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The draft schedule for the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) was the focus of the EYE17 Planning team at its final meeting April 20-23 in Minneapolis.

“For nearly a year, the Planning Team has been working diligently to plan an innovative and engaging EYE17,” said Bronwyn Clark Skov, Director for Formation, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries. 

The event will welcome nearly 1,300 participants and youth leaders from across the Episcopal Church. EYE17 will be held in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma July 10-14 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. 

An outline of the still developing EYE17 schedule is posted here.

The 29-member EYE17 Planning team is divided into four Teams working on specific areas of the event:

  • Liturgy & Music Team
  • Hospitality Team
  • Program Team
  • Evangelism Team

EYE is every three years in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079.  The 2017 event marks the thirteenth EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE17 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 academic year and their adult leaders. 

EYE17 Planning Team

Members of the EYE17 planning team are listed here.

Youth

  • Enmanuel Almeida, Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana
  • Tyler Benting, Diocese of Southeast Florida
  • Kiera Campbell, Diocese of Olympia
  • Christi Cunningham, Diocese of Fond du Lac
  • Jenna Elmer, Diocese of Oklahoma
  • Rachel Feenstra, Diocese of Connecticut
  • Josh Floberg, Diocese of North Dakota
  • Andrés Gonzalez-Bonillas, Diocese of Arizona
  • Pierce Hubbard, Diocese of Spokane
  • Rebecca Loncar, Diocese of Michigan
  • Trevor Mahan, Diocese of Kansas
  • Avery Nasworthy, Diocese of Massachusetts
  • Leyla Robinson, Diocese of Maryland
  • Devon Shank, Diocese of Southwest Florida
  • Sharisma Ubiera, Diocese of New Jersey/Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana
  • Chenyeng Vang, Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Adults

  • Grace Aheron, Diocese of Virginia – Team Chaplain
  • Arlette Benoit, Diocese of Atlanta
  • Mindy Boynton, Episcopal Church in Minnesota
  • Ronald Ruiz Braman, Diocese of Idaho
  • Randy Callender, Diocese of Maryland – Event Chaplain
  • Elizabeth Canaday, Diocese of Oklahoma – Local Liaison
  • Maggie Foote, Diocese of Southern Ohio
  • Myra Garnes, Diocese of Long Island
  • Samantha Haycock, Diocese of Arkansas
  • Christoph Herpel, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
  • Frank Sierra, Diocese of West Missouri

Health Team

  • Julia Domenick, Diocese of Georgia
  • Sarah Klitzke, Diocese of Dallas

Staff

  • Valerie Harris, Associate for Formation Department
  • Shannon Kelly, Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries
  • Wendy Johnson, Officer for Digital Formation and Events
  • Bronwyn Clark Skov, Director for Formation, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries

Pastoral Care Team

The EYE17 Pastoral Care Team encompasses 40 young adults and adults who are volunteering help support the event by serving as the chaplains, residential staff, chaplains, and medical team.

Members of the EYE17 Pastoral Care Team are listed here.

Province IX event

Thanks to an Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grant , the Office of Formation is working with the bishops and their representatives from each of the seven dioceses of Province IX to plan a Spanish language Province IX Youth and Young Adult Event for 2019.

“We are especially excited to welcome Province IX leadership and are looking forward to partnering with these dioceses on a Spanish language event in 2019,” Skov said.

Representatives from each diocese, along with the Province IX Coordinator the Rev. Connie Sanchez joined the EYE17 Planning Team and will meet again during EYE17 to nurture network development and to learn from the process of planning an event of this magnitude.

Representatives from Province IX joining the Planning Team are:

 

Central Ecuador

Wendy Barrett

Juan Carlos Quiñonez

 

Colombia

Elias Garcia Cardenas

Israel Portilla Gomez

 

Dominican Republic

Luis Alberto Garcia

Patricia Martin

 

Honduras

Luis Brenes

Kara Mejia

 

Litoral Ecuador

Gina Angulo

Jairo Chirán

 

Puerto Rico

Angel Davila Colón

Bryan Alexis Velez

 

Venezuela

Daniela Salazar

 

Province IX Coordinator

The Rev. Connie Sanchez

 

Following EYE17, the Office of Formation staff will meet with these Province IX leaders to start the process of collaboratively planning the 2019 Province IX Youth and Young Adult Event.

 

 

The draft schedule for the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) was the focus of the EYE17 Planning team at its final meeting April 20-23 in Minneapolis. “For nearly a year, the Planning Team has been working diligently to plan an innovative and...
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With profound thanks to Almighty God and with deep gratitude for the prayers of so many throughout the church, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry announces a covenant into which he, Bishop Jean Zache Duracin of Haiti, Bishop Suffragan Ogé Beauvoir, and the Standing Committee have entered.  

The covenant “seeks to address and resolve many of the issues of conflict that have been burdening the Diocese,” brings an end to the pause on fundraising by the Episcopal Church and opens new possibilities for a united future as the Diocese prepares to elect its next Bishop Diocesan in 2018.  

As noted in the Presiding Bishop’s letter to the parties here and shared with the Church, “The Covenant has entirely resolved the Title III matter that involved Suffragan Bishop Beauvoir’s relationship with the Standing Committee of the Diocese.  Further the Covenant, together with the Memorandum of Understanding [providing guidance for mission partnerships]…fully resolved the Title IV matter that has been pending against Bishop Duracin.”

The Presiding Bishop will celebrate the Holy Eucharist with the clergy and people in Port-au-Prince May 22. The liturgy will include a formal signing of the covenant, which is now in effect, having been signed by all parties.

In his letter to Bishop Duracin, Bishop Suffragan Beauvoir, and the Standing Committee, Presiding Bishop Curry said, “This Covenant seeks to address and resolve many of the issues of conflict that have been burdening the Diocese, and sets the stage for a healthy and positive way forward for the Diocese and the Diocese’s relationship with the larger Church.  I am grateful to both of my brother bishops and also the President and members of the Standing Committee for their willingness to reach a Covenant which I believe serves the cause of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in  Haiti for the continued rebuilding and renewal after the earthquake and as the Diocese of Haiti  prepares to elect its next Bishop Diocesan.”

He added, “I am pleased by these measures, as they reflect a commitment by all parties to the ongoing work of healing and reconciliation.  This would not have been possible without the steadfast prayers of faithful Episcopalians in Haiti and throughout the wider church. And I know we will all continue to pray for the people of Haiti, the Diocese of Haiti, and the ministry of risen Lord Jesus Christ there and in all of the countries of the Episcopal Church."

The Covenant in English and French is located here  and here

 

The Presiding Bishop’s letter in full follows:

 

 

Monday in Easter Week

 

 

April 17, 2017

 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

During this holy season commemorating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ it is with genuine thankfulness that I am able to share the following good news with you.  The Bishop of Haiti, the Bishop Suffragan of Haiti the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Haiti and I as your Presiding Bishop have entered into a Covenant with one another.

This Covenant seeks to address and resolve many of the issues of conflict that have been burdening the Diocese, and sets the stage for a healthy and positive way forward for the Diocese and the Diocese’s relationship with the larger Church.  I am grateful to both of my brother bishops and also the President and members of the Standing Committee for their willingness to reach a Covenant which I believe serves the cause of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in  Haiti for the continued rebuilding and renewal after the earthquake and as the Diocese of Haiti  prepares to elect its next Bishop Diocesan. 

The Covenant has entirely resolved the Title III matter that involved Suffragan Bishop Beauvoir’s relationship with the Standing Committee of the Diocese.  Further the Covenant, together with the Memorandum of Understanding (both attached) reached by Bishop Duracin and myself last year, and pastoral conversations between Bishop Duracin and myself have fully resolved the Title IV matter that has been pending against Bishop Duracin.  I am pleased by these measures, as they reflect a commitment by all parties to the ongoing work of healing and reconciliation.

Let me tell you how we got to this point.  As I announced on December 1, 2016, I appointed a three-person panel (the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Bishop of Maine; the Rev. P. Roger Bowen; and Paul B. Nix, Jr., Esquire, In-house Counsel for the DFMS in New York)  to investigate the situation. (See http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/12/01/presiding-bishop-releases-letter-about-the-diocese-of-haiti/) After careful interviews and listening to both bishops, to the Standing Committee, and to a group of clergy identified by Bishop Beauvoir as having important concerns, the panel reported the following:

First, they reported that nearly everyone involved was deeply wounded by things that others have said, and their pain was real and deep.  Despite this, relationships among the clergy are generally regarded as “fundamentally sound.”  While the tensions among the clergy have been severe, there appeared to be a willingness and perhaps strong desire among many of the clergy to try to achieve resolution among them.  The clergy have worked with each other for a long time, and their commitment to the Diocese was evident.  There was a general sense that good relationships among the clergy can be recovered with courageous and careful work.  There was also a shared sense that there is much important work to do in the Diocese that is not being attended to because of the energy taken up by current disputes, and an eagerness to get on with that important work.

In contrast to the relationships among the clergy, it appeared to many that the brokenness of the relationship between the two bishops was not retrievable, at least at this crucial time.  There was evidence of a profound lack of trust between the bishops, manifested in part by multiple reports of their openly trading insults.  The state of their relationship had given rise to much sadness, frustration, and anger, not just between the bishops, but also among the clergy, some of whom may have loyalties to one bishop or the other, but who also sense that the struggle between the bishops has cast an unhealthy overlay to the functioning of the Diocese.  

Finally, each clergy group expressed deep concerns about the exercise of authority of one or the other of the bishops, which each group believed is not serving the best interests of the Diocese.  There were concerns that Bishop Beauvoir, before taking his leave of absence, exercised his role as Suffragan Bishop without a full appreciation of the limits of the authority of that office, such that his actions undermined the good order of the Church.  On the other hand, there was evidence that Bishop Duracin has failed to support Bishop Beauvoir’s suffragan episcopate, financially and otherwise.  There were also concerns that Bishop Duracin exercises his authority to transfer clergy around the Diocese in ways that are widely perceived as improperly rewarding or punishing those he favors or disfavors.  There was also a fear that the upcoming process to elect a successor to Bishop Duracin will lack integrity by excluding the voices of clergy who are not in all ways aligned with Bishop Duracin.  

In the light of this complicated and heartbreaking situation, and with all the best hope and prayers for a positive, forward-looking outcome for the health of the Diocese of Haiti, I proposed a Covenant to be entered into by Bishop Duracin, Bishop Beauvoir, the Standing Committee of the Diocese, and myself.  It was my hope that this Covenant would provide the basis for resolving the Title III and Title IV proceedings then pending, and would set a course for a healthy Diocese and upcoming episcopal election.

After deep conversations and negotiation, we have now reached a Covenant with which all parties are comfortable, and that everyone has now signed.  The text of the Covenant is found below, as is the text of the Memorandum of Understanding which provides a template for our partnerships characterized by equality in decision making and relationship, financial transparency, accountability and mutuality in mission whether in Haiti, elsewhere in the Episcopal Church or beyond.  With the Covenant and the Memorandum of Understanding now agreed to and in place the pause that I placed on fund raising for Haiti is lifted.

Lastly, while the Covenant has been agreed to and signed by us all, we will all come together for the formal liturgical signing of the Covenant in the context of the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 10:00 am  at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

I am truly thankful for Bishop Duracin and Bishop Beauviour, the clergy and lay leaders of the Diocese of Haiti and for all throughout the Episcopal Church who have prayed and worked for this moment.

May the blessings of the Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus be with us all as we go forward together to proclaim the Good News into God's new future.

 

 

 

 Your brother,

 

+Michael

 

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

 

Memo of Understanding here

 

With profound thanks to Almighty God and with deep gratitude for the prayers of so many throughout the church, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry announces a covenant into which he, Bishop Jean Zache Duracin of Haiti,...
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The Episcopal Church has selected Cielo Property Group to partner in the development of a church-owned city block in downtown Austin that will incorporate space for The Archives of the Episcopal Church and an adjoining mixed-use project.

The Episcopal Church purchased the Austin city block bounded by Seventh, Eighth, Trinity and Neches Streets in 2009 for the purpose of building a national archives facility. The new 67,000-square-foot home of The Archives of the Episcopal Church will include research, exhibit and public space.  The facility will serve as a national gathering place where Episcopalians and others can study and celebrate the history, beliefs and work of the Church and provide a cultural amenity for the broader Austin community.

Cielo Property Group was chosen from among 40 private developers who expressed interest in the property.

"The Archives serve the 21st century Jesus Movement as a bridge connecting our history and our future,” noted Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. “As a bridge of history, The Archives connect us through our past ultimately to our deeper origins in Jesus of Nazareth who inspired a movement to change the world centuries ago. And as a bridge to our future, by helping us to follow the way of this living Lord Jesus into God's future, thus emerging as today’s Episcopal branch of that same Jesus Movement in our time as we step into God’s future.”

“Years of thoughtful planning have led to this remarkable partnership to achieve the Episcopal Church’s goal of a permanent research facility for its historical archives,” said Mark Duffy, Director of The Archives of the Episcopal Church.  “We are excited by this next step for the Archives in setting down deeper roots in the Austin community where church life, education, research and cultural engagement are valued and affirmed as gifts.”

The Church requested proposals from private developers interested in partnering to build the national archives facility and a mixed-use project in 2015, and ultimately selected Cielo Property Group’s proposal.

“We wanted a partner who knew Austin and was trusted by the community,” said the Rev. Canon Lang Lowrey III, who represented the Church in its search for a development partner. “Cielo is an Austin-based company led by people who really care about making the city a better place.  This, combined with their vision and ideas for the property, made Cielo our top choice.”

“Cielo is honored to be selected by the Episcopal Church,” said founding partner Bobby Dillard. “We understand the importance of this project to the Church and its members, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to bring even more positive change to the northeast area of downtown Austin where many exciting things are already happening.”

Dillard said the company is in the early stages of designing the mixed-use project, but the concepts are preliminary. Financial details were not released.

The Archives of the Episcopal Church is the official repository of the Episcopal Church including the General Convention, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, Episcopal Church organizations, and the personal papers of its leadership.  The Archives’ mission is to honor the community’s diversity, educate members for mission, and communicate the faith for future ministry.

Cielo is a privately owned commercial real estate investment and development firm that specializes in redeveloping and repositioning of underutilized properties with strong potential for value enhancement. Founded in 2010, the company has acquired or developed more than 1.3 million square feet of commercial real estate assets in Texas including eight retail and office buildings in Austin’s urban core, where the company is developing an additional 500,000 square feet of office, retail and residential projects.

For more information contact Lang Lowrey at 678-488-8000

The Archives of the Episcopal Church: https://www.episcopalarchives.org/

The Episcopal Church has selected Cielo Property Group to partner in the development of a church-owned city block in downtown Austin that will incorporate space for The Archives of the Episcopal Church and an adjoining mixed-use project. The...

The deadline to submit a nominee application for Executive Council, Trustee of the Church Pension Fund, and other Episcopal Church board positions that will be elected during the next General Convention is Wednesday, May 10.

Check the links below for full information and links to the application form.

Application deadline is May 10.

Elections will take place at the 79th General Convention, to be held in Austin, TX, Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018.

For more information contact gcoffice@episcopalchurch.org.

 

The deadline to submit a nominee application for Executive Council, Trustee of the Church Pension Fund, and other Episcopal Church board positions that will be elected during the next General Convention is Wednesday, May 10. Check the links below...

On Thursday, April 20, Thursdays at 2 will feature Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island. This unique program helps feed the hungry throughout Rhode Island with a food truck that travels across the state.

The video is available here

Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church's Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here

Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, previously posted videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • Bistro St. Michael’s
  • St. Cyprian's
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Edible Churchyard
  • Ashes To Go
  • Transforming Churches - Trinity Church, Clanton, AL
  • Episcopal Revival
  • St. Gabriel's, Leesburg VA
  • Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral
  • Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA
  • YASCer in Tanzania
  • Two Tables
  • The Food Pantry at St. Gregory Nyssa in San Francisco, CA
  • @OurTable
  • Young Adult Service Corps
  • United Thank Offering at St. Paul's Senior Center
  • Amazing Grace
  • St. Thomas Choir School
  • Bridal designer Anne Barge
  • Ferguson Pilgrimage
  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table

For more information contact Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.

 

Mobile Loaves & Fishes

On Thursday, April 20, Thursdays at 2 will feature Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island. This unique program helps feed the hungry throughout Rhode Island with a food truck that travels across the state....

Registrations are now open for four Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) facilitator formation workshops in 2017.

The workshops will be held:

  • June 8-10: Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • September 18-21: Transfiguration Spirituality Center in Cincinnati, OH
  • October 16-19: Ignatius House Retreat Center in Atlanta, GA
  • November 6-9: Cenacle Retreat House in Houston, TX.

The workshops are designed to train leaders in methods and tools to enhance local ministry and mission.

Participants need to attend only one of the workshops.

Called to Transformation is a partnership between the Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development.

The Asset-Based Community Development online toolkit and workshops were developed to train facilitators in leading a faith community in understanding the ABCD process, explained the Rev. Melanie Mullen, Episcopal Church Director of Reconciliation, Justice, and Creation Care. “Equipping people to use Asset-Based Community Development skills empowers church leaders and the communities we touch, to go beyond just giving charity for needs – and toward following Jesus in an empowering vision of the assets we have," she said. 

Through the workshop trainings, participants will learn about the theory and the practice of ABCD work, and then begin the process of creating a working plan to implement an Asset-Based Community Development project in their own ministry community.

Asset-Based Community Development engages communities at a grassroots level to recognize local assets – such as people, buildings, relationships and even faith – and creatively envision how to use that abundance to achieve goals and imagine new forms of ministry.

Sean McConnell, Episcopal Relief & Development's Senior Director of Engagement said, "ABCD brings people together to transform their communities. It focuses on the gifts and strengths of individuals, congregations and organizations. By recognizing their own gifts, people are empowered to more deeply invest in achieving the shared goals of the community."

Registration and more information are here.

Registration is $175 per person per workshop, which includes room, all meals, transportation at the training, handouts, etc. Transportation to the training is not included. Deadline for registration for is four weeks prior to the event. Space is limited; early register is encouraged.

The Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development online toolkit and facilitator formation process were developed by the Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development with assistance from the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South.

For more information contact Mullen, mmuullen@episcopalchurch.org, or McConnell, smcconnell@episcopalrelief.org

 

Registrations are now open for four Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) facilitator formation workshops in 2017. The workshops will be held: June 8-10: Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu, Hawaii September 18-21:...
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The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the new full-time position of Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

The Church Planting and Mission Development Department is overseeing the creation of a churchwide network for planting congregations, recruiting and training church planters, and establishing new ministries throughout the Episcopal Church. The Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure will collaborate in the design, development and implementation of resources, strategies and structures that foster a churchwide movement of new ministries. In addition to experience with developing congregations among congregations historically under-represented in the Episcopal Church, Spanish language proficiency is preferred.

Detailed position information and application instructions are available here

Deadline for applying is May 22.  

For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at hrm@episcopalchurch.org.

The Episcopal Church values diversity of culture and thought and seeks talented, qualified employees regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity and expression, or any other protected classification under Federal, State or Municipal law as well as the Canons of the Episcopal Church and resolutions of the Episcopal Church General Convention.  We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

 

The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the new full-time position of Staff Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. The Church Planting and Mission Development Department is overseeing the...
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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has named Bishop Todd Ousley of Eastern Michigan as Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

“Bishop Ousley is an experienced bishop with a depth of pastoral and leadership skills,” Presiding Bishop Curry said. “I am very thankful to him for his willingness to assume this particular ministry which is vital to the spiritual life and vitality of our bishops and, through them, the Episcopal Church. I have known and worked with him for several years and, like my brothers and sisters in the community of bishops and spouses, Bishop Ousley has my deep respect, affection and trust.”

“While it is difficult to cease being bishop in the Diocese of Eastern Michigan, I am honored to serve the Presiding Bishop, the House of Bishops, and the Episcopal Church in a vital role of sustaining the health of our bishops and dioceses,” Ousley said. “For almost 16 years I have had the privilege of serving the Diocese of Eastern Michigan as Canon and as Bishop, and through it all, we have been sustained by the power of deep relationships, trust in God and trust in one another. I look forward to working with my colleagues, the Presiding Bishop, and the churchwide staff in further enhancing healthy dioceses and healthy bishops.”

Ousley was appointed following a process in which a committee led by Bishop Jim Waggoner (Spokane, resigned) interviewed and recommended finalists who were then interviewed by the Presiding Bishop and members of the committee working together.

Ousley begins his new position on July 5 and at that time, he can be contacted at tousley@episcopalchurch.org. He will be based in Michigan. 

Meet Bishop Ousley
Ousley has been Bishop of Eastern Michigan since 2007, having been elected Bishop Coadjutor in 2006.  He was Canon to the Ordinary for five years prior.

Before his service in Eastern Michigan, he was rector in churches in Texas. Prior to ordination, Ousley was a therapist and business manager at a psychiatric hospital in Texas.                   

Among his extensive Episcopal Church activities, Ousley was

  • At the 78th General Convention in 2015, HOB Liaison with House of Deputies Committee on Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop and Vice-Chairperson for the HOB Legislative Committee on Ministry.
  • At the 77th General Convention in 2012, Chairperson of the HOB Legislative Committee on Small Congregations.
  • Member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence.
  • Member of the HOB Planning Committee, Chairperson since 2015 and Co-Chairperson 2012 – 2015.
  • Member of HOB Pastoral Development Committee since 2007; Chairperson since 2016.
  • Member of the Court of Review for Trial of a Bishop 2007 – 2011.
  • Board member of Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, 1990 – 1991 and 2003 – 2005.

Ousley holds a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary; Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest; Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Baylor University. Ousley also holds various licenses, certificates and continuing education credentials.

Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development

In this full-time position that reports directly to the Presiding Bishop, the Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development serves as chaplain to bishops and families as a pastoral point person for and with the Presiding Bishop.

Among the responsibilities for the Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development:

  • Provide confidential non-judgmental listening, counsel, guidance, direction and support in crisis and disaster intervention: bereavement counseling, as well as conflict resolution. 
  • Participate with the Planning Committee for the House of Bishops gatherings and meetings in an ex officio capacity.
  • Responsible for the process of Title III, including the pastoral functions such as pastoral guidance and training. 
  • In Title IV responsibilities, focus on pastoral and coordinator roles and ensure that the process moves in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Provide oversight of the Episcopal Search Processes churchwide, which includes providing materials and support for the Episcopal Election Process.

Ousley assumes the position from Bishop Clay Matthews who is retiring.  

“As chaplain to bishops and families and pastoral point person for and with the Presiding Bishop, I will continue the firm foundation laid by the current Bishop for Pastoral Development, Bishop Clay Matthews,” Ousley continued. “His nearly two decades of service in this role have been marked by formational and relational work that have helped heal a divided House of Bishops and enabled us to be more responsive to significant challenges in the church and the culture.”

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has named Bishop Todd Ousley of Eastern Michigan as Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. “Bishop Ousley is an experienced bishop with...

On Thursday, April 13, Thursdays at 2 chronicles a solemn Palm Sunday procession through the streets of New York City.

On April 9 in observance of Palm Sunday, congregants from the Church of the Heavenly Rest processed to and from the church on Fifth Ave., wending through the high rises and cavernous streets of the Upper East Side. All the while, palms were waving and people stopped to speak to the procession.

The video is available here

Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church's Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here

Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, previously posted videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • Bistro St. Michael’s,
  • St. Cyprian's
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Edible Churchyard
  • Ashes To Go
  • Transforming Churches - Trinity Church, Clanton, AL
  • Episcopal Revival
  • St. Gabriel's, Leesburg VA
  • Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral
  • Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA
  • YASCer in Tanzania
  • Two Tables
  • The Food Pantry at St. Gregory Nyssa in San Francisco, CA
  • @OurTable
  • Young Adult Service Corps
  • United Thank Offering at St. Paul's Senior Center
  • Amazing Grace
  • St. Thomas Choir School
  • Bridal designer Anne Barge
  • Ferguson Pilgrimage
  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes

For more information contact Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.

 

Palm Sunday Procession 2017 - Church of the Heavenly Rest NYC

On Thursday, April 13, Thursdays at 2 chronicles a solemn Palm Sunday procession through the streets of New York City. On April 9 in observance of Palm Sunday, congregants from the Church of the Heavenly Rest processed to and from the church on...
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Episcopal News Service has announced changes to its editorial and production teams.

Matthew Davies has transitioned into the role of advertising and web manager for the Episcopal Digital Network, which includes Episcopal News Service (ENS); Lynette Wilson has been named the news service’s managing editor; the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg’s title has changed to senior reporter/editor; and David Paulsen has joined the staff as a reporter/editor.

ENS offers in-depth reporting and analysis of local, regional, national and international news for Episcopalians and others interested in the church’s mission and ministry. Providing written and multimedia coverage, it is the officially sponsored online news source of the Episcopal Church.

“This is an exciting time for Episcopal News Service,” said Wilson, who joined the ENS staff in 2009 as a reporter and editor after working for daily newspapers in the South and as the editor of the Diocese of New York’s The Episcopal New Yorker. “We’re about to begin a redesign of the website, and we’re strengthening our coverage of issues that impact people in communities across the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.”

Davies served as an editor, reporter, international correspondent, video journalist and web manager for ENS since February 2004 and has been filling in as interim advertising manager for more than a year.

“It’s an exciting time to be serving on the presiding bishop’s staff as we strive to share the good news of the Jesus Movement, tell our story with the utmost of integrity and explore creative partnerships in advertising and sponsorship,” said Davies.

“Our audience has grown more than 30 percent over the past two years with more than 950,000 unique users visiting our website in 2016 and more than 16,700 opt-in subscribers receiving our newsletters,” he added. “With a combination of editorial excellence and strategic marketing, I believe we can achieve great things and offer a truly vital service to our readers.”

The Episcopal Digital Network also includes Sermons That Work and Lesson Plans That Work and offers weekly worship resources such as bulletin inserts and Bible studies as well as opportunities for advertising and classified listings. Davies can be reached at mdavies@episcopalchurch.org.

Paulsen, a reporter and editor based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, succeeds Davies. Paulsen, who worked for ENS as a freelancer for six months, began his journalism career reporting for small Gannett newspapers before taking on editing roles at FoxNews.com in New York and, more recently, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he was the breaking news editor.

“The Episcopal Church is filled with inspiring people, fascinating stories and dynamic issues,” Paulsen said. “That’s a great feast for any reporter’s plate, and I’m honored to be able to talk to so many in the church, to get their perspectives and tell their stories.”

Meanwhile, Schjonberg has assumed the title of senior reporter/editor. She spent nearly 25 years working as a newspaper reporter, editor, photographer, copy editor and page designer before being ordained in 2000. She began working for ENS in September 2005, having been a volunteer on the staff of the Convention Daily during the 2003 General Convention.

Schjonberg began her work with ENS as national correspondent and was editor of Episcopal News Monthly.

“I remain excited about helping to fulfill ENS’ mission to help tell Episcopalians about the breadth and depth of our church, and to tell the world about the Episcopal Church’s expression of Christianity,” she said. “It is a privilege to tell the stories about the ministry of Episcopalians around the world and by doing so perhaps inspire others to find their calling in the Jesus Movement.”

While Paulsen, Schjonberg and Wilson are all reporting generalists, each will contribute to the news services’ reporting on racial reconciliation and specialize in certain issues and aspects of Episcopal Church life.

Paulsen will focus on the criminal justice system, institutionalized racism, education inequality and how Episcopalians live into their faith in the public sphere. He can be reached at dpaulsen@episcopalchurch.org.

Schjonberg continues to cover a broad range of stories related to church governance and polity, legal issues and issues affecting clergy, as well as stories about the Episcopal Church’s mission and ministry. Recently, she was responsible for the bulk of ENS’ coverage of the church advocacy with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation about the Dakota Access Pipeline. She can be reached at mfschjonberg@episcopalchurch.org.

Wilson will continue to cover the immigration, migration and refugee issues, as well as the environment and climate change. She can be reached at lwilson@episcopalchurch.org.

 

 

Episcopal News Service has announced changes to its editorial and production teams. Matthew Davies has transitioned into the role of advertising and web manager for the Episcopal Digital Network, which includes Episcopal News Service (ENS); Lynette...