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Hurricane Harvey and our Mission

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…we wait for healing together and, in concert with our Baptismal vows, we pledge to be conduits through whom God brings healing and renewal to others. We also commit to allowing other human beings to be vessels through whom God brings healing and renewal to us, for receiving is always its own kind of courage.

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A note of inspiration from your closet atheist church secretary:

I came into this church with stereotypes and negative expectations. Instead, I’ve gotten to know some of the most gracious, kind-hearted people that this planet has to offer. I’ve seen their words backed by actions, and their willingness to step out of their comfort zones just to lend a hand

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Where does the Church belong?

So, in some sense, the work of the members is the work of the church. In other words, getting disciples to share the Good News and to serve the world, etc., is the work of the church. But in another sense, it’s worth thinking about a nuanced difference between the church’s work and the work of its members.

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“Voluntourism” mocked by satirical Instagram users with Barbie photos

The new pop culture term, “Voluntourism”, is a portmanteau coined to describe the earnest but ineffectual approach many take to volunteering in foreign nations. Two women who identify as former ‘white saviors’started an Instagram account, Barbie Savior, to lampoon and bring attention to the problems Americans create when we try to insert ourselves into the fabric of foreign places.

Of course, many of these initiatives come from religious organizations with good intentions, so a distinct theme of Christianity  runs through the account. […]

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ACC Directors give reports on worldwide ministries

At the ongoing ACC meeting yesterday, the Department Directors for mission gave reports on their work, work that includes empowering discipleship and tackling gender inequality; promoting reconciliation and supporting humanitarian work in conflict areas and following disasters.

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Sec. Gen. of the Anglican Communion speaks on women and girls

The Most Rev. Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, said Anglican and Episcopal women must continue – and redouble – their work to change the fate of women and girls in their communities, including by working with their national and local governments. He delivered his remarks and took question at the Episcopal Church Center in New York.

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