EES News

“following The Way” Spiritual Types Indicator

The Rev. Rich Nelson brought vast experience of ministry with youth and young adults to his study at VTS. As a priest, curriculum writer, and spiritual director he longed for better resources for discipleship and evangelism. So he developed following The Way, an online resource that helps center participants in Jesus’ Way of Love by … Read More »

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 »

Out of the Gates

Leer en Español The Rev. Dr. Joy Blaylock, Dean of the School for Ministry in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, dreamed of supporting lay graduates of the program by hiring a mentor to coach cohort gatherings in evangelism, and to plan evangelism initiatives. The work was led by the Rev. Lydia Johnson, Canon … Read More »

Listen, Learn and Love

Leer en Español The Rev. Deacon Claire Mis worked for two years to prepare a team and lead a mission trip from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington, NY (Long Island) to the US-Mexican border in the Diocese of Arizona. She established relationships with the Rev. David Chavez, Canon for Border Ministries in the Diocese … Read More »

Will You? A Lenten Small Group Study

Leer en Español The Rev. Amanda McGriff envisioned preparing Episcopalians to affirm their Baptismal Covenant with a renewed commitment to evangelism. She wrote Will You? A Lenten Small Group Study, which makes intentional and explicit connections between Baptism, the Eucharist and evangelism based on the five “Will You?” questions of the Baptismal Covenant. McGriff offered … 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 »

Caminemos con María

Leer en Español As a first generation immigrant to the United States, the Rev. Yuri Rodriguez has experienced finding her way in an alien land, sustained by her faith. She believes that the stories of Latinas – their gifts, their struggles, their liberation – are stories of Jesus incarnate in the lives of the most … 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 »

Holy Play: Meeting God in Musical Improv

Leer en Español 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 … Read More »

#HarlemPresente

Leer en Español David Patiño is inspired by liberation theology to build a justice- and healing-grounded kindom. He is leading an evangelism campaign in the Latino/Hispanic community surrounding St. Mary’s, Harlem. His work involves leadership building, pastoral care, prayer and worship, and storytelling. He has held many 1:1 conversations with members of St. Mary’s and … Read More »