We need SPIRIT TRACKERS!
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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). We 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....)
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
3. Provide Resources - through grants (Sowing Seeds), web conferencing, educational offerings, and personnel that can help with project leadership and resource distribution.
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 - Jim Curry
Diocese of CT (Facebook)
- MA- Tom Shaw (Via Jackie Drapeau)
- MA - Gayle Harris
Diocese of MA (Facebook)
- ME - Stephen Lane
Diocese of ME (Facebook)
- NH - A. Robert (Rob) Hirschfeld
Diocese of NH (Facebook)
- RI - Nicholas Knisely
Diocese of RI
- VT - Tom Ely
Diocese of VT (Facebook)
- W MA - Doug Fisher
Diocese of W MA (Facebook)
CONTACTS: Communities of Practice in the Province
- Altar Guild - Nancy Feid
- Anti-Racism - Ema Rosera-Nordalm
- Campus Min - Cameron Partridge
- Deacons - Kyle Pedersen
- Energy Stewardship Minister - Stephanie Johnson
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 - Susan Howland, Western MA
SYNOD DELEGATES AND ALTERNATIVES
- CT Lay, Sylvia Ho (2016, 3 yr term)
- CT Clergy, Sandra Stayner (2016, 3 yr term)
- ME Lay, Theodore Fletcher (2014, 2 yr term)
- ME Clergy, Kit Wang (2015, 2 yr term)
- MA Lay, Paula Toland (2014, 3 yr term)
- MA Clergy, Viki Pretti (2014, 3 yr term)
- NH Lay, Peter Cross (2016, 3 yr term)
- NH Lay Alternate, 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, open (2016, 3 yr term)
- VT Clergy, Lee Alison Crawford (2016, 3 yr term)
- VT Clergy Alternate, Joel Hill (2016, 3 yr term)
- W MA Clergy, Nancy Webb Stroud (2016, 2 yr term)
- W MA Clergy Alternate, Peter Swarr (2016, 2 yr term)
- W MA Lay, Steve Abdow, (2015, 2 yr term)
- W MA Alternate, Margo McMahon (2015, 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
The Art of Hosting Conversations Yield Much Fruit in Province 1
Twenty-seven ministry leaders from across the Province gathered at Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center from Wednesday Sept 25-Saturday Sept 28 to expand their ministry toolkit, create and explore compelling questions, and share stories of vital ministries. Tom Brackett, TEC Ministry Redeveloper, with Sam Matthews and Julie Lytle, facilitated collaborative efforts to design and host conversations that allow us to notice the wisdom that is emerging within a group. During the Art of Hosting, we learned and practiced the use of Open Space, World Café, Wisdom Circles, Theory-U, Appreciative Inquiry, Pro-Action Café, and Harvesting to engender trust, explore questions, harvest wisdom, and nurture commitments to wise actions in our own local contexts. Check out the stories were captured on video on the Province's YouTube channel and add comments on the Province I Facebook site. Please visit!
SAVE THE DATE: The Art of Hosting will be offered again Sept 24-28, 2014
We are also exploring options to continue to gather to share case studies of our ministries so that we can harvest wisdom and share support. Please let Julie Lytle (email@example.com) know if you are interested in either of these activities.
Province-wide Deaconal Formation Conversation
On Friday November 15, 2013 at Diocesan House in Hartford, Bishop Laura Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan of CT, The Rev. Harlon Dalton (COM of CT) and The Rev. Molly James (Dean of Formation in CT) invite you to come to a roundtable conversation on the formation of deacons in Province One. The ordination and formation processes for both the diaconate and the priesthood have been recently redesigned in CT. In the course of that work, it has become clear what a blessing and a gift we have here in Province One for possibilities of collaboration in the formation of our deacons - both on a diocesan level and with seminaries. In order to make the best use of all the gifts and resources we together as a Province possess, as well as our proximity to excellent theological education institutions, we would like to invite those in the surrounding dioceses who are involved in deacon formation, as well as those at seminaries who are interested in the formation of deacons to participate in a roundtable conversation about how we might best share in the work of forming future deacons in the Episcopal Church. Lunch will be provided and the proposed order of the day is:
10 am Opening Worship
10:15am Opening Conversation: What has worked well for us in the past? What do we want to keep?
11:30am Resourcing: What are the resources each diocese/institution brings and how can that best be shared?
1:30pm Way Forward: Where do we want to go from here? What are the opportunities for collaboration on formation for and promotion of the diaconate in this part of the Episcopal Church?
2:45pm Closing Worship followed by Departure
LIVE WEBCAST NOV. 15 @ 2 pm ET
Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America
On November 15, the Episcopal Church will host and produce a forum centering on a critical topic for our times: Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America. Originating from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, MS (Diocese of Mississippi), the 90-minute ecumenical forum will be live webcast beginning at 1 pm Central (2 pm Eastern, noon Mountain, 11 am Pacific, 10 am Alaska, 9 am Hawaii). The forum will be moderated by well-known journalist and PBS commentator Ray Suarez. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will keynote the event. Two panel discussions will focus on main themes: Racism in America today - why does it persist? And Racism in America's future - where is there hope for change?
“This offers Episcopalians and others an opportunity for continued truth-telling and reconciliation, as we seek a society of justice,” noted Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, a keynote speaker for the event. “We say we believe all human beings are made in the image of God. Do we give evidence of it?”
Diocesan Conventions, ECW Conference, and FALL Province 1 Synod Dates:
- Nov 2 Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Cathedral church of St Paul, Boston
- Nov 1-2 Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire Grappone Center, Concord
- Nov 1-2, Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island St Paul's Church, Pawtucket
- Nov 8-9 Episcopal Church of Vermont Cathedral Church of St Paul, Burlington
- Nov 9 (9:30-2:30) Province I Episcopal Church Women Episcopal Conference Center (Handicapped Accessible) 872 Reservoir Road Pascoag, RI 02859 For more information contact: Priscilla D. McFarland, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-388-3115- home; 207-890-6441-cell or Bernice Belt, email@example.com or 401-272-2991
- Nov 15, Province I Synod, 8 am Web conference - More info, including link and agenda, will be sent to Bishops and delegates in late Oct.
EYE Scheduled for July 9-13, 2014
Episcopal Youth Event will take place at Villanova University, near Philadelphia, July 9-13, 2014. The EYE14 Mission Planning Team, in partnership with theDiocese of Pennsylvania and the Province III Youth Ministry Network, is working hard to get ready. The Liturgy and Music committee has launched a churchwide talent searchfor EYE musicians and vocalists. Go to the EYE Facebook page and the EpiscoYouth blog for updates.
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 first week 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 form as a .pdf file or download the application in Word (.doc or .docx). Then, email your completed file to the Province 1 Executive Director. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader if you use the .pdf.
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.
2012 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING - $2500 in each 2012 and 2013 - ULCUCUThe 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
- CAMPUS MINISTRY NETWORK - contact the Rev. Cameron Partridge
- 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
Prov VIII - Barbara Ross
Prov IX - Connie Sanchez
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 4:00am
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Friday, December 27, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am