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Learn More about Renewal Works: March 13–14 in NC

Wondering what RenewalWorks is all about, and whether it’s time for your parish to try it? Jay Sidebotham will be holding two informational events in North Carolina in March—and they’re free! Here are the details and RSVP info from the RenewalWorks team:

We invite clergy and lay leaders to a gathering to learn about RenewalWorks and about the current state of the Episcopal Church. Nearly 200 Episcopal congregations around the country have experienced the RenewalWorks process over the last three years. That has given us some important insights into the culture of our denomination, as it has also helped congregations focus on spiritual growth and build cultures of discipleship.

The RenewalWorks process involves an online inventory taken by your congregants, exploring individual beliefs and practices, faith at work in the world, and the church’s role in all of that. The inventory is followed by workshops in which parishioners reflect on where the congregation has been, where it is and where it feels called to go. We’re looking forward to having more congregations participate in the next wave of churches, beginning in September 2017. Now is the time to begin thinking about it.

Come to a gathering at either Christ Church, Raleigh (120 East Edenton St.) on Monday, March 13th or Christ Church, Charlotte (1412 Providence Rd.) on Tuesday, March 14th beginning at 9:30 and concluding by noon. We’ll explain the background of this ministry. We’ll talk about how RenewalWorks works. And we’ll share stories of how it has impacted congregations.

RSVP: Samantha Franklin at sfranklin@renewalworks.org or cell: 919-824-9932. If you’re interested but can’t attend this session, feel free to contact Samantha or the Rev. Jay Sidebotham to talk about this work (jsidebotham@renewalworks.org; cell: 646-249-4404). Visit our website (www.renewalworks.org) loaded with information about ways to make spiritual growth the priority in your congregations.

ICYMI: A weekly blog roundup

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: