COVID-19 may prevent us from coming together for yet another church holiday, but if the following stories are any indication, the hope of the Risen Christ is very much alive.
We asked pastors and leaders from east to west to reflect on the state of the church on this one-year anniversary of the pandemic. Was there sorrow? Yes. Was there a desire to be able to meet face-to-face? Absolutely. Was there complacency or apathy or doubt? No way! All of our writers spoke about how they and their congregations have soldiered on in the face of confusion, burnout, restrictions and challenges. How they have reimagined and innovated and begun new things in an effort to be Christ in the world.
Disruption? Oh, yes. But a disruption and upheaval that allows for new and better things.
These stories are, ultimately, a message of hope. Easter hope.
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Just think about Vincent van Gogh, who only sold one painting in his lifetime. How did he keep going? Because of the support of his brother, Theo. And now over 900 exceptional Vincent van Gogh paintings are famous worldwide.
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As you read this, we’re hard at work on new content. Like Vincent, we’re trying to create something unique. Hope-filled, independent journalism feels just as urgent and just as unlikely as van Gogh’s bold brushstrokes. We need readers like you who believe in this work, and who provide us with the resources to do it. Enable us to pursue stories of renewal: