5.84: Building Beloved Community in Challenging Times with Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

Stephanie Spellers shares inspiring insights on nurturing spiritual practices that transform lives and create authentic, loving communities of faith.

In this enlightening episode of the Pivot podcast, hosts the Rev. Dr. Terri Elton and the Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile explore the concept of beloved community with the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation Care. Stephanie shares powerful insights on how churches can foster authentic, loving communities in the face of today’s challenges.

Drawing from her own spiritual journey and extensive ministry experience, Stephanie offers fresh perspectives on building beloved community through Jesus-centered discipleship, reimagined evangelism, and integration of reconciliation and creation care. Listeners will gain practical strategies for nurturing small groups, engaging their wider communities, and cultivating spiritual practices that transform lives. This conversation provides inspiration and equipping for church leaders seeking to create vibrant, inclusive communities of faith that embody God’s love in our rapidly changing world.


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Stephanie Spellers

Stephanie Spellers serves as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation. The author of The Church Cracked Open, and The Episcopal Way (with Eric Law), she has directed mission and evangelism work at General Theological Seminary and in the Diocese of Long Island. A native of Kentucky and a graduate of both Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, she lives in Harlem, New York.

Meet Your Hosts

  • Terri Elton

    Terri is a teacher who loves Jesus and God’s world. She currently is a Professor of Leadership and Dean of Academic Affairs at Luther Seminary, but has also served in congregations and non-profit settings. In her free time, Terri loves to bike and explore nature. She, along with her husband Eric, believes the world is interesting and together they travel to different cultures and places as often as they can.

  • Dwight Zscheile

    Dwight Zscheile is vice president of innovation and professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary. His latest book is Leading Faithful Innovation: Following God into a Hopeful Future (with Michael Binder and Tessa Pinkstaff, Fortress Press, 2023).

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