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An old black and white photo depicts children sitting while a Sunday school teacher speaks.

Is Sunday school doomed?

Sunday school attendance is down, and many of the programs seem to be failing at engaging children in worship and faith. Can we fix it? Does it need fixing?

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Called to ordination in the hinterlands of the Holy

Glory be to God for dappled things –

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;

Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;

And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;

Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise Him.

–Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Pied Beauty”

The Rev. Pat Henking made some great observations about the advantages […]

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A Paradoxy Church

Churches are always insufficient for the formation of faith: they are also all we’ve got. Faith is both mundane and transcendent.

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Roger Ferlo speaks on the ecology of theological education

In a recent convocation at the Columbus, OH campus of Bexley-Seabury, President Roger Ferlo spoke about the ecosystem of theological education which includes, families, congregations, pastors, mentors, dioceses (and especially Commissions on Ministry), seminaries and Anglican studies programs, the Board of Examining Chaplains + the General Ordination Exam (GOE), Episcopal Schools, college and miltary chaplaincies and the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal

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Part 1: The Joys of F.O.G.

by Donald Schell

Part 1 of 2

Last month my congregation offered a free week-long day camp called F.O.G, an apt name for a summer gathering in San Francisco with perennial summer weather report, “Foggy near the coast, clearing by noon.” I think the joke is deliberate, but as an acronym it also refers to the teaching of Gregory of Nyssa that Christian life in community makes us “Friends Of God.” To the fourth year of our summer F.O.G, Sylvia […]

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