Some Thoughts on Thriving as a Church

By Kristine Blaess Part of what makes leading a church so dynamic and exciting is that, within our ministries, we lead at least three different sorts of organizations. Each one comes with its own needs and i... Read More...

Will Liturgy be Enough?

By David Barr When I meet with newcomers to my parish, I get asked a basic question again and again: “How do I get engaged?” The question can mean different things — it can be about teaching, or volunteering... Read More...

How Do We Lead When We Make the News?

By Kristine Blaess Last week, the county in which I serve made the national news in a ProPublica article that alleges systemic racial bias in our county’s juvenile justice system. At least eleven elementary-age children have been jailed in a pattern of ille... Read More...

Meditating on Mary and Mission

By Leander S. Harding I have a set of mission imperatives for the mission to modernity. They include “bringing back the Greeks,” by which I mean asking the great philosophical questions discovered by the Gr... Read More...

The Parish as a School of Friendship

By Victor Lee Austin I am the author of Friendship: The Heart of Being Human, which aims to do a lot of things, one of which is to highlight the central role of friendship in Scripture. This is my thesis: Go... Read More...

Looking to Covenant’s Future

By Jeff Boldt Last week, several of my fellow contributors engaged in a public-facing roundtable discussion about the reasons they write for Covenant. Reading their engaging accounts got me to thinking about my own reasons for contributing to this blog. For... Read More...

 On Doubt and Belief

By Jordan Hillebert The Church is not always great at dealing with doubt. We tend to swing between two extremes. On the one hand, there are some in the Church who are threatened by the slightest whiff of ... Read More...