🚨1 big thing: Episcopal Pulse reveals important weaknesses (and strengths)
The results from the first Episcopal Pulse survey show that a significant majority of the church feels we are struggling in the areas of evangelism and discipleship/formation.
Why it matters: The Rev. Ken Howard, director of FaithX and experiment manager for the Episcopal Pulse experiment tells us:
First-ever Episcopal worship in the metaverse is Feb 28
What’s new: Web3 Abbey, the experimental Christian community in the metaverse, will host the first-ever Episcopal worship service in the virtual world later this month.
Why it matters: During a recent webinar about the church and the metaverse, futurist Bob Johansen made the point that the metaverse is the next iteration of the web. And that it is coming like a wave.
Go deeper: Last September, a new kind of missionary came to be in the Episcopal Church (and the Holy Hermits in Australia) as several members of the clergy and laypeople began to explore the church in the metaverse.
Office of Latino Ministries takes over “El Librito de la Misa”
The Office of Latino Ministries of the Episcopal Church has agreed to take over the “Librito de la Misa Episcopal.”
Go deeper: The Librito was the outcome of the “Spanish Missalette” experiment from TryTank.
Our thought bubble: Thank you to the Rev. Anthony Guillen and the Rev. Samuel Borbon, who are such willing partners with the work of TryTank!
New experiment to explore spirituality of young adults
Wha't’s new: Try Tank is undertaking an experiment in cultivating deep relationships.
Big picture: We plan to share our findings widely through a report that captures the longings heard in conversation.
Then, out of these learnings, the experiment team will come up with possible experiments to engage with young adults. Stay tuned!
New offering for smaller congregations: Prayer School
As part of the 1730 Project which aims to help smaller congregations thrive, TryTank offers an online class aimed at their members.
Why it matters: smaller congregations usually cannot offer robust classes to their members. So, what if we could offer a class where smaller congregations can invite their members?
Go deeper: Prayer School is a workshop that will help participants form their habit of prayer by drawing on liturgical disciplines. It is an introduction where participants will learn:
The third phase of the evangelism experiment focuses on Easter
TryTank has launched the third phase of its very successful evangelism experiment.
Do you ever wonder if the shadowy figures drifting past your church can become friends with names and faces? That’s what our current experiment is testing.
🙏 The Virtual Preaching Monks are back for Lent
The Virtual Preaching Monks launched last year as part of TryTank's1730 Project experiments.
What's next: The Brothers of SSJE will offer a sermon series for Lent. If you'd like to use this resource, sign up to be “in the know” about the 1730 Project HERE.
Who wants to try this?
Someone out there, try this: the iScanner app uses AI technology to snap a picture and quickly count things for you. You can see a short video of it in action here.
One fun thing: Last fall, we tried to build a “Pop-up Monastery” in a mall during the holiday season. In the end, five malls turned us down. 😭 So, this year, we are starting early. Does anyone know the owner or a manager of a mall who might welcome the monastery?? Let me know HERE.