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'Community' Tagged Posts

'Community' Tagged Posts

Life in the Now

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Acts 2:44-45 NRSV A few weeks ago, the vestry voted to launch a special giving campaign called Foundations of the Apostles and Prophets. (I hasten to add that we have received just over $3,000 through this campaign thus far.) The effort of the campaign is pitched as one way that our parish…

Being the Church in Anxious Times

Over the last several days, the news around COVID-19, novel coronavirus, has been a shifting landscape in our country. In addition to the news from around the world, we have seen communities in the United States that have had to respond to a spreading number of cases, and we have seen major institutions, like Arizona State University, take actions to help prevent the spread of the virus in the areas they serve. As this news has spread, it is normal…

The Conversation of Invitation

When we seek to use conversation as a model of leadership in community, it is important to understand the kind of community that we are seek to create. Conversation is flowing and only unfolds because of the presence of multiple voices in the room. It is an act that is, by its very nature, restorative to relationship. To create conversation is to issue an invitation, either formally or informally, for others to participate. It is to create an open space…

Hearing What the Spirit says to the Churches…

One of the things that is great about the advent of computer technology is that it can have a drastic impact on doing Biblical research. For example, if you wanted to search for a word throughout scripture to see how many times it appears, the context in which it appears, and how the use of the word changes over time, you can now purchase Bible software that allows you to do just that! In the days of yesteryear, you would…