeply into abundant life. Not easy. Abundant.

Episcopalians share a hunger for justice, a love of beauty, a curiosity about the world. We know we need God to save, sustain, and transform us. We know God needs us to be the hands and heart of Christ today.

Life is hard, and the world faces many challenges. It needs as many reminders of God’s love as it can get: the Bible, yes, but also inspiring worship, service to others, loving relationships, respect for all persons.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you. Bring your whole self. Drink deeply from the well of God’s love. Help us be a sign of that love to others.

Kyle Matthew Oliver (@kmoliver) is the digital missioner and learning lab coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, a contributor at Faith Formation Learning Exchange, and a panelist on the Easter People podcast.

Image credit: “A Sign From God” by Duane Romanell via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

6 thoughts on “An elevator pitch for the Episcopal Church

  1. Kyle, this is awesome. This is especially nicely done, “We are not the one true church, not the biggest, hippest, or best organized. We’re a ragtag bunch united primarily by our firm conviction that praying together forms us into the people God is calling us to be.”

    But I also thought that in saying, “What do we believe about Jesus? It’s a bit more complicated than we have time for in this elevator.” You made room to open up more of a back and forth. Thanks for taking on the challenge and for sharing.

    • Thanks, Frank. I think making room for back and forth is really important if we’re reaching out to people who don’t go to church. I think we want to say “Hey, there’s a really profound mystery here, but we each have to learn for ourselves how it takes root in us.”

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