[THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY, by David Paulsen]
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the St Isidore Abundant Harvest food truck near Houston has increased its efforts to feed people and foster community.
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[EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE] It is hard to differentiate the feeding ministry from the work of spiritual enrichment underway at St. Isidore’s Episcopal Church. That difficulty is by design.
St. Isidore’s is a church built without walls but with a set of wheels that allows it to bring faith and food to several small communities of worshipers north of Houston, Texas. Some meet at a Taco Bell or a Panera Bread, others at a laundromat. Central to the mission is the Abundant Harvest food truck, which serves as a focal point for developing Christian relationships while alleviating both physical and spiritual hunger. Read more......
What it Means to be Offensive Generous
[REPORTS FROM THE SPIRITUAL FRONTIER] Listen to a conversation with Sean Steele, priest at Saint Isidore's Episcopal Church, a network of "sacramental communities" in Houston, TX. Hear him share about the theophany that began his journey of faith, what it means to create brave space for excluded people's, about the offensive generosity of free laundry, free haircuts, and a food truck, and what it means to hold the "yes" and the "no" as a spiritual leader.
Church with no walls but many doors, accessible to seekers & skeptics
[DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL] One body with many parts, a Houston “church without walls” brings together house churches, a food truck, pub theology, a laundry ministry and more. Its priest isn’t trying to do something old in a new way – he’s trying to do something brand-new in the old way. Read more
[COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPERS]
By Hannah Zedaker
Two years ago, The Abundant Harvest was just a dream on GoFundMe for food truck missioner Molly Carr. As of early April, the food truck had served 1,625 meals and given away 15,410 pounds of perishable food to those in need in the Greater Houston area in less than three months.
[ST ISIDORE EPISCOPAL CHURCH] Laundry Love isn't just free laundry, it is a community that gathers for fellowship, worship and relationship along with free haircuts, free health checks and free brunch each month. Watch this video to learn what that means in the words of those who gather and serve.
Brewery Celebrates All Saints (and Sinners) Day with a Blessing
[EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE] The Rev. Sean Steele and members of the St. Isidore Episcopal Community in northeast Houston gathered in a former Pentecostal church turned brewery — Back Pew Brewing — on Sunday, November 6 at 4 p.m. to bless the brewery and the water used to brew the beer. The special event, which was open to the public, featured bluegrass music by Highway 75. It also celebrated All Saints Day and a new, limited-edition beer that is both “a saint and a sinner” according to Bobby Harl, brewmaster.
What is Old is New Again
[DIOLOG MAGAZINE] Missional communities reflect the first early Christians. St. Isidore's Episcopal has a different look and feel than a regular church plant. Launched in January 2016, the church is offering many options for people who live along the I-45 and Rayford Road corridor in northeast Houston near The Woodlands.