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ICYMI: Week of 11/11/16

Welcome back to In Case You Missed It, a.k.a. ICYMI, our weekly blog roundup of the latest stories around the @fwd_mvt and #Episcopal world. Here are some of the topics that captured our attention this week.

We opened the week with a question inspired by one of our Advent resources, a new book of themed meditations by Christine McSpadden.


We love the open-ended nature of this one. What are you waiting for?

You can get What Are You Waiting For (the book) here. NB: To receive it or any of Forward Movement’s Advent resources for the start of the season, order by Friday, November 18.

Of course, using digital resources buys you some extra time. And one of our favorites is our new Journey through Advent app. Designed for use on its own or as a companion to our calendar, it features colorable cartoons drawn by Jay Sidebotham, daily readings and more.

Journey through Advent

You can also find many additional Advent resources in this big list on ECF Vital Practices.

In this intense election week, many resources in the #Episcopal community focused on the power of prayer, both before and after Election Day. In Forward Today, Scott offered a bit of both: a letter written before the results, to be shared after they came in. It highlighted what we as Christians could learn from this contentious time, no matter how it turned out. An excerpt:

It’s time for us to stop decrying our division and to start doing something about it. That will take a different form for each person and each community. What will you do? What do you hope others will do? For now, let us pray.

Here is Scott’s full letter.

Speaking of prayer, we leave you with the final offering of Forward Movement’s A Season of Prayer: For an Election.


Amen. Have a peaceful weekend.

ICYMI: Week of 10/14/16

Welcome back to In Case You Missed It, our blog roundup of the latest stories around the #Episcopal world. Here are some of the topics that captured our attention this week.

Last Sunday, we launched A Season of Prayer: For an Election, an effort to engage in a prayerful and nonpartisan way with this contentious election season. As Scott Gunn wrote in a recent edition of the Forward Today newsletter, “For Christians, there is always one thing we can do, every one of us. We can pray.” Each day, we’ve been posting a prayer image on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Adelante Dia a Dia. Here’s what they look like:


We’ve truly been overwhelmed by the response to these. Across our social media platforms, we’ve heard testaments to the power of prayer and seen the #Episcopal community in action. We’ve also seen users share their own specific prayers and images, such as this one from St. Michael’s, NYC:


On Monday, we posed a new Question of the Week:


We got a ton of great answers to this one, with Mary, Mary Magdalene, Paul and Peter leading the way. Some creative responses:

“David, whose passion and pathos before God created a graciousness which made his name, ‘Beloved of God’ unique in Holy Scripture.”

“Jonah. He’s a reluctant prophet who has a tantrum when God does what God says. I find him relatable.”

“Peter—both of us are hardheaded.”

Check out more responses and weigh in on the Forward Day by Day Facebook page here.

And as the #Episcopal conversation starts to turn toward Advent, it’s time to get excited for… Advent calendars! We leave you with a sample of the new 2016 edition from Susan Elliott and Jay Sidebotham, which you can now order here:


Have a great weekend!