New Church Starts and Missional Initiatives

Networks of ecumenical and interfaith congregations and emergent church communities challenge traditional church structure by placing increasing emphasis on discerning the Holy Spirit and sharing personal faith stories and less emphasis on rituals and systematic theology. The Episcopal Church partners with Fresh Expressions of Church to foster the mission of new and unconventional faith communities and to train traditional clergy to be aware of evidence of the Holy Spirit at work outside the walls of the church.

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My conversation with the "Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church" reminded me of this beautiful quote from Tim Brown's "Change by Design"   It’s no accident that designers in recent years have been following the emerging...

"The adult is not the highest stage of development. The end of the cycle is that of the independent, clear-minded, all-seeing Child. That is the level known as wisdom. When the Tao Te Ching and other wise books say things like, 'Return to...

It was G. K. Chesterton who kept alive the spirit of Kierkegaard and naive Christianity in modern thought, as when he showed with such style that the characteristics the modern mind prides itself on are precisely those of madness. There...

Text: John 21:1-19 Who am I? I have been called the Episcopal Church’s expert on new ministries. “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.” (Physicist Niels Bohr) “I live to serve the...

Starting the new year out right asks us to reconsider how we prioritize! In the worlds of sociology and psychology, heuristics are simple, efficient rules proposed to explain how people make decisions and solve problems, typically when...

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We acknowledge that God works through all people, all times, and all circumstances. We believe the church is the body of Christ and proclaims Christ to the world. Each person in the body is uniquely called and gifted for ministry. In the context of theological reflection, Living Stones exists to support, challenge, and strengthen ministry. Living Stones is a partnership of Anglican and Episcopal communities of faith engaged in mission and committed to the ministry of all the baptized.