We represent a broad spectrum of rural, urban and suburban parishes with a great diversity in ethnic and racial cultures, church size, liturgical style and theological perspectives.
We coordinate ministries and share resources.
During the 2013 Spring Synod, the Bishops and delegates present identified three priorities for the Province: 1) serving as a resource (Exec Dir’s expertise, seed money, Adobe Connect, etc.) and connecting those identifying specific needs with those with desired resources, 2) providing a prophetic voice and inspiring social witness/action, and 3) supporting those who are developing/continuing communities of practice. Our Province has a history of working closely and well together, creating new intitatives and offering them not only to our own dioceses but also to the Church at large.
We believe that there are things we can do better together rather than separately. Bi-weekly web conferences (First Monday at 7:30 pm and Third Tuesday at 8 am) of provincial delegates (one lay and one clergy representative for each diocese) will begin in September 2013. In addition to sharing information about initiatives and events in their dioceses, delegates will "see what is rising" and identify appropriate ways for the province to offer support, facilitate relationships, encourage collaborations and/or provide leadership. The Province's Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Executive Director) meet monthly to evaluate current efforts and initiate new ones in response to identified needs.
We meet as a Synod.
The Synod of the Province consists of the House of Delegates and the House of Bishops. Lay and clergy delegates are elected during their diocesan conventions. In addition to bi-annual meetings of the provincial Bishops, there are bi-annual Synod gatherings of all the provincial bishops, delegates and executive committee. In the spring, we meet physically together to review efforts and identify new initiatives. In the fall, we meet by web conference to approve the Synod calendar-year budget.
We invite new possibilities.
Our Province is called into a re-visioned place of empowering the ministry of all baptized, laity and clergy together. We are working together to take the spark of our renewed vision into the our communities and our world with all the extraordinary opportunities God provides.We have a history of working closely together, creating new initiatives, and offering them not only to our own dioceses but also to the wider Church. We invite you to be part of that adventure by gathering with us in cyberspace and face to face!
Our Executive Director
Julie Lytle, PhD has been directing Province I since September 1, 2011. Author of Faith Formation 4.0: Introducing an Ecology of Faith in a Digital Age
(Morehouse Publishing Inc, 2013), she joined the Executive Committee after six years on faculty at the Episcopal Divinity School where she designed and launched EDS' MA/MDiv Distributive Learning Option and directed the Lilly-funded Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Project which became EDSConnect
, EDS' division for ministry development and lifelong learning. She is passionate about finding ways to connect people and resources and has spent her career exploring the intersection of faith formation and communications media (check out A Spiritual Journey
for more information).
Julie is naturally suited to fulfill the Executive Director's role as "initiator of connections" and actively seeks opportunities to meet members of Province I. "I want to hear stories of how God's people are understanding the Dream of God and look forward to working together in response to God's call," she said adding, "I am convinced that God's Mission, which may seem impossible and feel overwhelming when we think of doing it alone, is possible when we remember our abundance and work together."