Networks of ecumenical and interfaith congregations and emergent church communities challenge traditional church structure by placing increasing emphasis on discerning the Holy Spirit and sharing personal faith stories and less emphasis on rituals and systematic theology. The Episcopal Church partners with Fresh Expressions of Church to foster the mission of new and unconventional faith communities and to train traditional clergy to be aware of evidence of the Holy Spirit at work outside the walls of the church.


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December 12, 2011
[Episcopal News Service] A new church has literally “popped up” in Portland, Oregon, offering alternative and movable worship, an Advent vespers here, an Advent Mass celebrated there – followed by pub conversations nearby. “PopUp Church,” also known as All Souls, debuted Dec. 1 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Portland with a weekly series of Wednesday evening Advent...
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June 28, 2011
The gospel lesson in the Revised Common Lectionary that was read on Trinity Sunday (June 19) this year in some Christian churches is the ending of the Gospel of Matthew. It is also known as the Great Commission. The words of Jesus, that we are to "make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19), has been used by Christians through the centuries as a club. The missionaries who accompanied...
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June 14, 2011
What if cathedrals across North America, the long-held treasured symbols of tradition, were "re-imagined" into incubators and hubs for fresh and creative new ministries, "places where young adults can be drawn to explore Christian faith and spirituality within dioceses?" The Rev. Karen Ward hopes to inspire both the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada to sign...
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August 19, 2010
The Rev. Thomas L. Brackett, an Episcopal priest who serves as the Episcopal Church's missioner for church planting, ministry redevelopment, and fresh expressions of church, will be the featured speaker Sept. 19 on Day 1, a nationally syndicated radio program. The program, which also will be accessible by podcast, will include a sermon by Brackett along with interviews conducted by Peter...
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March 9, 2009
New ways of "being church" that developed in the past couple of decades are gathered under the term "emergent church." It's also called a conversation, a movement, a phenomenon – and defining it is "like chasing mercury around a chemistry lab table," said Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why. Although their...