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From Fox News & Scott Gunn:

Several of my church-going friends shared a recent op-ed from Fox News Opinion on their social media, “Church as we know it is over. Here's what's next." The op-ed says that “the church needs to accept the fate of physical church as we know it, so we can move into the next phase of digital church.”

Yes, the old expectations that people will somehow just show up in churches must die. But the replacement is not digital church. While I love connecting online, it isn’t the same as being part of a gathered community. Church as we know it may be over, but it’s time to reboot church as we know it – and our expectations.

Christians need to go to church. It’s that simple.

From: All Saints' Episcopal Church in Frederick, MD: Being a Holy Lent

The Revs. Adrien Dawson and Jessica Holthus, from All Saints' Episcopal Church in Frederick, MD have presented a fantastic video explaining the history and meaning of the ashes that will be presented across Christendom next week on March 6th (Ash Wednesday). If you are interested in partaking in this ancient tradition, be sure to contact your local Episcopal Church to see what time their services are.

From TED - Rabbi Sharon Brous: It's Time to Reclaim Religion

From TED: At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant -- or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.

From Busted Halo: Why We Should Listen More Than We Talk

When we’re in trouble or suffering, having someone truly listen to us, even if they can’t offer a solution, can be a great comfort. But being a good listener isn’t as easy as it sounds. I clearly remember attending a training course where the instructor asked us to share a little about ourselves with the person sitting next to us. She then asked me to share what my partner had told me. Silence. I’d been so busy thinking about what I was saying that I hardly remembered what my partner had said, and I wasn’t alone!

From BuildFaith: Plan an Epiphany Party...with King Cake!

The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th, is just around the corner. There are many ideas to celebrate this remembrance of the Visitation of the Magi. Every Epiphany party could use a special cake, room decorations as well as community singing. Here are some ideas to add to your own church's tradition to mark this feast day on our church calendar. (Sharon Ely Pearson)

From The Living Church: Analog Church

Long before the creeds made their appearance, our apostolic faith was intensely sacramental. The first Christians did not hold evangelism workshops or issue white papers on what it meant to follow Jesus and proclaim and establish his kingdom on earth. Their theology of evangelism was real and incarnational, rooted in simple yet concrete acts of worship, compassion, mercy, and community-building. They “kept it close to the ground,”