- The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter. March 12-14, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center.
- The 2015 Province I Synod & General Convention Orientation will be April 17-18, 2015 @ the Marlboro, MA Holiday Inn. Register here.
- Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council (NESC) Conference, April 17-18, 2015 at the Boxborough, MA Holiday Inn.
- Cultural Awareness and Anti-Racism Seasoned Trainers Retreat, April 24-25, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center.
- 30th Anniversary of Deacons in New England, May 30 Celebration at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Providence, RI. Register here.
- General Convention is June 25-July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT. PROVINCE CAUCUS NIGHT is Sunday, June 28.
- Cultural Awareness and Anti-Racism Training for New Trainers, October 16-17, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center.
- Rev Becca Stevens, Thistle Farms, presenting in Maine, Nov 12-14.
- Provincial Leadership Conference, Dec 1-4, Charleston, SC
- Wendy Barrie, Sharing Faith at Home, Faith Formation Forum, Dec 10-12, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center.
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.
- Economic Inequity and Poverty
- Violence in all its Forms
- Diocese of CT Challenging Violence of Every Kind
- Human Trafficking
- Cultural Competency and Multicultural Awareness
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:
- Practicing Faith - a series of immersion experiences into some new models of church
- Talking on the Road to Emmaus - ministry case studies, peer wisdom and feedback, mutual support
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
- Trinity Institute "Creating the Common Good" web cast followed by conversations during a Feb 19-21, 2015 retreat at Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield NH and web conferences to determine ways to effect local, diocesan, and provincial change.
- Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter (training) - March 12-14, 2015 - skills and processes to help individuals and communities discern the Spirit's call, develop transformative responses, and support individuals and communities through the process.
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 - 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, 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
Alzheimer's/Dementia Awareness Training for Clergy/Seminarians/Lay Leaders
St. James Episcopal Church, 24 Hamlet Street, Woonsocket, RI; Thursday, April 23rd, 9:30am – 12:30pm. RSVP: Betsy Fornal at firstname.lastname@example.org, 401-274-4500 X 225. Please place “Alzheimer’s Training” in the email Subject Line
Open to Clergy, Lay Leaders and Seminarians of ALL DENOMINATIONS. Coffee and Danish will be served at 9:00 am. QUESTIONS: Contact Doreen C. Putnam, email@example.com
The Episcopal Dioceses of Rhode Island and Western Massachusetts are continuing this specialized clergy training through a grant from The Episcopal Church in the Province of New England (Province 1).Three initial trainings were held in the fall of 2014. The fourth training will take place in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts on April 14th at All Saints Episcopal Church in South Hadley, MA. The fifth and final training will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Woonsocket, RI. Doreen C. Putnam of DCPutnam Consulting, an Alzheimer’s/Dementia Specialist, will be the consultant providing the specialized training.
Learning the warning signs and risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the distinction between the various forms of related dementias, proved to be of great benefit for the clergy this fall. Clergy may be the first to realize there is a dementia problem for families within their congregations. Having this specific training as a foundation, allows the clergy to minister to dementia families with increased awareness and a clearer understanding of the struggles and devastation they are experiencing.
The second stage of the grant allows for the training of lay people who will be available to assist clergy and be a support team for individuals and families within each diocese. Lay training will take place in the spring of 2015.
Clergy, seminarians and lay leaders of all denominations are welcomed and encouraged to participate. If you are interested in attending in South Hadley, please contact Karen Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org X 118 at the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. If you would like to attend the Woonsocket training, contact Canon Betsy Fornal at email@example.com X 225at the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. If you have questions regarding the training, contact Doreen C. Putnam firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage clergy, seminarians and lay leaders of all denominations to attend this free, informative and critically important training. It is estimated that 5.3 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 22,000 patients currently live in Rhode Island and an estimated 120,000 live in Massachusetts. Congregations all across New England are being affected by Alzheimer’s disease or one of the related dementias.
Provincial Synod and General Convention Orientation April 17-18
Provincial Delegates and General Convention Deputies are invited to gather at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Marlboro MA for the combined Provincial Synod and General Convention Orientation April 17-18, 2015. The draft schedule is:
FRIDAY APRIL 17 beginning at noon
- Presiding Bishop's Address - The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori
- President’s Report - The Rev. Sandra Stayner
- Executive Council Reps Report - Anne Watkins and The Rev. Tanya Wallace
- Treasurer’s Report – Steve Smith
- Executive Director’s Report - Julie Lytle, PhD
- Nominees for Spring Elections: Vice President, Lay Executive Council Rep
- Announce New Executive Committee Members President – Steve Lane – transition from VP to Pres at end of first 3 yr term, and Treasurer, appointed by Pres and Vice Pres
- United Thank Offering
- Episcopal Church Women P
- resentation of Resolutions and Discussion - CT Baptismal Covenant, Divest – Reinvest, Budget
- Vote On Resolutions To Send From Province
- Conclude Provincial Synod
- Reception – Cash bar
- Bishop Sauls Evening Prayer and Adjourn
SATURDAY APRIL 18 AGENDA
- General Convention Orientation (Michael Barlowe, Gay Jennings, etc.)
- Closing Prayer and Depart
A block of rooms are being held until March 17 at the Holiday Inn and Suites for the rate of $109/night (single or double). This rate includes a hot breakfast buffet, complimentary wireless Internet access, an indoor pool, a fitness center and a business center. Individuals can make reservations by calling the hotel (508-481-3000) and identifying either the Episcopal Province of New England or block EPI. Deputation Coordinators can register groups by calling the hotel and asking for Lorraine St. Onge (or emailing her at email@example.com). PLEASE CONTACT THE HOTEL OR LORRAINE NO LATER THAN MARCH 17.
Those who would like to be considered for selection as Provincial Vice President (lay or clergy) or Lay Representative to Executive Council should contact Julie Lytle, firstname.lastname@example.org, asap to learn about the process.
To register and make meal selections, click here.
Diocese of Rhode Island Designates 2015 as the Year of the Deacon and celebrates Diaconal Ministry on May 30 at 2 pm (NOTE TIME CHANGE!)
On July 13, 1985, Bishop George Hunt ordained the first class of Deacons who completed their formation and academic preparations at the Diocese of Rhode Island School for Deacons. This was the beginning of the revival and resurrection of the vocational Diaconate not only in the Diocese of RI, but also in the Province of New England.
To celebrate, the Diocese of Rhode Island has designated 2015 as the Year of the Deacon and will celebrate diaconal ministry on May 30, 2015 at 4 pm at St Martin's Episcopal Church in Providence. The deacons are also raising funds and awareness for St Mary's Home for Children. They invite you and your parish to find creative ways to raise money through May. We hope to have an online way for you to contribute shortly or you can write a check made out to the Diocese of RI with "Deacons St Mary's Fund" in the memo and send it to 275 North Main Street, Providence RI 02903. The collected funds will be presented to St. Mary's Home for Children on May 30 at St. Martin's, Providence, during a 4 pm festive Eucharist. St Mary's Home for Children opened its doors in 1877 within the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. Rev. Daniel Ingalls Odell was rector of St Mary's Church in East Providence when a couple in his parish died leaving two children. During the same winter, another couple died leaving five children. Father Odell took them in and provided for their care.
St Mary's has always been a non-profit agency, committed to serving the changing needs of children and families. Today it is Rhode Island's largest and most comprehensive treatment facility for boys and girls who may have been traumatized by abuse and those experiencing psychiatric and/or emotional problems. CLICK HERE to join us both in the celebration and fundraising!
Province-wide Cultural Competency Conversation
In 2013, the Province I Diocesan Canons and Executives network initiated efforts to create a new multicultural awareness and antiracism resource. They received a two-year Sowing Seeds of God's Mission grant to create a curriculum with a variety of modules that can be shared by the seven diocese.
Deacon Ema Rosero-Nordalm (MA), the Province I Antiracism Representive to Executive Council is facilitating the design with the Rev. Karen Montagna (MA) and representatives from each of the New England Episcopal Dioceses. These include A. Bates Lyons (CT), Alexzendria Link (CT), James McKim (NH), Becky ALden (MA), and Liz Magill (EDS).
The group has been meeting since February 26, 2014. During our April meeting, the task force identified our Vision of creating a 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. For more information and/or to join the conversation, contact Julie Lytle, Executive Director: email@example.com.
Check out the resources we have been collecting here.
Province-wide Diaconal Formation Conversation
A group of diocesan representatives interested in sharing diaconal training and formation activities continues to meet to develop a flexible 2-year curriculum for the Province. The Rev Canon Molly James (CT) is facilitating the conversation that started Friday November 15, 2013 at Diocesan House in Hartford. It is clear that our proximity is a blessing and a gift that supports collaboration between dioceses and with seminaries in the formation of our deacons. The group reviewed the 2006 Anglican Communion Competency Grid for Diaconal Education and Formation (See http://www.aco.org/ministry/theological/teac/grid) and is mapping next steps.
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.
- Cultural Awareness and Anti-Racism Trainer Training, October 16-17, 2015 - $2500 - (second installment of 2013 grant) launch of newly developed provincial resources and pedagogical processes to use them in a variety of settings
- Altzheimers 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
Friday, April 3, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Friday, April 17, 2015 (All day) - Saturday, April 18, 2015 (All day)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (All day) - Friday, April 24, 2015 (All day)
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm