Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Today I want to invite every reader of the commentary to track down a copy of the Episcopal Teacher. This is one of several publications that comes out of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. The latest issue is nothing short of brilliant. The highlight is the article by Jerome W. Berryman called "The Middle Realm." It is an insightful invitation to discern where the work of grace and connection is found when one brings the Gospel narrative to children. Our editor for 2013 is Cindy Coe and she has supplemented the Berryman article with contrasting and thoughtful articles. The interview with Abagail Nelson senior vice president of programs for Episcopal Relief and Development, tells the story of how she was formed for her ministry. Allison Askins has two articles - one which suggests ways of making good use of a conference and the other on TED talks (and if you don't know what TED talks are - read the article). Julie Walters writes about the 4th and 5th graders in Sunday School; and finally there are some excellent reviews of major books and resources.  

Two small details I loved about this issue. The first was the autumnal colors and the harvest prayer; and the second was the lovely picture of Kanuga Christian Formation Conference. I am proud of this publication. It is important.

This high quality issue takes considerable work. Special thanks are due to Kate Siberine (MDiv Junior) who worked so hard to take the articles and create a beautifully designed issue.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President