Last week when I met a friend for coffee, she showed up wearing a t-shirt she had gotten at an Ani DiFranco concert. It said, “The world owes me nothing. We owe each other the world.” This is true for us who follow the way of Jesus, my friends. It’s language from one of our … More In for the Long Haul
True, inspired, healthy, effective, successful leadership requires a tremendous amount of inner work on the part of the leader. … More Courage and Renewal for Leaders
The mission opportunity (read: ECMN learning goal) for the year might look so tidy, and some of it so familiar, that you could think to yourself, “Oh, this looks on brand.” But it’s a massive theological statement boiled into one line. … More Unpacking ‘the way of love’
Looking for resources to train acolytes, lectors, lay eucharistic ministers, lay eucharistic visitors, and altar guild folks? These short video courses offer worship leader training in short videos you can access when it suits your group. The School for Formation’s partnership with ChurchNext means your faith community can access these resources at no additional cost. … More Worship leaders: This is for you
Get a refresher on some of the hardest work of ministry! ECMN Clergy: We’re offering five free spots in our Pastoral Care: Advanced Skills course, taught by the pros at Leaderwise. Use the code LABCOAT — and register soon before the spots fill up. The course starts August 5!
We continue our annual tradition of collecting notes at ECMN’s Clergy Conference on media, continuing education, and other soul-feeding resources. … More Take up and read
Our hearts and minds have been molded not to see the sin of racism when it is standing right in front of us. When it is speaking inside of us. … More Three Ways to Worship When You’re Snowed In This Sunday
Consider this phrase: willing to be changed.This attitude is at the heart of any faith journey: the conscious consent to being transformed by that which we encounter. Perhaps, sometimes, that means the conscious discernment about how we wish to be changed, and the pursuit of experiences that will shape us — though that pursuit can … More Willing to Be Changed
Faith formation means experiencing beloved community, and practicing building it with others. … More Formed by and for Beloved Community
Join your fellow deacons and priests in a day of immersion in practices for a Jesus-centered life. … More Clergy Retreat: The Way of Love
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
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
“Christians are not optimists. No. Rather, we choose to see hope where there is no hope.” On a pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine in 2010, I heard these words from a former bishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem, the Rt. Rev. Riah Hanna Abu El-Assal. He had earned the right to speak boldly about ‘where … More Hope where there is no hope
We can be hubs for courageous innovation when we trust that God has given us the freedom and the will to do something new. … More Even now, creativity and freedom