Sustaining the Jubilee Spirit

In the summer of 2000 I wrote an article on the church's role in sustainable development as we embarked on a Jubilee Year (and the Jubilee 2000 movement was getting underway). In September of 2000, 189 world leaders would adopt the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- not because of anything ...
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Sent Side-by-Side Into the World

In recent weeks, I have been thinking a lot about how the work of ending extreme poverty is such an important aspect of my ministry as a baptized person and as an ordained priest. I have been especially reflecting on the ever-expanding network of amazing people that I am blessed ...
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Practice Generosity: Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Finances – Vital Congregations Series

Vital congregations practice generosity in stewardship of time, talent, and finances. Jesus looked to the generosity of others to fund his movement. He also knew that resources would be required for his disciples to carry out the great commission. Christians today are a continuation of the Jesus Movement. We are ...
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Connect: Deepening and Expanding Faith Journeys – Vital Congregations Series

Vital congregations are committed to deepening their own faith journeys and expanding the circle to welcome others to explore faith in a meaningful way. Human beings are created by God to be in relationship with God and others. While everyone falls somewhere on a scale between introversion and extroversion, we ...
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Form: Innovative Christian Programs – Vital Congregations Series

Vital congregations offer innovative programs in forming Christian disciples, particularly for children and youth. Many congregations offer the same-old-same-old Sunday School programs (often with dated curriculum). While the Christian tradition is over 2,000 years old, we don't need to keep using decades-old material. The Holy Spirit continues to breath inspiration ...
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Engage: Outreach with Community – Vital Congregations Series

Vital congregations have missions and visions which are outward-focused. They go beyond the church walls to serve as Jesus in the world. The late Archbishop William Temple, former Archbishop of Canterbury, famously said that "The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not ...
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Evangelize: Inviting and Welcoming – Vital Congregations Series

Vital Congregations invite and welcome others to "come and see" how we follow Jesus and to help make disciples of all nations. Many Episcopalians are fearful of the "E" word: Evangelism. But being an evangelist, in the broadest sense, is nothing more than inviting and welcoming people to explore Christian ...
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Introduction to Vital Congregations Series

With over fifteen years of ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church, I have experienced a lot of what works, and what doesn't work, in the area often called 'congregational development.' I believe it is important to focus on those congregations which are "vital" and learn from them. This blog series ...
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Millennium Villages in Rwanda are turning the page on poverty

When most people think of Rwanda they recall the tragic genocide of 1994. The genocide should never be forgotten and we must always be looking to how we can foster greater justice, compassion, and reconciliation in our world so such tragedies can be avoided. Nonetheless, Rwanda has spent the past ...
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