Faith formation means experiencing beloved community, and practicing building it with others. … More Formed by and for Beloved Community
Learn more about the Diaconate with these workshops and courses … More What do deacons do?
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.
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.
All are welcome to join us for this free one-day workshop. … More Asking Big Questions: Adult Faith Formation
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
Excited about ECMN’s mission opportunity of Beloved Community this year? Here’s one way you can lean into that effort. We’re making a limited number of free spaces in the Building Bridges Across Culture and Race course available to members of ECMN. This seven-week course gives each participant the chance to work one-on-one with an experienced Intercultural … More Take the Building Bridges course for free
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
Our Homiletics course, offered by Lisa Cressman and Cathie Caimano of Backstory Preaching, consistently gets rave reviews from all kinds of participants who are learning (or re-learning) to preach Good News. A side benefit: You will become much more fluent in some online tech skills! Interested? Take a peek at this welcome video to find … More Using online tools to learn to preach
Friends, here are three key questions for your faith community to wrestle with in the wake of the recent events in Virginia. We’ve offered some resources that we hope will support you as you pray through these issues together. 1) What’s the long work your faith community is doing to build beloved community in your … More White Supremacy and Your Faith Community: Three Questions to Consider
Here are five great ways to keep your learning about culture and race alive this spring. … More Five ways to keep learning about race and culture this spring
Missional Management is the work of providing support to those who follow the way of Jesus. That’s the primary work of a vestry/bishop’s committee: to make sure that the financial, human, and property resources are oriented first toward following the way of Jesus. The Rev. Michael Pipkin spends a lot of time talking with vestries … More Transform your faith community with Missional Management: Online course starts January 16, register for $40
Here are three ways you can hear God’s voice in your life, work, and neighborhood through hybrid courses at the School for Formation. These three courses start on February 20! Dive into ancient and contemporary practices of prayer in our Christian Spirituality course Find yourself in God’s story as you learn about the yearly cycle … More Three ways to connect with God and neighbor at the SFF this February
What am I supposed to do with my life? That’s a big question that Episcopalians answer with a practice of discernment — conversations with God, self, and community about how your particular gifts can be best offered to the world. Episcopalians live out that answer partly through the shared practices of liturgy found in the … More What am I supposed to do with my life?
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. That’s how Eugene Peterson’s The Message paraphrases John 1:14. The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood, and yet many faith communities are profoundly disconnected from their neighbors. A multitude of social and historical factors created this reality: American individualism, white flight, and the … More The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.
It’s not too late to sign up for the upcoming Preaching Lab with veteran writer and speaker Barbara Mraz! Online: October 1 – December 3, 2016 Meets in person: December 3, 2016 at the ECMN Retreat Center in Faribault, MN Designed for folks who have some preaching experience already, this is a hands-on, practical course … More For Preachers: Get back to basics in the Preaching Lab
The SFF’s popular course on the Hebrew Bible, Layers: The Story of the Old Testament, has earned some very positive reviews in the past few years. ECMN’s own Reed Carlson leads participants through an exploration of Scripture that opens these ancient and sometimes inscrutable texts up with profound meaning and understanding. The course includes short weekly video lectures, great … More Join our Old Testament course – from home!