Regular followers of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching know we’re big fans of the Episcopal Service Corps. Service corps programs represent the possibility of faith formation at its best: contextual, community-based, and concerned with the needs of the world.
You may also have read that Kyle has been meeting regularly this year with two fellow digital missioners serving as part of ESC. One of those missioners is Ed Watson, editor of the St. Hilda’s House blog as well as the program’s Spring Quarterly. Here’s a peek at the introduction to this volume of reflections on faith in the Episcopal Church and living (and worshipping) in Christian community:
The authors of this volume aren’t interested in a dying Church. We aren’t interested in hearing about declining attendance, spiritual apathy, or the incompatibility of faith and reason. We’ve grown up hearing that the Church must either reinvent or perish in the face of all these things- it gets repetitive, and it doesn’t preach.
We are committed to a Church with a future- a future which is much the same as its past. We are committed to a Church which cannot count on a dominant culture for its sustenance. We are committed to a Church which doesn’t count strength in terms of numbers. We are committed to a Church which recognizes no foundation but Jesus Christ, which builds its life around His Word and Sacrament. We are committed to a Church which lives with and for the oppressed and downtrodden, working in faith so that the love of God might be borne to all.
Read the whole thing here to see how young adults in this powerful service context are making meaning of their experience and looking to the future of a church they love.