Focus: One Conversation, Many Ways To Join In

Rather than pursuing more formation-as-entertainment, invite your community into one conversation with multiple access points. Friends, The other evening, with a matter of Actual Interpersonal Significance on my mind, I found myself doing just about anything to avoid addressing it. The weather. The news. Every other app on my phone (already relatively free of social … More Focus: One Conversation, Many Ways To Join In

Walking the Way of Love

Friends, we’re excited to share the resources from the ECMN Convention 2019. With the prayer stations from the Convention Eucharist, video and text from the presentations, and leader/participant guides, we hope these resources will help your faith communities connect the Way of Love with Beloved Community.

What is Beloved Community?

What is ours to build is the Beloved Community. It is up to us to create, nurture, and sustain compassionate communities and if you look at the world around us, we are sorely in need of compassionate communities. Dr. King says that this is an “achievable goal” when enough people make up in their minds that the only way forward to compassion and justice. … More What is Beloved Community?

Why Practice?

That legacy of emphasizing doctrine and thought at the expense of practice has influenced global Christianity in profound ways.
What I’m hoping to draw for you here is that belief cannot
simply be mental assent to an idea about God. … More Why Practice?

Preaching as Team Ministry

There were a lot of people in the congregation who were already trained public speakers. Any of these same people were serious Christians who had been reading the Bible, spiritual and theological texts their entire lives. No one had ever asked them if they wanted to be part of a regular preaching ministry. … More Preaching as Team Ministry

What You’re Reading: Testimonials from Clergy Conference

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

What we talk about when we talk about guns

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