Web Identity - Updates on episcopalchurch.org
May 2016 In this Issue:
Is your congregation/diocesan information correct on the Episcopal Church website? Officers of Province II Canon C. H. (Chuck) Perfater, Provincial Executive Coordinator The Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano, President Rosalie Simmonds-Ballentine, Esq., Vice President Canon Paul M. Ambos, Esq., Secretary Canon Richard J. "Jerry" Carroll, Treasurer The Right Reverend R. William Franklin, Episcopal Representative to Provincial Council The Rev. Gloria E.E. Payne-Carter, Clergy Representative to Provincial Council Mr. Bert Jones, Laity Representative to Provincial Council The Rev. Dahn Gandell, PII Clergy Representative to TEC Executive Council Canon Noreen Duncan, PII Laity Representative to TEC Executive Council Ms. Jan Paxton, Communications Officer email@example.com
Web Identity Congratulations #youthtakeover16
From Barry Merer, the manager of social media and web services at the Episcopal Church Center, comes this information: "One of my day-to-day responsibilities is the care and feeding of the find-a-church section of episcopalchurch.org. With the campus ministries listings, there are almost 7K items. With the current staffing realities there is no proactive effort to seek out where our listings are inaccurate and out-of-date. More than 1000 people at the local level have been granted specific page editing access and that does help. Over the years many folks at the diocesan level have stepped up and volunteered to take on the upkeep of their specific pages rather than waiting for me at this end to become aware of an error via email from a random passer by or frustrated rector or parish administrator." So what does this mean for you? The list of dioceses in Province II that have designated someone to be in charge for the diocese is very small: Albany, Central New York, Long
Out in our neighborhoods:
Albany Central NY Convocation Haiti Long Island Newark New Jersey New York Rochester Virgin Islands Western NY
Other news… Coming soon… Events and opportunities
Send your stories for the In Prov 2 by the 10th of the month and they will appear! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Island and Newark. The person who was responsible in Western New York is retired. Ideally, someone from each diocese should be officially given this responsibility and added to this list! Contact Barry Merer, email@example.com, Communication, the Episcopal Church, 212-716-6107 Each congregation that is listed on the find-a-church section of episcopalchurch.org has a page on that site. At the bottom of that page is this information: Become the Web Editor of this Page Is this page accurate? Submit a change. or else just Is this page accurate? Submit a change The first example indicates that there is no one authorized to make corrections and that you can become that person. Every congregation can have control over its own information! The second allows you to submit changes to the person who is already designated as the web editor for that congregation. In this era of electronic communication where the majority of people seeking a church search the web, it is less than effective evangelism to have inaccurate information out there.
Congratulations to... Sonja Slother, Diocese of Western New York
Nina Nicholson, Diocese of Newark Never mind the sin of pride, I’m going to start this post
Sonja Slother received two
by bragging on behalf of the entire diocesan
Polly Bond Awards for
Technology Committee: when the Polly Bond Awards
for Excellence in Communication (http://episcopal-
Communication last week at the Episcopal
Communicators Conference. The national
were announced at the conclusion of this year’s
conference is held annually to recognize the diocesan
Episcopal Communicators Conference (April 20-22 in
and parish communicators in the Episcopal Church.
Portland, OR), our blog Geeks for God: Evangelism in
Learn more at http://episcopalcommunicators.org .
the Electronic Era received an Award of Merit – second
Sonja received •
Honorable Mention for the 2015 WNY Diocesan Convention Logo (Graphic Design).
Honorable Mention for the E-Letter sent weekly from St Paul's Cathedral in Buffalo (Best Digital Periodical).
place – in the category “General Excellence: Blog.” Read the article at http://www.dioceseofnewark.org/geeks/report-outepiscopal-communicators-conference .
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#youthtakeover16: Be the Change House Band: Sloan River Project at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ July 7 - 10, 2016 • • • • • •
Mission Experience with Stop Hunger Now Food Music & Dancing Worship New Friendships Workshops
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Games and Contests Powerful Conversations Young Adult Mentors Praying Laughing FUN!!
For information about how to register, cost, etc., contact your Episcopal Diocese youth coordinator (or the diocesan office). The links to all of the diocesan websites are at the bottom of www.province2.org . The information for dioceses/youth leaders, the letter sent to dioceses and the sample flyer (to be adjusted for your diocese) PDF - Word, are also linked to the website at http://www.province2.org/youthtakeover16.html . The lead person on this event is Myra B. Garnes Canon for Youth & Young Adult Ministries, Faith Formation Team, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island 36 Cathedral Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 516-248-4800 x118 (Office), 614-769-4377 (Mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org, Province 2 Youth Ministry Network Coordinator
Wear Orange! Bishops United recently became a partner in the Wear Orange movement. The goal of the movement is to inspire as many people as possible to wear orange on Thursday, June 2 as a symbol of their commitment to work for an end to gun violence. Here is how you can help: • • •
share the social media links below on your personal and diocesan Facebook pages and Twitter streams several times before May 30 encourage people in your dioceses to have their pictures taken in orange garb on June 2 encourage people in your dioceses to post those pictures on social media using TWO hashtags: #WearOrange and #Episcopal. (We will then share these photos more broadly from the Episcopalians Against Gun Violence Facebook page and The Cross Lobby Twitter stream. There is also a movement among some priests to wear orange stoles at church on June 5. You can read about that here, and if you decide to endorse that, please let us know.
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Facebook LINK TO SHARE VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=https://facebook.com/Everytown/videos/76684419674974 2/ SUGGESTED TEXT: The noise around gun violence is loud. Orange is louder. Join us and #WearOrange on June 2nd. Twitter: CLICK TO TWEET: What was started by teens in Chicago has turned into a national movement. How will you #WearOrange on June 2? https://amp.twimg.com/v/43b27caf-3516-43d6-9a0e-93c956048e13 CLICK TO TWEET: The noise around gun violence is loud. Orange is louder. Join us and #WearOrange on June 2nd. https://amp.twimg.com/v/43b27caf-3516-43d6-9a0e-93c956048e13 YouTube: (if you don’t have a YouTube channel, you can still use the link below on Facebook and Twitter) LINK TO VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrqNUP_49RY
Out in our neighborhoods Diocese of Albany The Diocese of Albany is preparing for the 148th Convention Friday, June 10th through Sunday, June 12th at Camp of the Woods Camp and Conference Center. Our theme is: Abide in Christ; Bear Fruit; Glorify God. The conference center is in beautiful Speculator, NY. There will be worship, workshops, fellowship, and fun for the entire family! http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/
Diocese of Central New York Four Candidates Nominated for Position of Eleventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York Syracuse, NY, May 2, 2016: The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York has announced a slate of four candidates for the position of 11th Bishop of the Diocese, succeeding the Right Rev. Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams, who is retiring after 15 years of service. A bishop serves as the chief priest and pastor of a diocese (geographic district of the Episcopal Church). The candidates are: •
The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe (Rector, St. Peter's in the Woods Episcopal Church; Fairfax Station, Virginia)
1The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe DuncanProbe, The Rev. Noah H. Evans, The Rev. Canon Debra J. Kissinger, The Rev. Nora Smith
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The Rev. Canon Debra Kissinger (Canon for Transition Ministries and Leadership Development, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis; Indianapolis, Indiana) The Rev. Noah H. Evans (Rector, Grace Episcopal Church; Medford, Massachusetts) The Rev. Nora Smith (Rector, The Church of St. Barnabas (Episcopal); Irvington, New York)
The slate was announced after a nationwide search by the Search Committee. The diocese will elect the next bishop at a special electing convention on August 6, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York. The consecration of the bishop-elect is tentatively scheduled for December 3, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York. “We are delighted with this strong slate of candidates, any one of whom would be capable of leading our diocese into the future,” said the Rev. Christine J. Day, president of the Standing Committee, which oversees the election process. "They have all undergone extensive interviews, background checks and reference checks,” the Search Committee chair, the Rev. Carrie Schofield-Broadbent, said. “Our committee has been working since last summer to develop a rich pool of candidates, get to know them and help them get to know our diocese. We think the people of the diocese will be pleased at the rich experience these candidates offer and their deep desire to be part of our lives here in Central New York.” The people of the diocese and interested parties will have an opportunity to meet and hear from the candidates on July 20-23, 2016 when the candidates will visit four locations in the diocese (Watertown, Auburn, Oneida and Owego) for a series of question-and- answer sessions called "walkabouts." More information about these sessions is available at cnyepiscopal.org/#walkabout. A petition process, during which additional candidates may come forward, opens on May 2, 2016 and runs through May 9, 2016. Information about the petition process is available at bishopcny.org. Biographical information for all four candidates is available at bishopcny.org . ### Established in 1868, the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York is made up of 13,000 faithful Christians worshipping in 87 Episcopal congregations and chapels, including one college chaplaincy. The diocese is part of The Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The diocese extends to 14 counties in the center of New York State: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins. For more information about the Diocese of Central New York, visit cnyepiscopal.org or contact Meredith Kadet Sanderson at (315) 207-2238 or email@example.com.
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe Some short essays & "thinking'" from the House of Bishops about 'the church' including perspectives from our own Bishop Pierre, our former colleague Bishop Bill Franklin, and from Canon Chuck Robertson. At the same time, check out The Episcopal Church's new video project, Thursdays at 2. Perhaps an interesting model for telling our own stories?? Nice interview with the Presiding Bishop's canon for ministry, Michael Hunn. https://www.facebook.com/episcopalian/videos/10155358656692925/ 5
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Diocese of Haiti The Diocese of Haiti has a new website! The url is the same, but the content is updated and the look is fresh. Way to go!
Diocese of Long Island From May 15 through June 1, Rural Migrant Ministries will lead a 200-mile march from Long Island to Albany to garner support for legislation protecting the rights of farmworkers. The legislation currently in the NY State Legislature, the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, would give New York State farmworkers rights to "days of rest", overtime pay, the right to collectively bargain, and more benefits already granted to other types of workers. Bishop Provenzano and several of our clergy and lay leaders who are participating are extending an invitation to the entire diocese to take part. Read more at http://www.dioceselongisland.org/news_spotlightDetail.php?Rural-Migrant-Ministries-to-marchfrom-Smithtown-to-Albany-in-support-of-farmworkers-410 . Attend the Rally May 15! Find out about it here: http://www.dioceselongisland.org/cmsAdmin/uploads/rally-at-st-johns.pdf .
Diocese of New Jersey The Rev. Cn. Dr. Brian Jemmott is the Canon Missioner for Black Ministries in The Diocese of New Jersey. A newsletter will be sent out monthly, Keep the Faith. Read the first issue: http://www.dioceseofnj.org/diocesannews/2016/05/10/keep-the-faith-may-10-2016/ .
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Diocese of New York NY Episcopalians open doors to burned out Serbian congregation In a spirit of Christian friendship and unity with its roots deep in the 19th century, the Episcopal Church in New York has stepped forward to ensure that the congregation of the fire-gutted Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava will have a place to worship each week until they have a new permanent home. Read the ENS story: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/05/06/ny-episcopalians-open-doors-to-burned-out-serbiancongregation/
Diocese of Newark Alleluia Story: Prison Ministry of the Diocese of Newark http://www.dioceseofnewark.org/content/alleluia-story-prison-ministry-diocese-newark May 3, 2016 By: Bruce Parker
“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 at Northern State Prison in Newark, the words of Matthew 25:36 are realized in the ministry of Episcopalian John Vine who for more than 15 years has lead a Bible study group for inmates at the facility. His ministry is a program of the Diocese of Newark’s Prison Ministry. John got involved in prison ministry 18 years ago when he volunteered at a national program that provided Christmas presents to the children of parents who were incarcerated. “We delivered presents to a grandmother who was raising three kids on her own, the father having been incarcerated and the mother having died of a drug overdose,” recalls Vine. “When I asked her if there was anything else we could do she said, ‘Help my boy to know the Lord.’ That touched me in such a powerful way that I knew I had to do something.” Vine’s weekly Bible study group consists on average of about eight male inmates, who are “processing out.” The men are housed in a section of the prison known as “Minimum One,” referring to the lowest level of security provided in Northern State. “These guys don’t want any more trouble in their lives,” Vine explains. “It is wonderful to share in their joy when they announce they are going home or to a half-way house.” Each evening starts with prayer before actual work with the text begins. Usually a hymn or song is also sung. Vine’s partner in this ministry is Paul Murphy, a Roman Catholic layperson. The two use the common lectionary in selecting passages for study so the program actually runs in tandem with the church year. Their preferred translation is the NIV (also quoted above). A towering six feet eight inches, Vine is known to the inmates as “Little John.” By day he works for as a horticulturalist serving corporate clients of a national service provider. “After a busy and often tense day at work, I’m so uplifted by my time spent with these guys,” he says. “It’s a privilege to study scripture with them and share my knowledge.” 7
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Vine is a member and sometime vestryperson at St. Michaelâ€™s Church, Wayne. His ministry is but one part of the Diocese of Newark Prison Ministry. Vine said he cherishes his colleagues in prison ministry, the Rev. Pamela Bakal, president of DNPM, and the Rev. Audrey Hasselbrook, DNPN member. Alleluia Fund dollars helped greatly in furthering this vital ministry in 2015. Your generous support in 2016 will insure the work of John Vine and the dioceseâ€™s Prison Ministry continues to flourish.
Diocese of Rochester
At Convention 84, the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester elected to begin a year-long pilgrimage to See the Face of God in Each Other - to overcome racism as it expresses itself in our Church, our culture and our communities. (Click to view the Convention resolution.) Ending with a Day of Repentance, Healing, and Reconciliation in conjunction with the 85th Convention in November 2016, this pilgrimage will present several opportunities for parishes and individuals to engage the topic of race - and to see God in others. http://www.episcopalrochester.org/sites/default/files/files/pilgrimage.pdf
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Diocese of the Virgin Islands When Irvin Mason Jr. says “I keep myself busy,” he’s not exaggerating. The All Saints Cathedral School senior, the territory champion in the 2016 Poetry Out Loud contest, spent much of the first week in May in Washington, D.C., where he represented the Virgin Islands in the national competition, vying with contestants from all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. He didn’t win but was pleased with the experience. Read the story http://stthomassource.com/content/news/localnews/2016/05/08/school-all-saints-senior-well-versed-hard-work . A video of his presentation is on the All Saints Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/allsaintsvi/?fref=ts .
Diocese of Western New York Diocese to Offer Forum on Church-School Partnerships • • •
Does your church want to make a difference in your neighborhood? Does your church want to reach children and families? Does your church want to join the Jesus movement?
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is calling the Episcopal Church to go into the neighborhood. One way for our congregations to do that is to build a relationship with the public schools in our neighborhoods. But many of our congregations don't know how to start, or don't know how to take the next steps in building the relationship. Join the All Our Children National Network (allourchildren.org) and the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York on May 20 & 21, 2016 at St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo to learn about the growing movement of churchschool partnerships. Participants will visit the sites of active school partnerships in the Buffalo area. Workshops will outline the steps to building a new church-school partnership or delve into ways to sustain and develop existing partnerships. Event leaders will help you develop specific action steps to take back to your congregation. And of course, you'll make contacts and personal connections to help build local and regional networks. This Forum is for you if: • • • • •
your church has an existing church-school partnership and you want to learn more and connect with others you want to learn how to start a church-school partnership you want to learn what a church-school partnership is you care about children you want to connect your congregation with your community
Featured Speakers: The Rev. Gay Jennings - President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church 9
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The Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell - Director, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Education To find out more and to register go to http://aocbuffalo.blogspot.com/
Other News… The first issue of ECF's monthly newsletter is out! If you'd like to receive ECF news in your inbox, you can subscribe here: http://bit.ly/1XluE5a General Convention 2018 dates announced: July 5 – July 13 in Austin, TX. More info: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/04/20/general-convention-2018-dates-announced-july5-july-13-in-austin-tx/
2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) The next Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma on July 10–14, 2017. “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.” Ways and resources to observe World Refugee Day on June 20 For individuals, congregations [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] In 2000, the United Nations named June 20 as World Refugee Day, deeming it an annual opportunity to celebrate the resilience and success of the former refugees who bless our communities with their wisdom and irrepressible spirit and to examine the root causes of violence and persecution that force people to flee at an alarming rate. Read more: http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/05/03/ways-and-resources-to-observe-world-refugeeday-on-june-20/ .
Opportunities… Applications now accepted for 2016 Jubilee Ministry grants. The 2016 Jubilee Grants will be awarded in two categories, totaling $65,000: Jubilee Development Grant and Jubilee Impact Grants. Find out more. Grant Opportunity: Church Starts & Missional Initiatives - Applications are now open for the 2016 grant cycle for new church starts and Mission Enterprise Zones in the Episcopal Church. Applications are due June 1st; applications received after that date will be considered in the fall. The average awards are $20,000 for Mission Enterprise Zones and $100,000 for new church starts. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/churchplanting/2016-grants2?utm_source=Episcopal+Diocese+of+Central+New+York&utm_campaign=b8c0c54719Messenger_2016_04_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_863dcf2fd3-b8c0c54719-88186449 Campus ministry grant applications accepted for 2016-2017 academic year - Applications are now accepted for grant proposals for the 2016-2017 academic year from dioceses, parishes or community colleges/colleges/universities for new as well as current campus ministries in higher education institutions located throughout the Episcopal Church. 10
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Coming Soon… Appreciative Transitional Ministry - June 13 @ 8:00 am - June 17 @ 5:30 pm - Training for Interim Positions in the Diocese of New Jersey - Come be trained in interim ministry & learn to transform congregations. Find out more: http://www.dioceseofnj.org/calendar/appreciative-transitionalministry/ . Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference Planned - The Rev. Shannon Kelly, Episcopal Church Missioner for Young Adult and Campus Ministries, has announced a special conference for leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. The Nourish: Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference will take place June 26–29, 2016 near Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more. MONS NVBIFER SANCTVS - Contemplative Christian Formation for the Whole of Life www.monsnubifer.org Mons Nubifer Sanctus (Holy Cloud-Bearing Mountain) offers weekend, weeklong and longer-term residential programs that assist people of all walks and stations of life to explore and to enter the spiritual wisdom and ways of the ancient Christian faith. + Friday May 20 – Sunday May 22: Lord and Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church +Saturday May 28 (or stay from the 27th to the 29th): Guard What Has Been Entrusted to You: Surveying the Interdependence of Scripture and Tradition in the Historic Christian Faith Sacred Sites Open House - Participating Churches - The New York Landmarks Conservancy's 6th Annual Sacred Sites Open House is on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd. Here are the churches from the Diocese of Albany that will be participating: The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan St, Albany NY 12210: On Saturday, the Cathedral will host guided tours from11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and an open house from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. On Sunday at 2:30 p.m. there will be a free organ recital by Dan Foster, organist, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Albany. The recital will be followed at 3:00 p.m. by Choral Evensong sung by clergy of the Cathedral and The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. St. James' Church, 172 Ottawa St, Lake George, NY 12845: St. James' will host an open house on Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 22nd from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Grace Church, 34 3rd Ave, Waterford, NY 12188: Grace Church will be open on Sunday, May 22nd from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. They will be highlighting historic artifacts at the church and will be hosting an ice cream social. There will also be a concert of the 1921 Meneely Bell Chimes. Wisdom House: Introductory Wisdom School, Part A: Heart-Centered Living - Wisdom describes a foundational lineage of spiritual knowledge that underlies the Christian contemplative tradition and that outlines a detailed science of spiritual transformation. In this Part A Wisdom School, participants are introduced to the Wisdom way of knowing, including three-centered knowing, Benedictine balanced living, and heart-centered living. The specific practices of chanting and attention are presented. The Gospel of Thomas and the practice of lectio divina are also introduced. The balance and the rhythm of our time together (which, beyond the teaching, includes contemplative worship, conscious work, Wisdom of the body, and silence) become essential elements in preparing the participants to open to a whole new way of knowing. Some dedication to a mediation practice is an assumed prerequisite. For further information or questions, e-mail The Rev. Bill Redfield mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Wisdom's Work website http://www.wisdomswork.com/program/introductory-wisdomschool-part-a-windsor-ny/ . When: Thursday, May 19 at dinner through Sunday, May 22 after lunch. 11
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Where: The Spiritual Center, a small retreat center in the Catskill Mountains, 712 New York Route 79, Windsor. Cost: The cost for the retreat is $375, including lodgings and meals. Watch the Province II website at www.province2.org for continuing, up-to-date information.
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