We believe the Church is alive, and we're keeping our finger on the pulse. Priest Pulse hosted by Father Benjamin Gildas and Fr. Colin Chapman looks at relevant issues in the Episcopal Church and around the world with prayer, humor, and thoughtfulness.

Melissa Rau joins us for the fourth part of our coronavirus pandemic miniseries to discuss faith formation. We discuss rethinking faith formation now and beyond the pandemic. 

Melissa Rau is Director of Partnerships and New Initiatives for Episcopal Church Foundation.

Melissa joined the ECF staff in April 2018. Prior to joining ECF, she served churches as a consultant doing strategic visioning, assessments, facilitation, training, and coaching. She has studied with Princeton Theological Seminary, the General Theological Seminary, and Candler School of Theology. She has written and published curriculum and numerous articles for online and printed publications, and more recently co-authored a book—Ten Solutions for Small Churches. She has extensive ecumenical experience in parishes throughout the country.

Melissa is married to the Rev. Mike Rau, Rector at Holy Nativity in Rockledge, PA. They have two daughters and a son. Melissa loves to read and is particularly fond of giraffes and the color orange.

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In part three of our coronavirus pandemic miniseries we're joined by Kyle Oliver to discuss incarnational perspectives on online church.

Kyle Matthew Oliver is an educational media producer and researcher, a fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation, and a priest of the Diocese of California. He currently serves as communications and marketing manager and adjunct instructor in Christian education at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. Kyle is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, working on a multimedia dissertation focused on making meaning through making media in faith and faith-adjacent settings. His most recent publication, with Stacy Williams-Duncan and Lisa Kimball, is "Digital Literacies for Ministry: A Qualitative Study of Theological Educators Preparing Students for New Media Engagement," which can be read for free in the journal Ecclesial Practices. Kyle lives in San Francisco with his wife, Kristin Saylor, who serves as director of formation at Grace Cathedral.

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Wondering whether to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with your congregation online during the coronavirus pandemic? Dr. Joshua Wise joins us to discuss sacramental theology and an orthodox, Trinitarian, Incarnational perspective on online worship for our congregations. 

Joshua Wise is the author of No Avatars Allowed: Theological Reflections on Video Games from Church Publishing. He's also cofounder of the All Ports Open Network where he writes and produces several podcasts including Weeping Cedars, a horror audio drama. Listen now at www.allportsopen.com

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Priest Pulse is back with a coronavirus pandemic miniseries looking at pastoral care, communications, sacramental theology, formation, and justice and reconciliation ministry while we're experience church in exile.

Part one features the Rev. Dr. Storm Swain author of Trauma and Transformation at Ground Zero: A Pastoral Theology from Fortress Press. Storm discusses pastoral care in times of crisis, the ongoing trauma of the coronavirus pandemic, clergy resiliency, self-care, and more.

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After an unexpected hiatus we return with Anna Courie and David Peters, authors of Christ Walk Crushed: a 40-Day Journey Toward Reconciliation available from Church Publishing Inc. In this interview we discuss contrition, healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation, as well as what its like to leave the beautiful state of Hawaii for the mainland.

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This week, we welcome back the Rev. Kyle Oliver (Creative Commons Prayer) to talk about what he's been up to since his last time on Priest Pulse, his Doctoral work at Columbia, and even more exciting - his recent Holy Eucharist Illuminated Cards project. Ben, Colin, and Kyle talk about new trends in the church and the continuing rise in what they see as an increased passion for EVANGELISM!

You can read more about Kyle at kyleoliver.net and at https://www.creativecommonsprayer.com/.

You can puchase a copy of his Holy Eucharist Illuminated cards here: https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/holy-eucharist-illuminated

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Fr. Benjamin Gildas sits down for a roundtable discussion with the full time faculty of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church to discuss challenges and opportunities facing current and new leadership in this denomination.

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Desmond Tutu Travel Seminar with the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle: www.gts.edu www.michaelbattle.com

 

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The Rev Connor Gwin is the Canon for Social Engagement and Christian Formation in the Diocese of Southwest Virginia and writes at mbird.com

 

Link to article: http://www.mbird.com/2018/03/closer-than-you-think-the-trouble-with-deconstruction/

 

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The Presiding Bishop’s Pilgrimage for Reconciliation, Healing and Evangelism continues on, this the Feast of the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African American Priest in the Episcopal Church. We have interviews with Carrie Boren Headington, (Missioner for evangelism for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and is founder of The Good News Initiative), and Kim Karashin (Canon for Mission in the Diocese of Pittsburgh). Today's update also features a segment from today's sermon from the Presiding Bishop.

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Colin reports from the The Presiding Bishop’s Pilgrimage for Reconciliation, Healing and Evangelism. This is the first night of the Revival Weekend. For more information, visit the Diocese of Pittsburgh's Website

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Dear Priest Pulse listeners,

 

Thank you so much for the almost 200 downloads of episode one! I'm overwhelmed with the positive response to episode one and eagerly anticipating posting episode 2 this week. Interviews include the Rev. Keith Voets and the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Keep an eye out in the next two days for this podcast. In the meantime, refer a friend to episode one!

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