Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Acts 8: Raising up young leaders in The Episcopal Church

The Acts 8 Core Committee asked bloggers to answer the question:

"According to Pew Research, adult GenXers and Millennials now outnumber Baby Boomers by nearly 2 to 1, but when we look at General Convention the statistics don't match up. In what ways can the church create opportunities to lift up younger leaders, lay and ordained, to serve as Deputies to General Convention?"

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sermon from Trinity Sunday 2016 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure to be the guest preacher at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Downtown Charleston. They held up the Episcopal flag boldly during the hard years and are a "House of Prayer for All People". I smartly avoided trying to explain the trinity and instead shared a bit of my story. Regular readers of the blog will recognize many parts of this. I apologize for my redundancy.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lessons learned...Children should be seen, heard, and a part of the service

(This is the sixth post in a series. If you found this first, I suggest reading from the beginning here.)

Banner we made on the first day of Sunday School
On the Sunday after Easter, my two kids were the only small ones. Normally I lead Children's Chapel for all the small kids from the end of the Gospel reading until the Peace. Since it was just the two of them though, I decided that we would stay in church so I could hear the sermon. After the service, people came up to tell me they could hear my son's voice. What was refreshing was that it wasn't to complain about kids talking during the service but because they could hear him reading the Psalm responses with the congregation.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Lessons learned...The Episcopal Church chose me long before I chose it

(This is the fifth post in a series. If you found this first, I suggest reading from the beginning here.)

I was born into an Episcopal family. My parents and grandparents all went to the same Episcopal church, Ware Episcopal Church in Gloucester, Virginia. My grandparents are all buried together there actually. We went to church every Sunday, were active in many ministries, showed up for all the clean-up days, etc... I was baptized, confirmed, and married in Episcopal churches. When we were going through the "discernment period" in 2013 before Old St. Andrew's voted on if they would stay with The Episcopal Church or the Lawrence diocese, the Rev. Marshall Huey said that for some people being Episcopalian was part of their being. This hit home for me. I had identified myself as Episcopalian for so long that it was part of my being but now I was being asked to choose.