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Four Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) facilitator formation workshops have been slated for 2016: April 18-21, Solomon Episcopal Conference Center, New Orleans, LA; June 13-16, Dumas Bay Center Seattle, WA; August 8-11, Nashotah House, Milwaukee, WI; and September 19-22, Bosque Center, Albuquerque, NM.

Called to Transformation is a partnership between The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development.  The workshops are designed to train leaders in methods and tools to enhance local ministry and mission.

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. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Episcopal Church Domestic Poverty Missioner. “Training people to use Asset-Based Community Development to approach ministry switches the discernment to an asset view – what we have – from one focused on what we don’t have," he said. 

Through the 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

Registration for the April 18-21 Solomon Center in New Orleans, LA is available here 

Registration is $175 per person which includes room, all meals, handouts, etc. Transportation is not included. Deadline for registration for the April session is April 1. Seating is limited.

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 Stevenson, mstevenson@episcopalchurch.org, or McConnell, smcconnell@episcopalrelief.org

 

 

Four Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) facilitator formation workshops have been slated for 2016: April 18-21, Solomon Episcopal Conference Center, New Orleans, LA; June 13-16, Dumas Bay Center Seattle, WA; August 8-...

Nominees are being accepted for the Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries. Based in Washington DC, the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries is a member of the staff of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

The profile, filing information, and other important details are available here  

Deadline for submitting nominees is Monday, February 29. The election is slated for the fall meeting of the House of Bishops.

Bishop Suffragan James Magness, who announced his retirement in 2015, explained that federal chaplains serve those in the military, Veterans Administration hospitals, and federal prisons, providing spiritual and day-to-day support to service men and women overseas and stateside, veterans requiring medical services, and the incarcerated.

Christopher Weaver, Rear Admiral, US Navy-retired, is the chair of the search committee.  Members of the committee are: Major General Razz Waff, USA (Ret); Chaplain (Col) Paul Minor, USANG; Col Stephen Dalzell, USA (Ret); Chaplain (Col) Carl Andrews, USAF (Ret); Chaplain Marion Thullbery, Department of Veterans Affairs; Chaplain Christine Waweru, Federal Bureau of Prisons.

For more information contact Weaver at chrisweaver1@att.net, or Maggie Mount  mmount@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.

 

Nominees are being accepted for the Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries. Based in Washington DC, the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries is a member of the staff of Presiding Bishop...

The February 15 deadline nears for applications for Conant Grants from The Episcopal Church for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Conant Grant funds are provided for the improvement of seminary-based theological education. Specifically, the grants are directed for the support of research, writing and course development undertaken by faculty members at the recognized Episcopal seminaries in the United States.

Information, instructions, and application are available here 

Deadline for submitting an application is Monday, February 15. Grant recipients will be announced on or about March 15.

The funds are derived from a trust fund established by William S. and Mary M. Conant in 1953. 

Applications should be submitted to Ann Hercules, Mission Grants Associate. For more information contact Hercules at 212‑716‑6321 or ahercules@episcopalchurch.org.
 

The February 15 deadline nears for applications for Conant Grants from The Episcopal Church for the 2016-2017 academic year. Conant Grant funds are provided for the improvement of seminary-based theological education. Specifically, the grants are...
 

 

“The season of Lent is upon us,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Message for Lent 2016. “It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world.”

The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10, and continues to the festive day of Easter on March 27.

The video is available here 

The following is the text of the Presiding Bishop’s Message for Lent 2016:
 

Message for Lent 2016

 

Clarence Jordan of the Koinonia Movement many years ago wrote this: 

Jesus founded the most revolutionary movement in human history, a movement built on the unconditional love of God for the world, and the mandate to those who follow to live that love.

 

The season of Lent is upon us.  It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world.  You can see some of that in the Gospel lesson for the first Sunday of Lent where Luke says that after the Baptism of Jesus he went into the wilderness, there to be tempted of Satan. 

After the Baptism.  Baptism is the sacrament of commitment to the Jesus Movement. It is to be washed, if you will, in the love and the reality of God, and to emerge from that great washing as one whose life is dedicated to living that love in the world. 

In this season of Lent, we take some time to focus on what that means for our lives, whether it is as simple as giving up chocolate candy or as profound as taking on a commitment to serve the poor or to serve others in some new way. Whatever it is, let that something be something that helps you participate in the movement of God’s love in this world following in the footsteps of Jesus. 

And the truth is, the fact that Jesus was baptized and began that movement in the world and immediately found himself tempted by the devil is an ever-present reminder that this movement is not without struggle. It is not easy. The truth is, this movement is difficult. It’s hard work. It’s work of following Jesus to the cross. And it’s work of following Jesus through the cross to the Resurrection. To new life. And new possibility. That is our calling. That is the work of the movement. To help this world move from what is often the nightmare of the world itself into the dream that God intends. 

So I pray that this Lent, as they used to say many years ago, might be the first day of the rest of your life. It might be a new day for this world. 

God love you. God bless you. Have a blessed Lent, a glorious Easter, and you keep the faith. 

 

 

The Most Rev. Michael Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

 

 

 

    “The season of Lent is upon us,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Message for Lent 2016. “It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this...

The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10, and continues to the festive day of Easter on March 27. Resources for Lent 2016 from the Episcopal Church will be available here and include a wide array of prayers, reflections, links, videos, social media, bulletin inserts, and more for all ages to participate in and experience a spirit-filled Lenten season. 

 

Go!

Centering on the theme Go!, daily reflections on a scripture verse containing the word go will be available here and on Facebook here

The reflections, prepared by many authors, will be personal stories, poems, and other ways that the verse is meaningful and related to the theme Go! Among the authors are Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, bishops, Episcopal Church staff, and members of United Thank Offering, Episcopal Migration Ministries, National Association of Episcopal Schools, and Episcopal Relief & Development.

 

Sharing your experiences

Share your experiences and photos of congregations and individuals focusing on Ash Wednesday and Lent, such as Ashes to Go.  Submit your photos here  

 

Other resources

Episcopal Public Policy Network Lenten Series on Beloved Community and racial reconciliation will be found here starting Ash Wednesday 

House of Bishops Theology Committee Lenten reflections here 

Young Adult and Campus Ministry Lenten reflections here  

"Journey to the Cross" at d365 here

Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations here

Society of Saint John the Evangelist Lenten Series here

Lent Madness here 

 

Note: Additional resources, including the Presiding Bishop’s Message for Lent 2016, will be available leading up to Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent.

 

 

The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10, and continues to the festive day of Easter on March 27. Resources for Lent 2016 from the Episcopal Church will be available here and include a wide array of prayers, reflections, links,...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry will discuss Is there room enough for all? The Church's role in creating an Inclusive World at the National Press Club in Washington DC on Monday, February 8 beginning at 10 Eastern.

“One of the most important statements of our time was given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he said we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or we will perish together as fools - the choice is ours: chaos or community,” Presiding Bishop Curry said. “He was right when he said that in the late 1960s and the sentiment is even more profoundly true now. We must learn to live together even in the midst of intense disagreement and profound diversity.  We will either create beloved community or a horrific catastrophe.  Religious faith must be a positive force toward that end - and that is what Jesus of Nazareth came to show us.”

The first African-American to lead the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Curry is known as a charismatic preacher and riveting speaker. He recently returned from the meeting of the Anglican Communion primates in England which was the subject of headlines internationally.

The National Press Club is located at National Press Building, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.  For more information about the event contact Jamie Horwitz, NPC Newsmakers Chair, 202-549-4921, jhdcpr@starpower.net

Located in Washington, DC, the National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. It serves its members through activities that bolster their skills, through services that meet the changing needs of the global communications profession, and through social activities that build a vital media community in Washington and across the world. The Club is where news happens in the nation’s capital and is a vigorous advocate of press freedom worldwide. 

 

Note: the video of Presiding Bishop Curry’s presentation will be available on the Episcopal Church website following the event. 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry will discuss Is there room enough for all? The Church's role in creating an Inclusive World at the National Press Club in Washington DC on Monday, February 8 beginning at 10 Eastern. “One...

The Executive Council http://www.generalconvention.org/ec of The Episcopal Church will meet February 26 - 28 at the American Airlines Training & Conference Center, Fort Worth, TX. Media representatives wishing to attend the meeting must secure credentials. Contact Neva Rae Fox, Public Affairs Officer, at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.

A media conference with access for media not able to attend is planned for Sunday, February 28, the last day of the Executive Council meeting; exact Central time to be announced. Among those scheduled to participate are Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, and the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of the General Convention. Pre-registration for media is required; contact Fox at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.

Executive Council

According to the website: The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church is an elected body representing the whole Church...The Executive Council has the duty to carry out programs and policies adopted by General Convention. It is the job of Executive Council to oversee the ministry and mission of the Church. The Executive Council is comprised of twenty members elected by General Convention (four bishops, four priests or deacons and twelve laypersons) and eighteen members (one clergy, one lay) elected by provincial synods.

 

The Executive Council http://www.generalconvention.org/ec of The Episcopal Church will meet February 26 - 28 at the American Airlines Training & Conference Center, Fort Worth, TX. Media representatives wishing to attend the meeting must secure...

Through a partnership grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and funding from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), The Episcopal Church will enlist 10 AmeriCorps positions who will work with Episcopal Migration Ministries in 10 refugee resettlement affiliate organization offices to recruit and manage local volunteers to support refugee resettlement programming.

“The grant is a unique partnership and will support AmeriCorps members in eight states to further the mission of Episcopal Migration Ministries to resettle refugees,” explained Deborah Stein, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. “This innovative new program will enlist AmeriCorps members to engage in a year of volunteer development and other capacity-building activities at one of ten Episcopal Migration Ministries' affiliate offices across the United States.”

Resettlement sites

The AmeriCorps positions will be placed in the following resettlement sites:

Among the duties of the AmeriCorps members will be to work in the local resettlement office and reach out to the community in order to expand the number of volunteers serving refugee arrivals, build the volunteer program capacity through improved training and volunteer support, and match volunteer skills to the needs of these new Americans.

For information about the program contact Allison Duvall, Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager of Church Relations and Engagement, aduvall@episcopalchurch.org 212-716-6027.

 

Funding

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is committing funds for member support and administration. AmeriCorps members will receive a living allowance plus benefits for full time service (1,700 service hours over the course of a full year).

In addition to this funding, CNCS will make available to the Episcopal Church $57,300 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for those in AmeriCorps funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, members receive an award of $5,730 to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions or to repay qualified student loans.

 

Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 10 positions. Information and application instructions are available here

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.

 

Episcopal Migration Ministries

Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church. Each year the Episcopal Church works in partnership with its affiliate network, along with dioceses, faith communities and volunteers, to welcome refugees from conflict zones across the globe.

 

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps operates as a public-private partnership that leverages significant amounts of outside resources to stretch the federal dollar and increase community impact.

“AmeriCorps members are improving the lives of millions of citizens and having a positive and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our communities,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “While they serve others, AmeriCorps members also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.  We congratulate the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society for their strong application, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their dedication to service.”

AmeriCorps engages 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis. 

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

 

 

The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is the legal and canonical name under which The Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business and carries out mission.

 

 

Through a partnership grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and funding from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), The Episcopal Church will enlist 10 AmeriCorps positions...

The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage has mapped out its work for the next triennium.

The Task Force, at its recent first meeting, addressed its charge from Resolution A037 from the 2015 General Convention. The Rev. Brian Taylor, chair, commented, “Once again, our charge is quite challenging, as we have been asked to look at a wide variety of relationships and households other than marriage that currently make up one half of our society and church, using a broad range of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives.”

He continued, “At the same time, we are charged with the exploration of particular issues regarding marriage: specifically, the impact of same-sex marriage on our church, and the relationship between church and state in performing weddings.”

The Task Force divided its work into four working groups that will:

  • consult with and listen to people living some of the “changing trends and norms” that Resolution A037 asked the task force to examine;
  • study and write short documents about marriage and other relationships using various disciplines, and solicit responses to them from a range of perspectives;
  • monitor the impact of same-sex marriage upon congregations, The Episcopal Church, and Anglican and ecumenical partners;
  • promote the use of the Dearly Beloved Toolkit (both text and PowerPoint slides available here) and Essays for congregational and diocesan conversation and monitor the ongoing discussion about the relationship between the church and the state in regard to weddings. 

Taylor pointed out that an important aspect of this triennium’s effort by the task force is “the breadth of perspective in our work that is so clearly mandated by General Convention. This is much on our minds, in terms of our membership itself, and in terms of the points of view to be studied and written about, people to be consulted with, and feedback to be sought from individuals, ecumenical partners, and other parts of the Anglican Communion. We take this mandate very seriously, for it is within our diversity that we both find our strength and live out our unity in Christ.”

For current information and to offer input, visit the task force’s Facebook page             

 

Members

The Rev. Brian C. Taylor, Diocese of Rio Grande,    Chair

Joan Geiszler-Ludlum, Diocese of East Carolina, Vice Chair           

The Rev. Philip Dinwiddie, Diocese of Michigan, Secretary

The Rev. Stannard Baker, Diocese of            Vermont

James Ellis, Diocese of Montana                   

Bishop Thomas Ely, Diocese of Vermont

The Rev. Gianetta Hayes-Martin, Diocese of California                   

The Rev. Jordan Hylden, Diocese of Upper South Carolina 

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, Diocese of California    

Bishop Steven Miller, Diocese of Milwaukee

The Rev. Humphrey Paulino, Diocese of Venezuela             

The Rev. Susan Russell, Diocese of Los Angeles

Deborah Stokes, Diocese of Southern Ohio              

Bishop Brian Thom, Diocese of Idaho

Melodie Woerman, Diocese of Kansas

 

 

For more info, comments or questions, contact Taylor, bctaylor@me.com.

 

 

 

 

 

  

The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage has mapped out its work for the next triennium. The Task Force, at its recent first meeting, addressed its charge from Resolution A037 from the 2015 General Convention. The Rev. Brian...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued a video statement concerning the actions of the Anglican Primates at the meeting in Canterbury, England.

 

The video is available here

 

 

 

The following is the text of the Presiding Bishop’s statement:

Before I say a word about our gathering here at the Primates Meeting, I just want to say a word of thank you to you for all of your prayers: your prayers for this meeting, your prayers for me personally, both here and in my earlier sickness. We are well, and God is God, and I thank you.

 Let me say a word about the meeting.

This is not the outcome we expected, and while we are disappointed, it’s important to remember that the Anglican Communion is really not a matter of structure and organization. The Anglican Communion is a network of relationships that have been built on mission partnerships; relationships that are grounded in a common faith; relationships in companion diocese relationships; relationships with parish to parish across the world; relationships that are profoundly committed to serving and following the way of Jesus of Nazareth by helping the poorest of the poor, and helping this world to be a place where no child goes to bed hungry ever. That’s what the Anglican Communion is, and that Communion continues and moves forward.

This has been a disappointing time for many, and there will be heartache and pain for many, but it’s important to remember that we are still part of the Anglican Communion. We are the Episcopal Church, and we are part of the Jesus Movement, and that Movement goes on, and our work goes on. And the truth is, it may be part of our vocation to help the Communion and to help many others to grow in a direction where we can realize and live the love that God has for all of us, and we can one day be a Church and a Communion where all of God’s children are fully welcomed, where this is truly a house of prayer for all people. And maybe it’s a part of our vocation to help that to happen. And so we must claim that high calling; claim the high calling of love and faith; love even for those with whom we disagree, and then continue, and that we will do, and we will do it together.

We are part of the Jesus Movement, and the cause of God’s love in this world can never stop and will never be defeated.

 God love you. God bless you. And you keep the faith. And we move forward.

 

The Most Rev. Michael Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued a video statement concerning the actions of the Anglican Primates at the meeting in Canterbury, England.   The video is available here       The following is the text of...