As we look back on this month of “Mental Health Awareness” we find our hearts drawn with the compassion of Christ to individuals and families whose lives are turned upside down, not only by mental illnesses, but by the stigma and isolation that often follows. Here are 31 prayer prompts to help us continue to be aware of—and pray for—the needs of families in our congregations and neighborhoods who are dealing with the challenges of mental illnesses. […]
One in five families are impacted by mental illness. How can churches minister to those who live with mental health challenges? How can we care for their families in loving and supportive ways? This month we'll look at some possibilities. +Philip Jones starts our series on mental health with his own thoughts.
Sabbatical provides a unique opportunity for clergy to reflect on deep questions in a way that often isn’t possible while serving in full-ministry. As Allen+ Hughes, Counselor General for Leadership Advancement and Mission Stewardship, shares, it’s a time when coaching can serve as a catalyst for breakthrough. As Allen+ looks ahead to taking a sabbatical [...]
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, [...]
On Tuesday nights at a bar in Dallas, a group of over 100 people from diverse worldviews and backgrounds gathers to share food and discuss matters of faith. During each session of this 10-week Alpha Course, hosted by All Saints Dallas, participants listen to a 30-minute talk [...]
It is estimated that more than a half a million Americans are homeless on any given night.* How can the Church respond to such a large need? Desert Mission Anglican Church in Phoenix started by considering how to love well the 5,600 homeless in Maricopa County, Arizona. The church learned that through partnership with I-HELP Sunnyslope they could begin to make a difference. The organization is a collaborative effort facilitated by IMPACT Phoenix and seeks to reduce the number of people in the community living with the challenges of homelessness. We talked to Nathan+ Hale, rector of Desert Mission, about how his congregation has seen God at work through their efforts. […]
Despite our best efforts to welcome all into our churches, for many families impacted by disabilities, church is an uncomfortable place. In fact, some avoid it altogether. But, at St. Andrew’s in Little Rock, young people with special needs have a place where they belong in a community created just for them. Church member Kay [...]
“In this new season, Christopher, you’re not alone. The Lord wants to satisfy your hunger.” These words were spoken over Christopher Benson, a member of All Saints East Dallas, at his confirmation last month. Christopher teaches Literature at the Cambridge School of Dallas and has been a attending All Saints East Dallas for the last [...]