Pillar and Cloud
Sharing liturgical and missional ideas and best practices
Pillar and Cloud is a network of congregations moving forward with hope toward God’s promised future.
The pillar of fire that guides us is the Paschal light of Christ, our savior, dead and risen, a holy mystery into which we are incorporated.
The cloud that surrounds and guides us is the great cloud of witnesses: the Church visible and invisible, beyond boundaries of space and time.
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Here's how it works
Three and possibly four parishes from across North America meet online to discuss and share liturgical ideas and missional programs. Using Zoom meeting, lay and clergy leaders from each congregation will meet four or five times a year, with the option of a moderator from APLM and discuss local approaches to four principle moments in the year: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, Lent/Easter, Pentecost, All Saints. The groups are self-monitored using best small group practice but a moderator from Associated Parishes can be requested.
This network and website are not for public comment and no comment section is provided. The conversations are live interactions and responses to what each community is up to in their own context. Public dissection of a community’s worship and missional life is neither desired nor helpful. Following F. D. Maurice, we hope to encourage positive communications; we are right by what we affirm and wrong by what we deny.
The 3 or 4 communities meet four or five times a year online through the Zoom platform. There will be an initial introductory meeting which is moderated by a council member of Associated Parishes, but after that, unless requested, you are on your own with continuing support through the website as requested.
The meetings last one hour. But additional meeting times can be schedule as needed
It is suggested that the principle convictions be read and discussed by each member before the initial meeting.
The Principle convictions are not prescriptive but aspirational, likely to be amended from time to time, and serve as a starting point for discussion and reflection and review of the liturgical and missional life of each network member.
Communities sign up here providing brief data points to ensure some variety of parishes in each group. It is requested that bulletins for the four principal seasons/holy days be uploaded for posting.
Though the postings are available to any who visit the site, there is no means to comment or critique as part of our network. Responses to liturgical and missional actions are kept to the boundaries of the small group. The usefulness of a variety of worship outlines will be obvious to any looking for renewal and excellence in the life of a congregation, even when impractical or disagreeable from one context to the next.
Network members will receive quarterly newsletters, posts and other resources and updates of value as we move through the liturgical year. In addition, there will be whole network webinars with conversations among leaders and advocates of best practices, along with interviews at locations where inspired application of the Convictions are taking place. And later, participants will be asked for an annual donation to help with expenses related to this project.
How groups get assigned
Submit minimal profile description here. Groups are assigned randomly with only an emphasis on variety, allowing communications between differing contexts. Self selected groups of three or four are permitted, but please so indicate on the registration.