Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Resource for Daily Devotion and Study

The news sites, blogs, facebook pages, twitter handles, and smart phone apps listed below are an attempt to help you sync your digital world with the spiritual reality.  These resources are used and trusted by your clergy and other clergy around the Episcopal Church.  I hope that these links help nurture your spiritual life and help you stay connected with the church at home and abroad.  Feel free to comment below if there is a resource that you would like to share.     

Daily Devotion Websites:

Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.

A very good and very quick daily devotional site with five tabs: Pause, Listen, Think, Pray, Go.  Each tab includes short reflections, prayers, and passages from Scripture, and it even plays pretty music in the background.  

The CCblogs network is a community of independent bloggers exploring the Christian faith.  This is an excellent resource for those looking to keep in touch with the pulse of the church today.

This is a great resource for those looking to investigate the lectionary readings (Sunday readings) for a given week.  This site includes sermons, bible studies, children/ adult formation resources, art work, commentary, and much more.  
An independent ecumenical platform that produces and publishes multimedia (mostly videos) to stir imagination, spark discussion and move people toward discovery and transformation.  

Mockingbird is a ministry that seeks to connect the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways. We do this primarily, but not exclusively, via publications, conferences, and online resources.

Daily, lectionary-based reflections that are submitted by contributing clergy and lay scholars from throughout the Episcopal Church.

The ATR is a quarterly journal of theological reflection.  In the spirit of sound learning that has been the hallmark of Anglican divinity, our aim is to foster scholarly excellence and thoughtful conversation in and for the church.

The Living Church is comprised of communion-minded and -committed Anglicans from several nations, devoted to seeking and serving the full visible unity of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

The Bible in a Year Blog by the clergy and staff at the Cathedral Church of the Advent.

Frederick Buechner is an American writer and theologian. He is the author of more than thirty published books and has been an important source of inspiration and learning for many readers. His work encompasses many genres, including fiction, autobiography, essays, sermons, and other nonfiction.

This is a great resource center that includes links to 10 different daily devotional sites from a wide range of theological perspectives (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Reformed, Evangelical Protestant, etc.). 

A wonderful daily devotion from the Brothers at Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal Monastic Community in Cambridge.  This can be accessed via the web link or can be sent as a daily e-mail with a subscription. 

This requires an opt-in subscription, but once subscribed, you will receive daily reflections from Father Richard Rohr, a very popular, contemporary catholic priest and theological.  I often find these reflections to be very helpful. 

Resources for Daily Prayer:

Check out the Book of Common Prayer online.

A resource for Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings for Sundays as well as Feast Days including major Holy Days

A resource for daily office readings, daily Eucharistic readings, and lectionary readings.

Follow the link to read Morning or Evening Prayer.

Follow the link and listen to Morning or Evening Prayer.

Episcopal/Anglican News: 

Stay up to date with news and events from around the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.

Stay up to date with news and events from around the Episcopal Church U.S.A.

Stay up to date with news and events from around the Anglican Communion.


All Saints’ Episcopal Church:  Birmingham Alabama
All Saints’ Episcopal Church:  Community of Young Adults/@YoungAdults_AS
Forward Day by Day/@ForwardDaybyDay
Frederick Buechner/@Fred_Buechner
Diocese of Alabama/@dioalanews
Episcopal News (ENS)/@episcopal_news
The Anglican Communion/@ACOffice
The Episcopal CafĂ©/@episcopalcafe    

Smart Phone Apps:
Mission St Clare
Lectionary Page