Tag Archives: Harry Leip

028 Discerning God’s claim on our lives



This episode unpacks that dense term “discernment” and helps us imagine how a person, how a community hears God’s call to deeper ministry or to ordination. Our guest is Mike Angell, rector of Holy Communion Episcopal Church in University City and chair of the Commission on Ministry, tasked with helping Christians in that discernment journey. He and host Deacon Harry Leip weave in stories of discernment from the Bible, from their own histories, and from folks who have recently trekked through this process.

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027 Hearing the call to prevent gun violence



 

For this episode we traveled south to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Christ Episcopal Church and spoke with member Brenda Phillips, who shares her story on becoming involved in gun violence prevention ministry with host Deacon Harry Leip. Participating in an annual pilgrimage around the places in town where violence had occurred, praying, leaving crosses, hearing from families, witnessing– was the catalyst for Brenda’s going deeper into this ministry of hope and education and presence.

 

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023 How does a downtown church find God’s work beyond their red doors?



An intentional self-study as a beloved pastor of thirty plus years was retiring, a congregational development course challenged a downtown congregation to discern they wanted to be not only more visible in their community, but more active and engaged. It led them out the front doors, to look up and around at the connections to be made.  “We didn’t set out to start whole new social service agency. We were just trying to figure out, how can we as a faith community bring our resources, energy, talents and skills to the table to meet some of the needs we have in this community?”

With Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbering from Grace Episcopal Church in Jefferson City and host Deacon Harry Leip.

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017 Dancing with the Holy Spirit at Trinity Art Club



The food ministry (pantry and meals) at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End has recently begun a Saturday morning art club after breakfast and before lunch together. Food ministry manager Barbi Click talks with host Harry Leip about the nourishment from food and art.

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016 A Gun Violence epidemic and response



In this episode host Harry Leip talks with the Rev. Marc Smith, the bishop’s Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention about the epidemic in our community, some of its causes, and how we are responding.

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002 Seeking Christ in all persons through the arts



We are doing our annual celebration to honor Absalom Jones, who was the first African American Episcopal priest. He and his friend Richard Allen were at a church where they had gathered a number of African American members of a congregation. At first they were welcomed but I think people started to get uncomfortable with the number of people. One Sunday morning as they were praying, the ushers told them they had to leave, and so they walked out and they became members of the Free African Society in Philadelphia, and out of that an Episcopal church was organized. Richard Allen went on to start the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It was some years later that Absalom Jones was able to be ordained as a priest, and many years after that, that his congregation was accepted into the diocese.

In February of each year, we have a celebration to honor him, and that is an occasion for educating the people of the diocese about matters that have to do with race in general, and in the church. This year, our theme is Seeking Christ in All People Through the Arts, and what we’re looking at is how is God presented to people? How are the saints and the leaders of the church presented to people? Does everybody have the opportunity to seek somebody like themselves?

If God is portrayed as somebody that doesn’t look like you, this does have an impact on people. We would like to highlight portrayals of God, and of Jesus, and of the saints, the angels and holy beings, and leaders of the church, as people of color that everybody who might not be white could identify with. We’re going to have several workshops, one of them will be singing of spirituals, one would be the liturgical dance, one would be drumming, and the fourth one is visual arts.

When you walk into a church, what is the first thing that you notice? What is the first thing you hear? What is the first thing you see? This is the biggest influence on a person going to church. We’re trying to challenge our perspective on art in our religion, and on our image of God, to better represent what not only a congregation is, but what our community of faith is.

We’re going to give people an opportunity to experience the arts in several workshops, and to try to understand how art from other cultures might be presented, and might be used in worship.

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001 Rebuilding Trust



This episode’s guest is the Rev. Dan Handschy and our host is the Rev. Harry Leip.

When I arrived at Church of the Advent, I came into a situation in which the previous rector had been dismissed for sexual misconduct, and so I found a congregation in disarray and kind of hurting. We had to reconsider what it meant to be church, which gave us a real opportunity to do things in new ways.

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