Category Archives: Ministries

Welcoming the Stranger: Visitors and Newcomers

“… I was a stranger, and you welcomed me…” – Matthew 25:35 By Rev. Aaron Wright, Rector, Old North Abbey, Knoxville, TN Several years ago, I walked into one of the most popular pubs in all of Ireland. It was a Pub of Distinction, a title given to pubs across the country for their warmth, […]

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What is a Deacon?

It belongs to the Office of a Deacon, to assist the Priest in public worship, especially in the administration of Holy Communion; to lead in public prayer; to read the Gospel, and to instruct both young and old in the Catechism; and at the direction of the Priest, to baptize and to preach. Furthermore, it […]

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Who are the Refugees and How Can We Help Them? An Interview with Canon Greg

America continues to be the number one refugee resettlement country in the world: Over 53,700 refugees were placed in the United States in 2017 (U.N. Refugee Agency UNHCR). And while 49 states and the District of Columbia all took in refugees, two states in ADOTS territory are high on the list of top U.S. states […]

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Lay Leaders Examine Mission Successes and Struggles

Laity from across the diocese gathered at the 2017 ADOTS Conference and Synod to evaluate their church’s mission, give insight into specific challenges and successes, and consider a view of mission being undertaken by one of our churches. Thomas Ryden, youth minister at Apostles in Knoxville, TN, opened up the meeting by sharing missional practices […]

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Anglicans and Community Collaboration at a Middle School in Chattanooga

Who doesn’t love a great before and after? Especially when the ‘after’ represents a partnership between churches, businesses, and community non-profits. “This is the first time that I’m aware of that we’ve worked on a practical project together,” says Deacon Lauri Moyle of the collaboration between Anglican Church of the Redeemer in Chattanooga – where […]

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