“Holy Week: From ‘Hosanna’ to the Triduum to The Feast”

by The Rev. Eric S. Cooter “Holy Week” for Christians has been and is just that, the holiest of weeks in our liturgical calendar.  Through the liturgies of Holy Week, we experience a tradition that is centuries old.  Palm Sunday, the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil), all lead us to the …

SERMON 02/17/13 Lent 1C St. George’s Episcopal Church, Bradenton, FL

Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13 I love the survivor shows on Discovery Channel! Man, Woman, Wild is a show about a married couple of which, one is a Special Forces operative, the other a journalist, and together they team up to face the wildernesses of jungle, tundra, and desert. Dual Survival is a similar …

Reflection 4: “Emergence Christianity – A National Gathering with Phyllis Tickle” 01/28/13

Antioch and Jerusalem I think a pivotal moment for me at the “Great Emergence" Conference occurred during the session where Phyllis Tickle compared the relationship between the first century Christian communities of “Antioch” and “Jerusalem,” to the potential relationship between “Emergent” and “Inherited” Christian communities.  To help articulate this correlation, Tickle referred to the early …

Reflection 3: “Emergence Christianity – A National Gathering with Phyllis Tickle” 01/21/13

NOTE:  Due to the work associated with presenting the "Missio" Conference we hosted on 1/19/13, I was unable to finish this series.  Here is reflection 3 of 4 ....  Stay tuned for reflections on the "Missio" Conference sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. Emergence Christianity and the “Inherited” Church “Emergence Christianity” and the …

Reflection 2: “Emergence Christianity – A National Gathering with Phyllis Tickle” 01/14/13

Emergence Christianity - Cultural Changes, Technology, and Religion Is it a new program for church renewal and revitalization?  Is it a “how to” guide to create new forms of liturgical expression?  Is it a “cookie-cutter program” to bring “young people” back to church?  These are some of the anxiety-laden questions some folks ask, as they …

Reflection 1: “Emergence Christianity – A National Gathering with Phyllis Tickle” 01/13/13

The Gathering In my previous life, I worked as a Retail Buyer for two major retail companies, and one of the best parts of my old job, was the semi-annual trips to “Market.” Usually, these journeys included my Senior VP, Divisional VP, and my Assistant Buyer, who would make multi-day pilgrimages to either Chicago, New …

“A Life of Worship”: A visit to another Christian community

As we enter this new adventure of facilitating and supporting new, emerging communities, I am hoping over the next several months, to intentionally spend some time exploring, watching, and visiting diverse, traditional and non-traditional Christian communities both inside and outside the Episcopal tradition.  My hope is that by standing on the outside of the walls …

The Emerging Church: A Ministry Perspective

REPOST 12/26/12 from Fall 2010 article This is an article I was asked to write for publication in the September issue of "From the Mountain," the quarterly magazine University of the South, School of Theology. Emergent – Before Seminary Before entering seminary at the University of the South in 2007, I spent two years serving …