The Church and Society

The College for Bishops Leadership Institute was established to provide educational resources for new bishops as well as trending informational resources for all bishops. The Church and Society focuses on the following specific topics:

New items are added on a monthly basis. To comment or suggest additional topics or resources, please use the feedback form located at the bottom of this page.

The Church in Action


Nuns & Nones brings together religiously unaffiliated young adults and Catholic sisters

What does it take to live in a spiritually grounded, socially active community?  Nuns & Nones is a pilot residency program that brings together religiously unaffiliated young adults (“Nones”) with Catholic nuns, many of whom are elderly, in an unlikely but successful pairing.

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Intentional Community

If you ask Episcopalians to name the most valuable thing the church has to offer, they’ll probably say stuff like “grace,” “community” or “Jesus.” (Or “the BCP,” bless their hearts.) I’m not going to say that any of that is wrong, but for millennials, there’s another thing the church has to offer, and it might not be what you think. This article comes from the ECFVP May edition on Millennials & the Church.

Missionaries at Border Spread Christianity to North Korea

Along the North Korean border, dozens of Chinese missionaries are engaged in work that puts them and their North Korean converts in danger. Most are South Koreans, but others are ethnic Koreans whose families have lived in China for generations. In recent years, ten such front-line missionaries and pastors have died mysteriously. North Korea is suspected in all those deaths. Hundreds of other missionaries have been imprisoned or expelled by China, which bans foreigners from proselytizing.

The Death Penalty

By many metrics, incarceration rates are growing in America with valid concerns about a "cradle-to-prison" pipeline in certain regions. With thirty-one states currently supporting the death penalty backed by a moral, "an eye for an eye," position, how should Christians engage? Author and activist, Shane Claiborne, believes the Church must be pro-life no matter who is under threat. As an advocate for the abolition of the death penalty, he explains how prison reform is the natural outflow of every Christian's call to value and protect life.

Restoring the Justice System

Cases like George Zimmerman, Jodi Arias, Bradley Manning and Ariel Castro may have once dominated the news, but much of what's happening in the American justice system remains overlooked. America now boasts the highest rate of incarceration in the world, but even more alarming are the system’s endemic injustices. Minority communities are far more afflicted by the justice system, a reality that affects the psyches of the children who grow up in them. Additionally, our system treats you much better if you’re rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent. Bryan Stevenson believes these realities are fundamentally changing our world, and he’s devoted his life’s work to finding solutions. 

What does it mean for clergy to "stay in their lane"?

Pastors seeking to support justice movements should let people on the front lines lead. This means clergy are going to have to get used to being uncomfortable, writes a pastor from Charlotte, North Carolina.  Clergy need to show up as clergy, and to bring with them the resources and gifts of their training and their networks.

This article from ECF Vital Practices highlights information about the newly launched Episcopal Asset Map project.  A helpful list of relevant links gives opportunities to explore the asset map, see how it is being utilized in various Episcopal dioceses, and learn how to get involved.


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