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With summer coming to a close, I’m thinking about what did and didn’t happen for all of us in the past few months.

COVID-19 didn’t go away. Masks didn’t go away. Gathering in person isn’t yet as fun and joyful as we had hoped, but judging by my personal social media feed, many of us have been able to make safe visits to see loved ones post-vaccination — and that is BEAUTIFUL! Even as we try to forge ahead with hope and steely resolve, we are aware of how exhausting the past 18 months have been. As the 1001 team has listened to new worshiping community leaders in our network, the need for Sabbath and sabbatical has become ever more clear and more compelling. With gratitude, we have responded by reallocating funds budgeted for travel and gathering leaders to award over $100,000 worth of rest and renewal for weary souls who have labored through the pandemic to find new ways to love God and love people while proclaiming Good News of healing and justice. The first of these leaders are returning from their sabbaticals and are sharing stories of their own healing. Read the first story below — and look for others coming soon.

This fall, our team looks forward to providing more opportunities for leader development as well as personal retreat. See what’s on the horizon.


Peace,

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Nikki
1001 National Coordinator

Letting your spirit breathe

Putting work down, the Rev. Debbie Bronkema is grateful for a week of Sabbath, thanks to grants from 1001 NWC.

Read her story →
Spiritual Fortitude

This fall we’re hosting "The Way of Spiritual Fortitude Series" as part of a continuing effort to help ground pastors and community leaders during this difficult season of ministry. The weekly monthlong event begins on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time with Brian McLaren.

Learn more/register here →
Money Matters

Join us for an ecumenical financial summit Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Meet leaders from the 1001 NWC network, the Disciples of Christ and the Episcopal Church for a conversation about money that promises to be both inspiring and helpful. This event is geared for community leaders as well as mid council staff and volunteers who want to help NWCs thrive in every way.

Register here →
1001 Catalyst event

If you’ve wondered how to turn an idea for church in a new way into a faith community or what new thing God might be starting in your presbytery, this online event if for you. On Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time, meet current NWC leaders, learn about resources and support offered through the movement, ask practical questions and be inspired by what the Holy Spirit is creatively doing through the NWC movement across the nation.

Register here →
Vital Conversations

On Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, 1001 NWC has been partnering with Vital Congregations for panel discussions on the Seven Marks of Vital Congregations on the VC Facebook page. The final session is today on Spirit Inspired Worship — you won’t want to miss it.

Watch/read about previous discussions→
Matthew 25 Church
We invite you to join us on this journey to become a Matthew 25 church

In Matthew 25, the call is loud and clear: we must actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Becoming a Matthew 25 church involves working to build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism and eradicate systemic poverty. Over 1,000 churches, mid councils and groups have accepted the Matthew 25 invitation. You too can help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world.

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