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.

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 »

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 »

Table on the Green

Zack Nyein has been involved with the leadership of Table on the Green, a new community from Trinity on the Green, New Haven, that meets on a weeknight and attracts a diverse congregation. In partnership with other student leaders, congregational leaders and area clergy, he has used the EES grant to work for long-term sustainability for the program. … Read More »

Northside Abbey, Cincinnati

Devin Rodgers has worked to lay the foundation to plant Northside Abbey, a new community of “cultural creatives” in Cincinnati. He participated in the Learning from London course and shared the best practices for missional communities that he learned with the leadership team of Northside Abbey. He has facilitated and planned grassroots conversation and several … Read More »