After growing up Catholic and working in Baptist and non-denominational churches for several years, Mark+ Walz was introduced to Anglicanism through his wife, Cate’s, family. He serves as a Church Planter in Residence at All Saints Dallas. In this blog, Mark+ shares how The Book of Common Prayer has added a meaningful dimension to his personal faith, family life and clerical ministry. I am a relatively new Anglican, but not as new to The Book of Common Prayer (BCP). There was a time in my ministry, when I was in a different denomination, when I found myself searching for material to perform formal ministerial functions for which my own extemporaneous prayers and thoughts seemed limiting and too personal. A graveside service? Where do I go to find how to do that? Someone told me to check out the BCP. […]
Ryan+ Owsley serves the AMiA as the Director of Ecclesiastical Affairs and is the Associate Pastor of St. Andrew's Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated magna cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in philosophy and ethics. He graduated with honors from the UALR Bowen School of Law, and served for 10 [...]
I want to thank everyone for their prayers during the past 10 weeks of sabbatical. It has truly been renewing, restoring, reinvigorating and refreshing. Almost any word that begins with "re" aptly describes the sabbatical experience. Claudia and I so appreciate those of you who recommended and encouraged me to take this time away. Return [...]
+Philip Jones shares a bit about his upcoming sabbatical, which starts in mid-May and wraps up in late July.
By Robert+ Cook, Rector of St. Andrews Church, Little Rock, AR When I think of Good Friday, the word that most clearly comes to mind is surrender. I hear the echo of Jesus’ words as He prayed this most intimate prayer to His Father: “Abba, Father! All things are possible to you; take this cup away from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” (Mark 14:36) Every time I read this prayer, I cannot help but feel the tension of the call to surrender my will to God’s will. […]
Apostolic Vicar Philip Jones shares about the Holiest Days of Holy Week.
Nearly 200 clergy and lay members from AMiA churches joined their guests and others interested in learning more about building three stream Anglican churches and new worshiping communities for Winter Conference 2018. Focused on the theme “Come & See, Go & Tell”, we were encouraged to “Come & See” with fresh eyes, looking at God, [...]
As we enter Lent, we consider what it means to put earthly things to death. This week, Chris+ Myers, Associate Pastor of All Saints East Dallas, suggests questions we should ask ourselves in this season. “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. … Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another, and if one has a complaint against another, forgive each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so also must you forgive.” Colossians 3:3;12-13 There is a steely-eyed realism to Lent, beginning as it does on Ash Wednesday with that solemn remembrance of our mortality: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” To be marked with ashes in this way, to take heed that we are in fact mortal, is our individual and communal acknowledgement that death is the consequence not ultimately of natural causes but of sin. The ashes speak to our mortality and to our estrangement from God without Christ. […]
Last month, 11 members of the Anglican Mission traveled to Gisenyi, Rwanda and Kagera, Tanzania for the third installment of the Apolo2 and Musa formation programs. Each program took place over the course of a week, offering clergy members of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania the opportunity for further theological training as [...]
As this Advent season draws to a close, we would like to profile, albeit briefly, the numerous ways some of our member churches are serving and loving their communities. Grace Northridge in San Antonio, Texas, once again reached out to Lamar Elementary School, this time by creating the Loving Lamar Christmas Store. They not only [...]