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"Turn off the lights, for God's sake"

As many churches have discovered, reducing energy use is an act of stewardship both of God’s good Creation and of financial resources. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that even modest projects like installing programmable thermostats, CFLs and weather-stripping can reduce congregational energy costs by up to 30%. Imagine saving monies for growing God’s mission while responding to the worldwide environmental crisis!

 

“Turn off the lights, for God’s sake informational campaign encourages the churches in New England to reduce energy consumption, save money, and praise God.

On this page you can:

  • Share success stories or ask questions and participate in online forums;
  • Register, through a single question poll, your congregation’s intention to begin or expand this ministry;
  • Print a Turn off the lights, for God’s sake poster;
  • Find resources for eco-justice organizations;
  • Connect to websites for state and local rebates and funding opportunities for energy audits; and
  • Download a sample press release.  

Your church should have received  The Episcopal Church’s guide for congregational energy stewardship, a Getting Started checklist, and Turn off the lights, for God’s sake stickers for light switches and other spots. 

As your congregation considers the extent of engagement in this ministry, please know that every effort, whether large scale or more modest, expresses gratitude for God’s blessings and our commitment to be faithful stewards of this wonderful bounty. Yes, even something as simple as turning off a light can be a faithful act!   Please join in this effort to be good stewards of all of God’s gifts. For further information or comments, contact revstephaniejohnson@gmail.com, Province 1 Energy Stewardship Minister.

St John's (Vernon, Ct) reduces energy use and bills by over 25%

St. John's Episcopal Church in Vernon reduces energy, and saves money and wins national award

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About five years ago, the Environmental Ministry and the Facilities committee collaborated to change almost all the incandescent bulbs to CFLs. In early November 2010, Facilities got multiple setback electronic control thermostats installed, enabling five heating zones in the Parish House, at a cost of over $10,000. But that left 117 lighting fixtures (T-12s plus outdoor floods) still hanging in the Undercroft, the parish hall, the Sunday School rooms, the hallways, the offices, and outdoors! Individual bulbs and then entire ballasts began to fizzle. Could we get new lighting and decrease our carbon footprint at the same time?

Winter, 2011:

Facilities called multiple contractors for tours of the buildings, and solicited quotes. The best deal for F32T8s (28W) fluorescents (all with low energy electronic ballasts) plus XIG-CLP-3040s for outdoors, would cost us over $13,000. This parish was seriously in the red a couple of years ago, and is now just about breaking even. So the Vestry was somewhat nervous about such a large bill (especially on top of the thermostat costs)-and worried about the interest on any loan.

Then Environmental learned that Connecticut's IPL (Inter-Religious Eco-Justice Network) would be running their "This Old House of Worship" program, in which groups of congregations participate in a 6-week course on STEM (Savings through Energy Management). So Environmental told Facilities, and members of both committees attended the program. Especially important, we learned how to perform an energy audit, and to calculate the energy and cost savings that would accrue if the new lighting were installed!

March-April 2011:

Facilities was persistent, and negotiated to get an interest-free loan from our utility's (CL&P) Small Business Program. So -- could the church now swing $370/month for three years? Facilities called Environmental: The Vestry is going to vote soon. Environmental promised to pay the first month from their account, and contacted the ECW (Episcopal Church Women). The ECW promised to chip in as well. Environmental launched a campaign whereby parishioners would 'adopt' a lighting fixture, and pay for it either upfront or as part of their regular pledge. The Vestry took up the commitment to be good stewards of God's creation, and voted to approve!

June 2011:

All 117 fixtures were installed in 2 days. Eight parishioners and groups immediately signed up to adopt a fixture.

September, 2011:

Our treasurer reported that our electricity usage since the upgrade decreased by 1,328 Kwh, or 22%, over the same period in 2010! Hooray, we are on track to decrease our CO2 emissions by 5 tons per year! Also, because of the new thermostats, our natural gas usage has decreased by 15%, or about 1000 CCF over the past year. AND, over half of the lighting costs have now been covered by Creation-loving parishioners!

 

Based on the work described above, CT Interfaith Power and Light announced  that St. John's Episcopal Church in Vernon was selected as a 2011 Cool Congregations Challenge winner in the category of Energy Efficiency. The Cool Congregations Challenge, sponsored by Interfaith Power and Light, is a united effort by religious congregations across the country to address global warming by reducing their carbon footprint and becoming inspirations to their members and communities. On behalf of the Board, we want to congratulate the Green Team at St. John's, led by Letty Naigles. "We are so impressed - the category of energy efficiency was extremely competitive," said Director Terri Eickel. "Their victory really calls attention to their dedication and commitment to climate change." Eickel's enthusiasm was echoed by Naigles, who said, "We are so thrilled to see our collaborative efforts recognized and are already brainstorming about different projects."

 

 

 

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News from Around the Province


River of Life Pilgrimage

The Episcopal Churches of New England, the New England Synod of the ELCA, Province 1 and Kairos Earth, in partnership with local, statewide, and regional organizations along the Connecticut River, are organizing the first-ever pilgrimage along the length of the river. A core group of “river pilgrims” will journey the full length of the river, being joined by “daily pilgrims” as they traverse individual stretches/communities, and by “pilgrims in prayer” for those who aren’t able to paddle along or join in events but want to participate in the 40-day spiritual practices that correspond with the Pilgrimage dates. 

The pilgrimage begins on May 31, 2017, and is for anyone who would like to engage in a sacred relationship with the natural world, especially with water and the Connecticut River. This journey, like any true pilgrimage, is intended to be a doorway to interior transformation and lasting change. The daily prayer and spiritual exercises of the pilgrimage, as well as the land-based gatherings, will be held in the context of the Christian tradition. People of all backgrounds, faiths, and beliefs are welcome to join. Watch a video about the trip here and Learn more here.

There are numerous ways get involved. Participants are invited to do any of the following:

To register or learn more about the Pilgrimage, visit the Kairos Earth Registration page. Paddling spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Event registration and paddling applications is open here.


Bishops Against Gun Violence Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Episcopal Youth Event 2017 Announced

The 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) will focus on the theme Path to Peace, based on Matthew 5:1-12. Path to Peace as a theme was developed by the EYE17 Mission Planning Team who discerned a call to focus on peacemaking and the ways each member of the Jesus Movement can pursue a path to peace.  EYE17 will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK on July 10-14, 2017.

EYE17 is being planned by the Episcopal Church in partnership with the Diocese of Oklahoma. "EYE is always a great event for both our youth and for our adults," Presiding Bishop Michael Curry commented.  "I have attended many of the Episcopal Youth Events and I have fond memories of joining our youth in celebration, learning and fun. EYE17 is a strong component of the Jesus Movement."

EYE traditionally draws hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church. EYE 2017 marks the 13th EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE 2017 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 academic year and their adult leaders.

Based on the theme, the EYE17 Mission Planning Team’s Evangelism Committee developed the featured logo. The logo was designed by Christoph Herpel, EYE17 Mission Planning Team mentor. An Art Director at Gerasch Communication, Herpel resides in Germany and has been active with Youth Across Europe, a program of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.

Applications Accepted for Pastoral Care Team
Applications are still being accepted for the EYE17 Pastoral Care Team, which will be comprised of young adults and adults at least 19 years of age, who are willing to volunteer to support the ministry and work of EYE17. Among the Pastoral Care Team positions are: Residential Staff; Peer Ministers; Chaplains; and Medical Care Team.

To serve as a member of the Pastoral Care Team, applicants must be willing to submit to a Criminal Sexual Background Check; provide evidence of completing Safeguarding God’s Children Training; demonstrate experience in successful and appropriate supervision of teens in overnight situations; and be available to travel to Oklahoma City on July 10 and depart no sooner than noon on July 14.

Application deadline is November 4. Application available here.  More info here.

For more information about the Pastoral Care Team, contact the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Pastoral Care Team Coordinator and Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries for the Episcopal Church at skelly@episcopalchurch.org.

Participating in EYE17
Registration for EYE17 occurs at the diocesan level and will be available in January.

Click here to continue reading about the event


Written by The Rev Stephanie Johnson and The Rev Jerry Cappel with a forward by Bishop Thomas Ely

In 2011, the Episcopal Church House of Bishops issued a pastoral letter on the environmentIn response, Stephanie Johnson (former Province I Energy Stewardship Minister) and Jerry Cappel, with support from a Sowing Seeds of God's Mission Grant, created a five-week study course titled A Life of Grace for the Whole World. The curriculum follows the five sections of the Bishops' letter. It explores the theology at the heart of environmental crises and guides Christians in developing a practical response. 

Bishop Ely recommends it wholeheartedly: "It is a deep and thorough exploration of our pastoral teaching, yet it is presented in a way that makes it easy to use in parish settings or on weekend retreats." In the curriculum's forward, Bishop Ely writes, "The teaching we produced invites the Church to recognize the salvation of all creation as the work of Christ in the world. It presses us to recognize that because we are called to live in Christ and with Christ, we in turn seek to live 'a life of grace for the whole world.' It encourages the church to respond in terms that have always been central to its Christian faith and life: repentance, worship, redemption, salvation, obedience and holiness. This is important, for it is calling the church to be faithful to itself."  Read more from "The Living Church." 


Responses to Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a contemporary form of slavery that typically involves victims who have been forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. In 2000, the United Nations issued the "Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children" (also referred to as the Trafficking Protocol or the Palermo Protocol), as an international agreement to address the issue. Since then, the General conventions of the Episcopal church have 
  • recognized the problem of and support efforts to stop trafficking of women, girls, and boys (2000-A057), 
  • condemned sex trafficking (2003-D034), 
  • asked for the development of educational resources for congregations (2003 D034, 2000 A057), 
  • supported efforts to address trafficking (2009 A167), 
  • asked each province to begin a dialogue to recognize how domestic and international trafficking affects the people in our province (2012 D042), 
  • and protect human trafficking victims on native american reservations in MT and ND (2015-A029).
Our dialogue is ongoing in Province I. Please join the conversation
 

The Rev. Becca Stevens

This video from the Diocese of TX offers a peak of Becca Steven's "Love Heals" message: click here

Anika Rogers shared her story of healing at Thistle Farm after surviving addiction, prostitution and trafficking. She was part of the Love Heals Conference held at St. Paul's, Brunswick. Anika, Regina Mullins, another survivor leader, and Thistle Farms founder, the Rev. Becca Stevens, spent four days in Maine speaking about the healing and social enterprise efforts of the Thistle Farms ministry in Nashville.  The Diocese of Maine's Human Trafficking Ministry Group brought the women to Maine in partnership with Bates College, Lutheran partners, the Center for Wisdom's Women in Lewiston and Province 1 (Sowing Seeds Grant). Click these links to a photo album and video of the presentations.

Other Human Trafficking Resources and Information

  • Episcopal church site 
  • Episcopal church resource rich Advocacy Site 
  • Vital Practices for Congregations - Episcopal Church Foundation site on Human Trafficking
  • March 2013 - ENS Report with links: Church-wide conversation focuses on human trafficking Presiding bishop hosts off-site UNCSW event 
  • PBS - Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour PBS prime time documentary film and national broadcast event inspired by the widely acclaimed book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality - which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds - present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. More info here.

Cultural Competency and Multicultural Awareness Opportunities

Thanks to a Sowing Seeds of God's Mission Grant, Province 1 leaders from each of our dioceses and from Episcopal Divinity School are collaborating to create a wide variety of entry points to address racism as listed below.  The group envisions a type of 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. The group includes representatives from New England Episcopal Dioceses: James McKim (NH and the Province I Antiracism Representive to Executive Council), the Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson (NH), the Rev. Karen Montagna (MA), Deacon Ema Rosero-Nordalm (MA), Becky Alden (MA),Alexzendria Link (W MA), Canon Robin Hammeal-Urban (CT) and Liz Magill (EDS). For more information and/or to join the conversation, contact Julie Lytle, Executive Director: executive.director@province1.org.

Third Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm Web Conversations

(All Will Be or Have Been Recorded; Check for links embedded in the descriptions)

Launched on September 15, 2015 with the Bishops Speak Out on Race, Province I is hosting interactive web conferences that provide insight about the state of racism in New England and highlight our efforts to address it. Topics will include conversations among and with national leaders and local organizers like The Rev Bill Kondraith on "The Role of Feelings in Racial Justice Work," James McKim introducing NH's Diversity Dinner's and Archdeacon Jan Grinnell introducing Rhode Island's Center for Reconciliation. The upcoming topic will be posted here with a registration link to the free web conference each month. Registered participants will receive additional details including the web conference link. 

Bishops Speak Out on Race (September 2015)

The Episcopal Bishops of New England spoke out passionately about the many levels of racism - personally, interpersonally, culturally, and institutionally - which exist in New England during an hour long web conference on Sept 15. Karen Montagno, chair of the Province I Cultural Competency and MultiCultural Awareness Task Force, facilitated the interaction between the Bishops as at least twenty-eight participants text chatted questions and comments with each other and the Bishops. After identifying the role of race and racism in each of their dioceses, individual bishops reflected on their role as teachers, called for us to practice listening to and learning with those who are different, challenged us to focus on the dignity of each person/all people, and reminded of the hope offered to people of faith as we face our fears and address oppression in all its forms. This was the first of the monthly THIRD TUESDAY CULTURAL COMPETENCY CONVERSATIONS. A recording is available here.

Byron Rushing Speaks Out on Race (October 2015)

After offering a rich history of race in the America - particularly noting that there was no America before the first European encounter with the indigenous people, Byron Rushing's broad strokes highlight our challenge as faithful people. He described shifts visible during the 2015 General Convention to move beyond a focus on training to expand formation and education to truly dismantle racism - and all oppressions. Outlining both practical steps and a broad vision, he challenged participants to see that racism is much bigger than privilege and difference. Byron called us to embrace our baptismal and Gospel call to welcome ALL as God's beloved.    A recording is available here.

James McKim - Are You Benefitting from the Establishment? (November 2015) 

James McKim introduced a series of compelling videos about white privilege and our contemporary context to spur conversation and reflection. Click here to view the recording of the November conversation which does not include the video clips. Please pause the recording after James invites participants to view the recording and click the boldfaced title links below to watch the videos participants saw.

Coming Together Around Race: The Need to Heal (Dec 2015)

Four Episcopal women leaders - The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher, PhD, Heidi Kim, and Deacon Ema Rosero-Nordhalm  spoke with The Rev. Karen Montagno about their deep commitments to the sacred work of racial reconciliation and healing. Click Here to view the recording.

  • The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris is suffragan (assisting) bishop alongside the diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, in Massachusetts. She currently serves on the House of Bishops Pastoral Development Committee and the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Church Investment Group.  In the Diocese of Massachusetts she is vice president of Episcopal City Mission, and she is the president of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. A native of Cleveland, she was ordained to the priesthood in 1982 in the Diocese of Newark. 
  • The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher, PHD is the first American Indian (Cherokee) female bishop in the Episcopal Church. She is author of two books, Family Theology: Finding God in Very Human Relationships (2012) and Reweaving the Sacred: A Practical guide to Change and growth for Challenged Congregations (2008), she serves as the Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of North Dakota and Bishop Missioner for the Bishop's Native Collaborative. 
  • Heidi Kim is the Missioner for Racial Reconciliation for the Episcopal Church. Her role is to facilitate the establishment and growth of networks in the Church that confront structural issues of racism in society and the church. Her approach is grounded in the Baptismal Covenant’s call to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself" and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” 
  • Deacon Ema Rosero-Nordalm is missioner for Hispanic ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Her work includes Spanish language and cultural translation for trainings, including Safe Church, Eucharistic Visitor and antiracism trainings. She also gathers and documents best practices in congregations where there are Hispanic to help with the development and implementation of strategy for Hispanic ministry in the diocese.

The Role of Feeling in Racial Justice Work

The Rev. Dr. Bill Kondrath introduced us to the role of feelings in racial justice work. The Rev. Karen Brown Montagno, Diocese of MA Director of Congregational Resources and Training, facilitated the conversation. Click here to view the recording. (NOTE: It appears that Bill's web cam was blocked from the recording, our apologies.)

Bill's career has blended racial justice work and explorations of the role of feelings. His recent book, Facing Feelings in Faith Communities (2013) "is based on a simple premise: We have emotions because we need them. God created us as affectively competent beings to help us understand our world and to give appropriate signals to people around us about what we are experiencing. When we express our feelings clearly, other people can more easily respond in ways that are helpful to us, thus enhancing our relationships and the work we might do together." During this web conversation, Bill identified a number of documents. You can request them from the executive.director@province1.org: guidelines for newsletters (2105). Feeling chart, feeling wheel, and Facing Feelings in Faith Communities. 

 

Tours of culturally significant sites with group conversations about their significance and theological reflection

Resource List (readings, films, curricula, etc.) for parish and diocesan formation offerings. Check out the resources we have been collecting here

  • The task force of seasoned anti-racism traininers have collected and curated resources from religious and secular organizations. This currently is a 29-page paper document available from the executive director.  We are working to transform the data into a searchable web-based site.
  • Seasoned facilitators have added commentary on how to best utilize them.

Facilitators' training

  • we have developed a 1.5 day retreat that encourages discussion of difference, leads toward understanding of oppression of many kinds, and promotes racial reconciliation. The Lead Facilitator's are James Kim, (NH), Zena Link (WMa, NAACP), Liz Magill (Episcopal Divinity School). 
  • the second training for this academic uear is scheduled for Apr 22-23 at Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center. TO APPLY CLICK HERE.
  • talk to your Bishop or Canons to be nominated. Your only cost is to cover transportation. A Sowing Seeds of God's Mission grant from Province I will cover the lodging, meals and program cost for this training. 

Other Events

The Episcopal Church of Rhode Island's colonial churches are hosting a few screenings of Traces of the Trade. The acclaimed documentary follows Katrina Browne as she discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U. S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. There will be conversations with the Tracing Center's executive director, James DeWolf Perry and a brief presentation from the Center for Reconciliation.

  • November 17, 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm, St. Paul's Wickford 

Province I launches Flexible, Two-Year Deacon Formation Process

After almost two years of development, a group of diocesan representatives interested in sharing diaconal education, training and formation activities will launch a two-year deacon formation program with a pattern of two month-long courses that include online lectures conversations followed by a quarterly weekend retreat. After the Inaugural Orientation Weekend, Sept 18-20 at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT, the cycle will be:

  • Oct/Nov online conversations: Hebrew Bible and Christian Testament
  • Dec weekend residency: The Prophetic Voice of the Deacon: Scripture and Preaching
  • Jan/Feb online conversations: Theology
  • Mar weekend residency: Theology of the Deaconate
  • Apr/May online conversations: Church History and the Anglican Tradition
  • June weekend residency: Anglican Diaconate through History
  • July/Aug online conversations: Community Organizing
  • Sept weekend residency: Deacon as Community Organizer
  • Oct/Nov online conversations: Liturgics
  • Dec weekend residency: The Deacon in the Liturgy
  • Jan/Feb online conversations: Ethics
  • Mar weekend residency: Integrating Ethics in the Diaconate
  • Apr/May online conversations: Spirituality and Self Care
  • June weekend Residency: Maintaining a Vibrant SPiritual Life
  • July online conversation: Capstone Preparation
  • Aug weekend residency: Capstone and Portfolio presentations

Those interested in diaconal ministry should contact their parish priest and diocesan Commission on Ministry.


The Anglican Consultative Council formulated the Five Marks of Mission over a series of years (1984 Bonds of Affection; 1990 Mission in a Broken World). They have been affirmed by the Archbishops of the Anglican Communion at the 1988 and 1999 Lambeth Conferences, the 1996 General Synod of the Church of England and the 76th Episcopal General Convention (2009) (See History from the Anglican Church of Canada). They serve as a quick reference to remind Christians of the many ways we can be church following Jesus’ Way and serve as a means for different countries and cultures to have a common focus.

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom 
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers 
  • To respond to human need by loving service 
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
    (Bonds of Affection-1984 ACC-6 p49, Mission in a Broken World-1990 ACC-8 p101) 

Aware that this “checklist” is only a start to the many ways we can seek to serve God and God’s people, Anglican in Mission challenged each Province, diocese and parish to think expansively about how they represent Christ in the world. MISSIO (1999) articulated three convictions shaping how this can be expressed:

  • We are united by our commitment to serving the transforming mission of God.
  • Mission is the bedrock of all we are, do and say as the people of God.
  • Our faithfulness in mission will be expressed in a great diversity of mission models, strategies and practices.

How do you see these convictions in your contexts?

RESOURCES FOR THE FIVE MARKS OF MISSION


CREATING THE COMMON GOOD IN NEW ENGLAND

The Province's Task force on Economic Justice is working to raise awareness about economic equity and identifying ways to catalyze the common good in New England. Representatives from each of the New England Episcopal dioceses are working together to address EMPLOYMENT (ensuring a livable wage), ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY (providing gainful employment) and EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. The group is currently identifying ways the province can support and enhance efforts by local agencies and institutions and exploring what we can do better together than apart.  Join our conversation on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:30-9 pm via Adobe Connect (http://episcopal.adobeconnect.com/commongood)


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.

Nov 2011 Synod Decisions

The Province I Synod met via audio conference on Nov 18. There were two notable decisions (See attached minutes). First, we agreed to shift the line item budget for network activities into a pot for mini-grants. Our hope is to inspire new collaborative efforts and fuel current efforts in the Province. Watch for the grant process description and proposal process in the coming weeks. Second, Julie invited Synod delegates to meet via webconference in the three months leading up to our April 13-14 Synod and Pre-General Convention gathering. These meetings will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month:
Jan 24 - Monthly Delegates Web Conference, 9 am ET
Feb 28 - Monthly Delegates Web Conference, 9 am ET
Mar 27 - Monthly Delegates Web Conference, 9 am ET

In addition to increased communication, the goal is to identify efforts within the dioceses which would be strengthened by cross-diocesan collaboration and to support one another's efforts. I will be scheduling time between now and mid-Jan to talk with each delegate one-on-one and to test web conferencing ability. (DELEGATES, please note: To participate in a live web conference, delegates will need a computer, a high speed internet access, and telephone. Phone-only participation will be possible if these are not available).

Synod Delegates Meeting Monthly via Web Conference

Synod delegates are now meeing via webconference. Scheduled the fourth Tuesday of each month, the goal is to both increase communication across dioceses and to identify efforts within the dioceses which would be strengthened by cross-diocesan collaboration. The first priority is to help inspire use of the new Province I GROWING GOD'S MISSION GRANTS by identifying ways to support one another's efforts. It is also a time for us to prepare for the Synod and Preconvention Gathering in Westboro April 12-13 and for the General Convention July 5-12, 2012.

The next meeting are:
Feb 28 - Monthly Delegates Web Conference, 9 am ET
Mar 27 - Monthly Delegates Web Conference, 9 am ET

There is much for us to prayerfully consider and discuss. Remember that in addition to providing information, this site provides all Province members the opportunity to create a profile and participate in interactive forums by posting comments, concerns, and insights. If you don't know how to use the site, please let me know. Also, let me, Julie Lytle executive.director@province1.org, know if there are ways your Province can help you better serve God's Mission.

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