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Take a wellness challenge in October
Bp Douglas to lead 3-part teaching series
Fall clericus meetings set
Reminder: Clergy day of reflection Oct. 1
Positions open
Girl Up! Uniting girls to change the world
Priesthood ordination process begins "beta testing"
Stewardship resources from The Episcopal Church
Annual Convention reminders
Christian Formation series
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Weekly eNewsSeptember 21, 2012
Ordinations Sept. 15 2012 Newly ordained: The Rev. Emily Phillips, left, transitional deacon and the Rev. Bonnie Matthews, right, deacon, with Bishop Douglas and Bishop Ahrens on September 15, 2012 outside of Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford. Photo from Stephen Lloyd (thx!)  
Take a wellness challenge - daily walks in October! Meditations offered to get you started and grounded 


Walk and Be Well CREDO program An Episcopal organization known for promoting wellness, CREDO, hopes to encourage more people to take up walking by offering daily "Walk and Be Well" reflections starting October 1. The reflections will be available in both text and audio and "can motivate, encourage and educate you on the benefits of walking and help you commit to 28 days devoted to better wellness." Sign up online (click the image above, or here). There's an intro on Sept. 30.

The distance and pace is up to you. The website has more info on the reflections along with resources for finding the right walking shoes, staying safe, and how to start a walking group.

Bishop Ahrens has already signed up. Ginny Wagenseller, parish nurse at Christ & Holy Trinity and Province One representative to the National Episcopal Health Ministries (NEHM), is joining it and both she and NEHM recommend it as a parish undertaking. Another endorsement comes from Valzie Peterkin, president of the diocesan Episcopal Church Women (ECW). The NEHM and ECW teamed up at this past General Convention and organized a 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk for fitness and to raise funds for social service programs.


CREDO  is an Episcopal Church Pension Fund sponsored benefit that supports wellness and leadership. It's best-known for its eight-day conferences for clergy.  

Bishop Douglas to lead teaching series to begin Sept. 26 in Higganum - Lessons from a 20th century missionary for the 21st century church 


Roland AllenReminder of the upcoming three-part teaching series by Bishop Ian T. Douglas on the missionary Roland Allen. They start Sept. 26. The focus is on the theology and methods of Roland Allen and how they apply to the contemporary Church. Sessions will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. James', Higganum, on Sept. 26, Oct. 3, and Oct. 17. They're hosted by the Middlesex Cluster Regional Ministry. All are invited; there is no charge. RSVP to 860-345-0058 or  Details on fllyer  (PDF) link here.   

Fall clericus meeting schedule published 

The fall clericus meeting schedule has been published and sent to the clergy enews subscriber list. These are meetings of the clergy and a bishop held in each deanery. Link here for the eNewsletter.  

Reminder: Clergy Day of Reflection Oct. 1  


The Rev. Dr. Audrey Scanlan, Canon for Mission Collaboration and Congregational Life, has organized a clergy day of reflection, "Stepping out in Faith: Living our vows in changing times." It will be held Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. John's, Essex and led by the Rev. Greg Welin and the Rev. Rachel Thomas. Details and registration link here.  
Positions open


1. Diocesan Canon for Mission Leadership - resumes can be submitted through September 30. Info letter here or direct link here.

2. Full-time assistant rector, at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Westport, reporting to the interim rector, with shared and independent liturgical, pastoral, and program leadership responsibilities, and special responsibility for coordinating ministries to children and young people and their families (including confirmation and church school), in a resource-size parish located in a suburban community 50 miles from NYC. Email:

3. PT children's Christian education director, St. John's, Stamford. Active Godly Play program for preschool through primary age children, J2A program for middle and high school youth. Seeking person w/love of God and children, training as a Christian or secular educator, experience with children's Christian formation and w/Godly Play or Montessori.  Must be able to encourage and support volunteer teachers, connect with parish families.  25 hrs/week, time off in summer & school vacations. Competitive salary commensurate w/education & experience. Full description here Inquiries: The Rev. James R. Wheeler, rector, 

Uniting girls to change the world:
Take part in the UN International Day of the Girl 


 St. James', Glastonbury has jumped on the opportunity to participate in the United Nations' first "International Day of the Girl" on October 11, 2012. The related campaign is called "Girl Up." Girl Up 


St. James' team - We R 4 Girls - is collecting $5 donations as a way of giving girls everywhere a "high five" - and they would love to have lots more Episcopalians join them to reach their goal of $5,555. (Link here)  To read how $5 can change one girl's life, link here to this Girl Up flyer.   


The campaign also helps raise awareness and  helps American girls become leaders. St. James' is working with Girl Up staffer Jamie Whalen on activities for their their middle school youth. Jamie is coordinating a series of "pep rallies" for Girl Up on October 11 (or a close date). Possible activities include letter-writing campaigns, interactive games, wearing T-shirts of a certain color in solidarity with girls everywhere, watching slide shows or videos, using "tool kits," etc. Contact the Rev. Nancy Gossling at St. James for more info at 860-633-8333 or  


Promoting gender equality is Goal #3 in the UN Millennium Development Goals.


Priesthood ordination process begins "beta testing"  
The Title III Task Force, which has been working to develop a new process for discernment and priestly formation in the Diocese of CT, has just published its Provisional Process. The bishops are now inviting a small number of nominees to enter into the process as participant observers ("beta testers") who will be expected to provide ongoing feedback from the processes by which they are being evaluated. This page links to the letter and includes a link to the provisional process.   

Episcopal Church offers stewardship resources 

From The Episcopal Church: The Office of Stewardship's program called Blessed to Be A Blessing, which offers new tools to enhance stewardship campaigns and features prominent writers from throughout the Episcopal Church, is now available in Spanish, Chinese and Korean. Materials are here, and are free. 

Blessed to Be A Blessing is a six-week series inviting reflection and discussion on stewardship principles and practices based on the Gospel readings from Mark for each Sunday from October 7 through November 11.

According to the Rev. Laurel Johnston, program officer for stewardship, "Blessed to Be A Blessing is designed to complement and support a congregation's annual giving campaign, each of the six contributing writers explores stewardship, giving, gratitude and generosity in connection with the Gospel lection for each Sunday during the month of October through November."

Annual Convention update - Oct. 19-20, Hartford


Annl Conv 2012 Resolutions are now online, including the proposed budget. Attend a hearing; see event section below. Nominees are listed online and bios w/photos will be posted this week. Everyone must register, including those who are voting, not voting, just visiting, etc. The fee is $65. Do not wait until the day of Convention, or you will have to pay $100. Link to 2012 web page. See subpages on the left side. Vendor registration is closed and we've started a waiting list.

Youth presence
New! There will be a youth presence at Annual Convention. Camp Washington and the Convention Planning Committee are offering a program for high school youth for Saturday, Oct. 20. An organizing meeting for youth is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 6 from 10 1 p.m. at St. John's, West Hartford. Interested youth should contact Matt Cornish or Gretchen Curry.
Greenwich parish announces Courage & Faith series


Christ Church in Greenwich has a spectacular lineup in their Courage & Faith 2012-2013 Series. Take a group! 


--Talk by Jim Wallis, "Whatever Happened to the Common Good? The Role of Faith in the Upcoming Election," Sat., Sept. 29 6:30 p.m. RSVP Required. Also, guest preacher 9:15 a.m. Sept. 30.  

--Talk by Joy Carroll Wallis, "Vicar of Dibley to Baseball Mom," Sun. Sept. 30, 10:10 a.m. 

 --An evening with Rob Bell, Sat. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. $10; music by Jill Phillips & Andy Gullahorn

--Day retreat led by the Rev. Jack Heaslip, "Relating to an Outrageous God," Sat. Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., RSVP required. Also, guest preacher 9:15 a.m. Nov. 4 and talk Nov. 4, 10:10 a.m. 

--Evening talk by Gabe Lyons, Sat. Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m., "The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America" Also, guest preacher 9:15 a.m. Jan. 13 and talk Jan 13, 10:10 a.m. 


From the brochure: "Courage and Faith is a program that seeks to provide environments, lectures, artistic performances, and spiritual experiences that will inspire and equip people to live Christianly in our postmodern world. The hope of this spiritual formation series is to stimulate generative conversation about what it means to follow Jesus faithfully and courageously in our daily lives."

Directions, more info, at  

In the news ...                                                


The Oxford Patch ran an article about the 200-year anniversary celebration at Christ Church Quaker Farms, posted by their rector the Rev. John Donnelly.

A reader-submitted post to by writer and St. Alban's, Simsbury parishioner Karen Williams about the start of the second year for their priest-in-charge, the Rev. Barbara Briggs.

The 4-foot, 900-pound Tiffany baptismal font at Christ Church, Pomfret was borrowed for a display of Louis Tiffany's work at NYC's Museum of Biblical Art, running Oct. 12-Jan. 20. The church had Tiffany windows, too, but the font turned out to be the main attraction. Read about it in this Norwich Bulletin article.

Diocesan-wide calendar: coming up soon ..
This calendar includes events submitted by 9/19 and is listed through Oct. 6 (except series). More detail, submit your events: or at:


  • Roland Allen teaching series led by Bishop Douglas, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. James', Higganum Sept. 26, Oct 3, Oct. 17. 
  • Program & Budget regional hearings 9/27, and 10/3. Pre-annual convention Review the proposed budget and discuss other matters. Each 7 p.m.: Next two: Sept. 27, St. David's, Gales Ferry, Oct. 3, Trinity, Torrington.  
  • Healing Ministries Network Roundtable Sept. 22.  10 a.m. to noon at Grace, Trumbull. Open to anyone currently involved or interested in the ministry of healing. More here.  
  • Aging & Life Planning Roundtable Sept. 22. 3-5 p.m., St. John's, North Haven. Discuss the field of eldercare; talk about ministry with elders; offer your perspectives. More info here   
  • Deacon Information Day Sept. 29. 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at St. John's, Bristol - Learn more about the diaconate in Connecticut. Register and more details here including schedule.  
  • Mental Health Month - Presentation and discussion series at St. Mary's, Manchester. 5 p.m. Oct. 7: "In Our Own Voice,"  Oct. 14: "Substance Abuse and Postpartum Depression," Oct. 21: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and  Schizophrenia," Oct. 28: "Chronic Stress." (look up each by date)  
  • Spirituality of Philanthropy, half-day seminar led by Canon Charles Lafond, Oct. 6 at St. John's, Washington  
  • Spa for the Spirit Retreat, led by Bishop Laura J. Ahrens Oct. 6, Stamford) Learning from St. Francis of Assisi. Register in advance. More info.
  • Church Medical Trust Insurance - hearings on  the denominational health plan. Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Manchester; Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m. Hartford; Oct. 10 3 p.m. Meriden; Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m. Fairfield. Look up by date.   

SAFE CHURCH TRAINING - Fall schedule   

  • Basic training - More info here, with registration links.
    9/22 St. Mark's, Bridgewater
    9/29 St. Peter's, Milford
    10/6 Trinity, Branford
    10/13 Christ Episcopal, Norwich
    10/13 Trinity, Wethersfield 
    11/17 St. Francis', Stamford 
  • Recertification (laity) - More info here w/registration links
    9/27 Thu. 6-9 p.m. Christ Church, Ansonia
    9/29 Sat. 9-11:30 a.m. Trinity, Tariffville
    10/27 Sat. 9-11:30 a.m. St. Mark's, Storrs
    11/3 Sat. 9-11:30 a.m. St. Matthew's, Wilton  

LOCAL PARISH EVENTS (look up by date) (**on ctmissionconnect)

  • Morning stretching (Tu/Th 9/4-10/11, Good Shepherd, Orange
  • Bookends Reunion Concert (Sept. 21 and 22, Avon)
  • Clambake (Sept. 22, Stonington)
  • Concert: Meagan Joynt & Sean Jackson (Sept./23, Stamford)  
  • Bicentennial Birthday Bash (200 years! Sept. 23, Quaker Farms)
  • Purpose-Driven Life discussion series (Sept. 24-Nov. 4, Quaker Farms)
  • Mid-day Music (Sept./26, Norwalk)
  • Taize Worship Service (Sept./26, Newtown) 
  • Concert:Taiwanese multi-percussionist and Puerto Rican classical guitarist (Sept. 28, Wethersfield)
  • Treasure Trove Auction (Sept. 29, Roxbury)
  •  Evensong & organ recital (Sept. 30, Westport)
  • Spirituality of Philanthropy seminar (Oct. 6, Washington)
  • Godfather's Meshuggener Wedding (Oct. 6, Orange)
  • "Souper" Saturday (Oct. 6, Wethersfield)
  • Blessing of the Animals (Oct. 7 Danbury, also Washington