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The Plan for the Mission of St. Gregory of Nyssa (1978)
This is St. Gregory’s co-founder Rick Fabian’s plan for founding the church.
Jesus Wants to Dance with You at Church (Richard Fabian, 1996)
"Once dance and worship were married; now they go to church together rarely, and keep separate friends.”
Holy Food for Holy People (Richard Fabian, 1998)
"We do not revere the bread and wine as holy things because we believe Christ is present there. Rather, because Christ’s Spirit is present when we consume these holy things in his memory, we believe God has given us Christ’s life, and we can spread this through the whole world...”
People’s Work (Donald Schell, 1998)
"Liturgy is not something we do for God, but our opportunity to enlarge our experience of God...when it works, it changes who we are and how we live.”
Opening the Table (Sara Miles, 2000)
"The food pantry is church: a liturgy of acts modeled directly on the liturgy of the Word and the Table....”
Preaching at St. Gregory’s (Donald Schell, Leesy Taggart, M.R. Ritley, John Baldovin, 2000)
"At St. Gregory’s, a sermon is literally not complete until the people who have listened to the preacher have their say....”
The Font Outside our Walls (Donald Schell, 2000)
"Christian faith has no in-group. It can’t. Jesus offered an edgy, unconditional welcome to sinners...”
Worship at St. Gregory’s (Richard Fabian, 1988, Revised 2001)
"Visitors entering St. Gregory’s may find the church strikingly arranged: the altar table stands in an open space before the entry doors, where people gather chatting before worship. Icons of dancing saints encircle overhead. Rock sculptures rise in the garden opposite. Candles and crosses...”
First the Table, Then the Font (Richard Fabian, 2002)
"How can we tell people today about Christ, yet keep his table fellowship in a way he distinctly refused to do?”
Core Values at the Heart of Liturgy (Paul Fromberg, 2006, 2014)
"How can the liturgy make a real difference in the lives of people? How can the liturgy speak in a language that can be understood in a culture that is growing more and more disconnected from a world of religious privilege? And most importantly, how can the liturgy transform people in their day-to-day lives?"
(Sara Miles, 2007)
"There was the immediacy of communion at St. Gregory's, unmediated by altar rails, the raw physicality of that mystical meal. There was an invitation to jump in, rather than official entrance requirements. There was the suggestion that God could be located in experience, sensed through bodies, tasted in food; that my body was connected literally and mysteriously to other bodies, and loved without reason."
The Influence of Aesthetic Experience, Social Engagement, & Friendship in Transformation (Paul Fromberg, 2014)
"This doctoral study demonstrates the way that transformation at St. Gregory's takes place and states the influences in the process. Three factors, aesthetic experience, social engagement, and friendship are the variables that can change everything."
I Love to Cook Without a Book (Paul Fromberg, 2015)
"The Eucharist and the meals promised by my grandmother’s recipe cards are each incomplete; they need the participation of hungry, creative people who will make real the promise that they contain. Each recipient of the Sacrament must appropriate the grace of the meal in his own lived experience and create from that experience something new: an improvisation in life of the grace of God."
Prayer and Joy (Paul Fromberg, 2019)
"What is interesting is the feeling I get in the morning, when I anticipate a day of painting. I feel exhilarated - it is a joy. When I recognize that this is my prayer, and in prayer, there is joy, I begin to understand more of what my life-course needs to be. Making is the way that I know God’s presence in my life."