Honest change, not just ‘buzzwords’

Honest change, not just ‘buzzwords’

first_img Louis Bannister says: Press Release Service Honest change, not just ‘buzzwords’ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Structure Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET JOHN SCHAFFER says: Rector Smithfield, NC Ron Peak says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Comments are closed. September 12, 2012 at 8:13 am Insightful and inspirational! It reminds me of the difference between going to church and doing church. Vicki Gray says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing September 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm I can’t help but think we’ve gotten the cart in front of the horse. For some time now, the Holy Spirit has been telling me that we (TEC) need to focus more attention and energy on deepening the faith of those who DO attend our churches. If we do that successfully, everything else will happen naturally. People of deep, well-fed faiths are naturally prone to sharing the Good News of their faith. Their lives become a form of organic evangelism, attracting others by their example. Furthermore, people of deep, well-fed faiths have or seek out the tools they need to hear and understand God’s call to them. As such, they will be involved in outreach and social justice causes, because their God – rather than their church – calls them to do so. What would the Episcopal Church look and act like, if every single parishioner had a deep and abiding faith that was fed by a strong theological foundation, daily spiritual practices, and an understanding of God’s call to them? By Alex DyerPosted Sep 10, 2012 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Tags September 13, 2012 at 1:24 am God bless, Alex, you’ve got it right. It’s not about being “nimble,” but relevant to a hurting world. We are capable of much more and you give me hope that we can do it. I woke up this morning my mind stayed on Jesus, It’s good to know I’m not alone. Thank you, Comments (6) Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY September 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm Excellent final paragraph. God is calling us, so let’s get going! Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group [Episcopal News Service] It has been nearly two months since the beginning of General Convention 2012.  As a deputy, I remember the excitement around the idea of doing things differently.  The cynical side of me says that we will cut staff and resources, but ultimately seek to preserve an institution that acts the same way and produces the same results.  The optimistic side of me thinks that we are on the verge of being the church that God has called us to be for decades.  I think there is a bit of both in most of us.  Most of us are fearful that the church we all love is slipping through our fingers and yet we feel powerless to make any real change.In order not to let my cynical side win and to really change, we need to stop lying to ourselves.  We are not as important as we think we are, and the world often chooses to ignore us.  Yes, that saddens and frustrates me, and I think we are in the process of changing.  People ignore us because we sometimes love our institution more than we love Jesus.  I love the Episcopal Church, and I love Jesus even more.  I know I am guilty of defending an institution when I feel that Jesus is calling us to something different.In order to find what is at the core of the Episcopal Church, let’s start to have real, honest and frank discussions about where we are now and where we feel God is calling us to go.  This means listening to cynics and optimists alike and even those outside our own denomination.We are also really good at simply ignoring Jesus when it makes us uncomfortable or calls us to really sacrifice something.  I will confess that I struggle with giving up something that I really care about, even if I know it will transform me and/or the larger community. We all know that by going through the motions as individuals or communities, we only fool ourselves.Being the Body of Christ in the world means worrying less about being “nimble” (a General Convention buzzword) and more about being relevant. To be relevant we need to be a church that is actively engaged in changing the world and is a moral voice on all levels.  It broke my heart to hear people say that General Convention resolutions concerning social issues did not matter because the government does not care what we think.  It broke my heart because I knew they were correct.  I wonder if that is the politician’s fault or ours?  What if politicians did care what we think?We need to let go of our self-aggrandizing goals and seek to build a truly new church that responds to the needs of the world, with word and action.  To most of my non-church attending friends, the Episcopal Church, like most churches, appears to care about the world most when it suits our own needs or makes us look good. Our ineffectiveness has not gone unnoticed by those outside the church. The Episcopal Church I know is a different church where great work is being done, and I think we are capable of much more.A huge part of change is engaging in a process of self-sacrifice and owning our own accountability in the system.  If you are concerned with, for example, ministry to Spanish-speaking people or university chaplaincies (or whatever), then stop looking just to your diocese or the Episcopal Church Center to solve the problem. We need to start claiming our own authority to solve problems for our own ministry contexts. Claiming our own local authority balanced with our recognition of our mutual interdependence will help us forge a new path that others will want to join.Speaking of our own authority, let’s not sit around idly and wait for a restructuring committee to give us all the answers we need. This transformation needs to start at the parish level or diocesan level while the restructuring committee does the work that it needs to do on the largest levels of our church.  We do not need a report from a committee to start to hold each other accountable and start to transform the church.  You have more responsibility than you think, and God is calling you to use it.– The Rev. Alex Dyer is priest-in-charge at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul & St. James, in New Haven, Connecticut.  Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release September 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm Yes, we need to get started — but I fear we have been starting for a long time. Many clergy in my generation have, for decades, have worked at making Jesus the focus of the church. Many of us are now retired, and I fear the message hasn’t taken. I hear very few in the Episcopal saying they love Jesus, but multitudes are more than happy to tell me they love “their” church. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Ana M. Arellano says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA September 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm YES . . . YES . . . YES . . . YES . . . YES . . . YES . . . YES . . . YES. Finally, a voice of reason. TEC should devote more of our energies to changing ourselves at the parish level. We need passionate lay people who will infect other lay people with their passion. And that is very difficult to do. The clery can’t do it, the Bishop can’t do it, the National Church can’t do it, and the Anglican Communion can’t do it. It will take time, a long time. But nothing will change if all we do is submit resolution after resolution that requires nothing different from us. So . . . LET’S GET STARTED. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Alecia Moroz says: last_img

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