Becoming Beloved Community Network
A call to appreciate one another as children of God continually has been repeated at the General Conventions of the Episcopal Church. In 2009, the General Convention urged every leadership body of the Church to institute programs or sessions on ‘anti-racism’. Dioceses around the globe instituted anti-racism training and many use Seeing the Face of God in Each Other: The Antiracism Training Manual of the Episcopal Church, a curriculum designed to make us all more aware of how society’s racist past still haunts us today. A new framework for racial reconciliation toward creating Beloved Community was approved at General Convention 79 (2018).
Building on the work done since 2013 by the EXPLORING DIVERSITY & NURTURING CULTURAL COMPETENCY Task Force, the Province 1 Becoming Beloved Community Network seeks to bring together those interested in working toward racial reconciliation, healing, and justice. We provide share resources and experiences in doing this work through the Province 1 website, social media, and quarterly gatherings.
This Ministry Network organizes quarterly zoom calls; recordings of these calls may be found on the Province 1 YouTube page.
The Diaconal Ministry of Province I provides opportunities for networking, support and further enrichment of deacons and various supporters of this servant ministry.
Since the 1980s there have been periodic regional gatherings to provide education, support and fellowship for deacons, deacons-in-formation and those families, friends and colleagues who support deacons and diaconal ministries in New England and neighboring dioceses of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church in Canada. Since 2004, there have been biennial regional gatherings planned and conducted by volunteer design teams led by a convener or co-conveners and in coordination with staff and administrative support from Province I of the Episcopal Church. In the Spring of 2015, diaconal leaders piloted a series of web conferences designed to share wisdom and continue conversations between biennial conferences. Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus was launched as a monthly web conference series (October to May) after the 2016 conference. In September 2015, after two years of development, diocesan representatives interested in sharing diaconal education, training and formation activities launched the Province I School for Deacons with a two-year deacon formation program.
Indigenous Peoples Justice Network
Province 1 Indigenous People’s Justice Network Invites You to a Book Study Series
The Province 1 Indigenous People’s Justice Network invites you to join the first in a series of book discussions. Discussion of The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relationships by Shirley N. Hager and Mawopiyane will take place on Wednesday, September 13, 7:00-8:15pm on Zoom. Co-authors Rev. Shirley Bowen of the Diocese of Maine and Shirley Hager of the Friends (Quakers) Committee on Maine Public Policy will join the discussion.
The Gatherings shows how Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can come together to create meaningful and lasting relationships. Indigenous and non-Indigenous people participated in a series of long weekend gatherings over several years, in an Indigenous-led traditional Council format. Assumptions were challenged, perspectives upended, stereotypes shattered, and friendships formed that have lasted many years. Seven Indigenous and seven non-Indigenous authors, collectively Mawopiyane (a Passamaquoddy word that translates “Let us sit together”), share their experiences of the gatherings in their own words.
To register for this book study, please click here. The Gatherings may be purchased through any bookstore or online book outlet. The link to purchasing the book from the publisher is here: See also the book’s website where you can view many options for purchasing the book, find out “more from the authors,” and read the many endorsements.
A teacher’s guide for The Gatherings is available for free here.
Save the dates for these additional book studies:
Nov. 8 – This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving, by David J. Silverman
Jan. 10, 2024 – Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, by Lisa Brooks (Abenaki)
March 13, 2024 – Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe, by David Maraniss
For additional information about the book discussion or the network, contact Martha Gardner, Missioner for Networking and Formation, Diocese of Massachusetts, at email@example.com.
Faith formation is the lifelong, life-wide and life deep process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others and all creation. The Christian Formation Network at Province I seeks to collaborate, curate and catalyze relationships and resources to nurture and expand opportunities for faith development across the lifespan.
We know that our world is changing but our God is constant, so we support one another in sharing what’s working, asking big questions, and committing to worship and gratitude to God for the journey. We invite you – lay or ordained; parish-based volunteer, diocesan staff, or something else – to join us at our yearly conference, on our quarterly Zoom check-in calls that feature different aspects of forming Christian disciples in a variety of contexts, or to be in touch in other ways so we can connect and share the gift of the formation work God has given us. To connect with this ministry network, email Emily Keniston.
This ministry network also organizes the Conversations with Noted Speakers series each year monthly from September-June. To get involved with the Conversations, email Linnae Peterson.
Recently Ordained Part Time Clergy Network
Young Adult and Campus Ministry Network
The ministry network gathers on Zoom monthly for a facilitated conversation; to join those meetings or learn more about the topics, email Will Harron at firstname.lastname@example.org. This network is also a place to learn about grant opportunities for young adult and campus ministries, and we’re hoping to plan retreats for students, young adults, and chaplains and ministry leaders.