Whether you are an everyday Christian wondering what to do with our Presiding Bishop’s call to evangelism, or a preacher or pastor seeking the ground of your most tender and impactful work, you are welcome. … More What is truth?
Looking for inspiration for your continuing education for this year? Check out this guest post from Katherine Lewis and Tom Sinning. Did you take part in an exceptional formation event? Write it up and share it with us! The Rev. Katherine Lewis (St. David’s, Minnetonka) and the Rev. Tom Sinning (Emmanuel, Alexandria) immersed themselves in … More The Path of Descent is the Path of Transformation
At the beginning of a yoga class, often the instructor will ask students to take a moment and set an intention for their practice. Sometimes that means dedicating the practice to a person or a cause. Sometimes that means having an internal intention — seeking to be aware of one’s breath, or choosing to be … More What’s your intention for this year?
Wherever you are in your own journey of healing and transformation, you are invited to join with others in the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement, offering your self — your gifts and flaws and skills and delight — in harmony with the Holy Spirit’s work in the world … More Become what you receive
The School for Formation will offer two new courses in 2018-19 that speak specifically to the life and work of deacons. … More Deacons! New courses for you.
If you’ve never taken a course in the School for Formation before, try one of these for free in Fall 2018. … More Take your first course free in Fall 2018
Looking for some summer reading? Check out these books and podcasts. … More Potent, poetic, prophetic and helpful
What would change in our formation programs if we thought of ourselves as forming people who practice the way of Jesus? … More What is the ‘way of Jesus,’ you ask? We’re asking too.
What follows are recommendations for great things, crowd-sourced at this week’s Clergy Conference! TV SHOWS The Last Man on Earth Atlanta NOVELS Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders Ordinary Grace – William Kent Krueger Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi THEOLOGY, POLITICAL, & LIFE BOOKS Wait, What? and Life’s Other Essential Questions – James E. Ryan … More What You’re Reading: Testimonials from Clergy Conference
All are welcome to join us for this free one-day workshop. … More Asking Big Questions: Adult Faith Formation
A guest post from the field: Steve Johnson of St. David’s Minnetonka sends this testimonial about Peter Rollins’ series, Atheism for Lent. … More Notes from the Field: Atheism for Lent
This is evangelism: Speaking clearly about why Jesus is good news, about your experience of faith, and – perhaps most importantly – about how you live because of it. … More This is what (good) evangelism looks like
Check out this course and see more offerings, available to members of ECMN for free. … More Bridging the political divide in your faith community
We have this strength in our DNA: the willingness to be present in relationships where issues of the deepest import create life-or-death conflict. … More Change the conversation
Four resources here for you as you consider how to speak publicly about gun violence: Wondering how to crack open the gun policy conversation in a polarized environment? Gun Reform: Speaking Truth to Bullshit, Practicing Civility, and Effecting Change by Brené Brown will challenge you to get beyond the all-or-nothing frame that has dominated our national … More What we talk about when we talk about guns
Delusions of heroism can lead to isolation and spiraling disconnection from God, self, and others. … More The promise, and peril, of wilderness
The call to fasting, prayer, and silence in Lent isn’t a Christian cover on secular anxiety and DIY happiness. It’s about returning to God, who we meet in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, who offers us rest, grace, and belovedness. … More Lent 2018: Resources for your Practice
In mid-January, those in formation for Holy Orders gathered for a weekend of integration and prayerful reflection, supported by clergy from across ECMN. On Saturday afternoon, all participants gathered for an intensive workshop, in which they were asked to imagine themselves serving faith communities in Charlottesville, VA, in advance of the white supremacist rallies that … More Sharing the Wisdom of the Crisis Leadership Workshop
As we prepare for Lent in 2018, the School for Formation is making two of its one-day workshops available to clergy seeking a pre-Lent retreat day. Join us on Saturday, February 3, at the ECMN Retreat Center in Faribault, for a day of prayer and learning. We’re excited to share both of these workshops: passionate, … More Pre-Lent Clergy Retreat 2018
As ECMN continues to make the School for Formation a resource that serves all our faith communities, we’re excited to offer this opportunity! If you’ve never taken a course in the School for Formation before, try one of these for free in Spring 2018. Upon completion, receive a voucher to take half off the cost of … More Take your first course free in Spring 2018.