In this section, project leaders share summative reflections on their work with the Myrtle Collaboration.
- “Tackling Systemic Change“: Rev. Dr. Felipe Martínez, Pastor at First Presbyterian Church Columbus (Cohorts 1 and 2)
What’s Happening in the Myrtle Collaboration!
- Coming Up!: This October, Myrtle 1.0 and 2.o congregational leaders will attend Baylor University’s Symposium on Faith and Culture conference “Called Together in an Age of Discord.” Stay tuned for more!
- May 2023: Myrtle 2.0 Boise cohort launches Multi-Faith Action Project at lunch with 150 in attendance
- May 2023: Rev. Adam Taylor presents the 2023 Laws Lecture, “Where Do We Go From Here? Toxic Polarization or the Beloved Community” at First Presbyterian Church Columbus
- April 2023: “Called to Life” Sunday celebration at Oxford Presbyterian Church
- April 2023: Project Director Kathryn House visits the Centering Space at Trinity Presbyterian Church
- April 2023: Grace Hope Presbyterian Church celebrates their 125th Anniversary and Homecoming
- March and May 2023: First Presbyterian Church Columbus hosts “Interrupting Racism for Children” Workshops, presented by Child Advocates
- January and February 2023: Myrtle 2.0 Indiana cohort sponsors NEXT Church Anti-racism Learning Circles
- December 2022: Representatives from the Myrtle Collaboration travel to Indianapolis, IN for the Annual Gathering of the Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative.
- November 2022: The Indiana cohort sponsors the Fall 2022 Youth Retreat at Pyoca Conference Center. The Retreat focused on the Matthew 25 Initiative, which is also the focus of the Indiana Myrtle 2.0 cohort.
- October 2022: Project Director Dr. Kathryn House visits the Idaho Myrtle 2.0 cohort of churches and celebrated World Communion Sunday at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Boise, ID.
Stories of Calling
In both “Myrtle 1.0” and “Myrtle 2.0,” folks in congregations are deepening their relationships with God, folks with whom they share pews, and neighbors in their broader communities. We are excited to celebrate ways that the Myrtle Collaboration is forming its roots in diverse expressions of community and expansive understandings of calling. We are also relating to many who find their meaning and purpose as students, teachers, parents, children, doctors, listeners, community organizers, builders, makers, artists, congregants, clergy and many others. This vast network broadens our insight and challenges our assumptions. And finally, we are constantly adapting. Just like the individuals who are sharing their stories in this video series, the Myrtle Collaboration is also committed to adapting so that we might better connect with and resource congregations and communities. Here we strive to connect people, recognize our kinship, and help each other find deeper purpose in life.