THE BIGGER MOVEMENT
The Parakevi Fellowship is a part of a renewal movement in global Anglicanism with particular ties to the Church in South Asia and the East African Revival. The Anglican tradition itself, meanwhile, traces its roots both to the Reformation, and to ancient Christianity in the British Isles. Many terms have been used to name different aspects of this movement -- Ancient-Future, Three Streams, Reformational or Classical Anglicanism -- we identify with all of them in some way or another, while thinking of ourselves as Evangelical first, high church second, and ritualist third.
THE CRUCIAL CONNECTION
Several relationships at the heart of the Paraskevi Project were forged in the early 2000s at Colorado College, through a college ministry partnership between the then-fledgling International Anglican Church and the chapter of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on campus. Paraskevi still strives to embody the confluence of Christian expressions that this partnership represented.
DEVELOPING A LEADER
The ordained minister overseeing the project -- Fr. Nathaniel Kidd -- trained for ministry at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin, the flagship Oxford Movement seminary in the country, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2013. He then went on to complete a PhD in Patristics at Marquette University while teaching and ministering to college students and maintaining involvement with several church plants in Milwaukee.
PARTNERS AND COMPANIONS
As an essential dimension of the common life we share in Christ, the Paraskevi Project has established, maintains, and continually seeks to develop connections with parishes, ministries, congregations, and networks locally, across the country and around the world -- both inside the Anglican movement and outside of it -- to enrich our common life and ministry.
GOING DEEP TO GO FORWARD
Our aim is to cultivate a resilient community, that loves real things and longs towards the true, the good, and the beautiful. Our aim is depth, not breadth; on building well, not building large or building quickly. We are on a costly crusade against the superficiality of our age, and we don't mind if this looks different or takes longer than other ecclesiastical initiatives of our day.
WHO IS PARASKEVI?
Paraskevi is a Greek word meaning "Preparation," and denotes our work of preparing our hearts and our lives for the work of God in our midst. It is also the word for Friday, as in, the "Day of Preparation [for the Sabbath]" (Mark 15:42). Finally, Paraskevi is the name of one of the legendary martyr-saints of the early Church, Paraskevi of Rome. Her feast -- particularly observed in the among the eastern churches -- falls on 26 July.