Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter
Rescheduled for March 12-14, 2015 @ Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, Greenfield NH
Shorter duration - see middle column for more details! Click here to register.
2015 United Thank Offering
The focus is Mark Four of the Anglican Marks of Mission: To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliaiton. The UTO will accept
- one grant applicaiton per diocese within the Episcopal Church
- one addition application for a companion grant from a diocese of The Episcopal Church. This relationship may be formed with an aided diocese from TEX or with a diocese from The ANglican Communion. THe sponsoring bishop with jurisdiction will be responsible for the accounting of the grant.
The deadline is 5 pm ET on Friday January 15, 2015.
For mor information contact the Province 1 UTO coordinator Susan Howland firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2015 Province I Synod & General Convention Orientation will be April 17-18, 2015 @ the Marlboro, MA Holiday Inn.
General Convention is June 25-July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT
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
- The Once and Future Church (education/formation) - December 11-13, 2014 - cultural awareness for formational leaders and creative ideas blending epic narratives and game theory
- 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, VACANT (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, Richard Taylor (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
General Convention Official Youth Presence 2015
Applications and nominations for high-school teens to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP) are now open. Members of the Official Youth Presence at General Convention will attend legislative committee hearings, will be encouraged to speak to issues in hearings, and may participate in debate on the floor in the House of Deputies. Complete information, including eligibility and application forms, is available here. Applications and nominations are due December 23, 2014.
EES Directors' Award to Steve Blackmer
The Once And Future Church: Christian Formation For A Changing Church
December 11-13, 2014 at BCHCC
Wondering how to inspire faith in your community?
Open to new ways to share faith that incorporate popular culture?
Want to keep church relevant in the 21st Century?
You won't want to miss this EXCEPTIONAL workshop!
Lisa Kimball and Patricia Lyons are offering two ways to participate (1-night or 2-night options) in an interactive experience that weaves Harry Potter, game theory and faith formation as they explore how we, Christians, are part of an epic story that takes seriously the world in which we live and connects God's Story with our own. Participants will leave with practical tools for Christian formation in a changing church.
Lisa Kimball (youth minister, congregational developer, seminary professor) and Patricia Lyons (systematic theologian, high school religion and ethics teacher, service learning coordinator) creatively blend their personal and professional experiences to help us explore the landscape of being church today. Their humor-filled participatory workshop will open our imagination as they identify the 21st century challenges and opportunities of being Christian and forming Christians. With equal parts evangelism, faith formation, and ministry development, they show how Christian formation is at the heart of Christian mission and offer practical tips for life-long and life-wide formation and discipleship.
This two-day workshop is a regional version of their well-received Forma keynote. It is designed for people passionate about sharing faith, seeing hope for the church, and imagining future possibilities together. Christian Educators, Faith Formaiton Leaders, Ministry Re/developers and Congregational Developers will want to participate.There are two options for participation. The full workshop begins with dinner at Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center on Thursday December 11 and concludes about 3 pm on Saturday December 13. Tle lodging and meal cost is $170 for a shared lodge room (2 per room) or $140 for a shared adult cabin (4 in building). For those who can only get away for one night, you can join us for dinner at 6 pm Friday for half the cost. All conference costs are being paid by a Province 1 Sowing Seeds of God's Mission Grant. Click this LINK To REGISTER. Questions? Please contact Julie Lytle, email@example.com.
School for Ministry - Alzheimer’s Training
- October 23, 2014 9:30-12:30 pm @ St. Matthew's, Jamestown, RI
- May 21, 2015 6:00-9:00 pm @ St James, North Providence, RI
- November 6, 2014 9:30 – 12:30 pm @ Trinity, Lenox, MA
- April 14, 2015 9:30-12:30 pm @ All Saints, South Hadley, MA
NOTE: NEW DATE - SHORTER DURATION!!
"The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter"
March 12-14, 2015 @ BHCCC in Greenfield, NH
The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter is for passionate parishioners, hopeful visionaries, and transformation-oriented pastoral leaders - lay and ordained. We - The Rev. Tom Brackett, Steve Matthews and Julie Lytle - are inviting you to share your ministry hopes and dreams while learning and practicing community building skills and initiative development processes.
The Art of Hosting is an international movement that provides opportunities to learn practices essential for building sustainable ministries and form a community of practice that can offer support. Our hope is to create a network of peer-mentors who not only understand the challenges and opportunities of missional initiatives and new church starts, but also know how to host the conversations from which fresh leadership and learnings will continue to emerge.
By the end of our time together, participants will
- Learn and explore personal practices of authentic leadership, engagement, and reflection for the sake of living into the Five Marks of Mission, especially the first - that of proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom.
- Learn and explore methodologies for hosting change processes in our communities - including 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.
- Connect with others to create and sustain those practices that support the meaningful relationships needed to foster the changes we seek.
- Respond to a call from our community, which is already hosting meaningful conversations in all sectors so we can continue to build our depth and ability to make change in our communities.
We will offer the training at Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center March 12-14, 2015. A $200 registration fee covers participation in the training. A variety of lodging and dining options are available at the conference center at an additional cost. Please select the accommodations that are best suited for your needs. Please note that check-in for Wednesday arrivals is 6 pm or later, and dinner Wednesday evening is not included. For more information, please visit http://bchcenter.org/conference-center/lodging/
Bunkhouse: Shared 16-bunk lakeside cabin with fireplace and kitchenette. Bring your own linens/sleeping bag. $118 for Thursday arrival or $138 for Wednesday arrival. 8 meals (Thursday breakfast through Saturday lunch) included. The bunkhouse will only be available if ten or more participants sign up. In the case that the minimum for the bunkhouse is not met we will be in touch with you prior to the meeting to discuss alternative accommodations.
Shared cabin: 4-person cabin, linens provided. $148 for Thursday arrival or $183 for Wednesday arrival. 8 meals (Thursday breakfast through Saturday lunch) included.
Shared lodge room: Hotel-style, linens provided. $188 for Thursday arrival or $243 for Wednesday arrival. 8 meals (Thursday breakfast through Saturday lunch) included.
Private lodge room: Hotel-style, linens provided. $268 for Thursday arrival or $363 for Wednesday arrival. 8 meals (Thursday breakfast through Saturday lunch) included.
Commuter: $108. 8 meals (Thursday breakfast through Saturday lunch) included.
STORY-SHARING was a significant part the first regional gathering that was offered September 23-26, 2013. To get a sense of how last year's participants culminated their time together, check out the tales we captured on the Province's Youtube Channel and add comments on the Province I Facebook site.
We are also exploring options to gather to share case studies of our ministries so that we can harvest wisdom and share support. Please let Julie know if you are interested.