Creating Beloved Community Mission Opportunity Toolkits | The Mission Opportunity is a statewide invitation for Episcopalians in their faith community contexts to learn and engage in action around a specific topic. Not every Episcopalian and not every faith community takes on big projects related to the Mission Opportunity topic. But the invitation is to dip a toe in the water. To learn and walk with God to discern what we are called to do with the information that we are learning.
Bridging the Political Divide with Parker Palmer | Churchnext.tv. Learn how to walk through our divisive political climate with grace and peace. Author and activist Parker J. Palmer shares inspirational and practical knowledge on how Christians might approach deep political division.
Certificate in Vestry Leadership | ChurchNext.tv. Students and vestries can earn a certificate by completing all four, 45-minute courses, which will take an average learner a total of 3 hours. The courses are also available in a For Groups format, making them ideal for small group learning in vestry retreats or regular vestry meetings.
A Christian Response to Gun Violence | ChurchNext.tv. A tragedy, a teaching moment, and maybe a change…
What good can come out of the senseless shooting in Las Vegas? Let’s take advantage of a teaching moment, and a chance to ponder anew what reforms we might help bring about. Also available for Groups.
Family Faith Formation with John Roberto | ChurchNext.tv. Learn why parents are the crucial ‘faith transmitters’ to their children, and how they can become more faithful in passing along the most important parts of their lives to the most important people in their lives.
Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry Webinar |The Appreciative Way. Learn the fundamentals of the Appreciative Way, Conduct an Appreciative Inquiry into your life and work, discover and articulate your core purpose for being, and more.
Members of the Association of Episcopal Deacons get a discount on online courses offered through the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (one of the SFF’s partners!). Check out their upcoming courses here.
Ongoing Events, Programs, & Resources
Episcopal Public Policy Network | Washington, DC. The Episcopal Public Policy Network is a grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to “strive for justice and peace” through the active ministry of public policy advocacy.
The Westminster Town Hall Forum | Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis. Featured speakers on important topics in Spring 2017 include Irshad Manji, Frank Bruni, Otis Moss III, and Richard Haass. You can listen to past forums, including talks from The Right Rev. Gene Robinson, Tavis Smiley, Bryan Stevenson, Sister Simone Campbell, and many, many more here.
Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning | University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. The center’s mission is to foster interreligious learning, friendship, and service between and among people from various religious traditions. In addition to offering public events, the Jay Phillips Center is willing to bring (often free) programming to Episcopal faith communities. Contact Hans Gustafson, Associate Director, at email@example.com to explore options for interfaith learning in your community.
ECMN Faith Formation Network | Twin Cities / email group. Contact Marion Hunner at St. Christopher’s, Roseville to be added to the email list. Monthly meetings.
Healing Minnesota Stories | Sacred Sites Tours. The tours offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing the sites in silence/meditation/reflection.
Traverse Counseling & Consulting | Traverse counseling offers counseling services for individuals and families, and offers workshops for both individuals and counselors.
Upcoming Events and Courses:
May 8-10, 2018: Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: the Work of the Leader | The Beecken Center, Monteagle, TN The role of the interim leader is presented and discussed along with tools and resources that facilitate transitional leadership. The course is presented by the Rev. Dr. Molly Dale Smith, an Episcopal priest with nearly twenty years’ experience in transitional ministry, and introduces foundational theories that are key to interim ministry. Class hours are devoted to providing opportunities for experiential learning through the use of case studies and sacred story. Lay leaders are welcome to attend.
May 16, 2018: Leadership & Anxiety in the Church | Minnetonka United Methodist, Minnetonka For clergy & lay leaders who seek to understand congregational dynamics better and to learn ways to calm anxiety and heal broken relationships.
June 18-21, 2018: Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness & Their Families | Luther Seminary, St. Paul
Providing congregational and community care with persons who have mental illness manifests itself in a myriad of ways. Effective ministry integrates a three-fold model of care, namely the theological, pastoral and medical models. The course will address theological and pastoral insights regarding pastoral care and community care, offer an overview of mental illness from a medical model and share insights into practical implications for moving toward an integrated ministry. Register by May 4 and use code SPRING2018 to receive a $10 discount.
August 27-28, 2018: Stepping Up to Staffing & Supervision of Church Staff | Luther Seminary, St. Paul
Are you stepping into unfamiliar territory where you must supervise others, or have you been supervising others for some time without a clear understanding of what you are doing? Supervision, especially in a faith-based environment, requires learning new skills—probably skills you did not learn during your professional formation. This event provides you with practical skills and tools for supervising the work of others and aligning the work of the team with the overall goals of the congregation. Register by May 4 and use code SPRING2018 to receive a $10 discount.
October 1-5, 2018: Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders | Minnetonka United Methodist, Minnetonka For church leaders who are interested in learning skills that will equip them to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of church conflict.
Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, edited by Catherine Meeks. This book is a report from the front, combining personal stories and theoretical and theological reflection with examples of the work of dismantling racism and methods for creating the much-needed “safe space” for dialogue on race to occur.
Faithful Neighbors by Robert Heaney, Zeyneb Sayilgan, and Claire Haymes, from Church Publishing, outlines an introduction to the rationale for interfaith work through both theological and practical viewpoints, using stories from real experiences of interfaith cooperation to offer encouragement, inspiration, and practical steps to do the same.
These Are Our Bodies by Leslie Choplin and Jenny Beaumont, from Church Publishing, addresses foundational issues for how we are called to have conversations about our sexuality within a faith community. Looking at sexuality through the lenses of growth and change, we can explore values and intentionality. Individuals and churches can use this technique to build upon this theological grounding.
Examen: a prayer app from Loyola Press
By the Rivers Podcast — Check out this episode with ECMN’s own John Bellaimy.
The Road Back to You: Looking at Life Through the Lens of the Enneagram by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. Check out the podcast!
Faith Formation 4.0 by Julie Lytle, Ph.D
Facing Decline, Finding Hope: New Possibilities for Faithful Churches by Jeffrey D. Jones