Recapturing Baptism

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for January 10, 2016

Recently, my high school daughter attended a baptism at a non-denominational church of one of her friends. A decent group of girls, from all different denominations, attended and congratulated her after the service. The photos from the event show faces full of joy and the love the girls had for their friend. The girl had been planning this event for many months, seemingly against her mother’s wishes, but in the end, her mother and grandparents attended the service as well. I guess since it meant so much to her daughter in the end, she couldn’t help but give in and put aside her bias against religion and attend.

And it was very important for this girl. She not only wanted to belong to the Body of Christ, she wanted to begin a new chapter in…

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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