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Six minutes with Diana Butler Bass: Does the Church have a future?

Church historian and author Diana Butler Bass talks about her new book, Christianity After Religion. In this short Day 1 segment, she talks about Bishop Jeff Lee of the Diocese of Chicago taking “Ashes to Go” on Ash Wednesday to the busy street corners of his city and the surprising response of the people he encountered.

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In other news, here are some links to stories about Maine’s people, congregations, and ministry around the web.

St. Francis must be smilingThe Kennebec Journal reports on a community pet food pantry recently launched at Christ Church, Gardiner.

Retiring military chaplain the Rev. David Sivret and other Maine veterans are honored at a recent ceremony held at St. Anne’s, Calais –  in The Bangor Daily News – on Channel 5 WABI-TV

St. Elizabeth’s Essential Pantry – a ministry of eight Episcopal congregations housed at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland was recently featured on page three of the February edition of Witness, the newsletter of  London-based Anglican Frontier Mission.

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One response to “Six minutes with Diana Butler Bass: Does the Church have a future?”

  1. I pre-ordered the book from Amazon. It just arrived yesterday. I’m really looking forward to reading it. As a priest who ministers primarily on the margins, I see the church (little c) in so many places. People who come into our Jubilee Center speak and seek more about God, forgiveness, and blessing than the average person who attends church, in my experience. I have a similar experience of administering ashes on campus as was described in the video. When everyone knows they are welcome, and we are willing to go to them, they will come.

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