ECF Fellows News Summer 2011
ECF is proud of our Fellows who are making significant differnces in the lives of their local faith communities all across the country. Here's what some of them are up to.
Christopher Duraisingh (1974) will be a keynote speaker at the October 2011 Everyone Everywhere conference on domestic and global mission. "Representatives from throughout the Episcopal Church and other provinces of the Anglican Communion will lead discussions on the theme, Where is your place in Mission?" More about this event can be found here.
Lucinda Mosher (1999) and Ed Waggoner (2004) have received teaching appointments at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT. Lucinda will help to organize the new Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Chaplaincy and will also teach "Christian-Muslim Encounter: The Theological Dimension." Ed will serve as Visiting Professor in Theology and Ethics.
Titus Presler (1988) has been appointed principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan. Speaking about the appointment, Titus notes "It will be a privilege to serve God's mission through higher education with Muslims, Christians and others in an intensely inter-religious environment." Read more about this appointment here.
Ellen Wondra (1985) is serving on the Standing Commision on Liturgy and Music's working group to provide theological resources for the blessing of same-sex unions.
Along with Charles Robertson (1998) and Stephanie Spellers (2008), she is co-editing the upcoming fall issue of the Anglican Theological Review which will honor ECF Fellows and the work of the Fellowship Partners Program.
Highlights from Recent Fellows' Publications
John A. Dally (1988) Choosing the Kingdom: Missional Preaching for the Household of God. (Alban, 2007)
As a post-Christendom church reorients itself toward the mission of God, what might preaching look like? Do we speak as bureaucrats in an imperial hierarchy, anticipating automatic acceptance of our message, or as servants of the reign of God, bringing news of God's activity in history as fresh as today's headlines? Choosing the Kingdom explores these issues and offers an entirely new orientation to sermon preparation. It offers concrete suggestions for a reconception of preaching for those whose imaginations have already been captured by the possibilities inherent in a missional identity.
Charles Robertson (1998) A Dangerous Dozen: 12 Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo But Showed Us How To Live Like Jesus. (SkyLight Paths, 2011)
Change is never easy, and it is most threatening to those in institutional power, whether in society or the Church. Yet there are times when transformation is sorely needed, and it usually takes "troublemakers" to help bring it about. This book explores twelve of these fascinating--at times, intimidating--men and women. These Christian change agents were not afraid to challenge structures that would divide and repress, showing the world a different way of living. Profiles include: The Apostle Paul, Mary Magdalene, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Dorothy Day and more.
Carolyn Sharp (1994) Wrestling the Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer. (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010)
This book for introductory Old Testament classes offers an appealing illustration of how faith and academic study can work together, motivating and equipping Christian believers to turn to the Old Testament as a profound resource for their daily negotiations of faith, identity, and culture. Throughout, Sharp focuses on the basic fundamentals that are a necessary part of every student's education.
Stephanie Spellers (2008) Ancient Faith, Future Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition. Editor with Steven Croft and Ian Mobsby. (Church Publishing, 2010)
The spiritual practices and insights of the Anglican tradition make an extraordinary contribution to mission efforts in our postmodern, de-churched, never-churched, yet spiritually hungry society. In this timely and practical book, pioneers, leaders and theologians from the US and the UK share their stories and offer reflections for building a future-focused, mission-shaped church that is deeply rooted in sacramental traditions.