Speaking Our Faith

Equipping the Next Generations to Tell the Old, Old Story

Kit Carlson

Mar/2018, 160 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640650275

• Ways to help Episcopalians articulate and feel comfortable about speaking of their faith with others
• Builds upon the Jesus Movement and evangelism initiatives in the Episcopal Church

Today, in a rapidly changing religious landscape, the structures of Christendom— which once almost automatically instilled faith in generation after generation of believers—are gone. For faithful Episcopalians, it has become essential to learn how to "tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love." This is especially important for those generations born after the Baby Boom, which are experiencing the rapid rise of the "nones"—people who have lost their faith, or who have no faith at all.

The time to speak, to share our faith, is now. Kit Carlson offers a road map for those who want to learn to speak about the faith that lives within them. Speaking Our Faith will help them put words to their own experiences of God, create their own statements of belief, and to begin to have compassionate, caring conversations with other people about spirituality, belief, and Jesus Christ.

Audience: clergy, seminarians, adult education leaders, Christian educators, college chaplains, church planters, Episcopal Evangelism Network, Acts 8 Movement

KIT CARLSON is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in East Lansing, Michigan. A passionate commitment to the future of the Church and the future of the faith in the changing landscape of 21st century Christianity led her to research how post- Boomers speak about their faith, as part of her doctor of ministry degree. She is author of The Leopard Son, Bringing Up Baby: Wild Animal Families, and Working Dogs: Tales from the K9-5 World. She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and writes at Pastor in the Pasture of Life

Introduction
Chapter One: A Whole New World—The Rising of the "Nones"
Chapter Two: Why is it so Hard to Talk about Faith?
Chapter Three: Where is God in My Story? The First Steps in Speaking about Faith
Chapter Four: How Firm a Foundation: Building a Faith That Will Stand
Chapter Five: Making a Statement about Faith
Chapter Six: Reclaiming Evangelism: Learning to Listen, Learning to Speak

Keywords

  • evangelism
  • Jesus
  • post-Boomers

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