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Confessions of an Ordinand

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What can the ordination process teach us about how God works in our lives? A priest and friend of the diocese shares her story....

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Explaining Ash Wednesday & Lent

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Ash Wednesday & Lent are almost here. For some, this is is a familiar season & for others these practices are new. We thought we'd provide some explanations from a variety of sources on the significance and practice of Ash Wednesday & Lent. From the ACNA Texts for Common Prayer: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent: a time of penitence, f...

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Coaching 101 Workshop Coming to Trinity School for Ministry

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What would the Church look like if its leaders discovered what God is calling them to do, and then do it? Coaching raises the effectiveness of clergy and other leaders in their investment in others, and accelerates the goal-reaching process. Incorporate its skills into your personal and lay leadership development, and imagine the impact coaching could have on your co...

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Recognizing and Understanding Discipleship: A New Initiative

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By Charles “Charley” Metcalf Our Diocese, under the spiritual leadership of our Bishop, has launched a new initiative, The Discipleship Symposium, a series of three conversations - open to all parishes and their members, describes, discusses, and explains the process of discipleship. The first symposium, which attracted 45 enthusiastic clergy and lay participa...

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Lay Delegate Debriefs Convention Workshop Experience

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A new feature of Annual Convention 2017 was workshops. In total, 8 workshops were presented. Below is how one Lay Delegate experienced and responded to his experience in one of the workshops he attended. Look for more opportunities like this to be added to future conventions. By. Dr. Eric Potter At the diocesan convention, I attended the workshop, “Deepening Our Pr...

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St. Peter's Youth and Volunteers Work Towards Loving their Neighbors as Themselves

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By Judith Taylor When you think about impoverished communities, a fair reaction is to think about the factors that led that community in that direction – massive job losses, lack of community or government investment, and the list continues. If your mind goes in that direction, it might not be so obvious to understand what role a single person, or a single church ha...

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Women Alive in Christ

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by Cindy Thomas Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! These words from Zephaniah 3:14 bring sweet memories to those who attended the Women’s Blessing on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  Through the anointing of our Bishop Jim and Mama Shari Hobby, we experienced a captivating three-fold Blessing. As we...

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Reflections on the ACNA Provincial Assembly

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By The Rev. Canon Dr. David Wilson The ACNA is like a cartoon mouse with large, oversize feet, described The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill Atwood, Dean of the ACNA for International Affairs and Bishop of The International Diocese. Speaking to the Provincial Assembly this past June, Atwood meant through the reference we are small in size but have an enormously large footprint in Angli...

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Touching the Untouchables in Nepal

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By Christine Jones Can you imagine being raised believing God is not for you because you were born into a lower societal station? “Because of the caste system, there is the belief that they do not deserve the life that God desires for them to have,” says Rev. Lewis Lew. In the highly stratified caste system in Nepal, the lowest, most “worthless” c...

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Developing the Craft of Discipleship

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The Greek word for “disciple” means “learner.” But, what kind of learning is involved in being a disciple of Jesus? Is it the kind of learning whose focus is knowing about a subject (for example, math or world history) and ends up with a clear understanding of ideas (and maybe class notes and academic degrees)? Or is it the kind of learning whose fo...

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