- Feb 27 - 7:00 pm - Trauma of Poverty and Public Education - All Our Children Web Conference - Register Here
- Mar 7 - 7:00-8:30 pm - Faith Formation Leaders Network Web Call
- Mar 10-11 - New England eFormation @ Boston University School of Theology, sponsored by Province 1, Virginia Theological Seminary and Boston University School of Theology REGISTER HERE
- Mar 16 - 7:00 pm - Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus Monthly Web Conversation
- Mar 21 - 7:30 pm - Exploring Multicultural Awareness and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web Conversations
- March 22-24, 2017 - Trinity Institute: Water Justice, Live streaming to sites across province click here to get on TI mailing list for info as available
- Mar 28 - 7:00 pm - All Our Children Web Conference
- Apr 4 - 7:00-8:30 pm - Faith Formation Leaders Network Web Call
- April 8 - 10 am - 3 pm - SPRING SYNOD for Provincial Bishops and Delegates at St Andrews 53 North Main Street, North Grafton MA 10536
- Apr 18 - 7:30 pm - Exploring Multicultural Awareness and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web Conversations
- Apr 25 - 7:00 pm - All Our Children Web Conference
- May 2 - 7:00-8:30 pm - Faith Formation Leaders Network Web Call
- May 16 - 7:30 pm - Exploring Multicultural Awareness and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web Conversations
- May 23 - 7:00 pm - All Our Children Web Conference
- May 31-July 9 - CT River Pilrimage: Source to Sea via Canoe/Kayak - Info and registration here
- June 6 - 7:00-8:30 pm - Faith Formation Leaders Network Web Call
- June 27 - 7:00 pm - All Our Children Web Conference
- July 17-21 - EYE - Episcopal Youth Event click here for more info
RECURRING PROVINCIAL HOLY CONVERSATIONS and WEB CONFERENCES
- Diocesan Faith Formation Leaders - 1st Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm
- Leveraging Social Media Taskforce - 1st Thursday 4:00-6:00 pm
- Provincial Delegates - 1st Thursday, 7:00-8:00 pm (as needed)
- Provincial Coordinators - 2nd Tuesday 4:00-5:00 pm
- Province 1 Executive Committee - 2nd Thursday 8:00-9:00 am
- Exploring Multicultural Awareness and Nurturing Cultural Competency Taskforce - varies - typically 2nd Mon 5:00 pm
- Exploring Multicultural Awareness and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web Conversations - 3rd Tuesday 7:30-8:30 pm
- Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus - 3rd Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm
- All Our Children Network - 4th Tuesday, 7:00-8:00 pm
RECORDINGS OF WEB CONVERSATIONS
Faith Formation Leaders Network - 1st Tuesday 7:00-8:15 pm
- February 7, 2017 - Doing Theology Sideways with Lisa Brown - view recording here
Resources mentioned or came to mind:
Arts Camp - Christina Clark (This would be a good book for anyone doing arts-themed intergenerational programming)
The Painting Table, and Under the Fig Tree - Roger Hutchinson (In both books, Roger uses art for small group reflection, suitable for children and adults, especially as a way to work through trauma)
The Best VBS Workbook Ever! - Lisa Brown (Everything you wanted to know about VBS but were afraid - or didn't know - to ask - this includes how to chose a theme that best reflects your congregation and your theology, to very practical advise for implementing every kind of VBS activity) Note - please like my author page on Facebook because I'll be scheduling some VBS discussions via Zoom conference there!
These books are available through the Church Publishing website AND Forma members should have received an email with a 25% discount code to purchase them.
Also - John Roberto has written books that may be of particular use in designing multi-generational activities (Generations Together and Re-imagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century) and for family faith formation (Families at the Center of Faith Formation). They are available at his website, Lifelong Faith. John will be the keynote speaker at the Kanuga Christian Formation conference this year in June; and he does an annual symposium in October in Avon, Connecticut.
- Jan 3, 2017 -Bridging the Lay-Clergy Divide - view recording here
Exploring Multicultural Awareness and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web Conversations - 3rd Tuesday 7:30-8:30 pm
- Feb 21, 2017 - The "#lovearmy": Implementing General Convention Resolution A182 - Exploring Multicultural Awareness and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web Conversations - View Recording Here
- Jan 17, 2017- The "Big Three" Racial Reconciliation Resolutions (from 2015 General convention) and what they mean to us now - view recording here
- Dec 20 - 7:30 pm -Youth and Cultural Competencies: Encouraging Youth Voice with Zena Link - view recording here
- Nov 15, 2016 - Unpacking the Election with Bishops Douglas Fisher, Nicholas Knisely and Robert Hirschfeld View Recording Here
- Oct 18, 2016 - Building Community/Police Relationships: How to Prevent Ferguson and Baltimore in Province 1 (New England) View Recording Here and access the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy Resources here .
- Sept 20, 2016 - Faith and Politics with Chuck Wynder Jr. View Recording Here
Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus - 3rd Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm
- Feb 16, 2017 - The Story of the Hungry Soul Breakfast - Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus Monthly Web Conversation - View Recording Here
- Jan 19, 2017 - Foot care Ministry with Bonnie Matthews - view recording here
- Dec 15, 2016 - The Rev Deacon Sudie Blanchard Talks About Deacons Preaching with the Bible in One Hand and the Newspaper in the other - view recording here
- Nov 17, 2016 - Rebirthing Campus Ministry at URI with Archdeacon Jan Grinnell - View Recording Here
- Oct 20, 2016 - Laundry Love with the Rev Deacon Jane Griesbach and the Rev Meredyth Ward - View Recording Here
All Our Children Network - 4th Tuesday, 7:00-8:00 pm
Jan 24 - Education Equity as Racial Reconciliation - View Recording Here
Nov 29, 2016 - Growth Impact of Partnerships on Congregations - View Recording Here
- October 25 - How to Invite your Congregation into Discernment about Church-School Partnership - View Recording Here
2016 DIOCESAN CONVENTIONS
- Oct 22, 2016 - Maine
University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
click here for more info
- Oct 28-29, 2016 - Western Massachusetts
Theme: Return to Purpose
Marriott, Springfield, MA
click here for more info
- Nov 4-5, 2016 - Vermont
Cathedral Church of St Paul, Burlington, VT
click here for more info
- Nov 4-5, 2016 - Rhode Island
St Luke's Episcopal Church, East Greenwich, RI
click here for more info
- Nov 5, 2016 - New Hampshire
THEME: An Invitation to Flourish
Grappone Conf Ctr, Concord
Click here for more info
- Nov 5, 2016 - Massachusetts
Holiday Inn, Mansfield, MA
click here for more info
- Nov 19-20, 2016 - Connecticut
CT Convention Center, Hartford, CT
click here for more info
Province I can be found via:
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 - Province I has a long history of raising awareness and asking compelling questions. Some of the conversations we led include Will Our Children Have Faith?; Reclaiming the Sacredness of All Creation; Sacramental Relationships of Fidelity, Holiness, and Commitment; Stewardship, Evangelization, and Congregational Development. Current efforts include Holy Conversations about 1) Creating the COmmon Good in New England, 2) Human Trafficking, 3) Cultural Competency and Multicultural Awareness, and 4) Violence in all its forms. Please contact the Julie to learn how to join these initiatives.
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 monthly web conversations among deacons (Talking on the road to Emmaus), those interested in Economic Justice (Creating the Common Good in New England), and those interested in Cultural Competencies and Multicultural Awareness.
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 an Annual Formation Leaders Retreat (Dec), Cultural Competency Facilitators Trainings, Deacons training and lifelong learning, Trinity Institute web conferences (Jan), and the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter.
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
- All Our Children - Lallie Llyod
- Anti-Racism - James McKim
- Campus Min - Thea Keith-Lucas
- Deacons - Aaron Perkins
- Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation - Julie Lytle
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 - Sheri Dietrich, Maine
SYNOD DELEGATES AND ALTERNATIVES
- CT Lay, Barbara Casey (2019, 3 yr term)
- CT Clergy, The Rev. Rebekah Hatch (2019, 3 yr term)
- ME Lay, Rita Redfield (2018, 3 yr term)
- ME Clergy, Aaron Perkins (2018, 3 yr term)
- MA Lay, Becky Alden
- MA Clergy, Karen Coleman
- NH Lay, Eleanor Vander Hagen (2019, 3 yr term)
- NH Clergy Gail Avery (2019, 3 yr term)
- RI Lay, Betsy Fornal (3 yr term)
- RI Clergy, Jan Grinnell (3 year term)
- VT Lay Alternate, Elizabeth Parker (2019, 3 year term)
- VT Clergy, Lee Alison Crawford (2016, 3 yr term)
- W MA Clergy, Nancy Webb Stroud (2017, 2 yr term)
- W MA Clergy Alternate, Sam Smith (2017, 2 yr term)
- W MA Lay, Gale McKenzie (2018, 2 yr term)
- W MA Lay Alternate, Maggie Sweeney (2018, 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
Join us for our Monthly Web Conversations
- Feb 27 - 7:00 pm - All Our Children Web Conference - Register here
- Mar 7 - 7:00-8:30 pm -Web Conversation for Faith Formation Leaders
- Mar 16 - 7:00 pm - Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus Monthly Web Conversation
- Mar 21 - 7:30 pm - Exploring Multicultural Awareness and Nurturing Cultural Competency Web Conversations
Join Us March 10-11 for eFormation New England Bootcamp at Boston University School of Theology
FRIDAY NIGHT KEYNOTE AND NETWORKING:
The Rev Keith Anderson
The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World
A01: Claiming Our Faith through Digital Storytelling - The Rev. Kyle Oliver
A02: Social Media: what it is doing to our brains and to our hearts - Sr. Kathryn James Hermes, FS
A03: Tips, Tools, and Tactics for Building a Community and a Movement in the Digital Age Mary-Liz Murray
A04: Faith Formation 4.0 – Understanding the Context of Our Ministries Julie Lytle
B01: Podcasting: Listening, Curating, Creating - Kyle Oliver
B02: Share Your Story with the World Sharon Ely Pearson
B03: Teaching and Learning in Online Spaces - Eileen Daily
B04: Text Messages and Graffiti on the Walls: Using Visuals for Formation, Information and Interaction - Sarah Stonesifer
C01: Best Practices for Hybrid Faith Formation - Kyle Oliver
C02: Fundamentals of Digital Video: Telling the Story in 3 Minutes or Less - Victoria Ix
C03: Go From Surviving to Thriving as a Digital Ministry Leader - Keith Anderson
For More Information and to Register - click here
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:
- Paddle a section of the Connecticut River for a day, several days, a week, or the entire river over five weeks;
- Offer thanks for the gift of water from a local river, pond, or lake;
- Volunteer to host or help with and/or attend an event at a location in close proximity to the river;
- Make a donation to assist with the Pilgrimage or a contribution to help with the Connecticut River’s conservation; or,
- Join with other Pilgrims in Prayer from a local church by following along with the spiritual lessons and readings from the River of Life prayer book.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Participating in EYE17
Registration for EYE17 occurs at the diocesan level and will be available in January.
In 2011, the Episcopal Church House of Bishops issued a pastoral letter on the environment. In 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."
2016 Trinity Institute's "Listening for a Change: Sacred Conversations on Racial Justice"
For the second year, faith communities across New England participated in Trinity Institute with sponsorship from a Sowing Seeds of God's Mission Grant. Twenty sites hosted this year's program featuring talks by activists, scholars, authors, artists, and experts on racial justice, as well worship and reflection groups led by local leaders and musicians (see description here) via web streaming January 21-23, 2016.
One of the sites, The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, collaborated with First Congregational Church, Burlington to host a panel of local experts on racism in Chittenden County and in Vermont. Panel members included Wanda Hines, Executive Director of the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP), and community activist; Hal Colston, Director of Neighborkeepers and 2014 Burlington Free Press Vermonter of the Year; and Dr. Sylvia Perry, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Science at UVM, and author of many papers on issues related to racism and bias awareness. Cathedral Deacon Stannard Baker introduced the panel and Sally May, Interim Associate Pastor at First Congregational Church, moderated it. The video, which can be streamed or downloaded, is a moving and rich resource to start a conversation about racial justice with a particular eye toward looking at the experience of Vermonter their state and their role as faith leaders.
The Episcopal Divinity School was another site. Ashley Anderson, manager of program initiatives at EDS, posted ten things she took from the conference. See EDS' blog for deeper reflection on each of the ten points.
- Sing from the heart and with the Spirit.
- The power of play.
- Conversation is not enough.
- Building commitment.
- The power of our emotions.
- Get out of the way.
- God will move, if we make space.
- The power of social media to widen the conversation.
- The role of institutional resources.
- The importance of mutual accountability.
Trinity Institute has created a wide variety of resources for continued sacred conversaitons for Racial Justice. Go to the TI2016 web site here for more info along with other thought provoking videos online here.
Responses to Human Trafficking
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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
- Video 1 (3 minutes): White Privilege (defined)
- Question 1 (5 minutes): How have you benefited from White Privilege?
- Video 2 (6 minutes): Is Racism Over Yet?
- Question 2 (5 minutes): Where has White Privilege negatively impacted you - personally?
- Video 3 (1.5 minutes): Teacher admits he helped write Common Core to end white privilege
- Question 3 (5 minutes): How does your job or daily activity perpetuate White Privilege?
- Article 1 (10 minutes): Eleven things white people can do to be real anti-racist allies
- Question 4 (5 minutes): What can you (personally) do in your job or daily activities to be more tolerant and benefit from the diversity around you?
- Question 5 (5 minutes): What can you (personally) do to improve an institution with which you interact?
- Ending Challenge: Go do what you just suggested you could do.
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 email@example.com: 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
- Karen Montagno is coordinating the first tour at the Royall House north of Boston. This is the site of Ten Hills Farm.
- We are developing plans for additional sites including the Black Heritage Trail in Boston, Vermont's African American Heritage Trail, and the Center for Reconciliation in Providence. Our hope is to include a map which identifies these locations on this website
- Email Julie Lytle, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have sites to suggest.
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.
- 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.
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
- Bible in the Life of the Church Report and Further Resources
- Montreal Marks of Mission
- Anglican Communion Mission Study
- Being Church in 21st Century Collection re: Five Marks around the World
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)
- Movement Toward a Moral Economy: Framework and Policy Recommendations for VT 2015-16 - Clergy Caucus of Vermont Interfaith Action
- June 20, 2014 VIDEO: VT Religious Leaders Join U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to Denounce Income Inequality
- 2015 Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society Statement on the Environment and Economic Justice (Press Release)
- 2013 VT Diocesan Convention Resolution on Economic Justice and Income Inequality
- Episcopal Diocese of Western MA Social Justice Commission
- 2015 Trinity Institute Creating the Common Good - Presentation Videos Curriculum Suggestions
- RESOURCES from The Episcopal Network for Economic Justice
- Walter Brueggemann promo for the 2012 JUSTICE CONFERENCE that has six commitments: A Theology of Justice, Practical Engagement, Collaborative Relationships, Leading Voices, Fiscal Responsibility and to Practice Justice.
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.
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 second Thursday 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.
2016 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- The New England Deacons Network Conference - $1500 - support of bi-annual gathering, September 30–October 1 at the Sheraton Hotel in Needham, MA. Contact The Rev. Geoffrey T. Smith, Deacon, St. James Episcopal Church, Keene, New Hampshire.
- "Sabbath, Self, and Solidarity: An Intercollegiate Retreat"- $400 - The Rev. Cameron Partridge.
- Jerusalem Peacebuilders - $2500 - raise up peacemakers and further peace int he Middle East and in America through a nine day interfaith service learning program in New Haven CT. Contact The Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter.
2015 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- All Our Children Regional Forum, Feb 19-20, 2016 - $2500 – introduce congregation and public school partnerships and support congregations in established partnership to increase educational equity
- Faith at Home, Dec 10-12, 2015 - $2500 - Wendy Claire Barry will offer practical ways to share faith in our homes during different seasons of the church year.
- Earth Credo Feasibility Study, 2015-2016 - $2500 - "Earth CREDO" is envisioned as a three-year curriculum including spiritual practices in nature, scriptural, ethical, and theological foundations, and exposure to a range of practical ministry opportunities. This project will assess whether a collaborative approach to providing practical Earth ministry training is feasible, what likely audiences/markets might be, what forms, content, venues, etc. appear most promising, who potential teachers are, and what the costs and management structures might be. The goal is to conduct a pilot “Earth Credo” program in late spring or early summer of 2016.
- B+E+S+T Conference Preparation, Portland Maine, May 2016 - $1750 - Liz Crawley, RI - Bishop's Executive Secretaries Together will meet in 2016 "to empower members through networking and education, to value our ministry and to support the ministry of our bishops and the wider Church."
- Rev Becca Stevens, Thistle Farm, NE Presentations, Nov 12-14, 2015 - $1000, Gretchen Lane, Diocese of ME
- Kids4Peace NH, August 2015 - $2500 - continuation grant; OCTOBER 2015 UPDATE FROM JERUSALEM
- Cultural Awareness and Anti-Racism Trainer Training, Nov 20-21, 2015 - $2500 - (second installment of 2013 grant) launch of newly developed provincial resources and pedagogical processes to use them in a variety of settings
- Alzheimer's Project - $2500 - (second installment of 2014 grant)
- Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council - Conference - April 17-18, 2015 - $2500
- Creating the Common Good in New England Retreat, Feb 19-21 - $2500 - Pru Pease, Bridges out of Poverty trainer, led a two-day interactive forum to explore the language and environments of those who are in situations of instability/poverty, stability/middle class, and excess/wealth and identify ways to overcome barriers that prohibit all from sharing in the common good with planning for continuing efforts in the province.
- Creating the Common Good (Trinity Institute)Provincial Sites Registrations, Jan 22-24, 2015, - $2500
2014 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- The Once and Future Church, Dec 11-13, 2014 - $2500 - Lisa Kimball and Patricia Lyons have created a two-night, three day interactive event.
- Peoples Climate March Sept 21 NYC - $1800 - Province I is subsidizng the cost of transportation for participants in this march.
- B*E*S*T Conference - $750 - Province I will be the site of the 2016 Bishop's Executive Secretaries Together Conference. This grant will enable the Province I Executive Board Members to meet and develop plans for the event.
- EYE Roadtrip - July 8-13 - $2500 - Assist youth and adult leaders from Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to travel by bus to Villanova, PA and host a pizza dinner during their overnight with CT youth and adults in North Haven, CT.
- Alzheimer’s Project ~ Training Clergy and Laypeople to Assist Parishioners with Dementia - $2500 in 2014/$2500 in 2015 - The Alzheimer’s Project is a collaborative effort between the dioceses of Rhode Island and Western Massachusetts to train Clergy (2014-2015) and laypeople (2015-2016) to assist parish families struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia issues.
- Pilgrimage for Earth: From Loss to Hope - June 26-29, 2014 - $2500 - this four-day event seeks to raise awareness and spur action on behalf of God's creation. The contact is The Rev. Steve Blackmer, Church of the Woods.
- Kids4Peace NH @ Camp Windsor Hills - August 7 - 17 - $2500 - Veterans from the Diocese of Vermont and folks from the Diocese of New Hampshire will collaborate to establish a New Hampshire Kids4Peace experince. Contact The Rev. Kate Anderson.
- The New England Deacons Network Conference - $1000 - Contact The Rev Deacon Kyle Pedersen.
2013 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- Climate Change Revival - $1800 - Contact The Rev. Stephanie Johnson
- Province I Bishops' Retreat - $2500 - Contact The Right Rev. Stephen Lane
- Province I Deaconal Formation Process - remainder of 2012 grant for ordained minister formation - Contact The Rev. Molly James
2012 GRANT DISTRIBUTION
- 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. Contact The Right Rev. Thomas Ely or The Rev. Stephanie Johnson.
- CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING - $2500 in each 2012-13 and 2013-144 - The 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. 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. Contact Susan Ohlidal
- 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.
- 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
Prov VIII - Becky Snow
Prov IX - Connie Sanchez