Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shameless Promotion

I have just learned that my niece, Kirsten Thien ( http://www.kirstenthien.com/ )will be the featured performer at Redding Concert on the Green this Sunday, July 25 from 6-8 p.m. weather permitting. The link to the Redding Concert on the Green site is here
(Hope these links work.)

Kirsten is a blues singer/song writer with a solid background in that old time rock and roll, learned at the knee of her father, John Thien. She sings a mix of old favorites and her own stuff, which is pretty darned good. (When I refer to "my niece the rock star", this is she!)

I hope to be there, weather permitting, and I thought some of you might like to know about this, too.

Thank you for putting up with this shameless relative-promotion.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Evangelism? People younger than 40?

Episcopal Cafe has posted this article from the Alban Institute here

I commend it to you as well as the first comment on the article. I invite your discussion and look forward to hearing from you. For instance, if our website offered you your own blog, would you use it? What do you think about Tom Brackett's comment that most evangelism efforts are self-serving, aimed at the survival of a parish institution? How and what would we do differently, in order to focus ourselves outside of ourselves and instead on speaking the good news of God in Christ?

I also take this opportunity, regarding the suggestion we cease using the word "evangelism" and use faith-listening/faith-sharing instead, to tell you we will begin learning together how to do that at Grace Episcopal Church starting in the fall. Watch this space!