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Feral Church Children: Kids Need Time to “Just Be” at Church

The following article, by Lisa Brown, was originally published on Building Faith: www.buildfaith.org. Reproduced with permission. Unstructured Time As the Director of Children’s Ministry, I take great pride in our well-structured church programming. But what about time that’s not programmed? Unstructured (but well-supported) time at church creates a great culture for “feral church children.”  You may ask: Read More

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“The church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning.” -Emil Brunner   Dear St. John’s Family, We are a people called to share in the mission of God, sharing in Christ Jesus’s work of reconciliation, mercy, healing, and holiness in this broken world. We are continually called out beyond our boundaries to share Read More

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A Theology of Gardens

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;*                  let the whole earth tremble before him. (Psalm 96:9) Let me begin with a confession. In all my years here at St. John’s, I had never seen any of the featured gardens until the Garden Tour Preview held last Read More

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Ministry with Young People

On Sunday, April 24, the Vestry convened a conversation with about twenty people to talk about our ministry with young people. Certainly it cannot be denied that we have had trouble getting our footing with ministry among both children and youth in the past few years. This is something not unique to St. John’s, but Read More

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Thoughts on General Convention…

Although I have not followed the events in Salt Lake City very closely this past week, it would seem that the triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting there this past week has been quite momentous. Two events in particular have caught the attention of many. First is the election of the Rt. Rev. Read More

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What’s Your Spiritual Type?

Last November while at a conference on clergy wellness I was introduced to an assessment for identifying one’s “spiritual type.” It was similar to temperament sorters like Myers-Briggs among others you may have come in contact with. What struck me was less about the questionnaire itself, but the way they organized the types. There was Read More

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Congregation as Base Camp

I have been thinking of late of what might be unarticulated metaphors for churches as organizations. What I have in mind is not the central biblical truth of the church as the people of God. That I do affirm. Yet we all do also often think of the clearly subsidiary meaning of church in our Read More