- Feb 11 - Online Lenten Book Discussion - Howard Thurman's Jesus and the Disinherited (Register here)
- Feb 16 - Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural CompetencyInteractive Web Conference (7:30-8:30 pm) - Province I Unpacks Implications of Trinity Institute's Listening for A Change
- Feb 18 - Online Lenten Book Discussion - Howard Thurman's Jesus and the Disinherited (Register here)
- Feb 19-20 - All Our Children, Regional Gathering for Congregations Partnering with Public Schools, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, Greenfield NH. Register here. Learn about AOC and offer your support here.
- Feb 25 - Online Lenten Book Discussion - Howard Thurman's Jesus and the Disinherited (Register here)
- Mar 3 - Online Lenten Book Discussion - Howard Thurman's Jesus and the Disinherited (Register here)
- Mar 10 - Online Lenten Book Discussion - Howard Thurman's Jesus and the Disinherited (Register here)
- Mar 15 - Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural Competency Interactive Web Conference (7:30-8:30 pm) with James McKim, Prov I Rep to Exec Council Anti-Racism Task Force, Chair of Diocese of NH Diversity Committee. Topic: How to Host Diversity Dinners
- Mar 17 - Online Lenten Book Discussion - Howard Thurman's Jesus and the Disinherited (Register here)
- Apr 19 - Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web Call 7:30-8:30 pm
- April 22-23 - Cultural Awareness and Anti-Racism Facilitators Training, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, Greenfield NH. For more information and to apply, click here.
- May 4-7 - Eric Law and Kaleidescope in New England, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, Greenfield NH
- May 17 - Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural CompetencyWeb Call 7:30-8:30 pm
- Oct 6-8 - Alternative Models of Faith Formation, Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center, Greenfield NH
Holy Conversations Online (All are welcome; Contact Julie to get log in information)
- Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural Competencies, Third Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm (See topics above).
- Province I Executive Committee, Second Thursday, 8 am
- Province I School for Deacons Committee, Second Thursday, 1 pm
- Province I Cultural Competency and Anti-Racism Task Force, varies
- Creating the Common Good in New England - All Our Children Regional Conference Planning, varies.
- Provincial Coordinators, Second Tuesday, 4 pm
2015 Diocesan Conventions
- Maine, Portland, Oct 23-24
- New Hampshire, Grappone Center, Concord, Nov 6
- Western Massachusetts, Springfield Marriott, Nov 6
- Vermont, Burlington, Nov 6-7
- Rhode Island, St Luke's, East Greenwich, Nov 6-7
- Connecticut, Cromwell, Nov 13-14
- Massachusetts, Cathedral Church of St Paul, Nov 13-14
Province I can be found via:
Spirit Trackers are people who hear a small voice calling and recognize God's Presence. We need Spirit Trackers to help us connect local leaders with provincial leadership (see linked names below).
In addition to reading about our efforts, JOIN THE CONVERSATION on the Province 1 Facebook Page and ENGAGE OUR STORIES on our Youtube Channel.
We particularly want you to help us meet the three priorities the Delegates and Bishops of New England identified for the Province at the May 2013 Synod.
1. Offer a Prophetic Voice/Be Social Witnesses - Province I has a long history of raising awareness and asking compelling questions. Some of the conversations we led include Will Our Children Have Faith?; Reclaiming the Sacredness of All Creation; Sacramental Relationships of Fidelity, Holiness, and Commitment; Stewardship, Evangelization, and Congregational Development. Current efforts include Holy Conversations about 1) Creating the COmmon Good in New England, 2) Human Trafficking, 3) Cultural Competency and Multicultural Awareness, and 4) Violence in all its forms. Please contact the Julie to learn how to join these initiatives.
2. Support Communities of Practice as they emerge - shift from presumed networks to recognize places and spaces where God's People are gathering and serving God's Mission. Current initiatives include monthly web conversations among deacons (Talking on the road to Emmaus), those interested in Economic Justice (Creating the Common Good in New England), and those interested in Cultural Competencies and Multicultural Awareness.
3. Provide Resources - through grants (Sowing Seeds), web conferencing, educational offerings, and personnel that can help with project leadership and resource distribution. Current initiatives include an Annual Formation Leaders Retreat (Dec), Cultural Competency Facilitators Trainings, Deacons training and lifelong learning, Trinity Institute web conferences (Jan), and the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter.
TELL US: Where do you see the Spirit in your community? What should we be talking about within the Province? Where is the passion we should not miss?
PROVINCE ONE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
NEW ENGLAND DIOCESES AND BISHOPS
- CT - Ian T. Douglas
- CT- Laura Ahrens
- CT Diocese Facebook
- MA- Alan Gates (via Diane Pound)
- MA - Gayle Harris
- MA Diocese Facebook
- ME - Stephen Lane
- ME Diocese Facebook
- NH - A. Robert (Rob) Hirschfeld
- NH Diocese Facebook
- RI - Nicholas Knisely
- RI Diocese
- VT - Tom Ely
- VT Diocese Facebook
- W MA - Doug Fisher
- W MA Diocese Facebook
CONTACTS: Communities of Practice in the Province
- Altar Guild - Nancy Feid
- Anti-Racism - James McKim
- Campus Min - vacant
- Deacons - Kyle Pedersen
- Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation - Julie Lytle
OTHER COMMUNITIES IN THE PROVINCE
- Daughters of the King - Donna Abramov
- Episcopal Church Women - Province 1 ECW
- National Episcopal Health Ministry - Ginny Wagenseller
- United Thank Offering - Sheri Dietrich, Maine
SYNOD DELEGATES AND ALTERNATIVES
- CT Lay, Sylvia Ho (2016, 3 yr term)
- CT Clergy, Sandra Stayner (2016, 3 yr term)
- ME Lay, Dick Rozene (2018, 3 yr term)
- ME Clergy, Aaron Perkins (2018, 3 yr term)
- MA Lay, Becky Alden
- MA Clergy, Karen Coleman
- NH Lay, Eleanor Vander Hagen (2016, 3 yr term)
- NH Clergy Gail Avery (2016, 3 yr term)
- NH Clergy Alternate, Ray Bonin (2016, 3 yr term)
- RI Lay, Betsy Fornal
- RI Clergy, Jan Grinnell
- VT Lay, Richard Taylor (2016, 3 yr term)
- VT Lay Alternate, John Hartman
- VT Clergy, Lee Alison Crawford (2016, 3 yr term)
- W MA Clergy, Nancy Webb Stroud (2017, 2 yr term)
- W MA Clergy Alternate, Sam Smith (2017, 2 yr term)
- W MA Lay, Steve Abdow, (2016, 2 yr term)
- W MA Alternate, Margo McMahon (2016, 2 yr term)
Definition of a Province
A Province, one of the nine geographical gatherings of dioceses within the Episcopal Church exists to support the body of Christ in that part of the Church by…
A. Fulfilling their responsibilities as outlined in the Episcopal Church canons, or as may be assigned to it by the General Convention and/or Executive Council by:
- Electing Provincial Synod officers and responding to all matters brought to the Synod, including enactment of budget and governing ordinances.
- Electing judges to a Provincial Court of Review.
- Electing clerical and lay provincial Executive Council Representatives
- Electing or appointing other provincial representatives.
- Participating in the development of program and budget proposals for consideration by the General Convention
- Receiving program from the General Convention budget and providing accountability to the General Convention for the use of those funds.
B. Discerning the mission and ministry distinctive to that region and time, and facilitating the empowering of those ministries within the province by:
- Encouraging and facilitating cooperation and collaboration across diocesan lines, with the Executive Council, and with the Episcopal Church Center Staff
- Initiating, implementing, overseeing and evaluating programming, when appropriate and desirable
- Facilitating the sharing of resources and information within and among the provinces.
- From The Burlington/Chesapeake Document 2004
Online Lenten Book Discussion: Howard Thurman's Jesus and the Disinherited
The Most Rev. Michael Curry often quotes Howard Thurman and has called him the silent hero of the Civil Rights Movement. Michael and some of the other presenters at the 2016 Trinity Institute shared stories from Thurman's book, Jesus and the Disinherited.
This prompted a group of Trinity Institute participants at the Saint Mary's Episcopal Church site in Barnstable, MA to brainstorm about ways we could engage Thurman's book more deeply and continue our sacred conversations on racial justice. This online book discussion is the result.
Sara T. Fry, PhD, a seasoned EFM mentor who lives on Cape Cod, has volunteered to guide our conversations and offer prompting questions. We will meet online from 7:30-8:30 pm during the six Thursdays of Lent to engage a chapter a week.
- Feb 11 - Intro/Orientation/Preface
- Feb 18 - ch 1 -Jesus
- Feb 25 - ch 2 - Fear
- Mar 3 - ch 3 - Deception
- Mar 10 - ch 4 - Hate
- Mar 17 - ch 5 - Love/Prologue
Space is limited to the first 20 who register here. The hope is that registrants will participate in all the sessions, AND, we know life happens and participants may not be able to join all six weeks.
The link for the web conversation and instructions for how to join in will be sent to registrants. If you would like to test your ability to get online before the first meeting, send an email to Julie Lytle, Executive Director, email@example.com.
Trinity Institute's "Listening for a Change: Sacred Conversations on Racial Justice"
For the second year, faith communities across New England participated in Trinity Institute with sponsorship from a Sowing Seeds of God's Mission Grant. Twenty sites hosted this year's program featuring talks by activists, scholars, authors, artists, and experts on racial justice, as well worship and reflection groups led by local leaders and musicians (see description here) via web streaming January 21-23, 2016.
One of the sites, The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, collaborated with First Congregational Church, Burlington to host a panel of local experts on racism in Chittenden County and in Vermont. Panel members included Wanda Hines, Executive Director of the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP), and community activist; Hal Colston, Director of Neighborkeepers and 2014 Burlington Free Press Vermonter of the Year; and Dr. Sylvia Perry, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Science at UVM, and author of many papers on issues related to racism and bias awareness. Cathedral Deacon Stannard Baker introduced the panel and Sally May, Interim Associate Pastor at First Congregational Church, moderated it. The video, which can be streamed or downloaded, is a moving and rich resource to start a conversation about racial justice with a particular eye toward looking at the experience of Vermonter their state and their role as faith leaders.
The Episcopal Divinity School was another site. Ashley Anderson, manager of program initiatives at EDS, posted ten things she took from the conference. See EDS' blog for deeper reflection on each of the ten points.
- Sing from the heart and with the Spirit.
- The power of play.
- Conversation is not enough.
- Building commitment.
- The power of our emotions.
- Get out of the way.
- God will move, if we make space.
- The power of social media to widen the conversation.
- The role of institutional resources.
- The importance of mutual accountability.
Trinity Institute has created a wide variety of resources for continued sacred conversaitons for Racial Justice. Go to the TI2016 web site here for more info along with other thought provoking videos online here.
New England Regional Gathering
Over half of the 50 million school-age children in the US live in poverty, and most of these attend public schools without the resources to close that opportunity gap.Children of poverty are not growing into the fullness God intended for them. Dropout and unemployment rates in some areas approach epidemic proportions, at great personal, social, and economic cost.
How are Christians invited to respond to this crisis? What would it look like if we were to follow Jesus into the neighborhood and up the schoolhouse steps? How can we be wise as serpents and gentle as doves as we confront structural injustice and also paint walls, tutor third graders, and mentor tenth graders?
Across the country Episcopalians are forming grassroots partnerships with under-resourced schools to meet student needs, build communitycoalitions of support, and advocate for systemic change. The All Our Children National Network and the Episopal Church in New England (the Dioceses of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut) are co-sponsoring a regional forum for all who serve -- or wish to serve -- children by strengthening public education in their communities. The forum aims to help congregations begin or advance their journeys into partnership; form a community of support; and find local expert resources, tools, and materials.
Join others like you who care about our children. Come to Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center in greenfield NH February 19-20.
Responses to Human Trafficking
recognized the problem of and support efforts to stop trafficking of women, girls, and boys (2000-A057),
condemned sex trafficking (2003-D034),
asked for the development of educational resources for congregations (2003 D034, 2000 A057),
supported efforts to address trafficking (2009 A167),
asked each province to begin a dialogue to recognize how domestic and international trafficking affects the people in our province (2012 D042),
and protect human trafficking victims on native american reservations in MT and ND (2015-A029).
The Rev. Becca Stevens was in Maine in November 2015.
This video from the Diocese of TX offers a peak of Becca Steven's "Love Heals" message: click here.
Anika Rogers shared her story of healing at Thistle Farm after surviving addiction, prostitution and trafficking. She was part of the Love Heals Conference held at St. Paul's, Brunswick. Anika, Regina Mullins, another survivor leader, and Thistle Farms founder, the Rev. Becca Stevens, spent four days in Maine speaking about the healing and social enterprise efforts of the Thistle Farms ministry in Nashville. The Diocese of Maine's Human Trafficking Ministry Group brought the women to Maine in partnership with Bates College, Lutheran partners, the Center for Wisdom's Women in Lewiston and Province 1 (Sowing Seeds Grant). Click these links to a photo album and video of the presentations.
Other Human Trafficking Resources and Information
- Episcopal church site
- Episcopal church resource rich Advocacy Site
- Vital Practices for Congregations - Episcopal Church Foundation site on Human Trafficking
- March 2013 - ENS Report with links: Church-wide conversation focuses on human trafficking Presiding bishop hosts off-site UNCSW event
- PBS - Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour PBS prime time documentary film and national broadcast event inspired by the widely acclaimed book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality - which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds - present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. More info here.
Cultural Competency and Multicultural Awareness Opportunities
Thanks to a Sowing Seeds of God's Mission Grant, Province 1 leaders from each of our dioceses and from Episcopal Divinity School are collaborating to create a wide variety of entry points to address racism as listed below. The group envisions a type of RESOURCE CENTER with materials, activities, and support-lending forums (i.e. threaded discusisons and live web conferences) to support efforts that INCREASE SENSITIVITY, AWARENESS/KNOWLEDGE, and SKILLS [competencies] with respect to one's own and others' multi-cultural contexts and SPUR ACTION to enact the Dream of God. The group includes representatives from New England Episcopal Dioceses: James McKim (NH and the Province I Antiracism Representive to Executive Council), the Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson (NH), the Rev. Karen Montagna (MA), Deacon Ema Rosero-Nordalm (MA), Becky Alden (MA),Alexzendria Link (W MA), Canon Robin Hammeal-Urban (CT) and Liz Magill (EDS). For more information and/or to join the conversation, contact Julie Lytle, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm Web Conversations
(All Will Be or Have Been Recorded; Check for links embedded in the descriptions)
Launched on September 15, 2015 with the Bishops Speak Out on Race, Province I is hosting interactive web conferences that provide insight about the state of racism in New England and highlight our efforts to address it. Topics will include conversations among and with national leaders and local organizers like The Rev Bill Kondraith on "The Role of Feelings in Racial Justice Work," James McKim introducing NH's Diversity Dinner's and Archdeacon Jan Grinnell introducing Rhode Island's Center for Reconciliation. The upcoming topic will be posted here with a registration link to the free web conference each month. Registered participants will receive additional details including the web conference link.
Bishops Speak Out on Race (September 2015)
The Episcopal Bishops of New England spoke out passionately about the many levels of racism - personally, interpersonally, culturally, and institutionally - which exist in New England during an hour long web conference on Sept 15. Karen Montagno, chair of the Province I Cultural Competency and MultiCultural Awareness Task Force, facilitated the interaction between the Bishops as at least twenty-eight participants text chatted questions and comments with each other and the Bishops. After identifying the role of race and racism in each of their dioceses, individual bishops reflected on their role as teachers, called for us to practice listening to and learning with those who are different, challenged us to focus on the dignity of each person/all people, and reminded of the hope offered to people of faith as we face our fears and address oppression in all its forms. This was the first of the monthly THIRD TUESDAY CULTURAL COMPETENCY CONVERSATIONS. A recording is available here.
Byron Rushing Speaks Out on Race (October 2015)
After offering a rich history of race in the America - particularly noting that there was no America before the first European encounter with the indigenous people, Byron Rushing's broad strokes highlight our challenge as faithful people. He described shifts visible during the 2015 General Convention to move beyond a focus on training to expand formation and education to truly dismantle racism - and all oppressions. Outlining both practical steps and a broad vision, he challenged participants to see that racism is much bigger than privilege and difference. Byron called us to embrace our baptismal and Gospel call to welcome ALL as God's beloved. A recording is available here.
James McKim - Are You Benefitting from the Establishment? (November 2015)
James McKim introduced a series of compelling videos about white privilege and our contemporary context to spur conversation and reflection. Click here to view the recording of the November conversation which does not include the video clips. Please pause the recording after James invites participants to view the recording and click the boldfaced title links below to watch the videos participants saw.
- Video 1 (3 minutes): White Privilege (defined)
- Question 1 (5 minutes): How have you benefited from White Privilege?
- Video 2 (6 minutes): Is Racism Over Yet?
- Question 2 (5 minutes): Where has White Privilege negatively impacted you - personally?
- Video 3 (1.5 minutes): Teacher admits he helped write Common Core to end white privilege
- Question 3 (5 minutes): How does your job or daily activity perpetuate White Privilege?
- Article 1 (10 minutes): Eleven things white people can do to be real anti-racist allies
- Question 4 (5 minutes): What can you (personally) do in your job or daily activities to be more tolerant and benefit from the diversity around you?
- Question 5 (5 minutes): What can you (personally) do to improve an institution with which you interact?
- Ending Challenge: Go do what you just suggested you could do.
Coming Together Around Race: The Need to Heal (Dec 2015)
Four Episcopal women leaders - The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher, PhD, Heidi Kim, and Deacon Ema Rosero-Nordhalm spoke with The Rev. Karen Montagno about their deep commitments to the sacred work of racial reconciliation and healing. Click Here to view the recording.
- The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris is suffragan (assisting) bishop alongside the diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, in Massachusetts. She currently serves on the House of Bishops Pastoral Development Committee and the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Church Investment Group. In the Diocese of Massachusetts she is vice president of Episcopal City Mission, and she is the president of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. A native of Cleveland, she was ordained to the priesthood in 1982 in the Diocese of Newark.
- The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher, PHD is the first American Indian (Cherokee) female bishop in the Episcopal Church. She is author of two books, Family Theology: Finding God in Very Human Relationships (2012) and Reweaving the Sacred: A Practical guide to Change and growth for Challenged Congregations (2008), she serves as the Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of North Dakota and Bishop Missioner for the Bishop's Native Collaborative.
- Heidi Kim is the Missioner for Racial Reconciliation for the Episcopal Church. Her role is to facilitate the establishment and growth of networks in the Church that confront structural issues of racism in society and the church. Her approach is grounded in the Baptismal Covenant’s call to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself" and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”
- Deacon Ema Rosero-Nordalm is missioner for Hispanic ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Her work includes Spanish language and cultural translation for trainings, including Safe Church, Eucharistic Visitor and antiracism trainings. She also gathers and documents best practices in congregations where there are Hispanic to help with the development and implementation of strategy for Hispanic ministry in the diocese.
The Role of Feeling in Racial Justice Work
The Rev. Dr. Bill Kondrath introduced us to the role of feelings in racial justice work. The Rev. Karen Brown Montagno, Diocese of MA Director of Congregational Resources and Training, facilitated the conversation. Click here to view the recording. (NOTE: It appears that Bill's web cam was blocked from the recording, our apologies.)
Bill's career has blended racial justice work and explorations of the role of feelings. His recent book, Facing Feelings in Faith Communities (2013) "is based on a simple premise: We have emotions because we need them. God created us as affectively competent beings to help us understand our world and to give appropriate signals to people around us about what we are experiencing. When we express our feelings clearly, other people can more easily respond in ways that are helpful to us, thus enhancing our relationships and the work we might do together." During this web conversation, Bill identified a number of documents. You can request them from the email@example.com: guidelines for newsletters (2105). Feeling chart, feeling wheel, and Facing Feelings in Faith Communities.
Tours of culturally significant sites with group conversations about their significance and theological reflection
- Karen Montagno is coordinating the first tour at the Royall House north of Boston. This is the site of Ten Hills Farm.
- We are developing plans for additional sites including the Black Heritage Trail in Boston, Vermont's African American Heritage Trail, and the Center for Reconciliation in Providence. Our hope is to include a map which identifies these locations on this website
- Email Julie Lytle, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have sites to suggest.
Resource List (readings, films, curricula, etc.) for parish and diocesan formation offerings. Check out the resources we have been collecting here.
- The task force of seasoned anti-racism traininers have collected and curated resources from religious and secular organizations. This currently is a 29-page paper document available from the executive director. We are working to transform the data into a searchable web-based site.
- Seasoned facilitators have added commentary on how to best utilize them.
- we have developed a 1.5 day retreat that encourages discussion of difference, leads toward understanding of oppression of many kinds, and promotes racial reconciliation. The Lead Facilitator's are James Kim, (NH), Zena Link (WMa, NAACP), Liz Magill (Episcopal Divinity School).
- the second training for this academic uear is scheduled for Apr 22-23 at Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center. TO APPLY CLICK HERE.
- talk to your Bishop or Canons to be nominated. Your only cost is to cover transportation. A Sowing Seeds of God's Mission grant from Province I will cover the lodging, meals and program cost for this training.
The Episcopal Church of Rhode Island's colonial churches are hosting a few screenings of Traces of the Trade. The acclaimed documentary follows Katrina Browne as she discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U. S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. There will be conversations with the Tracing Center's executive director, James DeWolf Perry and a brief presentation from the Center for Reconciliation.
- November 17, 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm, St. Paul's Wickford
Province I launches Flexible, Two-Year Deacon Formation Process
After almost two years of development, a group of diocesan representatives interested in sharing diaconal education, training and formation activities will launch a two-year deacon formation program with a pattern of two month-long courses that include online lectures conversations followed by a quarterly weekend retreat. After the Inaugural Orientation Weekend, Sept 18-20 at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT, the cycle will be:
- Oct/Nov online conversations: Hebrew Bible and Christian Testament
- Dec weekend residency: The Prophetic Voice of the Deacon: Scripture and Preaching
- Jan/Feb online conversations: Theology
- Mar weekend residency: Theology of the Deaconate
- Apr/May online conversations: Church History and the Anglican Tradition
- June weekend residency: Anglican Diaconate through History
- July/Aug online conversations: Community Organizing
- Sept weekend residency: Deacon as Community Organizer
- Oct/Nov online conversations: Liturgics
- Dec weekend residency: The Deacon in the Liturgy
- Jan/Feb online conversations: Ethics
- Mar weekend residency: Integrating Ethics in the Diaconate
- Apr/May online conversations: Spirituality and Self Care
- June weekend Residency: Maintaining a Vibrant SPiritual Life
- July online conversation: Capstone Preparation
- Aug weekend residency: Capstone and Portfolio presentations
Those interested in diaconal ministry should contact their parish priest and diocesan Commission on Ministry.
The Anglican Consultative Council formulated the Five Marks of Mission over a series of years (1984 Bonds of Affection; 1990 Mission in a Broken World). They have been affirmed by the Archbishops of the Anglican Communion at the 1988 and 1999 Lambeth Conferences, the 1996 General Synod of the Church of England and the 76th Episcopal General Convention (2009) (See History from the Anglican Church of Canada). They serve as a quick reference to remind Christians of the many ways we can be church following Jesus’ Way and serve as a means for different countries and cultures to have a common focus.
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
(Bonds of Affection-1984 ACC-6 p49, Mission in a Broken World-1990 ACC-8 p101)
Aware that this “checklist” is only a start to the many ways we can seek to serve God and God’s people, Anglican in Mission challenged each Province, diocese and parish to think expansively about how they represent Christ in the world. MISSIO (1999) articulated three convictions shaping how this can be expressed:
- We are united by our commitment to serving the transforming mission of God.
- Mission is the bedrock of all we are, do and say as the people of God.
- Our faithfulness in mission will be expressed in a great diversity of mission models, strategies and practices.
How do you see these convictions in your contexts?
RESOURCES FOR THE FIVE MARKS OF MISSION
- Bible in the Life of the Church Report and Further Resources
- Montreal Marks of Mission
- Anglican Communion Mission Study
- Being Church in 21st Century Collection re: Five Marks around the World
CREATING THE COMMON GOOD IN NEW ENGLAND
The Province's Task force on Economic Justice is working to raise awareness about economic equity and identifying ways to catalyze the common good in New England. Representatives from each of the New England Episcopal dioceses are working together to address EMPLOYMENT (ensuring a livable wage), ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY (providing gainful employment) and EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. The group is currently identifying ways the province can support and enhance efforts by local agencies and institutions and exploring what we can do better together than apart. Join our conversation on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:30-9 pm via Adobe Connect (http://episcopal.adobeconnect.com/commongood)
- Movement Toward a Moral Economy: Framework and Policy Recommendations for VT 2015-16 - Clergy Caucus of Vermont Interfaith Action
- June 20, 2014 VIDEO: VT Religious Leaders Join U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to Denounce Income Inequality
- 2015 Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society Statement on the Environment and Economic Justice (Press Release)
- 2013 VT Diocesan Convention Resolution on Economic Justice and Income Inequality
- Episcopal Diocese of Western MA Social Justice Commission
- 2015 Trinity Institute Creating the Common Good - Presentation Videos Curriculum Suggestions
- RESOURCES from The Episcopal Network for Economic Justice
- Walter Brueggemann promo for the 2012 JUSTICE CONFERENCE that has six commitments: A Theology of Justice, Practical Engagement, Collaborative Relationships, Leading Voices, Fiscal Responsibility and to Practice Justice.
Mission is Message!
Seven Criteria for Mission (as adopted by Maine Diocesan Convention on October 23, 2011)
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that are Christ-centered and Gospel-oriented.
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that collaborate with other churches, communities and affinity groups and demonstrate a willingness to share personnel and resources.
- Diocesan resources will support those program/ministry efforts led by those who can demonstrate their experience as well as passion for their particular ministry
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts with evaluation processes in place and those that can articulate a plan to achieve sustainability.
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts whose leaders are willing to share their successes and best practices as well as failures with other congregations or collaborative groups that wish to replicate their work in other parts of the Diocese.
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate a willingness to move from a centralized approach to ones that will involve and benefit a wide range and number of people within the diocese and beyond.
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate the values of transparency, equity, fairness and collaboration.
Seed Money for Growing God's Mission
The Executive Committee is now accepting grant applications from Province I members for mission-oriented projects or programs. Grants of $500-$2,500 are available for collaborative projects/programs that involve two or more Province I dioceses. Proposals are accepted throughout the year until funds are exhausted and will be reviewed during the monthly Executive Committee Meeting, usually the second Thursday of the month. We anticipate that most projects/programs will occur within the fiscal year, though multi-year efforts will be accepted with assumption that the grant could be renewed or extended into another fiscal year.
2015 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- Faith at Home, Dec 10-12, 2015 - $2500 - Wendy Claire Barry will offer practical ways to share faith in our homes during different seasons of the church year.
- Earth Credo Feasibility Study, 2015-2016 - $2500 - "Earth CREDO" is envisioned as a three-year curriculum including spiritual practices in nature, scriptural, ethical, and theological foundations, and exposure to a range of practical ministry opportunities. This project will assess whether a collaborative approach to providing practical Earth ministry training is feasible, what likely audiences/markets might be, what forms, content, venues, etc. appear most promising, who potential teachers are, and what the costs and management structures might be. The goal is to conduct a pilot “Earth Credo” program in late spring or early summer of 2016.
- B+E+S+T Conference Preparation, Portland Maine, May 2016 - $1750 - Liz Crawley, RI - Bishop's Executive Secretaries Together will meet in 2016 "to empower members through networking and education, to value our ministry and to support the ministry of our bishops and the wider Church."
- Rev Becca Stevens, Thistle Farm, NE Presentations, Nov 12-14, 2015 - $1000, Gretchen Lane, Diocese of ME
- Kids4Peace NH, August 2015 - $2500 - continuation grant; OCTOBER 2015 UPDATE FROM JERUSALEM
- Cultural Awareness and Anti-Racism Trainer Training, Nov 20-21, 2015 - $2500 - (second installment of 2013 grant) launch of newly developed provincial resources and pedagogical processes to use them in a variety of settings
- Alzheimer's Project - $2500 - (second installment of 2014 grant)
- Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council - Conference - April 17-18, 2015 - $2500
- Creating the Common Good in New England Retreat, Feb 19-21 - $2500 - Pru Pease, Bridges out of Poverty trainer, led a two-day interactive forum to explore the language and environments of those who are in situations of instability/poverty, stability/middle class, and excess/wealth and identify ways to overcome barriers that prohibit all from sharing in the common good with planning for continuing efforts in the province.
- Creating the Common Good (Trinity Institute)Provincial Sites Registrations, Jan 22-24, 2015, - $2500
2014 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- The Once and Future Church, Dec 11-13, 2014 - $2500 - Lisa Kimball and Patricia Lyons have created a two-night, three day interactive event.
- Peoples Climate March Sept 21 NYC - $1800 - Province I is subsidizng the cost of transportation for participants in this march.
- B*E*S*T Conference - $750 - Province I will be the site of the 2016 Bishop's Executive Secretaries Together Conference. This grant will enable the Province I Executive Board Members to meet and develop plans for the event.
- EYE Roadtrip - July 8-13 - $2500 - Assist youth and adult leaders from Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to travel by bus to Villanova, PA and host a pizza dinner during their overnight with CT youth and adults in North Haven, CT.
- Alzheimer’s Project ~ Training Clergy and Laypeople to Assist Parishioners with Dementia - $2500 in 2014/$2500 in 2015 - The Alzheimer’s Project is a collaborative effort between the dioceses of Rhode Island and Western Massachusetts to train Clergy (2014-2015) and laypeople (2015-2016) to assist parish families struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia issues.
- Pilgrimage for Earth: From Loss to Hope - June 26-29, 2014 - $2500 - this four-day event seeks to raise awareness and spur action on behalf of God's creation. The contact is The Rev. Steve Blackmer, Church of the Woods.
- Kids4Peace NH @ Camp Windsor Hills - August 7 - 17 - $2500 - Veterans from the Diocese of Vermont and folks from the Diocese of New Hampshire will collaborate to establish a New Hampshire Kids4Peace experince. Contact The Rev. Kate Anderson.
- The New England Deacons Network Conference - $1000 - Contact The Rev Deacon Kyle Pedersen.
2013 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- Climate Change Revival - $1800 - Contact The Rev. Stephanie Johnson
- Province I Bishops' Retreat - $2500 - Contact The Right Rev. Stephen Lane
- Province I Deaconal Formation Process - remainder of 2012 grant for ordained minister formation - Contact The Rev. Molly James
2012 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- CARING FOR GOD'S CREATION - A Four-week Multi-generational Curriculum - $2500 - to assist congregations develop and deepen theological appreciation for and concern about the environment as highlighted by the House of Bishops Pastoral Teaching. Contact The Right Rev. Thomas Ely or The Rev. Stephanie Johnson.
- CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING - $2500 in each 2012-13 and 2013-144 - The staff of Province I dioceses will collaboratively develop a program designed to increase the cultural competency of the clergy and lay leaders in our dioceses. Contact the Rev Canon Linda Grentz.
- ECUMENICAL CONVERSATION ON FORMING ORDAINED MINISTERS - $2500 - Grant will be used for May 9, 2013 Province 1 ecumenical conversation on best practices in forming ordained leaders for the Christian church in the 21st century hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of CT and Hartford Seminary. Contact the Rev. Molly James, PhD.
- STIRRINGS OF THE SPIRIT - $2500 - a strategy for the Episcopal Church in Vermont to discern where the Spirit is calling us through exploring new understandings and expressions of what it means to follow Jesus in a rapidly changing world. Contact Susan Ohlidal
- ENERGY STEWARDSHIP CURRICULUM - $2500 - contact the Rt. Rev. Tom Ely/the Rev. Stephanie Johnson
- TITLE IV TRAINING - $1000 - contact Rev. Canon Mally Lloyd
- RHYTHMS OF GRACE - Training for Province - $525 - contact The Rev. Rebecca Black. 28 people attended the training, from 7 parishes, and three dioceses: Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
- TURN OFF THE LIGHTS, FOR GOD's SAKE -Energy Stewardship Campaign - $2375 - contact The Rev. Stephanie Johnson.
- CRUSHING POVERTY: SERVICE AND SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE ON THE EDGE - New England Deacons Network Conference- $1000 - contact The Rev Deacon Kyle Pedersen
Prov VIII - Becky Snow
Prov IX - Connie Sanchez
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm