Which fountain offers new life?

By Elise Eslinger, retiring JBL Board member, with Richard Eslinger, lifetime member Do you remember that lively fountain scene early in the ‘70s movie Godspell? Jesus seeks out and is baptized by John, and interaction between the cousins attracts the attention of a motley crew of young people. The whole gang joyfully splashes with Jesus and John in the waters … Read More

Freed from self-righteousness

By Bryon Hansen, Pastor at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA Phinney Ridge Lutheran uses a horse trough for baptisms.  It’s a temporary arrangement.  One day we will have a permanent font suitable for full immersion.  In the meantime, we pull a horse trough from the attic and place it in the assembly to be used at all baptismal festivals. … Read More

Thankful for the Catechumenate

By Eddie Francis Fremont United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon began their catechumenate, Sacramental Living, a year ago. Eddie Francis was one of the first catechumens and was deeply impacted by the process. As a child, Eddie resented having to go to church since the message didn’t resonate with him. As an adult, however, he started attending a UMC church … 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

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

Flow of Love: Reflections on Richard Rohr’s Latest Book

By Elise Eslinger During a recent Blue Ridge getaway weekend with my husband, to celebrate our wedding anniversary and his birthday, we were unexpectedly diverted onto a detour route. That bumpy road became a gravel pathway, probably an access road through that part of Pisgah National Forest! In the midst of our slow and winding drive through those beautiful yet … Read More