Do you have a Lutheran, Presbyterian, or Episcopal church in or near your community? What partnerships does your church have with them? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Today I met with Bishop Mark Lattime of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Shelley Wickstrom of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Curt Karns, Executive Presbyter of the Yukon Presbytery, and Michael Burke, senior pastor of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Anchorage.
We are genuinely excited to see what God is going to do with our partnerships! Here's a list of issues we are discussing:
1. Social justice issues
2. Video project to train church leaders
3. Creation care issues
4. Native ministries
5. Possible shared office space
6. New clergy orientation
7. Church conflict resolution
This is a short list. We agreed to an annual retreat where we can discuss issues in depth. We want to keep this somewhat unorganized and free as we respond to the rustlings of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes when we assign tasks to committees the energy has the potential to dissipate.
I invite you to get to know your ecumenical partners in your community. And please pray for us as we lead you all towards our mission to grow the kingdom of God in Alaska.