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ESC volunteers at a construction site

Participants in the Johnson Service Corps, an Episcopal Service Corps program in North Carolina, working on a Habitat for Humanity building site. From left to right: Mentor Joe Coates, Jim Douglas, Daniel Kamakura, Adwoa Asare, Christina Massee, Amanda Drury, Emily Pierce Douglas and Holly Mueller.
Photos courtesy of Adwoa Asare

Episcopal Service Corps brings young adults together to live and serve in community

At a time when millennials are abandoning religion and service programs, the Episcopal Service Corps is growing, in part because of a lean structure and partner-based funding model.

Graduates in hallway

Seminary students gather on graduation day, eager to begin their professional ministries.
Photo courtesy of Duke Divinity School

Nathan Kirkpatrick: Giving voice to our vocational questions

The demands of professional life can estrange us from our sense of calling. Authentic conversations between new and long-tenured professionals can help, writes the managing director of Alban at Duke Divinity School.

Rehab house in progress from Rebirth Realty

Max Nussenbaum and three other participants in Venture for America in Detroit started Rebirth Realty after buying this abandoned house at a tax auction and rehabbing it to live in themselves.
Photos courtesy of Rebirth Realty

Venture for America allows young people to take risks and revitalize cities

Venture for America trains and mentors college graduates in entrepreneurship, which gives them business experience and helps revitalize American cities. Could this serve as a model for the church to encourage creative innovation among young Christians?

Starr Garrett of the Memphis Teacher Residency

Memphis Teacher Residency intern Starr Garrett teaching at Kingsbury Elementary, a Memphis public school. MTR participants live and work together in a yearlong internship, then commit to teach in Memphis' underserved schools.
Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht

Living out the gospel by teaching, not preaching

The Memphis Teacher Residency prepares teachers to work in low-performing public schools in an intensive program that offers training and ongoing support. The ultimate goal, says its founder, is to bring justice to the poor and oppressed.

Laura Everett: The sacramentality of tattoos

Following an Orthodox tradition, the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches got a tattoo to commemorate her pilgrimage to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It is a visible sign that points to invisible realities, she says.