From the Apostolic Vicar: Return from Sabbatical

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 [...]

August 2nd, 2018|Anglicanism, Spiritual growth|

Providing Fertile Ground: The Benefit of Coaching During Sabbatical

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 [...]

April 18th, 2018|Church Life, Leadership, Spiritual growth|

Good Friday: The Bizarre Mission of Surrender

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. […]

March 29th, 2018|Anglicanism, Church Life, Spiritual growth|

2018 Winter Conference Wrap UP

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, [...]

Stories From the Pew: Pamela’s Story

"The question that was pounding in my head was: if I cannot take care of my family, then what's the point? Why am I here? How come I survived? What good am I?" In May 2014, Pamela, a member of St. Andrew's Little Rock, suffered a brain stem stroke. At this year's Winter Conference, Pamela [...]

March 9th, 2017|Personal Story, Spiritual growth|

Why Missional Residency? An Interview with Brit Carpenter

Brit Carpenter and his wife, Katie, in Bali, Indonesia. If you’re looking for Heaven on Earth, Brit Carpenter will tell you it is in Bali, Indonesia, where he spent a year doing missionary work. Since living there, Carpenter has found his way to Texas, and now serves as a Missional Resident at Grace [...]

Praying At All Times

In February of 1987, Father Ed Hird, new Rector of St. Simons in North Vancouver, was met with some uncomfortable news. The Vestry told him the budget was down from the previous year, and if things didn’t shape up, they wouldn’t be able to pay him by June. “I told them not to worry,” said [...]

August 20th, 2015|Spiritual growth|

The Spirit’s Presence in Word and Sacrament

In the first of a series of posts exploring the essential nature of God the Holy Spirit in Anglican Christianity, Hannah Coyne of Saint Peter’s Church proposes a cogent interplay between Spirit and symbol.  One of the reasons I am drawn to Anglicanism—that I stick with Anglicanism—is because I am a lover of words and symbols. Our liturgy is full [...]

A Hidden Leprosy of the Heart

In the third post in our Lenten series on the seven deadly sins, the Rev. David Larlee tackles the insidious nature of greed.  Take some time to read 2 Kings 5:1-27, if you haven't lately. It is the gripping account of a Syrian General healed by an Israeli Holy Man (at least that's how it would [...]

The Most/Least Popular Sin

Lucas Damoff investigates the attitude of gluttony in the second post of a Lenten series examining the seven deadly sins. In 2013, the French electronica duo Daft Punk released a trailer for their upcoming album at the Coachella music festival. Anticipation was high, as they had not released any new material since 2005. The story goes that Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and [...]