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 …

Aug 2010 Newsletter Submission – St. David’s Episcopal Church

“I Want to Pray” By The Rev. Eric CooterWhether we face challenges and uncertainty or even in times of relative peace, the phrase “I want to pray,” reflects a deep awareness of our reliance on God. Merely acknowledging a desire to pray can be a spark that ignites a raging fire of love for God. …

July 2010 Newsletter Article – St. David’s Episcopal Church

Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, c. 540 by The Rev. Eric S. CooterBenedict of Nursia, better known as St. Benedict, would normally be commemorated on the liturgical calendar on Sunday July 11. Because all Sundays are feast days of Our Lord, we would normally move this Feast to commemorate Benedict, to the first …

"Hoist Sail" The deep waters are calling!

The Day of PentecostActs 2:1-21"There came a sound like the rush of a violent wind"Driving down the road the other day, I saw sitting in a marina, 20 - 30 beautiful sailboats. Just sitting there. I thought, this is not the use for which sailboats were intended. Sailboats are designed and built to ride high …

Graduation invitations, stamps, and the ministry of healing.

I had an interesting encounter in the post office yesterday. I was on my way home from Sewanee and I happened to be wearing clericals after serving in chapel that morning. I had my graduation invitations addressed and ready to mail, so I stopped at the local post office to get stamps.In the lobby of …