Forward Day by Day: On Change

The top section of the cover of Forward Day by Day for August - October, 2013.

The foreword to the current issue, written by the Rev. Scott Gunn, Executive Director of Forward Movement, is reprinted below:

Dear friends in Christ,

You may have read reports of decline in The Episcopal Church. The numbers are sobering. Thousands of congregations are in financial peril. In many places, attendance dwindles. And yet, as I travel around The Episcopal Church, I see much to celebrate.

There are hundreds of examples of thriving congregations, large and small. In places, attendance is growing, and abundance has conquered scarcity. What is the difference? Change.

Congregations that are willing to change have managed to adapt to our time. It makes sense. The essence of Christianity is transformation. Emptiness is transformed into light and life. Death is transformed into life. Fear is transformed into love. We are called to be transformed into the likeness of Christ. It is the point of all we do.

Change is never easy. Our hope is that Forward Day by Day nourishes you in the changes and chances of this life. Is your congregation growing? Why or why not? Is your life in Christ thriving? How are you called to change?

Christ Church maintains a bulk subscription to Forward Day by Day, a quarterly published by Forward Movement, a ministry of the Episcopal Church. Copies of each issue are available in the church’s foyer. Forward Movement grew out of the determination of the General Convention in 1934 to counter a period of anxiety, distrust, and decline in the Episcopal Church with a “forward movement” charged, according to the 1934 General Convention, to “reinvigorate the life of the church and to rehabilitate its general, diocesan, and parochial work.”

Many members of our church have found the daily meditations contained in this publication to be useful in their spiritual growth over the years. In particular, Sandy Sandbach, our senior warden, thought that this particular article in the current issue had relevance to our current life as an Episcopal congregation, and requested that it be reprinted in the Vineyard.

In addition to the copies available in the church foyer, individual subscriptions in a wide variety of print and electronic formats are available. Forward Movement does not receive a subsidy from the Episcopal Church, and so balances its budget through subscriptions and donations. For more information, go here.