• May 4-7 - Eric Law and Kaleidescope in New England, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, Greenfield NH​ REGISTATION CLOSED
  • May 17 - Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web 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).

Standing Meetings

  • 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:


We need

SPIRIT TRACKERS!

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

CONTACTS: Communities of Practice in the Province

OTHER COMMUNITIES IN THE PROVINCE

SYNOD DELEGATES AND ALTERNATIVES

RESOURCES


 

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


 

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


2016 GRANT DISTRIBUTION

  • The New England Deacons Network Conference - $1500 -  support of bi-annual gathering, September 30–October 1 at the Sheraton Hotel in Needham, MA.  Contact The Rev. Geoffrey T. SmithDeacon, St. James Episcopal Church, Keene, New Hampshire.

2015 GRANT DISTRIBUTION

  • All Our Children Regional Forum, Feb 19-20, 2016 - $2500 – introduce congregation and public school partnerships and support congregations in established partnership to increase educational equity
  • 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  
 

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