We need SPIRIT TRACKERS!
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Spirit Trackers are people who hear a small voice calling and recognize God's Presence. We need Spirit Trackers to help us connect local leaders with provincial leadership (see linked names below). We want you to help us meet the three priorities the Delegates and Bishops of New England identified for the Province at the May 2013 Synod:
1. Offer a Prophetic Voice/Be Social Witnesses - following our history of raising awareness and asking compelling questions (Will Our Children Have Faith?, Reclaiming the Sacredness of All Creation, Sacramental Relationships of Fidelity, Holiness, and Commitment, Stewardship, Evangelization, and Congregational Development....)
2. Support Communities of Practice as they emerge - shift from presumed networks to recognize places and spaces where God's People are gathering and serving God's Mission
3. Provide Resources - through grants (Sowing Seeds), web conferencing, educational offerings, and personnel that can help with project leadership and resource distribution.
TELL US: Where do you see the Spirit in your community? What should we be talking about within the Province? Where is the passion we should not miss?
PROVINCE ONE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
NEW ENGLAND DIOCESES AND BISHOPS
- CT - Ian T. Douglas
- CT- Laura Ahrens
- CT - Jim Curry
Diocese of CT (Facebook)
- MA- Tom Shaw (Via Jackie Drapeau)
- MA - Gayle Harris
Diocese of MA (Facebook)
- ME - Stephen Lane
Diocese of ME (Facebook)
- NH - A. Robert (Rob) Hirschfeld
Diocese of NH (Facebook)
- RI - Nicholas Knisely
Diocese of RI
- VT - Tom Ely
Diocese of VT (Facebook)
- W MA - Doug Fisher
Diocese of W MA (Facebook)
CONTACTS: Communities of Practice in the Province
- Altar Guild - Nancy Feid
- Anti-Racism - Ema Rosera-Nordalm
- Campus Min - Cameron Partridge
- Deacons - Kyle Pedersen
- Energy Stewardship Minister - Stephanie Johnson
OTHER COMMUNITIES IN THE PROVINCE
- Daughters of the King - Donna Abramov
- Episcopal Church Women - Province 1 ECW
- National Episcopal Health Ministry - Ginny Wagenseller
- United Thank Offering - Susan Howland, Western MA
SYNOD DELEGATES AND ALTERNATIVES
- CT Lay, Sylvia Ho (2016, 3 yr term)
- CT Clergy, Sandra Stayner (2016, 3 yr term)
- ME Lay, Theodore Fletcher (2014, 2 yr term)
- ME Clergy, Kit Wang (2015, 2 yr term)
- MA Lay, Paula Toland (2014, 3 yr term)
- MA Clergy, Viki Pretti (2014, 3 yr term)
- NH Lay, Peter Cross (2016, 3 yr term)
- NH Lay Alternate, Eleanor Vander Hagen (2016, 3 yr term)
- NH Clergy Gail Avery (2016, 3 yr term)
- NH Clergy Alternate, Ray Bonin (2016, 3 yr term)
- RI Lay, Betsy Fornal
- RI Clergy, Jan Grinnell
- VT Lay, open (2016, 3 yr term)
- VT Clergy, Lee Alison Crawford (2016, 3 yr term)
- VT Clergy Alternate, Joel Hill (2016, 3 yr term)
- W MA Clergy, Nancy Webb Stroud (2016, 2 yr term)
- W MA Clergy Alternate, Peter Swarr (2016, 2 yr term)
- W MA Lay, Steve Abdow, (2015, 2 yr term)
- W MA Alternate, Margo McMahon (2015, 2 yr term)
Definition of a Province
A Province, one of the nine geographical gatherings of dioceses within the Episcopal Church exists to support the body of Christ in that part of the Church by…
A. Fulfilling their responsibilities as outlined in the Episcopal Church canons, or as may be assigned to it by the General Convention and/or Executive Council by:
- Electing Provincial Synod officers and responding to all matters brought to the Synod, including enactment of budget and governing ordinances.
- Electing judges to a Provincial Court of Review.
- Electing clerical and lay provincial Executive Council Representatives
- Electing or appointing other provincial representatives.
- Participating in the development of program and budget proposals for consideration by the General Convention
- Receiving program from the General Convention budget and providing accountability to the General Convention for the use of those funds.
B. Discerning the mission and ministry distinctive to that region and time, and facilitating the empowering of those ministries within the province by:
- Encouraging and facilitating cooperation and collaboration across diocesan lines, with the Executive Council, and with the Episcopal Church Center Staff
- Initiating, implementing, overseeing and evaluating programming, when appropriate and desirable
- Facilitating the sharing of resources and information within and among the provinces.
- From The Burlington/Chesapeake Document 2004
Congrats and Welcome to the Bishop elect for the Diocese of MA
The Rev. Alan M. Gates is Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a large congregation on Cleveland’s east side where he has served since 2004. Previously he served in the Dioceses of Chicago, Western Massachusetts, and Massachusetts. He was ordained priest in 1988 at the Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Hingham, MA, having been ordained deacon at the Washington Cathedral.
A graduate of Middlebury College, he worked as a Russian linguist and Soviet analyst at the U.S. Departments of Defense and State before enrolling in seminary at Episcopal Divinity School. He is vice-chair of the Board of Bexley Hall Seabury-Western Seminary Federation. Prior involvements have included board service with the Teleios Foundation for US/Russian church relations, and St. Leonard’s House ministry for ex-offenders; faculty for the Episcopal Preaching Foundation; and mentoring numerous candidates for parish ministry. In the Diocese of Ohio he has chaired the Commission on Ministry and is currently on the Standing Committee.
Alan is passionate about collegial parish ministry and community involvements. He has been married since 1980 to Patricia Harvey. They have two grown sons, Philip and Ethan.
Five years after the worldwide financial crisis, two years after Occupy Wall Street, and in the midst of widespread movements challenging the global economic system, we as Christians need to ask important questions about how we relate to the current economic order. Hear from a range of interested academics, practitioners, pastors, students, and others as they explore this topic. Click for information and registration.
Province I Gatherings May 2-3 at Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center
The Province I Synod will gather to do the business of the province on May 2 from 10-2 pm.
On May 3, from 10 am - 1 pm, representatives from the Task force on Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC)
have been invited to share information about their current vision and receive input from anyone across the province.
Province I Delegates are asked to stay Friday night and late Sat for retreat. We anticipate ending no later than 3:30 pm.
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. Contact Julie Lytle, Executive Director, if you want to join the conversation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Province-wide Deaconal Formation Conversation
The next meeting for diocesan representatives interested in sharing deaconal training and formation activities is scheduled as a webconference on May 15 from 1:30 - 3 pm. 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 will be reviewing the 2006 Anglican Communion Competency Grid for Deaconal Education and Formation (See http://www.aco.org/ministry/theological/teac/grid) and mapping next steps.
EYE Scheduled for July 9-13, 2014
Episcopal Youth Event will take place at Villanova University, near Philadelphia, July 9-13, 2014. The EYE14 Mission Planning Team, in partnership with theDiocese of Pennsylvania and the Province III Youth Ministry Network, is working hard to get ready. The Liturgy and Music committee has launched a churchwide talent searchfor EYE musicians and vocalists. Go to the EYE Facebook page and the EpiscoYouth blog for updates.
CONGRATS TO OUR GRANT RECEPIENTS!
Congratulations to the Episcopal Church in Vermont which received a $14,000 from the Episcopal Church Constable Fund for Stirrings of the Spirit.
Congratulations to the three Province initiatives that are among the first recipients of the grants for Mission Enterprise Zones and for New Church Starts.
- Allston Project, Diocese of Massachusetts, $100,000
- Lawrence House Service Corps, Western Massachusetts, $20,000
- Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, Diocese of Maine, $20,000
Funded through the Five Marks of Mission triennial budget, the Episcopal Church allotted $2 million for matching grants up to $20,000 for a Mission Enterprise Zone and up to $100,000 for New Church Starts. There were thirty grants totaling $1.3 million to 27 dioceses, including two Episcopal/Lutheran initiatives.
New grant applications are still being accepted. The application forms can be accessed here. They are then reviewed and considered by the Local Mission and Ministry Committee of Executive Council, serving as the review committee for the grant applications.
SAVE THE DATE: The Art of Hosting will be offered again Sept 24-27, 2014
During the Art of Hosting, we learn and practice the use of Open Space, World Café, Wisdom Circles, Theory-U, Appreciative Inquiry, Pro-Action Café, and Harvesting to engender trust, explore questions, harvest wisdom, and nurture commitments to wise actions in our own local contexts. Province I offered the first regional gathering Sept 23-26, 2013. Check out the stories were captured on video on the Province's YouTube channel and add comments on the Province I Facebook site. We will be repeating the offering at Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center Sept 24-27, 2014.
We are also exploring options to continue to gather to share case studies of our ministries so that we can harvest wisdom and share support. Please let Julie Lytle (email@example.com) know if you are interested in either of these activities.
SAVE THE DATE: The Once and Future Church, December 4-6, 2014 at BCHCCC (NOTE DATE CHANGE!!)
Lisa Kimball and Patricia Lyons will be offering a regional version of their well received Forma keynote for everyone interested in life-long and life-wide formation and discipleship. Christian Educators, Faith Formation Leaders, Ministry Re/developers and Congregational Developers will want to participate in this blend of theology, game theory, Harry Potter, and practical tips for ministry. Check out the resources from Lisa and Tricia's 2014 Forma workshop here and Watch for registration information.
SAVE THE DATE: The 2015 Province I Synod and General Convention Orientation will be April 17-18, 2015
General Convention is June 25-July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT
Mission is Message!
Seven Criteria for Mission (as adopted by Maine Diocesan Convention on October 23, 2011)
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that are Christ-centered and Gospel-oriented.
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that collaborate with other churches, communities and affinity groups and demonstrate a willingness to share personnel and resources.
- Diocesan resources will support those program/ministry efforts led by those who can demonstrate their experience as well as passion for their particular ministry
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts with evaluation processes in place and those that can articulate a plan to achieve sustainability.
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts whose leaders are willing to share their successes and best practices as well as failures with other congregations or collaborative groups that wish to replicate their work in other parts of the Diocese.
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate a willingness to move from a centralized approach to ones that will involve and benefit a wide range and number of people within the diocese and beyond.
- Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate the values of transparency, equity, fairness and collaboration.
Seed Money for Growing God's Mission
The Executive Committee is now accepting grant applications from Province I members for mission-oriented projects or programs. Grants of $500-$2,500 are available for collaborative projects/programs that involve two or more Province I dioceses. Proposals are accepted throughout the year until funds are exhausted and will be reviewed during the monthly Executive Committee Meeting, usually the first week of the month. We anticipate that most projects/programs will occur within the fiscal year, though multi-year efforts will be accepted with assumption that the grant could be renewed or extended into another fiscal year.
To apply, download the application form as a .pdf file or download the application in Word (.doc or .docx). Then, email your completed file to the Province 1 Executive Director. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader if you use the .pdf.
Caring for God's Creation - A Four-week Multi-generational Curriculum - $2500 - to assist congregations develop and deepen theological appreciation for and concern about the environment as highlighted by the House of Bishops Pastoral Teaching. Vermont's Bishop Tom Ely is leading a team that includes Province 1 Energy Stewardship Minister the Rev Stephanie Johnson to create and publish this curriculum. The goal is to have a preliminary draft by February which will be piloted in congregations then tweaked for church-wide launch in September 2013. Partners come from across the country and include Province 4, The Episcopal Church, and individual bishops - contact The Right Rev. Thomas Ely or The Rev. Stephanie Johnson.
2012 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING - $2500 in each 2012 and 2013 - ULCUCUThe staff of Province I dioceses will collaboratively develop a program designed to increase the cultural competency of the clergy and lay leaders in our dioceses. This program will enable participants to enhance their ability to build relationships with people of differing cultural or life circumstances: race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ableness, language, political views, religious differences, etc. It is designed to address both “isms” and the more benign differences that divide us and increase the participant’s capacity to lead. We anticipate that the program will be offered several times a year in the Province over the next five years. Contact the Rev Canon Linda Grentz.
- ECUMENICAL CONVERSATION ON FORMING ORDAINED MINISTERS - $2500 - Grant will be used for May 9, 2013 Province 1 ecumenical conversation on best practices in forming ordained leaders for the Christian church in the 21st century hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of CT and Hartford Seminary. Contact the Rev. Molly James, PhD.
- STIRRINGS OF THE SPIRIT - $2500 - a strategy for the Episcopal Church in Vermont to discern where the Spirit is calling us through exploring new understandings and expressions of what it means to follow Jesus in a rapidly changing world. In the years 2013—15, a leadership team will research, explore, and identify resources, models, and funds to enact and support spiritually healthy church communities and inspire new expressions of church. Funds from Province 1 will assist us in the start-up phase. Contact Susan Ohlidal
- CAMPUS MINISTRY NETWORK - contact the Rev. Cameron Partridge
- ENERGY STEWARDSHIP CURRICULUM - $2500 - contact the Rt. Rev. Tom Ely/the Rev. Stephanie Johnson
- TITLE IV TRAINING - $1000 - contact Rev. Canon Mally Lloyd
- RHYTHMS OF GRACE - Training for Province - $525 - contact The Rev. Rebecca Black. 28 people attended the training, from 7 parishes, and three dioceses: Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The Diocese of Maine will begin the Rhythms of Grace service at St. Stephen the Martyr in Waterboro, Maine in October 2012. The Diocese of New Hampshire will begin the Rhythms of Grace service at St. Christopher’s in Hampstead, NH on October 6, 2012. The Diocese of MA South Shore Deanery is planning to begin two Rhythms of Grace services – once the sites are picked, services will most likely begin in November 2012.
- TURN OFF THE LIGHTS, FOR GOD's SAKE -Energy Stewardship Campaign - $2375 - contact The Rev. Stephanie Johnson.
- CRUSHING POVERTY: SERVICE AND SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE ON THE EDGE - New England Deacons Network Conference- $1000 - contact The Rev Deacon Kyle Pedersen
Prov VIII - Barbara Ross
Prov IX - Connie Sanchez
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm