WHO WE ARE

Province 1, which is one of the nine geographical gatherings of dioceses within the Episcopal Church, exists to support the body of Christ. The Mission of Province 1 is to further the work of and deepen relationships in the Episcopal Church in New England. The Province accomplishes this by coordinating the interdependent ministries of its seven dioceses in a spirit of mutual responsibility.

What's Province 1?

 

Province I is one of the nine provinces of the Episcopal Church and is also known as Episcopal Province of New England. Geographically, the province includes the 7 dioceses of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, (Eastern) Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

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 Provincial Leadership Conference's Burlington/Chesapeake Document 2004

 

The Mission of Province 1. The Province’s Mission is to further the work of and deepen relationships in The Episcopal Church in New England. The Province accomplishes this by coordinating the interdependent ministries of the seven dioceses in a spirit of mutual responsibility. The Executive Director of the Province of New England works with diocesan staff and congregational leaders to coordinate efforts, communicate information, share resources, and make connections to work for God’s mission in the world, restoring people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

 

Province 1 consists of the seven New England dioceses of the Episcopal Church:

 

If you're an Episcopalian in one of those dioceses, Province 1 is YOU.

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 believe that there are things we can do better together rather than separately. 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, web conferencing, 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 initiatives and offering them not only to our own dioceses but also to the Church at large.

 

We decide what we are going to focus upon together as a Synod. The Synod of the Province consists of the House of Delegates (Lay and clergy delegates elected during their diocesan conventions) and the House of Bishops. 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 share wisdom. The province uses web conferencing extensively to enable people across New England to identify what is happening in each of our contexts and discern whether or not and how we can collaborate. Provincial delegates from each diocese "see what is rising" and identify appropriate ways for the province to offer support, facilitate relationships, encourage collaborations and/or provide leadership. Deacons share stories of their ministry and offer support to those who hope to create similar initiatives in their contexts.  The Multicultural Awareness and Cultural Competency Task Force invite us into conversations with resource people to offer strategies and support to those seeking to end racism. All these efforts are reviewed and supported by the Province's Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Executive Director), which meets monthly.

 

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!

 

We are catalyzed by an Executive Director. Julie Lytle, MDiv, PhD has been directing Province I since September 1, 2011. 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."

 

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 LinkedIn for more information). 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.

 

Stay Connected

Episcopal Province of New England (Province I)

Julie Lytle, MDiv, PhD

Executive Director

81 Blueberry Hill Road, Hyannis MA 02601

617-669-8411

executive.director@province1.org

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