- Oct 20 - Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural Competency Interactive Web Conference (7:30-8:30 pm) with Byron Rushing, VP GC House of Deputies and Asst Majority Leaders MA House of Representatives - Register here.
- Oct 21 - Seminar on Income Inequality, Wednesday, 9 - 1:30, Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. $40 per person includes lunch.
- Oct 23-24 - AntiRacism Training - Cathedral Church of St Paul, Bosto, Register here.
- Oct 25 - "Building Vermont's Moral Economy" 1 pm to 3 pm. Grace Congregational Church, UCC, RUTLAND, is sponsored by Vermont Interfaith Action and Public Assets Institute, and hosted by local faith communities. The events will include an informational presentation, light snacks, engaging community conversation, and steps you can take to get involved. For more information, contact Debbie via email or at (802) 310-4625.
- Oct 29 6:30-8:30 pm - An Evening with Dick Lehr, Author, BU Journalism Professor, discusseshis book The Birth of A Nation: How A Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor reignited America's Civil War, Church of the Holy Spirit Orleans MA. Free. Preregister via email to email@example.com.
- Nov 1 - Installation of Michael Curry as 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, National Cathedral, Washington DC
- Nov 10 - United Thank Offering (UTO) Webinar, 8:30 pm, share ideas and learn new ways of teaching the spiritual discipline of UTO along with updates from Board Members. To join by PC or Mac: https://zoom.us/j/8140408194 or by going to www.zoom.us and entering the meeting ID: 814-040-8194. Join by phone: 415-762-9988 or 646-568-7788 Enter meeting ID: 814-040-8194
- Nov 12-15 - Rev Becca Stevens, Thistle Farms, Maine - For more information click here.
- Thursday 7:00 pm Presentation at Bates College, Lewiston
- Friday 10:00 am - noon Conversation 5:00-7:00 pm Wise and Strong Women SPEAK at Center for Wisdom’s Women, Lewiston
- Saturday 10:00-3:00 With the Episcopal Diocese, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick
- Sunday 10:00 a.m. Worship at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lewiston
- Nov 17 - 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: Are you benefiting from the establishment?
- Nov 20-21 - Cultural Awareness and Anti-Racism Facilitators Training for New Trainers, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, Greenfield NH, For information and to register, click here.
- Dec 1-4 - Provincial Leadership Conference, Charleston, SC
- Dec 9 (8 pm) and Dec 10 (7 pm) - United Thank Offering (UTO) Webinar, learn the process for the Young Adult grant cycle. Come with questions about your application or about how to promote this grant in your area.s. To join by PC or Mac: https://zoom.us/j/8140408194 or by going to www.zoom.us and entering the meeting ID: 814-040-8194. Join by phone: 415-762-9988 or 646-568-7788 Enter meeting ID: 814-040-8194
- Dec 10-12 - Wendy Barrie, Sharing Faith at Home, Faith Formation Forum, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, Greenfield NH REGISTER HERE
- Jan 19 - Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web Conference (7:30-8:30 pm) with the Rev. Dr. Bill Kondrath, VISIONS Trainer and Consultant. Topic: The Role of Feeling in Racial Justice Work
- Jan 21-23 - Trinity Institute Listening for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice Sites across the Province will be announced on Province I website Conference info here.
- Feb 16 - Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural CompetencyInteractive Web Conference (7:30-8:30 pm) - Province I Unpacks Listening for A Change
- Feb 19-20 - All Our Children, Regional Gathering for Congregations Partnering with Public Schools, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, Greenfield NH. 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
- Apr 19 - Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural CompetencyWeb 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
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
- 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
- Tanya Wallace (2018)
- Alexizendria (Zena) Link (2021)
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 - Ema Rosera-Nordalm
- Campus Min - Cameron Partridge
- 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 (2015, 3 yr term)
- ME Clergy, Kit Wang (2015, 3 yr term)
- MA Lay, Billy Boyce
- MA Lay Alternate, Julie Watt Faqir
- MA Clergy, VACANT
- MA Clergy Alternate, Rebecca Black
- 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, Richard Taylor (2016, 3 yr term)
- VT Clergy, Lee Alison Crawford (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
Bishop John Selders to Speak at Trinity Newtown's Racial Equality Conversation
October 11th, 8:00 pm, Trinity Church, Newtown CT, Glover Undercroft
*Please register RSVP no later than October 4th by contacting the Trinity parish office at 203-426-9070 or ParishSecretary@TrinityNewtownCT.org
Trinity's Christian Formation Commission is hosting a racial equality discussion on Sunday October 11th from 5:00- 8:00 pm. The featured speaker is the Right Reverend Doctor John L. Selders, Jr. an ordained minister serving in the United Church of Christ.
Bishop Selders will be speaking on how the experience of being treated differently and devalued affects persons' life experience, especially for persons of color living and working here in Connecticut. In addition, Bishop Selders will suggest specific, concrete actions Christians are called to take to fight against racism, both as individuals and as a faith community, and in particular, the kinds of things Christians who worship in non-urban, largely white congregations (like Trinity) can do - especially for those who might not yet feel comfortable engaging in activist activities such as street protests.
Bishop Selders is the Organizing Pastor of Amistad United Church of Christ, Hartford, CT, Associate Chaplain at Trinity College, Hartford, CT and Executive Director of Zezzo House (an 18 unit housing project). He has studied at Webster University, Eden Theological Seminary and Anglican Divinity School. In addition to being a talented award winning songwriter, musician and performer with local, national, and international credits, he is also the Bishop Presider of The Inter-Denominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries (ICLCM) and is the Co-Convening Bishop of The Sacred College of Progressive Episcopates (SCPE).
After Bishop Selders speaks, there will be a time of structured small group discussion for participants, during which time the Bishop will be a resource person for the small groups (rotating among the groups, making himself available to answer group questions or offering his perspective as requested, etc.). To listen to a short video clip of Bishop Selders, go to:https://moralmondayct.wordpress.com/.
Bishops Speak Out on Race
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Trinity Institute's "Listening for a Change: Sacred Conversations on Racial Justice"
- This year's program (see description here) will be offered via web streaming January 21-23, 2016. We are currently identifying sites across the Province which will be provided through a Province I Sowing Seeds of God's Mission Grant. Keep watching this page to learn of locations near you.
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, email@example.com 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).
- two trainings are scheduled for Nov 20-21 and 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.
- October 19, 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm, Trinity Church Newport
- November 17, 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm, St. Paul's Wickford
FAITH @ HOME: Empowering Parents and Guardians as Pastors and Teachers
Province 1 Annual Gathering for Christian Formation Leaders December 10-12 @ Barbara Harris Camp and Conf Center
In 2014, Christian Smith, a preeminent sociologist of religion in the United States and director of the National Study of Youth and Religion, released a study that confirmed what most Christian educators know:
- HOME, not a church or congregation, is the key location where faith is formed
- PARENTS (and GUARDIANS), not clergy or youth ministers, are the primary source of young people's faith, and
- ORDINARY LIFE PRACTICES and IDENTITIES not programs, preaching, or rites of passage are the key mechanisms by which religious faith and practice are intergenerationally transmitted
-- "Parents, the REAL Pastors: The Absolute Centrality of Parenting in Passing on Religious Daith and Practice to the Next Generation," Ensign Lecture, Yale Divinity School, October 22, 2014
OUR CHALLENGE IS THAT MOST PARENTS AND GUARDIANS FIND RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE AND PRACTICE TO BE A FOREIGN TONGUE.
Wendy Claire Barrie has designed this retreat to help Christian Faith Formation Leaders teach this second language to parents and guardians so that they can feel more comfortable and confident claiming their role as primary pastor.
- Thursday evening: Faith at Home: a conversation about why it matters and how we can support it
- Friday morning: The Bible: Modeling an intergenerational workshop and other ways families can explore scripture together. Best resources for Bible storytelling and study.
- Friday afternoon: Prayer: what parents need to know. Prayer practices and resources for home and parish.
- Friday evening: Social - time to reconnect with established friends and meet new faith formation colleagues
- Saturday Service: Who is my neighbor? Ideas for families and churches to widen our circles of concern in concrete, meaningful ways.
- Saturday after lunch: After Advent: gentle rituals and celebrations for families.
There are two options for participation. The full workshop begins with dinner at 6 pm at Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center on Thursday, December 10 and concludes about 3 pm on Saturday, December 12. All meals are included with a range of lodging options from a private lodge room to a shared adult cabin (4 per building). For those who can only get away one night, you can join us for dinner at 6 pm on Friday for half the cost.
We have attempted to keep the cost for this offering low. All conference costs are being paid by a Province 1 Sowing Seeds of God's Mission Grant. Still, our goal is to eliminate obstacles to participation. If you or your community can help offset costs for someone else to participate, please consider a donation. If you need help, please contact Julie Lytle, firstname.lastname@example.org, about the potential for a partial scholarship.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS October 30, 2015. Participation is limited; there are 30 spaces. Sign Up Now!!
The Task Force on Creating the Common Good in New England supports diocesan and parish efforts to increase awareness of economic inequity and respond to chance the systems that create it.
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 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." The Province I planning team is developing a conference that encourages high participation through quality programs, time for camaraderie and networking with old and new friends, and taking the occasion to highlight the features of Province I while enjoying the beautiful city of Portland.
- Rev Becca Stevens, Thistle Farm, NE Presentations, Nov 12-14, 2015 - $1000, Gretchen Lane, Diocese of ME
- Kids4Peace NH, August 2015 - $2500 - continuation grant
- 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 that weaves Harry Potter, game theory, and faith formation as they explore how we, Christians, are part of an epic story that tkes seriously the world in which we live and connects God's Story with out own. Participants will leave with practical tools for Christian formation in a changing church. Province I is paying presenters costs for this faith formation workshop.
- 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. The Alzheimer’s Project provides an opportunity to expand parish ministries in an area of critical need. Trainees will provide support, understanding and compassion to assist parishioners on a one-to-one basis. This much needed vibrant ministry will be open to all dioceses in Province 1. Contact Doreen C. Putnam, Alzheimer’s Specialist.
- 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.
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. 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
Prov VIII - Barbara Ross
Prov IX - Connie Sanchez
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm