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A fantastic program year and a decision to merge with Episcopal City Mission ... read about it all in out annual report!!!

Spring cleaning! The LDI staff were thrilled to find this old banner while going through our office.

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"Being involved with the CGS AND LDI has been an amazing experience! To know that the Episcopal community is just as supportive and invested in the wellness of our world as our individual parish...proves that the vision of the greater community and the parish are one."

This week on our blog, Kelly Knight Churbuck, a parishioner of Church of the Good Shepherd Wareham, reflects on the mutually-inspiring collaboration between LDI and CGS.

Being involved with the CGS AND LDI has been an amazing experience! Mixing the heart of the CGS community AND the passion (and incredible perspective) of Natalie has elevated my appreciation for the work that CGS does WEEKLY and my appreciation for the greater Episcopal community. To know th
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It was a true blessing to launch the LDI Praxis Community this morning with these amazing people of God from around the country who are living out what it means to be a leader for the Awakened Church in their different contexts.

The Praxis Community seeks to offer leaders the vulnerable and brave community needed if we are to take risks in how we follow God's Spirit today. There are 44 people taking part this year! So excited to see were God's Spirit leads us!

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LDI believes that an Awakened Church grapples with the relationship between religion, identity, and power.

Next Thursday, LDI's Programs and Communication Fellow Jesse Ortiz will be co-facilitating a discussion on the intersections of masculinity and religion. Check it out!

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Seeking deeper engagement with justice and reconciliation? Check out this new initiative from the Jewish Organizing Institute & Network. (They have a Boston training on June 11!)

They say: "Through the wisdom of community organizing, our ROAR training will explore campaign development and the cycle of campaigns that progress, step by step, to build power and have the greatest possible impact."

We are facing a unique historical moment. Many Jews across the country feel that their core values are under assault, or feel directly at risk, and want to take action. Whatever we do must be able to be sustained, must … Read More
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Contemplative practice may lead us into wholeness, but it will not immediately bring ease. Rather, the practice of encountering the wholeness within and in others may move us into powerful action.

How can contemplation move you to act against systems of oppression?

Contemplative living, cultivated through practice, is one that is about living intentionally, through presence, compassionate allowing, and awareness. It is more than a method of prayer and it does not end when we move throughout our day.
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"We see that God’s promise of unconditional love and a person’s inherent dignity mean that our lives matter more than the size of our houses or bank accounts; the number of hours we work or study each day; the prestige of our jobs or our children’s alma maters."

In this week's blog, LDI features another Formation Program Team -- Church of Our Redeemer's Team "Liberation"! Read here about their inspiring spiritual work.

We, the members of team “Liberation,” are organizing the members of the Church of Our Redeemer, Lexington, to free them from the dominant “achievement culture,” through using our vibrant church community and our faith in a God of abundance and unconditional love to decrease member’s stress a
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"Uncertainty. It's always there. The ground is always shifting a bit beneath us, whether we are aware of it or not. We cannot control everything, whether we like it or not. Are Heraclitus said so long ago, 'There is nothing permanent except change.'"

As LDI's programming grows to meet the needs of our participants, we've recently begun facilitating vestry retreats. In this week's blog, the Rev. Amy McCreath reflects on the profound role of uncertainty in the vestry retreat she facilitated with St Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Sudbury.

Uncertainty. It's always there. The ground is always shifting a bit beneath us, whether we are aware of it or not. We cannot control everything, whether we like it or not. Are Heraclitus said so long ago, "There is nothing permanent except change."
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Want to know how our Formation program teams have been working for justice this year? Check out this blog about EDS's Holy 7 and St. Mary's Social Justice Action!

Below, read about the Holy 7, who are a class of students from the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS), and St. Mary's Social Justice Action (SMSJA), a team that developed out of the group of young adults in their 20s and 30s at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dorchester.
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"Our world today is not far from that of that early church. We see an empire turning its head away from the cries of the oppressed, looking only to hear its own voice. In our current world, when and where might the Spirit might breathe new life into the Body of Christ?"

This week on LDI's blog, Yani Burgos wonders how the Church can come alive to better meet the needs of the world. Thank you for your words, Yani!

My favorite Bible passage is Acts 2, where we see the beginning of what is now called the church, the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit literally breathes life into this new body: first through the apostles, then through the ears of new converts. We see a community come together, sharing all t
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"Our world today is not far from that of that early church. We see an empire turning its head away from the cries of the oppressed, looking only to hear its own voice. In our current world, when and where might the Spirit might breathe new life into the Body of Christ?"

This week on LDI's blog, Yani Burgos wonders how the Church can come alive to better meet the needs of the world. Thank you for your words, Yani!

My favorite Bible passage is Acts 2, where we see the beginning of what is now called the church, the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit literally breathes life into this new body: first through the apostles, then through the ears of new converts. We see a community come together, sharing all t
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HAPPENING NOW: LDI's very own Lydia Strand joins 50 allies to sit in at an ICE detention center and demand permanent protection, dignity, and respect for all immigrants.

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Movimiento Cosecha was live.

LIVE: 50 allies #shutdown South Bay detention center in Boston in support of immigrant workers going on strike on May 1st.
We are exactly one week away from the largest immigrant-led strike of our generation. Text STRIKE to 41411 to learn how to show up for immigrants.

Christ is risen! Read LDI's Easter season newsletter to find wonderful reflections by Lydia Strand and Adiel Pollydore, an update on the Formation Program, information about organizing to support undocumented people, and more! To stay connected with regular emails from LDI, sign up for our newsletter at lditeam.org/subscribe.

, LDI's Director of Ongoing and Contemplative Programs, offers the below reflection on her journey with restlessness and prophetic yearning. (You are welcome to comment and share
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"Father Neil rallied his parishioners to confront their fears — and often landlords and politicians — and lift up their community from poverty, poor housing and ill health. He did it by encouraging them to lead, rather than defer to him."

Throughout his life, the Roman Catholic Rev. Neil Connolly worked towards the Awakened Church that LDI is committed to pursuing. Read more about Father Neil here.

The Rev. Neil Connolly took an activist role for more than half a century in the Bronx and on the Lower East Side.
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