Pilgrimage Welcome

Welcome to Pilgrimage, our class for newcomers. Below you will find the video content for our class on Monday December 14 at 7:30pm. If you can, try and watch both videos before we meet.

This first class is a meet and greet, an opportunity to get to know more about the class. Bring your questions! We look forward to seeing you.

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Videos for December 14

Our rector introduces the class
Bishop Curry introduces the ideas of the Way of Love

Additional Resources/Reading

In the class we’ll often recommend one or two books or resources. We will try to park links to each of these resources each time. For our first class, here’s a starting list:

The Episcopal Handbook (Revised Edition) by Tobias Haller

This little snarky book answers a lot of the common questions about The Episcopal Church. We give it to all participants in our Pilgrimage class for newcomers.

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How Can I Live Peacefully with Justice by the Rector

“How Can I Live Peacefully with Justice? is part of the “Little Books of Guidance” series from Church Publishing. The book narrates several stories from the life of Holy Communion, talking about how the rector first came to know the church at a Ferguson protest, the development of our Laundry Love ministry and our relationship with El Salvador. The book is dedicated: ““to all the folks with whom I’ve marched (in church or the streets), and especially to Ellis and Silas.

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The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus Borg

For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Jesus scholar Borg shows in this book why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God. Emphasizing the critical role of daily practice in living the Christian life, he explores how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as authentically life-giving practices.

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Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey

In this book, Bessey uses narrative theology, a mixture of storytelling and biblical teaching, to help those grappling with core Christian issues -- who Jesus is, what place the Church has in our lives, how to disagree yet remain within a community, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be.

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Faith Shift by Kathy Escobar

What if you discovered that losing beliefs doesn't mean you have to lose your faith? In this book, pastor and spiritual director Kathy Escobar gives language to what many experience as their faith evolves. It addresses the losses that come with spiritual shifts and offers tangible practices for rebuilding a new and authentic faith.

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Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions by Rachel Held Evans

A book for anyone on the journey of doubt, deconstruction, and ultimately faith reborn. Rachel shares her spiritual journey and challenges readers to disentangle faith from false fundamentals and to trust in a God who is big enough to handle your tough questions.

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The Common English Bible (Women's Study Edition)

Folks often ask what kind of Bible they should buy (there are a lot of options). This new edition of the Common English Bible is the most recent translation authorized for use in worship by The Episcopal Church. The Women's Bible edition has really helpful commentary addressing issues of justice, particularly around gender.

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The Book of Common Prayer 1978 by The Episcopal Church

In the Anglican/Episcopalian Tradition we put the liturgies we pray together most often in a book called “The Book of Common Prayer.” Episcopalians do not have a shared "dogma." We stay instead that the rule of prayer is the measure of belief. We are united in prayer rather than by theology.

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