Ministry

The Mission of the Church: Who Decides?

By John Hartnett Over the years I have observed many conversations about the Church’s mission. Recently it was common for parishes to write mission statements, most of which seemed fairly innocuous. (We are ... Read More...

The Distance of the Performer

By Rob Price I attended a clergy conference several years ago in which a judicatory official gave a presentation on how he planned to respond to a contested issue in the denomination. He wore a different col... Read More...

The Inexhaustible Cup

In accordance with the Eleventh Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, this essay is published anonymously. Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. — Proverbs 27:17 Christians love to use the analogy... Read More...

Let the Marble Weep

The first in a series on Revitalizing Ministry in Wales By Mark Clavier Hither sometimes Sin steals, and stains The marble's neat and curious veins: But all is cleansed when the marble weeps. “The Church... Read More...

Body, Broken

Violence, Trauma, and the Eucharist Content warning: violence, trauma, abuse. By Hannah King Two years ago my brother died violently. I did not witness the end of his life, but a vision of it was painted... Read More...

Virtual Church: Opportunity or Mirage?

By John Mason Lock Since the pandemic began, I've heard many clergy celebrate the extension of the church’s ministry through virtual worship. The refrain I hear again and again goes something like this: “We ... Read More...

Atonement Versus Cancel Culture

By Russ Levenson, Jr. I love stories with surprising endings. Leon Uris, author of the 1958 bestseller Exodus failed high school English three times. When Lucille Ball began studying to be an actress in 1... Read More...