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Integrity USA Interviews Stephanie Spellers: Living Out Loud

The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers is an Episcopal priest, speaker and consultant on reimagining church and embracing new mission contexts. She is the author of numerous books, including “Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Transforming Power of the Spirit” and “The Episcopal Way” with Eric Law (Book 1 of the Church’s Teachings for a Changing World series).

In this video, Rev. Spellers speaks with Integrity USA about the need for churches to be open about their full inclusion of LGBT people – and about what that means for everyone.

Rev. Spellers also gave the keynote at the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s convention in November 2011. Here is a link to a video excerpt to that address.

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Major Push Needed in Springfield

On March 15, the  St. Martin’s congregation was blessed with the opportunity to speak with Kim Hunt. She joined us after service, talked about the work Affinity is doing and welcomed the possibility of a partnership with our church.   What follows is and article recounting her recent trip to Springfield to advocate for HIV/AIDS funding. The article was originally posted on March 20 on Affinity’s website and written by Trian.   Affinity’s executive director, Kim L. Hunt, made the trek to Springfield last week to testify at the House Human Services Committee in support of Rep. Thaddeus Jones’ bill to commemorate National Continue Reading →

Sty Stone and the Sanctified Church

Much has been made about the role of Soul artists like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke in the mainstreaming of the black church aesthetic. Surely when The Edwin Hawkins singers logged a major cross-over hit with “Oh Happy Day” in 1969, they could point to the aforementioned artists as well as Mahalia Jackson’s historic appearance at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival as laying the groundwork for their success. Less talked about is the role of Sly & the Family Stone in introducing the Black church aesthetic to pop music audiences. When the group debuted in 1967 with A Continue Reading →