EES News

Catacombs

The Rev. Michael Tigner has launched a new community, Catacombs, in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The community meets on Wednesday evenings, in space provided by the Church of St. Edward in Whitehall, OH. There is a monthly Eucharist, and other weekly gatherings feature local artists and musicians. Tigner cites flexibility, to adapt to the … Read More »

Grace African Christian Connection Missional Community

The Rev. Mtipe Koggani, who is from Tanzania, envisioned launching a worshipping community of African diaspora Christians in St. Louis. With strong diocesan support, including meeting space, he has been working to develop a leadership team and to conduct a community needs assessment. He received has received invaluable coaching through the Episcopal Church’s church planting … Read More »

Encountering the Spirit in Agrarian Ministries

Leer en Español Sarah Mast (SSW ‘23) and spouse Greg Mast dream of leading an affirming, land-based liturgical community. They used grant funds to visit seven faith-based agrarian communities during summer ’22: Good Courage Farm in Hutchinson, MN; Plainsong Farm in Rockford, MI; Bellweather Farm in Wakeman, OH; Adamah Farm in Falls Village, CT; Mission … Read More »

Treasure in the Field

Leer en Español 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 … Read More »

Mindfulness for Mamas

“Mindfulness for Mamas”  is an emergent Christian community that seeks to embody Christ’s love for those seeking connection in the Jackson, WY area. They developed a successful pilot with support from St. John’s Episcopal Church, and will expand and deepen their reach in Jackson, WY through a website, coaching, and childcare and site rental for gatherings. … Read More »

Evangelism at Burning Man

Alex Leach participated in a team of leaders to bear witness to the Holy Love they experience at Burning Man, by offering worship and spiritually-based conversation, and to share what they learned about ministry with the Spiritual But Not Religious with the wider church. All the team members were experienced Burners, and they credit their full … Read More »

Esfuerzo Escuela Norman (“The Norman School Effort”)

Jim Harrington used an EES grant to engage and organize Austin’s eastside Hispanic community around preventing the closure of the neighborhood elementary school, Escuela Norman, and to identify leaders and establish a missional community following the Communidades de Base model from Latin American liberation theology. The missional community is Proyecto Santiago, out of St. James Episcopal … Read More »

An Acts 11 Evangelism Model for Chikhwawa Parish

The Rev. Canon Makweya Chanzah has established a new church in the East Bank of the Shire River in Southern Malawi. His grant work included identifying and training lay and ordained leaders and working with them to facilitate a crusade.  The location is of deep historical significance to the Diocese, but is geographically difficult to access. … Read More »

New HOPE Center Worshipping Community

Stephen Lane’s vision is to lay the foundation for a 12-step based worshipping community at the HOPE Center in Western New York. His grant work included studying best practices on the Bexley Seabury “Learning from London” course, and then convening a Visioning Summit to develop a mission plan. The Visioning Summit, held in November ’17, … Read More »

The Church at Crossroads

Teresa Wakeen has launched a new worshipping community at the Crossroads Center, a social services outreach agency in Detroit. She leads three mid-week prayer services and one Sunday Singing Circle and Prayer service, along with a monthly family worship event that follows the Messy Church model. With New Mission Field designation in the Diocese of Michigan, Wakeen has … Read More »