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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? 







CONTACTS: Communities of Practice in the Province






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 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.


  • 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  

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