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:
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The Church in Action
While the headlines continue to expose increasingly cruel treatment of immigrants and growing expressions of anti-immigrant racism in our country, we can get overwhelmed with the enormity of the problem, feeling like there is nothing good that is happening. Behind all of this, there are the stories of thousands of immigrants who maintain courage and hope, even in the midst of extreme difficulty, contributing to their communities and our nation. Young people are among those who can carry these stories into our churches. Their experiences make them agents of insight, information, and change.
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.
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.
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.
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.