Welcome to In Case You Missed It, a new end-of-week feature we’ll be running here on the Forward Movement blog. Here are some of the stories that captured our attention in the Episcopal social media world this week:
The House of Bishops wrapped up their time in Detroit with an inspiring video. It was an excellent reminder in this fraught election cycle that it was like that in Jesus’ time too. (You can scroll down that page for a full series of videos from the fall 2016 meetings, and check out the top tweets at #hobfall2016.)
In the wake of shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte, the Episcopal community spoke out and shared prayer across social media. We thought this BCP prayer on the Episcopal Church’s Facebook page was apt for this painful moment:
We read two thoughtful takes on Matthew as we celebrate his feast: Jay Sidebotham’s Monday Matters spoke to the saint’s lessons of mercy and grace. On Grow Christians, Marcus Halley wrote that “celebrating the Feast of St. Matthew is the celebration of the lengths that Christ comes to find each of us and the heights to which we are capable of soaring in the knowledge and love of God.”
In an Ember Day edition of Forward Today, Scott Gunn wrote about the importance of praying for clergy, reflecting that it was a practice he enjoyed even before his own call to ministry. We also loved flickr user samdessordi’s striking photo:
And speaking of Bishops, the always-funny Episcopal Church Memes gave us a smile:
This Lent, the theology committee of the House of Bishops invites the Church to explore ways to recover and renew economic imagination with a new resource, Repairing the Breach: Discipleship and Mission in a Global Economy.
Produced in partnership with Forward Movement, Repairing the Breach provides daily meditations and videos during the season of Lent. The meditations move through a pattern of reading, watching, reflecting, and praying, and each week of Lent is devoted to a particular aspect of economic life.
“The project’s digital format is a welcome new direction for our work as the theological arm of the House of Bishops. We have sought to model a process of theological reflection that is open, interactive, and accessible to everyone,” said the Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
The reflections examine the causes of economic injustice and our role, both personally and corporately, in unsustainable patterns of consumption and self-interest. The project also highlights specific practices where the Spirit of God is moving in local congregations and communities to bring new life.
“This resource provides an opportunity to engage in an important topic during Lent—
especially in a pivotal election year,” said Richelle Thompson, deputy director and managing editor of Forward Movement. “Most of us have been impacted by the economic crisis, whether we lost homes and jobs or know someone who did. This is a chance for us to reflect on concrete changes that we can make in our lives to avoid another meltdown.”
Visit repairingthebreach.forwardmovement.org to learn more and watch for the first meditation on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. A print-friendly downloadable PDF of the reflections is also available for download at forwardmovement.org.