Beyond the SFF

Learn Online

Six Tips to Preach in a Divided Culture: A .pdf resource from Backstory Preaching.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 to explore options for interfaith learning in your community.

KAIROS Courses | Luther Seminary, St. Paul
KAIROS courses will help leaders write and preach better sermons, explore the intersection of emotions and leadership, consider mental health issues and people affected by them, and equip others on their journey of faith formation.

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.

Core Trainings | PeoplesHub Choose the training that offers your group the strategy, ideas, vision, and skills you need — or take the whole series. Our training team will work closely with you to address the issues you most want to take on.

Traverse Counseling & Consulting | Traverse counseling offers counseling services for individuals and families, and offers workshops for both individuals and counselors.

Upcoming Events and Courses:

December 5, 13, & 18: Walking in Welcome: An Advent Series with Episcopal Migration Ministries | Online Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are hosting a series of three one-hour webinars:

  • Mapping the Way: Tools for the Journey will provide the current state of play in refugee resettlement, a brief exploration of how to assess community gifts and assets, guidance on communicating the message of welcome, and next advocacy steps for supporting the work of refugee ministry.
  • One Community’s Journey to Welcome: The Story of West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry will offer listeners the opportunity to hear how one interfaith group of local leaders have come together to educate, advocate, and provide welcome to refugees and immigrants.
  • Partners in Welcome: Join Us On the Way, will include an overview of the Partners in Welcome program that Episcopal Migration Ministries is actively involved in developing, building, and recruiting.

March 6-April 18, 2019: Faith Formation for Lent | Society for Saint John the Evangelist SSJE has four series that are ready to save the day – to save Lent for you, for your study partners, or even for your parish small group. Pick the topic that speaks to your heart, and work on it with the SSJE Brothers over six weeks of daily videos and reflection questions, taking part in an online community through comments and prayer.

Dates TBD: Introduction to Community Rights | Online, PeoplesHub This interactive workshop is an introduction to the Community Rights movement–reestablishing and reclaiming the right of The People to make critical decisions for themselves and create legal protections from corporate and governmental harm. The framework is restoration–not resistance–and will introduce participants to how We the People can reclaim our power, and shift our paradigm.


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 PodcastCheck 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

E-Formation 2016: Webinar Videos

Facing Decline, Finding Hope: New Possibilities for Faithful Churches by Jeffrey D. Jones