Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Women's Ordination in the Episcopal Church on Tuesday, July 29 at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford. The event starts at 9:30am with coffee and stories at the parish house auditorium followed by the Holy Eucharist at 10:30am with the Rt. Rev. Laura Ahrens celebrating, the Rev. Page Rogers preaching and the seating of the Rev. Ellendale Hoffman as Canon in the Cathedral. Lunch will be at the parish house. A panel discussion "Clergy Women: Then and Now" will be at 1 pm featuring the Rev. Ellen Tillotson, STM, the Rev. Rachel W. Thomas, DMin, The Rev. Tracy Russell Johnson, and the Rev. Hilary Greer with the Rev. Dr. Kris Lewis moderating. All are welcome to join in commemorating this occasion. For more information and to register, please click here


The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter -- Sept 24-27, 2014 at the Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center.  Passionate parishioners, hopeful visionaries, and pastoral leaders (lay and ordained) are invited to join the Rev. Tom Brackett, Steve Matthews and Julie Lytle to share ministry hopes and dreams while learning new skills and honing familiar ones for community building and initiative development. During the Art of Hosting, we learn and practice the use of Open Space, Theory-U, Appreciative Inquiry, Pro-Action Cafe, and Harvesting to engender trust, explore questions, harvest wisdom, and nurture commitments to wise action in our own contexts.  STORY-SHARING was a significant part the first regional gathering that was offered last September. Check out the stories we captured on the Province's Youtube Channel and add comments on the Province I Facebook sitePlease register by clicking here or contact Julie ( for information about the process and scholarships.

Province I Diocesan Conventions

The Once And Future Church: Christian Formation For A Changing Church
December 11-13, 2014 at BCHCCC (NOTE DATE CHANGE!!)

We, Christians, are part of an epic story that takes seriously the world in which we live and connects God’s Story with our own.  Lisa Kimball (youth missioner, congregational developer, seminary professor) and Patricia Lyons (systematic theologian, high school religion and ethics teacher, service learning coordinator) creatively blend their personal and professional experiences to help us explore the landscape of being church today.  Their humor-filled blending of theology, game theory, and Harry Potter will open our imagination as they identify the 21st century challenges and opportunities of being Christian and forming Christians. With equal parts evangelism, faith formation, and ministry development, they show how Christian formation is at the heart of Christian mission and offer practical tips for life-long and life-wide formation and discipleship.

This two-day workshop is a regional version of their well-received 2014 Forma keynote. It is designed for people passionate about sharing faith, seeing hope for the church, and imagining future possibilities together.  Christian Educators, Faith Formation Leaders, Ministry Re/developers and Congregational Developers will want to participate. There are two options for participation. The full workshop begins with dinner at Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center on Thursday, December 11 and concludes about 3 pm on Saturday, December 13.  Your lodging and meal cost is $170 for a shared lodge room (2 per room) or $140 for a shared adult cabin (4 per building).  All conference costs are being paid by a Province 1 Sowing Seeds of God's Mission Grant.  For those who can only get away for one night, you can join us for dinner at 6 pm Friday for half the cost.

Please contact Julie Lytle, with questions.  A link for registration will be available shortly. Registration closes October 15.

The 2015 Province I Synod and General Convention Orientation will be April 17-18, 2015

General Convention is June 25-July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT

We need

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 - following our history of raising awareness and asking compelling questions (Will Our Children Have Faith?; Reclaiming the Sacredness of All Creation; Sacramental Relationships of Fidelity, Holiness, and Commitment; Stewardship, Evangelization, and Congregational Development). Current initiatives include three "Holy Conversations" identified at the May 2014 Synod and the continuation of conversations from 2013.  Please contact the Julie to join. 

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:

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

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? 








CONTACTS: Communities of Practice in the Province






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:

B. Discerning the mission and ministry distinctive to that region and time, and facilitating the empowering of those ministries within the province by:

- From The Burlington/Chesapeake Document 2004






 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. 

To apply, download the application in Word (.doc or .docx). Then, email your completed file to the Province 1 Executive Director


  • 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. It builds upon the inspiration and energy developed through the 2013 Climate Revival and the New England Regional Environmental Ministries (NEREM). The pilgrimage explores themes of the Triduum (the end of Holy Week) with a focus on lament for the losses God's Earth has suffered through human hands.  Those who join this journey, or any part of it, will experience services inspired by Maundy Thursday, Tenebrae, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, the Great Vigil of Easter and Easter morning as we face the losses Earth has endured and acknowledge the grief this suffering brings to us and then claim the hope offered by God's ongoing Resurrection power in the world.  In other words, we will view Earth’s distress through the lens of Christ’s Passion, proclaiming in the end hope for the future.  Further information is available on the Pilgrimage website. 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. Started in 2002 by Vermonter Henry Ralph Carse while he served at St. George’s College, Jerusalem, the goal is to take young people out of the violence in Israel/Palestine for a safe camping experience with kids in the United States, encouraging them to work together for peace. The initiative begins in Jerusalem where 12-year-olds enter a six-year long adventure in education and dialogue that eventually leads to making friends across the cultural and religious divide that defines their city. First year camp experiences for 11-13 year-olds and their families, who commit to courageous dialogue; Kids of all faiths and none are welcomed into an inclusive educational process engaging Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other traditions; Continuation Programs for 13-15 year-olds nourish the seeds planted in the first year, strengthening dialogue and friendship; Leadership Training Sessions for 15-18 year-olds introduce Kids4Peace alumni to further skills and prepare them to become ambassadors of peace in their societies. Contact The Rev. Kate Anderson.
  • The New England Deacons Network Conference - $1000 - Contact The Rev Deacon Kyle Pedersen.


  • 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


  • 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. Vermont's Bishop Tom Ely is leading a team that includes Province 1 Energy Stewardship Minister the Rev Stephanie Johnson to create and publish this curriculum. The goal is to have a preliminary draft by February which will be piloted in congregations then tweaked for church-wide launch in September 2013. Partners come from across the country and include Province 4, The Episcopal Church, and individual bishops -  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. This program will enable participants to enhance their ability to build relationships with people of differing cultural or life circumstances: race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ableness, language, political views, religious differences, etc. It is designed to address both “isms” and the more benign differences that divide us and increase the participant’s capacity to lead. We anticipate that the program will be offered several times a year in the Province over the next five years. 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. In the years 2013—15, a leadership team will research, explore, and identify resources, models, and funds to enact and support spiritually healthy church communities and inspire new expressions of church. Funds from Province 1 will assist us in the start-up phase. 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. The Diocese of Maine will begin the Rhythms of Grace service at St. Stephen the Martyr in Waterboro, Maine in October 2012. The Diocese of New Hampshire will begin the Rhythms of Grace service at St. Christopher’s in Hampstead, NH on October 6, 2012. The Diocese of MA South Shore Deanery is planning to begin two Rhythms of Grace services – once the sites are picked, services will most likely begin in November 2012.
  • 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  

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