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

Head and heart: what is necessary for conversion?

By Michael Marchal, JBL:NAAC Board Member There is no right or wrong way to fall in love. Some do so quickly and forty years later are still happily married. Others grow into it and always say how glad they are that they knew each other so well before they committed themselves. Yet this is no hard-and-fast division. Few people these … Read More

Addicted

By Greg Smith, JBL:NAAC Board Member The speaker for the conference of clergy was confident, progressive and effective as a communicator of the Gospel for the 21st century. So, when she began to say that she had little time for things like long range planning and goal setting for congregations, “Natural Church Development,” and discipleship programs it had a shock … Read More

Unanticipated Enlightenment

By Bev Piro The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. John 1:5 That is one of my take-aways from the solar eclipse last month. My husband and I traveled to the Agate Fossil National Park in the Nebraska panhandle, the ancestral grounds of the Lakota, to witness totality for about 2 and a half minutes. … Read More

Getting started with the catechumenate

By Charles Mantey I went to my first catechumenate training event twelve years ago while I was at my previous congregation. I have to admit that the word “daunting” came to mind for me and the folks from that parish who attended the event. It was daunting to us because the catechumenate is a process that is adapted to each … Read More

The Gift of Blessing

By Martha Maier Last spring, gathered around a table laden with salmon, baked potato fries, asparagus and an abundance of rice, I said a brief blessing before we began to eat. We were dining al fresco in Southern California, having travelled there to celebrate my daughter’s graduation from grad school. At the table were Emily, her classmate Amanda and assorted … Read More