What is Missional in Province II? Can You Have an Impact on Human Trafficking?
Officers of Province II Canon C. H. (Chuck) Perfater, Provincial Executive Coordinator The Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano, President Rosalie Simmonds-Ballentine, Esq., Vice President Mr. Howard Gondree Treasurer Canon Richard J. "Jerry" Carroll, Secretary Ms. Dorothy-Jane Porpeglia, Esq., Chancellor The Right Reverend Andrew Dietsche, Episcopal Representative to Provincial Council The Rev. Canon Dr. Isaac Ihiasota, Clergy Representative to Provincial Council Mr. Neil Houghton, Laity Representative to Provincial Council The Rev. Dahn Gandell, PII Clergy Representative to TEC Executive Council
Ms. Martha Gardner, PII Laity Representative to TEC Executive Council Ms. Jan Paxton, ENS-AC, Communications Officer email@example.com
The Super Bowl is coming! The football play-offs feature prominently in the weekends of many folks, especially those in the New York metropolitan area where Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in Giant's Stadium on February 2, 2014. Back in October, The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, Bishop of the Diocese of Newark, issued an invitation in his blog: Invitation to prepare for the Super Bowl: Having an impact on human trafficking I am inviting the people and congregations of the Diocese of Newark to join in preparations for the Super Bowl, which will be played at Giants Stadium on February 2, 2014. Not the preparations for what we expect and can easily see – which is all the hoopla that surrounds the largest public event in the country every year. My invitation is to join in the preparation for what we don't expect, probably won't see and certainly don't want: the influx of human trafficking which has accompanied each and every previous Super Bowl.
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Estimates run to the hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue through this illicit underground activity, which binds hundreds, if not thousands of teenage girls and young women (who are mostly from this country) in sexual slavery. Our preparations will involve shining light on this life-denying darkness. It threatens to affect every community in the diocese. I suggest that congregations identify a team of parishioners to visit the local police chief, and ask how the congregation can be in partnership with their preparations. The same team of people might visit the local motel, inn or hotel (most of which are already booked as far west as the Delaware Water Gap), and alert the staff to this impending reality and work together to prevent any trafficking – and post phone numbers for women who are looking for an opportunity to escape. If you can't reach out, bring the reality into the congregation. Offer special intentions in your Sunday prayers. Hold forums on this issue. The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking has an array of resources and volunteer opportunities, including the organizing of a public witness. Our Justice Board has posted information and resources on the diocesan website, and more will be added. All of this is missional work. It is engaging the world. It is building relationships and partnerships with people outside the congregation. It is Gospel witness. The Super Bowl has dropped into our midst. With it comes lots of glitz, not to mention clogged roads and packed restaurants. Most of us will try to stay away from it. With the Super Bowl also comes a darkness and evil that most of us wish would just go away. It won't. Even if we do something, human trafficking won't go away. But we can have an impact. If we respond. For those who may not know what human trafficking entails or how prevalent it is, there was an article in The Voice, the publication of the Diocese of Newark, in December. Mary O'Shaughnessy wrote: 2
What is human trafficking, and how can we help its victims? "Trafficking" is a sterile-sounding word used to describe an insidious form of modern slavery. Forced prostitution is a supremely poisonous version, and it often infects large sporting events. The Super Bowl, scheduled for February 2 at the Meadowlands – in our diocese – is just that kind of event. What is human trafficking? Readers often understand the term "trafficking" to mean only this seizure of intimidated, captive women and children and their entrapment into sex work. Human trafficking is that, but it also encompasses the trafficking of humans of all genders and ages into domestic labor and sweatshop work. It can refer to the transport of people, particularly runaways, within a country as well as across country borders. Attorney Laura Russell, a member of All Saints', Hoboken and the diocesan Justice Board, has long been active in raising awareness of human trafficking both in her work as Supervising Attorney at The Legal Aid Society and as a deputy to Diocesan Convention and General Convention. Russell points out that the Super Bowl, like the World Cup, draws a huge, predominantly male demographic, and prostitution often follows such large sports events. Russell explains that trafficking victims are often isolated through shame and fear. Domestic victims, often runaways, are initially enticed by a friendly trafficker who soon turns more abusive than the situation they originally fled. Some international victims are threatened with violence against their families if they should attempt to flee. Victims can be "not welcoming to law enforcement" because of lack of immigration status or other encounters with the law. Trafficking victims are beaten, and subjected to emotional and psychological abuse. Many are humiliated by their entrapment, and some feel shame. They say such things as, "If I had known, I
In Prov 2 wouldn't haveâ€Ś" even though they were young adolescents when caught up. This isolation and fear makes it very difficult to produce hard counts of the number of people affected. The Bureau of Justice Statistics collects data on a biennial basis, and the latest period for which they have a report ended in 2010. The 2,515 cases were just those opened by federal task forces, and so does not begin to cover the local, state, and international efforts to fight trafficking. Whether or not numbers and statistics can be gathered, the human cost in suffering cries out for our attention and assistance. The Polaris Project Polaris Project and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have estimates and comments on the nature of information gathering. Russell points out that a single trafficking victim "can be sold for years" and over time can reap "thousands of dollars" for the perpetrator. In 2012, Russell presented a resolution to General Convention's House of Deputies that called on the Episcopal Church to recommit to protecting and supporting survivors of trafficking. In this, she continued the work started in 2000, when General Convention passed its first resolution directly addressing human trafficking. In Newark, the 2010 Diocesan Convention addressed the issue, with a resolution to use resources gathered by the Women's Commission across the diocese. Whether the 2015 General Convention will be able to focus on trafficking is very much an open question, however. As Russell says, the focus will be on the restructuring of the Episcopal Church, and while this inward turn may be critical to our ability to do mission, it may for a time take energy away from this issue. Budget cuts, of course, are part of this. How can we help victims of human trafficking? How can congregations and individuals actually put these resolutions into effect? How can we look out for, and help, trafficking victims? Russell says that it is very difficult for individuals to help one-on-one. Sex trafficking survives and thrives because there is a market, 3
January 2014 and the market can only be eliminated through changes in culture and attitude. Even finding locations is hard â€“ "Johns don't want to go to bad neighborhoods," she points out. So, trafficking is most likely occurring in our own backyard, completely unnoticed. One project that is in place for the Super Bowl, in concert with area hotels, involves soap. Interfaith and ecumenical groups are working to wrap hotel soaps with wrappers printed with an anti-trafficking hotline number. The event S.O.A.P. up Super Bowl 2014, taking place January 25 and 26, 2014, is one such effort. This is an evolution of a tactic used in early efforts to combat domestic violence: Lipstick tubes had a domestic violence hotline number tucked into them, on the rationale that men don't look into cosmetic cases. This project is part of an outreach to hotels, which includes training for their staffs on detecting the presence of prostitution and trafficking. The Diocese of New Jersey has this on its website: The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, through Resolution D042, Fighting Human Trafficking, has re-committed to the protection of victims of human trafficking, particularly women and children. The fourth mark of mission of the Anglican Consultative Council reads: To seek to transform unjust structures of society. One of the most unjust structures of modern society is the existence of human trafficking of people within our midst and under our eyes. And, whereas January 11 is designated as Human Trafficking Awareness Day and affords an opportunity for Episcopalians and other community members to avail themselves of information about human trafficking; Be it resolved, that the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of New Jersey, meeting in Trenton on December 17, 2013, denounces human trafficking, and re-commits to protecting victims of human trafficking by supporting legislation and action oriented to the recovery and reintegration of trafficking victims into society.
In Prov 2 Be it further resolved that the Diocese of New Jersey recommends that all of its parishes and organizations provide education on this insidious form of modern day slavery, particularly during the time of Super Bowl 2014 which will occur at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2, 2014; and that the Diocese continues to support the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking in its efforts of organization against the increase in human trafficking that normally occurs around the Super Bowl festivities. Sex-Trafficking is a serious moral issue that most people don't want to talk about but must. It is the third largest organized crime in the world behind the illegal drug trade and illegal arms trading.
From the Diocese of Albany There will be a series of parish leadership conferences in 2014. The New Consecration Sunday Program The subject of the 2014 Parish Leadership Conferences will be The New Consecration Sunday Program, by Herb Miller. This program has been used with great success in a number of parishes throughout the diocese to strengthen stewardship in the parish by focusing on gratitude for what God has done for us. Here is what some of the leaders of those churches have to say about the program: "The New Consecration Sunday Program put the focus on our relationship with God, helped build a cooperative team, and yielded wonderful results." - Mother Elizabeth Papazoglakis, Rector, St. John's Massena "The New Consecration Sunday program has totally changed how our people view giving in that they no longer see giving based on what the church needs, but rather as a discipline in gratitude." - Father Karl Griswold Kuhn, Rector, St. Paul's Kinderhook "Focusing on the disciple's need to give instead of the Church's need to receive has resulted in decreased conflict, significant spiritual growth, and an abundance of funds that have enabled us to 4
January 2014 begin new ministries. It's amazing what God can do when you challenge people to be faithful." - Father Mark Michael, Rector, Christ Church, Cooperstown "The New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program was very successful at St. Mark's, Malone this year, helping the parish experience more than a 100% increase in pledges." - Father Tom Papazoglakis, Rector, St. Mark's Malone The day will include three presentations: The Cheerful Giver and Unrighteous Mammon: Why Talking About Money in the Church is Difficult and Important, Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves: Stewardship Campaign Do's and Don'ts, and The Harvest of Righteousness: How Faithful Stewardship Can Change Your Church. There will also be a time for discussion of these presentations among the parish groups. Each Parish Leadership Conference will begin at 8:30 am with check-in and will finish by 3:45 pm. The dates and locations for the 2014 Parish Leadership Conferences are in the Diocesan Update e-newsletter on the diocesan website, along with registration information. http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/DiocesanU pdates/DU140114.html
From the Diocese of Central New York Trinity Memorial, Binghamton to Participate in Evolution Weekend: Dr. Sandra Michael to Preach (from the e-Messenger, January 17, 2014 Edition) February 7-9, 2014, is the 9th Annual Evolution Weekend. This event was created as an opportunity for people of faith to have serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. The first two annual events were called Evolution Sunday and were remarkably successful with hundreds of congregations around the globe coming together to discuss the compatibility of religion and science. This success has led to an expansion of Evolution Sunday into Evolution
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Weekend in an attempt to be more welcoming to members of all religions.
One important goal is to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic and to move beyond sound bites. A second critical goal is to demonstrate that religious people from many faiths and locations understand that evolution is sound science and poses no problems for their faith. Finally, Evolution Weekend makes it clear that those claiming that people must choose between religion and science are creating a false dichotomy.
Trinity Memorial Church in Binghamton, in the Diocese of Central New York, is among several hundred churches across the country and around the world currently scheduled to participate in Evolution Weekend 2014. Trinity Memorial parishioner Dr. Sandra D. Michael will deliver the sermon at both services on Sunday, February 9. Dr. Michael is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University. She is former convener of The Episcopal Church's Network for Science, Technology and Faith, and former member of the related Executive Council STF Committee. She is also co-author of A Catechism of Creation: An Episcopal Understanding (2005), and she helped develop a 2006 General Convention Resolution (A129) that passed overwhelmingly in both the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. The resolution states, in part:
Evolution Weekend is an offshoot of the Clergy Letter Project, which Dr. Michael Zimmerman, then dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis, started in 2004 after the Grantsburg, Wisconsin, school board passed a series of anti-evolution policies. To date, the letter has been signed by nearly 13,600 Christian clergy who agree that "religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts." The letter urges school board members to preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge. It asks "that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth." Clergy are invited to view and consider signing the letter at http://www.theclergyletterproject.org/. A list of participants for Evolution Weekend 2014 can be found at http://theclergyletterproject.org/rel_evolution_we ekend_2014.html As of early January 2014, 11 countries on 5 continents as well as 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will be represented. Further, over 1,000 scientists from all 50 United States and on 6 continents, representing 32 countries, have agreed to serve as technical consultants to clergy about the science associated with evolution. If you are a scientist and would like to be added to the list of consultants, please go to 5
... That the 75th General Convention affirm that God is Creator, in accordance with the witness of Scripture and the ancient Creeds of the Church; and be it further, Resolved, That the theory of evolution provides a fruitful and unifying scientific explanation for the emergence of life on earth, that many theological interpretations of origins can readily embrace an evolutionary outlook, and that an acceptance of evolution is entirely compatible with an authentic and living Christian faith; ... Resources: A Catechism of Creation: An Episcopal Understanding, 2005 http://episcopalscience.org/resources/catechismcreation/ Society of Ordained Scientists (SOSc), founded in 1986 by priest-scientists within the Anglican Communion and now open to any member of a Christian denomination upholding belief in the Holy Trinity. Non-ordained scientists may apply for associate membership. Website also includes link to the affiliated North American Province.
In Prov 2 http://dawhois.com/www/ordainedscientists.org.h tml. "With clergy members and scientists banding together to proclaim that their two fields have much to teach us about the world and the people in it, with the two groups demonstrating that they can work collaboratively, there is now hope that we can put the divisiveness that has been the hallmark of this struggle behind us," said Zimmerman, a biologist by training. "We can look to a future in which it is no longer controversial to teach our children the best science has to offer. We can create a future in which experts in different fields respect one another and the ideas each has to offer."
From the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, Bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, joined members of the Episcopal Polish Network for a weekend retreat on January 17. The invitation to the event on Facebook (translated from Polish by Google) was: 'Polish Episcopal Community invites ALL to the Eucharist, which we will celebrate next Sunday in the chair. 11 in Krakow, in the chapel of 'Domus Mater' Street. Saxon 2C. Liturgy will lead and deliver a sermon Bishop Pierre Whalon, chief Convocation Episcopal Churches in Europe. In the service will also attend The band Vocal. Wenceslas of Szamotul. According to the rules, which adheres to the Episcopal Church, anyone who wants to celebrate with us The Presence of Christ in the Sacrament of Holy Communion is welcome at THE TABLE regardless of their church.
The Polish Episcopal Network Did you even know there is a Polish Episcopal Network? Their website is http://episkopalianie.pl/, but it is in Polish, which doesn't help most Americans. Their statement, translated by Google, says: Welcome to the Polish Episcopal Community, bringing together scattered all over Poland, a group of people who pray together, celebrate the Eucharist and try to live their faith every day, using the treasured heritage of Anglicanism, talking to each other and meet regularly to retreat, "to give worship God in the beauty of holiness. "
See you on Sunday! We look forward to Your presence! Look for photos of the event on their Facebook page! Find out more on the blog "Don't Shoot the Prophet" <http://dstp.rel.pl/> in which the bloggers are talking about "My journey… being an Episcopalian in Poland".
From the Diocese of Haiti News! While Episcopal Relief and Development and the Episcopal News Service often have articles about Haiti and the rebuilding of the Cathedral, it isn’t often that there is any direct news from the Diocese itself. This month we have the official newsletter! Janvier 2014, ECCLESIA, English version is now available from the Province II website in PDF format <www.province2.org>. In it you will find The Right Rev. Jean Zaché Duracin’s Christmas message, Saint Vincent history, Tribute to Nelson Mandela, Knowing Jesus, Homelessness a social problem, Missionaries in Haiti, The diocèse news,
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January 2014 “I felt it was a good time to jump into the driver’s seat and get something going for Episcopal Relief & Development,” she said. Go to http://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-cando/act/friends-of-episcopal-relief-anddevelopment?story=youth-groups-outreach-effortsrevitalize-whitestone-church to read the whole story.
From the Diocese of Newark
From the Diocese of Long Island The youth of one of the congregations in the Diocese of Long Island has been featured in one of the online news stories of Episcopal Relief.
Youth Group’s Outreach Efforts Revitalize Whitestone Church A wave of revitalization has swept over Grace Episcopal Church in Whitestone, NY. The economic downturn of 2008 had hit congregations across the country, and Grace was no exception, but a new rector sparked a movement to get the church growing again. Danielle Barrios and her husband, Jim, have been at the forefront of these efforts. Jim recently took on the role as the congregation’s first youth group leader, organizing an excursion to the 9/11 memorial in New York City’s Financial District and visits to local churches. Danielle’s passion has been renewing Grace’s focus on global outreach, and as church membership has grown, so has the potential for creative action.
The Diocese of Newark is reading and discussing - People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity by Dwight Zscheile. The discussion is taking place on Bishop Beckwith's blog, Signs of God's Grace at http://dioceseofnewark.org/bishop s-blog. Here is a sample: Institutional vs. incarnational witness Posted by Mark Beckwith on January 16, 2014 Dwight Zscheile notes that the American cultural landscape has changed. “The church no longer stands in a privileged position of moral authority within American society.” (Page 29, People of the Way.) Not only do most of us lament that, including me – but we continue on as if it were not so. That we make assumptions that the rest of the culture knows the Episcopal Church and what we are about. They just have to come and find out. Dwight invites us to consider another, more ancient strategy: to be less institutional and more incarnational. To go out empowered and enlightened by the Jesus’ incarnational, crossshaped mission. (Page 27.) The Episcopal Church retains much of its privilege. And as long we have that privilege, “by all means the Episcopal Church should be leveraged for the common good.” (Page 27.) We are learning how to do this more authentically. It will take time. We will give it time. We are
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From the Diocese of New Jersey The Rev. Gregory Bezilla has sent out Campus Ministry News and Notes, January 2014. 1. The Rev. Michael (Mike) Angell begins his employment today as the Episcopal Church Missioner for Young Adults and Campus Ministry. The announcement of Mike's selection and hiring is here: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/notice/rev -michael-angell-named-episcopal-churchmissioner-young-adults-and-campusministry 2. Save the dates: The annual Episcopal campus ministry conference is set for July 29-31 in Minnesota. Specifics and registration link to follow. 3. Are you interested in a professional association for Episcopal campus ministers? The Rev. Reid Hamilton, Episcopal chaplain at the University of Michigan, and colleagues around the Church are beginning a conversation about building community and collegiality around mission to higher education (perhaps similar to the defunct Episcopal Society for Ministry in Higher Eduction). They are seeking to identify interested persons, lay and ordained, to explore the possible purposes and identity of such an association (note that campus ministers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently have taken first steps toward forming a Lutheran association). Please let me know your interest. 4. Transition: The Rev. Diana Wilcox, Protestant Chaplain at Montclair State University, begins a new ministry this month as rector of the Episcopal Church of Bloomfield and Glen Ridge (Diocese of Newark). She will continue in her role as Protestant chaplain. 8
January 2014 5. Do you have any news or announcements to share with colleagues in Province II? Are there any new developments in ministries with young adults or higher education in your diocese? Please confirm that your contact information is correct on this listing: http://www.province2.org/campusministry. html 6. Wise words from an ecumenical colleague: Stop Working So Hard: "There's a trend I've noticed in campus ministry over the few years I've been doing it. We're territorial. We operate from places of scarcity rather than abundance. For many of us, resources are actually scarce, but the opportunities to minister to college students are not. Yet we worry about having our own program, conference, meeting, mission, etc. Maybe this is also a problem of how our fruitfulness is measured. We always have to plan something that's our own to prove that we're worthy of continued support and are doing good ministry. We're working too hard so that we look successful within an atmosphere that is requiring something different from us…." Read the rest of the blog: http://ncmabloggers.com/2014/01/09/stop -working-so-hard/ 7. I am finishing a draft for a grant proposal program for Province II that would provide micro grants for ministries with young adults and youth. Stay tuned for more! The Reverend Gregory Bezilla, Coordinator, Province 2 Higher Education Ministries Network, Chaplain, The Episcopal Campus Ministry at Rutgers
From the Diocese of New York St. Michael's, Manhattan Hosts "Tree of Life" Interfaith Conference on Israel and Palestine for the 2nd Year From THE EPISCOPAL NEW YORKER, Winter 2013, www.episcopalnewyorker.com
In Prov 2 For the second time in two years, St. Michael's Church hosted the Tree of Life Conference on Israel and Palestine on October 19. The theme of the conference, We Refuse to be Enemies, reflected voices of conscience from Israel and Palestine. Over 150 participants joined together with seventeen cosponsors from New York City churches, including ten Episcopal churches, as well as twenty other organizations. Conference speakers included Miko Peled, a peace activist, born into a Zionist family. His grandfather was a signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, and his father was a general in the war of 1967. After his sister's daughter was killed in an attack in 1997, Miko began to examine the role of the Israeli state and to investigate the daily lives of Palestinians. He explained his support of a single democracy with equal rights for Palestinians and Israelis. Jane Sami Hilal, the Director of the Water and Environmental Research Department at the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem and instructor of Geography at Bethlehem University then spoke about her research in the field of water and development in the West Bank. A concert of traditional Palestinian folk music by students of the Edward Said National Conservatory in Bethlehem concluded the day. On Sunday morning, Rabbi Brian Walt, a founder of Rabbis for Human Rights in North America, spoke from the pulpit of St. Michael's about the need for a new interfaith covenant among Christians, Muslims, and Jews in a shared understanding "that we are bound to the sacred task of working for justice, compassion, and dignity for all people in the Holy Land and in every land." The Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell, St. Michael's Interim Pastor, said, "Tree of Life has given us the opportunity to hear stories that are often not told about life in occupied Palestine, and brought us a new awareness of our responsibility as Americans and as Christians to work for justice, peace and human rights in the Holy Land." More information about Tree of Life program, including travel opportunities may be found at www.tolef.org. 9
From the Diocese of Rochester Zion House, a transitional home for homeless female veterans in Avon, was featured in a Democrat & Chronicle story by Karen Miltner on Tuesday, January 6th. You can read the whole story at http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/new s/local/2014/01/05/avons-zion-house-offershomeless-women-veterans-a-new-start/4332877/
From the Diocese of the Virgin Islands
The cathedral of the Diocese of the Virgin Islands, The Cathedral of All Saints in St. Thomas, â€œThe Virgin Islands Greatest Monument to Freedomâ€? was built in 1848 by the people of St. Thomas in thanksgiving to God for freedom from slavery. Because of a severe drought in 1848, molasses was used to mix the mortar used between the stones. The cathedral now has a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/asecathedral, at which you can find their January 2014 newsletter, Cathedral Bell.
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From the Diocese of Western New York Beginning the process of creating a new ministry for children, youth and young adults - Youth Consultant initiates Process On Tuesday, January 14, the process through which a new diocesan ministry to children, youth and young adults will be created was initiated. Consultant John Roberto facilitated discussions with several focus groups that included a selection of priests, deacons and diocesan staff members, as well as lay people who have been involved in Christian education and youth ministry.
January 2014 faith formation in Catholic parishes across the U.S. His latest publications include Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith, The Spirit and Culture of Youth Ministry (co-author), Living Well: Christian Practices for Everyday Life, Becoming a Church of Lifelong Learners, and four volumes of intergenerational learning programs in the People of Faith series. John is also the founder and was director of the Center for Ministry Development, where he worked for 28 years.
The focus groups were asked to share their views of where the diocese is now in the areas of ministries with children, youth and those in their 20s and 30s, as well as where they imagine it going in the next three to five years. From the impressions gained from these conversations, Roberto will design the next step, which will take place March 7th and 8th at the Diocesan Ministry Center. Approximately 50 individuals from across the diocese will be invited to participate in this second event. Roberto has been involved in ministry development work for more than 30 years. He is president of LifelongFaith Associates, editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, and coordinator for the Faith Formation 2020 Initiative. John also works on the Vibrant Faith Ministries team as project coordinator of the Faith Formation Learning Exchange (www.faithformationlearningexchange.net), and the 21st Century Faith Formation training program. He works as a consultant to churches and national organizations, teaches courses and conducts workshops in faith formation, and has authored books and program manuals in youth ministry, family ministry, and intergenerational faith formation. John created the theory and practice of Generations of Faith—an intergenerational, lifelong approach to faith formation; and administered the five-year Lilly Endowment funded project to develop lifelong 10
Mark your calendars now for the coming, locallybased Web Conference, "Stewardship
about Discipleship,…not Membership" from Province II on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Outstanding Presenters! Mary McGregor—"Becoming an Agent for Change" Rev. Timothy Dombek—"What Gives with Giving?" Rev. Jerry Keucher—"Theology to Reality" Everyone is welcome! Sites in your Diocese!
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EYE2014 [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Registration is now open for the popular Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) scheduled for July 913, 2014 at Villanova University in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Drawing hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church, EYE14 is being planned in partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania. The 2014 event marks the twelfth EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE 2014 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 20132014 academic year and their adult leaders. Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Youth Ministries Officer, explained: “EYE is an opportunity for the youth of the church to meet their peers and church leaders in a richly diverse environment, actively engaging the Five Marks of Mission while in Philadelphia.” Registration materials, available in English and Spanish, are here: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/episcopalyouth-event-2014-page-two Find out about the pre-conference – http://episcoyouth.org/2014/01/09/eye14-preconference-to-be-hosted-by-diversity-and-ethnicministries-team/
The next meeting of the Provincial Council will be February 21, 2014 at the Diocese of Newark from 8:30 am (coffee and) until finished - note the change of date from the earlier incorrect date of Sunday, Feb. 2!
United Thank Offering Linked to the Province II website is an Information Sheet for the 2014 Application Process for the United Thank Offering Grants that I would suggest the Province Representatives send to all their Diocesan Coordinators and Bishops. Hopefully it will help them to find the web page and follow the 11
instructions more easily. Also it it hopefully answer questions that have been raised. The second page is in Spanish. Remember all grants must be submitted electronically and the extra four forms must be emailed to Heather Melton by 5:00 p.m. EST February 28, 2014.
2014-2015 United Thank Offering grant application forms are available here : http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/uto-grants. The focus for the 2014-2015 United Thank Offering grants is The Gospel of Love proclaimed by Jesus Christ.
NEHM 2014 Conference, May 8-10, 2014 - Hosted by: Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Ave., 333 ST. CHARLES AVENUE, NEW ORLEANS, LA Join NEHM in the Big Easy for our 6th Annual Conference on Health Ministry, Theme: "Empowering Health Ministries", Keynote: G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div., Chief Executive Officer of the Church Health Center, Information and registration
New Community Clergy and Lay Conference - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Saturday, March 15, 2014, Kanuga Conference Center, North Carolina The New Community Clergy and Lay Conference will provide opportunities for clergy and lay people to explore mission in ethnic ministries. The theme for the event is "Together, Advancing the Sacred Dream." Find out more... http://www.episcopalchurch.org/events/newcommunity-clergy-and-lay-conference
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In Prov 2 Four years later, Haiti's resurrection continues: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2014/01/1 0/four-years-later-haitis-resurrection-continues/ Four years later long-term recovery continues in Haiti http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2014/01/1 0/four-years-later-long-term-recovery-continuesin-haiti/ Innovative, free formation resource for Lent 2014 http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2014/01/1 5/innovative-free-formation-resource-for-lent2014/ Anglican seafarers' agency announces strategic reorganization http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2014/01/1 4/anglican-seafarers-agency-announces-strategicreorganisation/ Reimagining Our Church http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2014/01/1 4/reimagining-our-church/ Jubilee Ministry grants awarded for church programs and mission work - Province II got 3 of them: Diocese of Haiti: Haiti Program Development educational assistance for children Diocese of New Jersey: Trinity School for Arts ministry to at-risk youth through music education Diocese of Newark: All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation - "Fresh and Fit," a health education, healthy meals, and fitness project http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2014/01/1 0/jubilee-ministry-grants-awarded-for-churchprograms-and-mission-work/
The latest video from the Missionary Society The Church is most truly itself, the Body of Christ, when it lives and breathes mission. The heart of this body is mission – both domestic and foreign mission – in partnership with anyone who shares that passion. Indeed, our baptismal identity is grounded in commitment to mission and in the 12
January 2014 assurance that in our faithful pursuit of that mission God will bless both us and our work. ~The Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate The Church, especially the Episcopal Church, is a missionary society for the welfare of the world. That is true for Episcopalians corporately (our official corporate name is the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society), but more importantly, it is true spiritually. The Missionary Society is a strategy for achieving our common purpose, building partnerships throughout the Church to engage God’s mission to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. The Missionary Society seeks partnerships for mission—dioceses, congregations, and networks. It brings resources from the church-wide level— funding, expertise, and human—to leverage for mission with local partners. We are all about mission. And partnerships allow us to do more mission together. The video is on the Public Affairs website at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/missionarysociety It is also available and ready to be shared on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1015307 7826422925 as one of the videos in the Episcopal Church Album.
Interesting view Look at the image on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153 070861877925&set=pb.93121952924.2207520000.1390070024.&type=3&theater Since the January 12, 2010 earthquake, the Episcopal US-Haiti database in the Development Office has amassed some 600 active partnerships with churches and schools on sanitation, reforestation, nutrition, education, and medical projects. To learn more: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/haiti-morecathedral.