Café’s video blog debuts Monday

Video is coming to the Episcopal Café.

Through a partnership with Trinity Church Wall Street, the Café will begin offering a weekly video feature produced by Trinity Television and New Media on Monday July 16. The initial video features the Rev. Thomas Keating, a Cistercian monk and popular author, talking about the practice of Centering Prayer.

Future installments include reflections from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jim Wallis, John Hockenberry, and Phyllis Tickle, as well as profiles of Sister Helen Prejean and author Kathleen Norris.

“We’ve envisioned video as an integral part of the Café right from the beginning,” said Jim Naughton, founding editor of the Café, a group blog site that went online in late April, “but we wanted to team up with people who did quality work. Trinity fits that bill in spades.”

According to Nathan Brockman, editor of Trinity Church Wall Street’s website and publications, “Trinity’s website is a sacred parish space that receives nearly as many visitors annually as our historic church buildings. Virtual outreach is essential to church vitality, and our partnership with Episcopal Cafe helps us extend that outreach in service of the wider Church.”

The Café, a partnership between the Diocese of Washington and Episcopal Church in the Visual Arts (ECVA), currently features news, art, spiritual readings, multi-media meditations, and a daily essay from one of 30 contributors from around the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Parish of Trinity Church was established in lower Manhattan and attracts over 1.8 million visitors annually. Parish ministries include St. Paul’s Chapel, the Trinity Institute, a national theological conference and Trinity Grants, which has provided $72 million in funding in 85 countries around the world since 1972. The parish maintains, a premier website providing faith formation resources throughout the Anglican Communion.

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