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Episcopal Service Corps set to join Faith Formation Department

In the Episcopal Church’s statement about this transition, Episcopal Service Corps board president Jason Sierra spoke of looking toward new ways of ministry, saying, “At our recent gathering, the board, program directors, and various stakeholders discerned that the resources, expertise, and network of the Episcopal Church’s Faith Formation Department, working in an innovative partnership with our program directors, will help unleash new visions and possibilities for ministry with young adults.”

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Nourishing young adult ministries

From the Office of Public Affairs:

Nourish: Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference
A special conference designed for leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses, Nourish: Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference is slated for June 26-29 at the Maritime Institute near Baltimore, MD

“We hope this gathering will be a time when Episcopal leaders who are new to this work, as well as those who have longstanding roots in this ministry, will meet and […]

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Summer Camp is Young Adult Ministry, Too

by Martha Korienek

This past summer I had the joy of being the Spiritual Director for Camp Chicago, the summer camp for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. My job description was three-fold: make sure that there is worship offered daily, work with the volunteer clergy to offer formation experiences, and be the chaplain to the staff. It was in this last role (as chaplain) that I heard repeatedly that camp matters a great deal to the staff, most of […]

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Beer to Attract Church Members? No.
To Celebrate God’s Grace? Yes.

by Win Bassett

NPR published a story this morning with the headline, Twitter followers remarked that she thought the headline misled readers. “The story is more re: being able to come as you are,” she wrote. Admittedly, one of the church leaders questioned in the article said, “I’m not interested, frankly, in making more church members…. I’m interested in having people have significant relationships around Jesus. And if it turns out to be craft beer, fine.” The general angle of this […]

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A catholic future for the Episcopal Church

by Jared C. Cramer

As I approach nearly ten years worshiping in the Episcopal Church, including nearly five as a priest of the church, I’m struck by what first drew me into the church as someone in his young twenties. Though I was raised in an evangelical tradition, it was one that emphasized both the early church and the importance of reason, study, and intellect in the practice of the Christian faith. The more I studied in my undergraduate and graduate […]

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If we did wedding preparation like confirmation preparation

by Laura Toepfer

“It’s time for you to get married,” my mother said to me one afternoon when I came home from school.

“Excuse me?” I said.

“Yes,” Mom continued. “I’ve talked to the priest about it because it’s time for you to get married. I got married at your age and if you don’t get married soon then I’m worried you’ll leave the possibility of having a committed relationship behind you forever.”

This was news to me. Up until five minutes earlier, I […]

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