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Walking the Way of Love

Book Launch Announcement – A new way to support SIM

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How Do Faith Communities Benefit from Becoming More Reflective?

The first in a series of web meetings to HELP DESIGN A NEW CHURCH FOR A NEW WORLD, in our Circle of Discernment & Design

Six sessions over four months gathering Episcopalians, lay and ordained, with strong commitments to designing Episcopal faith communities of the future that are: Faithful Reflective Anti-Racist Mutual Contextual Innovative

Today's title is How Do Faith Communities Benefit from Becoming More Reflective?

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Chanta Bhan - Associate for Mission and Outreach

We are proud to announce that our SIM Alumna, Chanta Bhan, has been appointed as the next Associate for Mission & Outreach for Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church located in Dallas, Texas in the USA.

Chanta Bhan is currently a Postulant for holy orders in the Diocese of Massachusetts, the second of several steps in the ordination discernment process.

She studied Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literature and as well as Hindi, Urdu, Modern Standard Arabic, Sanskrit, French, and Biblical Greek at Barnard College where she received her BA.

Chanta Bhan earned her Master of Theological Studies (1999) and a Master of Divinity (2005) from Harvard Divinity School and most recently completed the Anglican Studies program at Virginia Theological Seminary.

As Associate for Mission and Outreach, Bhan will be part of the executive team at Saint Michael, providing strategic direction for our local partnerships and international missions.

For more information, please go to these two links:
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A Conversation on Food and Faith with Darriel Harris

We were so grateful to host an online conversation yesterday with Darriel Harris from the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future where he has served as manager of the Baltimore Food and Faith Project.

Darriel is also a founding member of the Black Church Food Security Network, pastor of Newborn Community of Faith Church, and farmer. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the JHU Department of Health Behavior and Society. His research interests are in faith-based health communications, neighborhood-related health factors, social determinants of health, and community-based participatory research. Watch a video of Darriel giving a Christian perspective on Food HERE.

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Listen to the PodCast: SOUNDCLOUD

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A Conversation about Food Justice

Robert Two Bulls and Ritchie Robertson Two Bulls from All Saints Indian Mission and First Nations Kitchen near Little Earth of United Tribes community in South Minneapolis joined us for today's conversation. The mission is adjacent to the neighborhood where George Floyd was murdered and blocks away from the 3rd Precinct the site of the protests and riots.

As part of our continuing series of webinars on food access and sustainable food systems for all, this webinar/web meeting focused on Food Justice and how issues of access, sovereignty, and racism impact our lives. Particularly during this time of stress as we confront the pernicious impact societal and systemic racism.

Robert is the vicar of All Saints along with serving as Missioner of Indian Work & Multicultural Ministries with the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Ritchie is a Registered Art Therapist and has worked for almost ten years at the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center with Native Women in recovery. Because of COVID19 the program has been closed.

Watch the Full Webinar Recording: YOUTUBE

Listen to the PodCast: SOUNDCLOUD

Resources and Links Mentioned in Webinar:

The Hook and Ladder Theater and Lounge

NY Times Article about Ghandi Mahal

Food Apartheid Definition

Pie and Mighty

Order Wild Rice Online

First Fruits Farm Maryland

First Nation's Kitchen

Robert is the vicar of All Saints along with serving as Missioner of Indian Work & Multicultural Ministries with the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Ritchie is a Registered Art Therapist and has worked for almost ten years at the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center with Native Women in recovery. Because of COVID19 the program has been closed.

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Opening Conversations about the Legacy of Race Today

The entire nation is now focused on questions of race, history, and justice, creating a moment for faith leaders that is both rich with opportunity and fraught with uncertainty. How do we open authentic conversations about race? How do we ground those conversations in the 400 year legacy of race in America, rather than just a snapshot of the present moment? How do we create spaces of genuine connection and deep listening? Join us for an experiential workshop with Constance and Dain Perry, who have worked with hundreds of congregations and community organizations across the country to do just that. The workshop will model their facilitation techniques and a sample first conversation that draws people from their heads, into their hearts, and invites authentic sharing of personal experience. This will be followed by an open period of question and answer designed to help attendees learn and adapt approaches to their own communities to open conversations about the legacy of race today.

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Listen to the PodCast: SOUNDCLOUD

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar:

Traces of the Trade Website: http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/buy-use-the-film/

Scaffolding of anti-racism resources and education that can be used to meet white people at different current levels of understanding and move them deeper, depending on where they are starting:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/preview?fbclid=IwAR0plAvlINUTxsFXNcm4mJrjr9FU13rAthkwGdSlRiwZkHgUkSn-SUwCWfE&pru=AAABcpq8c14%2AC_JncXmFmMjf8og2gUGURA

Episcopal Church guidance on organizing dialog: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/organizing-dialogue-circle

Dain and Constance's Resource Sheet

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Outdoor Worship

There are countless examples of outdoor worship from the Sermon on the Mount to a growing number of churches like Church in the Woods in Canterbury, NH, Salal + Cedar in Vancouver British Columbia, and Abundant Table Farm Church in Ventura, California. Many, if not most, of our congregations, hold outdoor worship services during the summer or for special celebrations. During COVID we are gathering on-line and open to new ways of gathering for worship. Yesterday's meeting was inspiring and many thanks are due to The Rt. Rev. Brian Lee Cole and Rev. Anna Woofenden for sharing their experience and wisdom.

Watch the Full Webinar Recording: YOUTUBE

Listen to the PodCast: SOUNDCLOUD

Resources Mentioned in Webinar:

Anna’s podcast: https://www.foodandfaithpodcast.org/

Scripture, Culture and Agriculture:An Agrarian Reading of the Bible by Ellen Davis

https://holyhikes.org

https://episcopalchurch.org/good-news-gardens

Facebook group to network with others involved in the garden, farm, and food ministries: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2564507933827285/
https://christianfoodmovement.org/

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Good News Gardens Movement

A conversation on Good News Gardens

To call a community of people with the ability to plant gardens of all sizes and kinds together - from small parts of herbs to hundreds of acres of corn - in order to share the love of Christ through word and action, food, and labor.

A conversation with Jerusalem Greer, Staff Officer for Evangelism for The Episcopal Church, and Nurya Love Parish, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Plainsong Farm to learn about the Episcopal Church Good News Garden Movement and how you can be involved.

Watch the Full Webinar Recording: YOUTUBE

Listen to the PodCast: SOUNDCLOUD

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar:

GNG program at Plainsong Farm:  http://plainsongfarm.com/good-news-gardens/

Michigan Good Food Charter: https://www.canr.msu.edu/michiganfood/

Facebook group to join and connect with others on the call and beyond. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2564507933827285/

Episcopal Food Movement on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EpiscopalFoodMovement/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARCiSvlwCVmAlePUxF41zdQVBFxdV5ux-B4xVHK_Vj9q13DlTdTFp8JPTathFOVj2M6OKWVPEKp9ZrH5

Book - Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups by Andy Fisher - https://www.bighunger.org/

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Agrarian Ministry

A conversation about addressing food shortages and hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SIM continues our series interviewing adaptive leaders across the church responding to human need in the wake of COVID-19. Next week: Could those of us who know nothing about cultivating food adapt and join a new Victory Garden movement?

During World War I and II, Americans were encouraged to plant Victory Gardens as the nation faced potential food shortages. During World War II an estimated 40 percent of the nation's supply of fresh vegetables was produced in back yards, front yards, school grounds, and church property. Between increased joblessness, disruptions to the food supply, and the potential of a second wave of the virus this fall, many anticipate a food crisis next winter.
 

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What is Corona Trying to Teach Us?

Today the Good Men Project published this blog by Episcopalian, Mark Grayson on the crisis leadership insights of SIM Director, Dr. Courtney Cowart. To access more SIM Leadership Resources for Covid-19 and click the Read More link below.
 
On this Good Friday, We pray you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and surrounded by a community of prayer. Please be wise about social distance through Holy Week and in the weeks and months to come.
 
God bless.

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Coffee with Courtney and Hilary - What is Corona Trying to Teach Us?

Hilary Greer interviews SIM Executive Director, Courtney Cowart, about what she has learned leading faith communities through adaptive change when our worlds are plunged into chaos.

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Local Formation

Missional Practice, Beloved Community, Sustainable Pedagogy – Reflection on Two Convenings of Uncharted

By The Rev. Susan Daughtry, Missioner For Formation In The Episcopal Church In Minnesota (Ecmn)

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the women and men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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The Presiding Bishop Supports Sim

Hello, I am Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and it is a real pleasure, better yet, a real privilege, to say a word on behalf of the Society for the Increase of Ministry. 

I know for a fact that scholarships that enable people to engage in theological education make a profound difference in their lives and on the lives of those who come in contact with them.

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In Christ, There Is No East Or West

Creating a global peerage of leadership and learning, Trinity’s goal is empowering ministry through faith- and values-based leadership for the Church and the world, and building stronger ties between churches and communities through their leaders.

A significant sign of the shifting landscape of theological education appeared this spring with the formation.

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Gathering First Fruits

Indianapolis, January 16, 2019
Emphatic was the tone: “Nothing less than a movement is necessary for us to tackle the economic issues that have plagued American Christianity for so long.” This from a man who chose to forego a part of his cancer treatment regimen to utter those words...

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Hearing From Our Sim Scholars

As a regular part of our communications with SIM alums, we will always include some words from the community of current SIM Scholars. The following are excerpts from the lives of three scholars awarded the SIM Becoming Beloved Community scholarship for 2018-2019 and renewed for the academic year 2019-2020. Each in their own way...

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Interview With A Ministry Innovator

Jennifer shares how her multiple engagements in ministry prior to seminary have shaped her call to the priesthood and her imagination for ordained ministry. Jennifer was interviewed by Brian Sellers Peterson, SIM Senior Advisor and a leader in the sustainable agriculture movement within the Episcopal Church.

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Contemplation And Community

These are the fresh insights of a group of unsuspecting revolutionaries to whom the Spirit has granted a discernment that could quite possibly change our world.”

These are confounding times. On the one hand, organized religious bodies of all faiths and affiliations report a decline in membership, causing much consternation among clergy...

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Malcolm McLaurin

Malcolm McLaurin has served on the staff at St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle as Canon for Youth and Young Adult Education, as well as an Associate Director of a Camp and Conference Center in Northern California (St. Dorothy’s) and as a campus chaplain at the University of Arkansas. 

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Journal Preview

Welcome to Future of the Faith, The Society for the Increase of the Ministry’s new journal of leadership development for the Episcopal Church. Susan Daughtry starkly asserts in her article, Uncharted, (p. 18 in this issue), that there is a “massive adaptive challenge ahead of the Episcopal Church.” I can’t argue with her assessment.

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Marisa Sifontes

Marisa Sifontes has had a career in the practice of law for 20 years in corporate firms and government service. Before her enrollment in seminary, Marisa went on a nation-wide 30,000-mile “journey of discernment” to “witness the state of our country and our church in a hands-on way” and to decide where God was calling her.

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Congratulations to SIM Scholars of the Class of 2019!

 

We offer our best wishes and blessings as you follow your calling to serve Christ in all people and to love and heal the world.

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Melina Dezhbod

Melina Dezhbod fled Iran with her family in 2000 to escape religious persecution.  She relates, “When I reflect on my family’s journey, what always amazes me are the all the people who risked their lives to help strangers.  Seeing that love made me ask how I could one day give...

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Jed Dearing

Jed Dearing is a seminarian of the Diocese of Southern Ohio and a recipient of SIM’s Becoming Beloved Community scholarship for 2018-19. His seminary journey is marked by work among both the wealthy of the Silicon Valley and the homeless and working poor of Southern Ohio.

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Malcolm McLaurin: SIM Becoming Beloved Community Scholarship Recipient

“The Episcopal Church isn't usually thought of as a church of people who look like me. A good portion of my ministry has been about sharing a narrative – whether it be a black experience, a southern experience or a socioeconomic experience. My hope is these stories will help shape a beloved community where we in the Episcopal Church hear the narratives of all.”

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Rev. Dr. Michael Battle

It is often said that faith leadership changes our world for the better.

But how? How do people of faith change the world?

We invite you to listen to two great leaders of the Anglican Communion at St Paul's Cathedral floor event in the series 'How to Change the World'. Rowan Williams and Michael Battle discuss the theme of Together...

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Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

In the United States, we’ve stopped listening to one another—truly, deeply listening to the words coming from those we don’t agree with, or those who are different from us, says Episcopal priest Stephanie Spellers. In order to reach true understanding and move forward as a people, Spellers says we have to relearn the most fundamental sense...

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James Goodman writes on Christian Piccolini: White Supremacist to Peace Activist

On C-SPAN Book Talk, over this summer, I viewed a conversation with Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist, whose autobiographical account, Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead, was the subject of conversation with Rabbi Abraham Foxman, Director Emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League. In conversation about the book, Christian narrated his recruitment...

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SIM Board Chair Hilary Greer

My six-year-old niece hates losing.

She is adept at orchestrating the rules of any game to result in her winning. This is known in certain circles as “cheating,” although she assures us this is just how the game is played. And if she is caught in a lie, her policy is to deny, deny, deny.

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Les Hegwood: A Leading Light in Racial Reconciliation

Les Hegwood, recipient of a SIM/Carpenter Scholarship, exemplifies the kind of Christian societal leadership SIM intentionally supports through scholarships for theological education. Formed by thirteen years of teaching, coaching and leading in public and Episcopal schools, Les has entered seminary at The University of the South School of Theology to receive an education that will...

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Phil Hooper: The Substance of our Love is Presence.

Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, “Why this waste?  For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.”

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Convert and Scholarship recipient leads grief recovery for prisoners

Debra Geller Rhodes is a recipient of the SIM/Carpenter merit scholarship who will be studying for holy orders at CDSP beginning this fall. As an adult convert to Christianity, raised in a secular Jewish home, Debbie's deep and thorough habitation of the faith is a living witness that is converting others...

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