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.
Creating the Common Good in New England Retreat, February 19-21, 2015 at Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center. Register here.
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
- 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, 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
Feel overwhelmed when considering ways to address economic inequity?
Looking for collaborators in addressing poverty?
You won't want to miss this EXCEPTIONAL workshop/retreat!
"Creating the Common Good in New England" is a two-day retreat designed to locate and support current efforts as well as spark new initiatives to address economic injustice and poverty.We will begin Thursday evening with dinner followed by story-sharing and literally map the ways we are effecting change from neighborhood outreach to legislative lobbying.
On Friday, Bridges Out of Poverty's Prudence Pease will lead us through their comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and maintain poverty from the individual to the systemic level using the lens of economic class. Together we will review poverty research, examine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure, and language. Throughout the workshop, we will learn concrete tools and strategies for our communities to use to prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty as well as specific strategies for improving outcomes for people living in poverty.
Saturday morning will be a time to reflect on our efforts in light of Friday's workshop and prayerfully consider next steps personally as well as within our parishes, dioceses, and the Episcopal Province of New England. We also will talk about ways Sowing Seeds of God's Mission grants could be used for collaborative efforts across dioceses and/or with other denominations. (The ELCA New England Synod recently offered the same workshop; NH's Canon of The Ordinary, Hannah Anderson, participated and raved about the training and potential for collaboration.)
There are two options for participation. The full workshop begins with dinner at Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center on Thursday, February 19 and concludes about 1 pm on Saturday, February 21. Your lodging and meal cost is $150 for a shared adult cabin (4 per building) or $180 for a shared lodge room (2 per room). For those who can only get away one night, you can join us Friday morning 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 JANUARY 28! Sign Up Now!!
At the Province I Spring 2014 Synod, the bishops and delegates of New England made commitment to explore ways to collaborate to effect change in areas of economic inequity and poverty.
We care deeply about social justice and know that the church can create change. Personally, many of us feel overwhelmed when we try to imagine ways we take on the pervasive, overwhelming issue of economic inequality. Fortunately, we can do more together than we can individually! Join us as we start a conversation about we can do together!
Province I is sponsoring sites across New England for participants to watch Trinity Institute's webcast of "Creating the Common Good" and engage the questions and ideas it prompts with one another. Find the site nearest you, then check it on the registration form.
- The Commons, 290 Pratt St, Meriden CT (Note: Friday is limited to 18 participants)
- St Mark's Episcopal Church, 15 Pearl St, Mystic CT
- St John's Episcopal Church, 523 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon CT (Bishop Laura Aherns will be present throughout the conversation)
- Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, 275 North Main St, Providence RI
- Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5 Bryant St, Wakefield MA
- St Mary's Episcopal Church, 3055 Main St, Barnstable MA
- Church of the Holy Spirit, 160 Rock Street, Fall River MA
- Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main St, Charlemont MA
- Church of the Nativity, 45 Howard St, Northborough MA
- St James Episcopal Church, 44 West St, Keene NH
- St Paul's Episcopal Church, 21 Centre St, Concord NH
- The Cathedral Church of St Paul, 2 Cherry St, Burlington VT
- St James Episcopal Church, Woodstock VT
- Zion Episcopal Church, 5167 Main St, Manchester Center VT
- Episcopal Church of St John the Baptist, 200 Main St, Thomaston MA
School for Ministry - Alzheimer’s Training
The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from The Episcopal Churh in the Province of New England (Province 1) for a unique clergy training program.
The initial clergy trainings were held in each diocese during the fall of 2014. The Diocese of Rhode Island will be offering its second training on January 29, 2015 from 9:00 – 12:30, at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 474 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence. 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 of all denominations are welcomed and encouraged to participate. If you are interested in attending, contact Betsy Fornal at email@example.com or 401-274-4500 X 225 at the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. If you have questions regarding the training, contact Doreen C. Putnam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-464-2372.
We encourage clergy, seminarians and lay leaders of all denominations to attend this free, informative and critically important training. There’s an estimated 5.3 million Americans who 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.
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.