As our communities prayerfully move forward we know that Church will not be the same. We have an unprecedented chance to examine best practices and consider how our theological reflection interacts with our lived practices and planning.
In the wake of the devastating human and financial impacts of the pandemic on our churches and ministries, the Risen Christ calls us to a “new normal.”
On this Feast of St. Mark, the early Christian whose name is associated with the earliest Gospel of the four Gospels, let us pray that the Holy Spirit which gave him the ability to speak and write the life-giving word of Jesus will well up in us as we seek to live out the beautiful promise of new Easter life during these difficult times.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing practical and reflective resources here as small parts of the great thinking being done in the whole Church about how to both weather the storm and to build towards a “new normal.” First, is a crowdsourced set of resources for pastoral, strategic and financial guidance.
In the locked rooms of our houses, and of our griefs, Jesus appears, like he did for his first disciples, to remind us that there is a Word of hope to proclaim – especially now.