“Living Wet” in a Troubled World

By Elise Eslinger A world in turmoil The world, the nation, the churches, our cities and communities are in conflict and turmoil. Even creation itself is groaning. How to respond in this season? “Write the vision plainly, so that a runner may read it.” (Habakkuk 2:2) In this digital culture, what makes for such a plain vision— a blinking display … Read More

“Forming Lay Leaders”

By Martha Maier How do you lift up and train leaders for the catechumenate? After becoming Associate Pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, I spent some time educating the congregation about the catechumenate. When a training was scheduled in our state, I loaded up my van with interested lay leaders plus Danette, who just went along for the ride. Her … Read More

Journeying to the Font without the Vigil

(Note: we are resending this blog post from last week, since due to some technical issues, some of you may have missed it.) By Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero, Ph.D. I decided to visit my parents in west-central Minnesota for Easter. The last time I had been in Minnesota for Easter was 10 years ago, before moving to California where I am accustomed … Read More

Upcoming Trainings

Friday, Oct. 5 at 10 am until 12:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 6. Fremont United Methodist church in Portland, OR will host a condensed catechumenate training with featured presenter: Dan Benedict, former Worship Resources Director for the United Methodist Church and author of Come to the Waters, a book on baptism and making disciples. Training is open and welcomes all denominations. … Read More

The Catechumenate Leads to Personal & Church Growth

By Barbara Anderson, member, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, WA “The Spiritual Pilgrimage [St. Luke’s catechumenal process] was the catalyst that truly began my life in community with St. Luke’s and a major stop along my journey to baptismal living. I struggle with the winter and early spring time, the dark and cold makes it difficult to want to … Read More

Diving Deep into Signs and Symbols

By Bryon Hansen, Pastor of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA During Lent those in the catechumenal process enter into an intensive time of baptismal preparation. As guest blogger Bryon Hansen suggests, it’s a fitting time to reflect on the role of our faith symbols and signs. For more on PRLC’s catechumenate click here. “Walking wet” is a phrase I’ve … Read More

What can I do for the people in the catechumenate?

By Michael Marchal, JBL:NAAC Board Member You together are the body of Christ, but each of you is a different part… 1 Cor. 12:27 Being a “lone ranger” telling the world about Jesus is not the picture that emerges from the New Testament of what it meant to be and to live as a Christian. The Christian world in Jerusalem … Read More

Training Event in Colorado March 2-4, 2018

JOURNEY INTO FAITH CATECHUMENATE TRAINING MARCH 2-4, 2018  NOTE NEW DATE FOR THIS EVENT Christ the King Episcopal Church Arvada, Colorado Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA) this immersive workshop is presented for clergy and parish lay leadership teams.  For more information and to register go to Journey Into Faith.

The Quilt that is the Catechumenate

By Karen Peterson, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA There is one ritual that has always been precious to me since I affirmed my baptism through the catechumenate. In our congregation, we have a “water procession” during the Easter Vigil just before the Rites of Baptism and Affirmation of Baptism begin. All members of the congregation, young and old, are … Read More