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
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 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?
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?
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
There’s no time like right now to lean into your faith — exploring the questions that captivate you, honing your skills, so you can put your gifts into action in the world. … More Fall 2019: Take your first course free
We cannot reasonably expect a bishop to do for us what we are not willing to do ourselves. … More Meeting Bishop X as Partners
There’s long work in the seed that has to die before it can sprout – even longer work going from seed to a plant big enough to shelter the birds. … More The Long Work of New Life
Addressing Anti-Judaism in Holy Week Scripture Texts: A Guest Post from the Rev. Devon Anderson, Trinity Excelsior In a recent interview with Christian Century, Amy-Jill Levine, a New Testament and Jewish Studies professor at Vanderbilt, said this: If to get a good message you need to make Judaism look bad, then you don’t have a good … More Guest Post: Anti-Semitism in Holy Week
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
If you’ve never taken a course in the School for Formation before, try one of these for free in Winter/Spring 2018. … More A free gift: your first course in 2019
Here’s an invitation, then, for your Advent practice: Attend to your memories of joy and liberation. … More Memory as a practice of hope
Learn more about the Diaconate with these workshops and courses … More What do deacons do?
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 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
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