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Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, has announced a new initiative and partnership to encourage young adults to engage in racial reconciliation and justice at the important site of Ferguson, MO.

Bishop Sauls announced that young adults 18 to 30 years old are invited to apply for a Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, MO on October 8 – 12 sponsored by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

The primary focus of the Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson is to learn to engage in racial justice and reconciliation in a locale that has experienced significant racial tensions since the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown.

“Ferguson was an obvious choice for this pilgrimage given the experiences it has lived for the past year, though Ferguson’s experience could have played out in any town or city in America,” Bishop Sauls said. “Our goal is to learn and model justice, in response to racial division and strife, and to walk the road of reconciliation in communities throughout The Episcopal Church.”

The innovative event is coordinated and presented by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society through its Offices of Racial Reconciliation and Young Adult and Campus Ministry. The event is co-sponsored with the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) and co-hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri.

"A tourist merely passes through a place; a pilgrim comes to a place in a posture of vulnerability and then allows the place and its people in,” noted Bishop Wayne Smith of the Diocese of Missouri. “No one intended it, but through the ravages of racism, past and current, St. Louis has become a place for pilgrims. There is holy ground here, and no one can stand on it and encounter its people without being changed.”

Bishop Smith added, "Ferguson is a hard place but the right place for the Young Adult Pilgrimage this fall.  The people of this Diocese are eager to welcome the pilgrims."

Among the events slated for the Pilgrimage are a visit to the location where Michael Brown died; engagement with local clergy and community leaders who have addressed justice and reconciliation in the aftermath of protests; innovative workshops; and spirit-filled community worship.

“The participants will learn about community organizing and advocacy for racial reconciliation while engaging in leadership development and spiritual formation,” explained Heidi Kim, Missioner for Racial Reconciliation for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

In order to continue the process of racial reconciliation, participants are expected to undertake a project in their community that demonstrates engagement on issues of racial justice and reconciliation. “Part of the application process is for the applicant to present a proposal for a community project,” Kim said.  “While the details of the project may be altered following the pilgrimage, it is important for everyone to be prepared to take what they learn back to his or her community.”

Applications

Application deadline is September 11.  Applications and more information are available here.  Space is limited. Applicants must be nominated by an adult from their communities or dioceses, such as a priest, bishop, supervisor, etc.

While major funding has been provided through a Constable Grant, registration is $500 per participant.  Scholarships are available.

The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church General Convention/Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS). The Pilgrimage to Ferguson was awarded a $52,250.00 Constable Grant in January 2015.

For more information contact Kim.

 

 

 

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Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, has announced a new initiative and partnership to encourage young adults to engage in racial reconciliation and justice at the important site of Ferguson, MO. Bishop Sauls...

In the next four months – September 1 to December 31 - The Episcopal Church will witness the installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop, the consecrations of two bishops, the election of one bishop, and the consent processes underway for two.

Presiding Bishop

The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, will occur on Sunday, November 1 at noon Eastern at Washington National Cathedral.

Consecrations

Two consecrations of bishops are slated for September - December.

September 12: Diocese of Central Pennsylvania: The Rev. Canon Audrey Scanlan, elected March 14

November 14: Diocese of Dallas: The Rev. George Sumner, elected May 16 (pending successful completion of the consent process).

Elections

During September - December, one election for a bishop is scheduled:

October 17: Diocese of Eastern Oregon

Canonical Consent Process

Currently there are two canonical consent processes underway for September - December.

October 10: The Rev. George Sumner, elected Bishop of Dallas on May 16

December 19: The Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota, elected Bishop Coadjutor of Dominican Republic on July 25

 

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In the next four months – September 1 to December 31 - The Episcopal Church will witness the installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop, the consecrations of two bishops, the election of one bishop, and the consent processes underway for two....

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, announced that applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 awards for Indigenous Theological Training.

The awards are available to diocesan and churchwide organizations for lay and ordained members of The Episcopal Church.

“These grants are crucial to support the innovative work of theological education of the Indigenous ministries in dioceses focused on Indigenous Ministry,” commented Sarah Eagle Heart, Missioner for Indigenous Ministries for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

Among the educational possibilities are spiritual formation, leadership development, and/or ordination. All applications must have the endorsement of the diocesan bishop.

The application and information are available here   

Funding is under direction and supervision of the Office of Indigenous Ministry of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

Deadline for all applications is September 30.

For more information contact McDonald or Angeline Cabanban.

 

 

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Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, announced that applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 awards for Indigenous Theological Training. The awards...

The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Development Office will sponsor the Fall 2015 Symposium on fundraising, Community Engagement and Spiritual Formation: Stories of Transformation, on Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9 in Atlanta, GA. 

“This year, we’re taking this very well-received event on the road to Atlanta in response to requests to offer the symposium in other areas,” noted Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer. “Each year, important information is presented and shared at this annual symposium presented by the Development Office, and we are pleased to present it in a new region.”

Bishop Sauls announced that registrations are now accepted, available here 

Designed for development professionals and fundraisers at dioceses, congregations, and other Episcopal organizations, as well as clergy interested in parish/diocesan fundraising, Community Engagement and Spiritual Formation: Stories of Transformation will be held at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, Atlanta GA.

Among the presenters are: the Rev. David Anderson of St Luke’s, Darien, CT; Erin Weber-Johnson from the Episcopal Church Foundation; and the Rev. Mieke Vandersall, a fundraising consultant. In addition to plenary speakers, the symposium will focus on opportunities for participants to share their stories and experiences.

“The 2015 Symposium will look to education, sharing, learning from each other, and spiritual enrichment,” explained the Rev. David Boyd, Interim Development Director for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.  “We are building on the foundation of previous symposia to stretch our understanding that formation and transformation are essential elements in a deeper appreciation of stewardship and fundraising.”

Symposium and hotel information available here

Seating is limited; deadline is September 25.  Registration is $250 which includes all meals and program handouts.

For more information contact Maggy Keet, Manager of Donor Relations and Special Events for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. 

The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Development Office will sponsor the Fall 2015 Symposium on fundraising, Community Engagement and Spiritual Formation: Stories of Transformation, on Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9 in Atlanta, GA.  “This year...

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has announced the upcoming resignation (retirement) of Bishop James “Jay” Magness, the Sixth Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries of The Episcopal Church.

“Bishop Magness has brought a new level of clarity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to the office, and has increased recruitment and raised awareness of the ministry of federal chaplains around The Episcopal Church,” Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori said. “He will be difficult to replace, and I am grateful this careful process of seeking a successor has begun.”

Bishop Magness has served in this position since June 2010.

“While continuing to enjoy good health and the thorough satisfaction of this ministry, I am keenly aware that I am approaching the age of mandatory retirement,” Bishop Magness commented. “It has been a privilege to have served as the Sixth Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Services and Federal Ministries, and an honor to serve our chaplains and their families.  As we move into a promising future I am confident that our church will choose a wise leader as our Seventh Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Services and Federal Ministries.”

According to Article II Section 7 of the Constitution of The Episcopal Church, the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries is elected by the House of Bishops and is a member of the staff of the Presiding Bishop. The bishop in this role is a suffragan to the Presiding Bishop, who, as primate and chief pastor of The Episcopal Church, holds ultimate constitutional and canonical responsibility for chaplaincies in the military and key federal institutions.  

Currently a search committee is preparing the profile for the position. The election is slated for the House of Bishops meeting in Fall 2016 with the consecration currently scheduled for early 2017.

The position of Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries, formally known in the Constitution of The Episcopal Church as the Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces, includes not only the pastoral care and oversight for armed forces chaplains, military personnel and families, but also oversight of federal hospitals, prisons, and correctional facilities, as well as the Eucharist communities related to military installations.

Magness was elected by the House of Bishops as Bishop Suffragan on March 24, 2010. Previously, Magness served as the Canon for Mission and Diocesan Administration in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and in parish and diocesan ministry. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2003 in the rank of Captain, serving as command chaplain of U.S. Joint Forces Command and fleet chaplain for the U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Prior to those assignments, from 1997 to 2000 he was on the Navy Chief of Chaplains’ staff as personnel manager of the Navy Chaplain Corps.

For more information contact Bishop Clay Matthews, Office of Pastoral Development.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has announced the upcoming resignation (retirement) of Bishop James “Jay” Magness, the Sixth Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries of The Episcopal Church. “Bishop Magness has brought...

The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Barlowe, Secretary of General Convention, has announced that A Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention is now available online at the General Convention website here.

A Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention presents the results of resolutions and other matters from the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, and is available for free download. Additionally, the Summary of Actions lists the membership of the Executive Council and other bodies elected and appointed at General Convention 2015. 

The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church was held June 25 – July 3, in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.

A Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention is the Secretary of General Convention’s fulfillment of his requirement under Joint Rule of Order 15 of the General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

The Journal of the 78th General Convention, which is the official record of the proceedings, will be available in 2016.

For more information on A Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention, contact Twila Rios, Staff Assistant for Content Management and Digital Publishing, Office of the General Convention.

 

The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Barlowe, Secretary of General Convention, has announced that A Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention is now available online at the General Convention website here. A Summary of Actions of the 78th General...

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, announced that applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent The Episcopal Church at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March 14-24, 2016.

The provincial delegate and the churchwide delegates will be able to attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and will represent The Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the UN, including joint advocacy with the group Ecumenical Women.

The 2016 UNCSW Priority Theme is “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.”  The Review Theme is “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.” Information is available here 

Applications are open to an adult or youth (ages 14-19), women or men, who can speak to the Priority or Review Theme and are willing to participate in advocacy at UNSCW.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. 

Applicants should have a relevant role at the parish, diocesan and/or provincial level, be accountable to a diocesan or provincial authority, and have a process for reporting back to their local community after participating in UNCSW.

Delegates will be expected to be present in New York City for the UNSCW meeting March 11-25, or as close to the entire stay as possible. Delegates will be responsible for their own travel, housing and program expenses.

The delegates will be chosen by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.  All applicants will be notified by mid-October.

Application is available here

Deadline is September 15.

For more information contact Lynnaia Main, Global Relations Officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

 

 

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, announced that applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent The...

Bishop Stacy F. Sauls, Chief Operating Officer, announced that applications are now being accepted for the Director of Development on the staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

The Development Office is the major gifts ministry of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. As such, it identifies, cultivates, and solicits major donors to support ministries at all levels. The Director is responsible for developing, establishing and executing a robust, dynamic fundraising strategy, particularly through major gifts.

“We seek an energetic professional who is mission-driven, with significant fundraising experience and demonstrated success in major gifts, to join our dynamic and dedicated staff,” Bishop Sauls commented.

The Director of Development position information is located here

Information on all available positions as well as application instructions are available here

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

 

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Bishop Stacy F. Sauls, Chief Operating Officer, announced that applications are now being accepted for the Director of Development on the staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. The Development Office is the major gifts ministry of...

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission, announced that registrations are now accepted for the Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) facilitator formation workshop September 14 - 17, designed to train leaders in methods and tools to enhance local ministry and mission.

Called to Transformation is a partnership between the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society 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. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Domestic Poverty Missioner for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

“Training people to use the 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.  “Asset-Based Community Development allows for a vital step in strategic planning in their communities.”

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. "This is why ABCD is so important,” said Sean McConnell, Episcopal Relief & Development's Director of Engagement. "It builds on the gifts of individuals, congregations and organizations, and brings people together to transform their communities. When people engage their own gifts in this way, they become more deeply invested in achieving the shared goals of the community."

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.

“Those who complete the program also will be equipped to serve as facilitators for other communities that would benefit from this proven and theologically-based development methodology,” Stevenson added.

The first of two workshops in 2015 is now open for registration: September 14 to September 17, at the Toddhall Retreat Center, Columbia, IL (across from St Louis, MO).  

Registration is available here. Registration is $175 which includes room, all meals, handouts, etc. Transportation is not included. Deadline for registration is August 31. Seating is limited.

A second workshop is being planned for November 5 to November 8, in western US (details will be released soon). “Both workshops will cover the same material, so interested clergy and lay leaders can choose the one that best fits their schedule and travel needs,” Stevenson said.

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

Workshop trainers include Stevenson; the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Acting Missioner for Campus and Young Adult Ministries for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society; McConnell; and Jenny Korwan, consultant.

​"In this time of Church renewal, Called to Transformation's asset-based approach places the impetus for change and growth within the community itself, rather than solely with church leadership," said McConnell. "Focusing on relationships rather than finances as their most important resource, these communities grow stronger and more deeply engaged over time."

For more information contact Stevenson, or McConnell.

Episcopal Asset Map

One of the tools related to Called to Transformation is the wildly popular Episcopal Asset Map. This innovative partnership between the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and Episcopal Relief & Development has resulted in an online tool to learn more about and to share resources for ministries in local, diocesan and churchwide networks.

The Episcopal Asset Map is an online service showing the location and the array of ministries offered by Episcopal congregations, schools and institutions. The Episcopal Asset Map is available at no fee.

As of July, 83 dioceses are participating in the Episcopal Asset Map.

A short video is available here

For more information contact Stevenson or Katie Mears, USA Disaster Preparedness and Response Director for Episcopal Relief & Development, kmears@episcopalrelief.org.

 

 

 

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission, announced that registrations are now accepted for the Called to Transformation Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) facilitator formation workshop September 14 - 17,...

The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, will occur on Sunday, November 1 at noon Eastern at Washington National Cathedral.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, was elected and confirmed as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church at the 78th General Convention on June 27. According to the Canons of The Episcopal Church, he becomes Presiding Bishop on November 1. Bishop Curry is the first African-American to be elected Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop will be live webcast.

The service will be reflective of the comprehensiveness of the Episcopal tradition and community. Bishop Curry will preach at the service. 

Episcopal, Anglican, ecumenical, and interreligious guests are expected to join bishops, General Convention deputies, Executive Council members, and other leaders, members and guests of The Episcopal Church for the celebration.

Please note:

Media: media credential applications will be available September 8.  Details on media coverage and opportunities will be announced at that time.

Tickets: Information on the process for general seating tickets will be announced after Labor Day.

 

 

 

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The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, will occur on Sunday, November 1 at noon Eastern at Washington National Cathedral. The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop...