Holy Cross Day is the only day in the church year that honors an object – and an instrument of execution at that. Brendan & Holli discuss the oddity of giving honor to the means of state-sanctioned killing.
We’re all agreed that we love St. Mary the Virgin, but there’s a tremendous amount of ambiguity around her birth, life, and death in the church. Also, how do you deal with the incarnate God as a teenager? Featuring, once again, special guest Derek Olsen.
We promise this is the last post-GC78 hiatus episode…but it’s well worth listening to. 82 episodes ago, in #3, we uncovered a secret of the heart of the Episcopal Church, and finally we interview the man at the center of it all.
A temporary megachurch forms during each General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Organist Michael Boney explains how he has to adapt his style to keep 5,000 Episcopalians on the same hymn tune, and what it’s like to collaborate with a jazz ensemble on one the classics of the pipe organ.
Our first ever live show – live from the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. And our technology didn’t melt down! Featuring special guests from @easterppl, Padre’s Pods, and the Official Linguist of the Collect Call.
p.s. Thanks to Derek Olsen for background on “obsecration.”
As the General Convention prepares to consider devoting further resources for planting churches, we talk to the Rev. Terri Bays about her experience re-planting a parish in a struggling neighborhood in South Bend, Indiana. Discussing the risks of planting a church, she says: “The life of faith is about what we say in the creeds and believing certain propositions, but even more so, it’s about taking those propositions and using them to do something that terrifies us. It means going out on all sorts of limbs.”
Live from the land of the Great Salt Lake, it’s the Daily Resurrection Report! Each day of General Convention the roving reporters of the Acts 8 Moment will be finding little signs of new life throughout the Salt Palace and bringing them to the wider Church. And we need your help!
If you’re at General Convention:
Take note of signs of resurrection. A beautiful photo? A key resolution passed? An impromptu song? Pass them on to be included in our Daily Resurrection Report! We reporters are many, but we can’t be everywhere. Email blurbs, links, photos, or whatever else invigorated your spirit to GCreporting@acts8moment.org. (Please include in your email if you’d like to be attributed or anonymous, and if you’d like us to share links to your blog/Twitter/Instagram.)
Tell your friends! Ask your deputation, your bishops, your coworkers, or whoever you’re spending your days with to do the same.
Come to our Acts 8 in-person prayer gathering–Thursday, June 25, at 9:15 pm, in the Alpine East Room of the Hilton Salt Lake.
If you’re at home:
Subscribe to our Daily Resurrection Reports by visiting acts8moment.org and entering your email address in the “Resurrection In Your Inbox” section on the right side of the page. Note: Your email address will never be used for anything other than relevant Acts 8 Moment news.
Hear something great from someone in Utah? You don’t have to be at General Convention to submit a story to the report. Or ask them to submit it!
No matter where you are:
Share our reports on social media! The more eyes that get on our resurrection reports, the better.
Pray for our church! In whatever time zone, take a moment at 5:08 pm and pray for the gathering of God’s believers.
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The Acts 8 Moment calls on Episcopalians to pray for the Church at our gathering at General Convention. On Thursday, June 25 at 9:15 p.m. at the Hilton Salt Lake City, Alpine East Room, we’ll get together. We’ll pray for the Presiding Bishop election, for re-imagining the church, and for the other important decisions to be made at this Convention. We will read the Scriptures together and consider what God is saying to us in this moment. And all present will be invited to share their own prayers for the mission of the church. Join us in praying for the Church!
You are invited to join in a practice of daily prayer for the upcoming General Convention of the Episcopal Church! The Acts 8 Moment asks Episcopalians to set their smart phones and watches to alarm each day at 5:08 pm in their own time zone to pray for the church.
Why 5:08? For Acts 8. Acts is the 5th book of the New Testament, and the 8th chapter is the one in which the church responded to a culture hostile to the Gospel with greater faithfulness. The stoning of Stephen at the end of Acts Chapter 7 created a crisis. But the Holy Spirit led the church into new neighborhoods, and out into the wilderness to proclaim the gospel in new ways.
In advance of the 2012 General Convention, a movement called the Acts 8 Moment came together to call the church to make room for prayer, discernment, and reflection on the scriptures. During the General Convention, interested people met to do just that, to join together in prayer for the church. The Acts 8 Moment has continued since 2012, calling the church to faithfulness, prayer, and proclaiming the Resurrection. Before and during the 2015 Convention, join the Acts 8 Moment in praying daily for the Presiding Bishop’s election and discernment for deputies and bishops as they prepare to discuss and vote on restructuring, reimagining, and new ways to follow God’s call.
Pray for inspiration. Pray for discernment. Pray for us all to have the courage to go where the Holy Spirit will send us. We are in a moment pregnant with potential, and we hope for a Church up to the task of being the Body of Christ to a lost and hurting world.