EES News

Encountering the Spirit in Agrarian Ministries

Sarah Mast (SSW ‘23) and spouse Greg Mast dream of leading an affirming, land-based liturgical community. They are using grant funding to visit several communities to explore how they experience and share Christ’s love. They will use what they learn to convene a diverse community in Austin and pilot several worship services.

Holy Play: Meeting God in Musical Improv

Will Parker believes that evangelism is relational. He has used grant funding to convene a musical improv group, with the specific purpose of connecting what they are doing as artists to what they are called to do as Christians. His dream for the project is two-fold: that the members of the troupe will experience personal … Read More »

Standing Firm With Faith, Hope and Love in Time of Crisis

The Rev. Shadreck Kwagwanji was inspired by the widespread fear of vaccination, and the prevalence of mis-information, about COVID-19 in his home Niassa province of Mozambique. He dreamt of empowering church leaders to recognize themselves as the Body of Christ, to support one another, and to reflect God’s concern for all people, especially the most … Read More »

Cross Roads

The Rev. Marcia Sadberry is developing a bicycle ministry that uses discovery rides to build community  between church members and those beyond the church community. She hosted a well-attended pilot ride on Good Friday ‘21, which will be repeated as a Stations of the Cross ride on Good Friday ’22. She has a core group … Read More »

Using Social Media as a Tool for Evangelism in Lichinga, Mozambique

The Rev. Shadreck Kwagwanji convened a workshop to train church leaders to livestream and/or post recorded worhip services, to distribute educational materials and to convene small groups. The training was successful and the participants were enthusiastic; however, many clergy in his Diocese cannot afford smartphones. Some were able to borrow phones to implement what they … Read More »

Prison Evangelism in Burundi

The Rev. Simion Kinono trained eight women and eight men to be catechists in prisons in Burundi. The training used a pedagogical method of teaching and small group discussion; the discussion groups were organized by gender and an experienced woman priest led the women’s discussion. The topics offered in the training included: The Biblical foundations … Read More »

Training Batwa Evangelists in the Diocese of Buye, Burundi

The Rev. Dominique Ciza convened a group of fifteen women and fifteen men from the Batwa tribe for training as evangelists, in the Diocese of Buye in Burundi. Traditionally marginalized and discriminated against, the Batwa represent a minority population. Evangelists from the dominant tribes (Hutu and Tutsi) have not been successful in ministry with the … Read More »

Treasure in the Field

Jennifer Allen is coordinating the development of Bethany House and Garden, a diocese of Kansas project of creation care and racial reconciliation. Treasure in the Field, her EES grant, is an effort to give the homeless a voice in community decision-making.  She has held numerous meetings with community members from a variety of contexts, and … Read More »

Virus, Violence and Narrative Ministry

Linda Aristondo is working to capture the narratives of marginalized persons and their response to the injustices experienced through COVID-19 and expressed through the Black Lives Matter movement in Harlem. To date she has conducted dozens of interviews with food pantry clients, shelter residents, people experiencing homelessness, and members of her parish. She has captured … Read More »