Beyond the SFF

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

Courageous and Just: A video series with the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union and Trinity’s Theologian in Residence. In this series, bold voices of our time explore the question, “What does a just society look like?

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.

The Digital Literacy for Ministry Toolkit | eFormation Learning Community The need for this work emerged from our e-Formation Learning Community and our conviction that effective 21st-century church leaders need fluency in new media to navigate digital and hybrid spaces. Our vision for this site is that it become a trusted resource for theological educators of all disciplines seeking to incorporate digital literacy formation across the ministry preparation curriculum.

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 hsgustafson@stthomas.edu 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 4, February 5, April 11, June 10: It’s Time to Act: Four-Act Forum Series | Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis Recent events continue to demonstrate that racial disparities are deeply ingrained in our communities and that disrupting these inequities requires proactive, intentional and collaborative efforts. In this series of thought-provoking and honest conversations about race presented by the YWCA Minneapolis, renowned experts lead us to create action plans as cohorts and as individuals to take definitive steps towards racial equity.

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.

June 20-21, 2019: Pastoring the Multiracial Church | Columbus, OH Day one is a unique conference dedicated to sharing practical knowledge based on research generated from the Religious Leadership and Diversity Project (RLDP), the most comprehensive study of U.S. multiracial church head clergy ever conducted. The second day is a more intimate conference that will foster opportunities to build connections with other religious practitioners from across religious affiliations who are interested in fostering racial and ethnic diversity in their organizations.

Resources

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