About The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT)
With headquarters in Meriden, CT, The Episcopal Church in Connecticut ("ECCT") is the collective witness of its 168 parishes and worshiping communities across the state. We believe that in our Baptism, we are co-missioned to participate in God's mission of restoring and reconciling the world. We recognize the changes taking place in our society and in the institution of the church, and we are listening to where God is active so that we can join God's work of restoration and reconciliation. We are learning how to "travel lightly, into the neighborhood, following Jesus."
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Season of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation
By resolution of its Annual Convention, the Episcopal Church in Connecticut decided to enter a two-year "Season of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation." It declared that on the second Sunday in February, all parishes will be asked to begin a conversation with their congregations about the sin of racism in ECCT by hosting a forum on racial reconciliation.
The initial goals of the season are to:
introduce foundational concepts, language, and tools to help encourage and enable congregations to begin opening hearts and minds
recognize the reality of white supremacy and bias against people of color
awaken Episcopalians in Connecticut to the need for concerted action to address the ongoing injustice of the racial divide.
Joining Jesus in a New Missional Age
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut has launched a new initiative to help bridge the divide between being church together (what we typically do on Sunday mornings) and being part of the life of the neighborhood (what we typically do on all others days and times - if we do it at all). Joining Jesus in a New Missional Age utilizes concepts from Rev. Alan J. Roxburgh's book "Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World," which several of us read a few years ago.
Parishioners engaged in JOINING JESUS will:
become a people of relationship rather than outcomes
listen without agenda
attend to the stories of people in the neighborhood
discern what the spirit might be saying to us
Participants will meet monthly at Trinity to engage in spiritual practices and share stories of our experiences. Throughout the year, we will work the four modules (above) and explore the neighborhood while listening to our neighbors.
Contact Conrad at email@example.com if you are interested in being part of Joining Jesus.