November 10, 2020
ECCT eNEWS
An Important Message for all Episcopal Clergy

The Church Pension Group (CPG), as the Recorder of Ordinations, is collecting data on race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation from all actively working and retired deacons, priests, and bishops on a voluntary basis. This effort is in support of The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative, and four resolutions passed by the 79th General Convention.

The information will be used to gain a better understanding of how different groups are treated in terms of deployment and compensation, as well as in Episcopal elections, on the way to establishing a more just, equitable, and diverse Church.

CPG has updated its MyCPG Accounts platform on www.cpg.org and its technology systems to facilitate the collection of this data, which will be used for analysis and reported in aggregate form in its various reports on trends in ordination, deployment, and compensation. This information will not be used to administer benefits, and will not be printed in the Episcopal Clerical Directory.

This is a very important initiative for the Church and we need your support. All actively working and retired deacons, priests, and bishops are encouraged to take a moment to be a part of the picture. The process is quick, convenient, and safe, simply:
  1. Log onto MyCPG Accounts
  2. Click on “Edit Profile”
  3. Click “Clergy Information” and go to “Church Reporting”
If you have trouble accessing your MyCPG Account, please contact us at (855) 594-2201. You can learn more about this initiative and review the General Convention resolutions at cpg.org/picture.
ECCT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Farewell and thank you to Alli Gannett, ECCT Digital Media Coordinator

Please join us in congratulating Alli for accepting a new position as Director of Communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon! Alli has done so much to increase the digital ministry of ECCT and we will be forever thankful for the time we had with her here. Alli's final day will be Friday, November 20th. Blessings and safe travels Alli!
Transitions in the Office of Communication & Media

In other Communication news, Canon for Mission Communication & Media Jasree Peralta will be away for maternity leave beginning Tuesday, November 24th and returning March 1, 2021. Starting Monday, November 16th, The Rev. Stacey Kohl will be stepping in as Interim Communications Specialist to assist with specific communication duties. Contact information for Stacey to come next week.
NEW DUE DATE:
COVID Impact on Parish Financials
(Q1 & Q2 Assessment)
ECCT is inviting each parish to participate with this online survey. This survey will serve to assist us in adequately assessing and preparing for how best to continue to assist you. Please visit the link below. All it takes is your quarterly statement and approximately 10-15 minutes of your time. Due Friday, November 13th. We appreciate your participation.
Now Hiring: Accounts Manager
ECCT is seeking to hire an Accounts Manager for the Office of Finance and Operations. To find out more and apply, click the button below.
Unemployment Tax and Parishes
Please see this notice from Kayla Tubolino, HR Administrator for ECCT, regarding a letter about Unemployment Tax Registration and religious organizations.
ECCT EVENTS
Safe Church Training Schedule
Fall 2020

Tue, Nov 10, 2020 10:00 AM EST
Retired Clergy and Spouses Fall Zoom Meeting
Sat, Nov 14, 2020 10:00 AM EST
Worship Leader Training: How to lead Morning Prayer
Racial Disparities in Youth Education and Juvenile Justice - November 17, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Join ECCT and the Center for Children's Advocacy, for a conversation and presentation on inequities and the impact of systemic discrimination in youth environments.
 
Speakers include Martha Stone, JD, Executive Director for Center for Children's Advocacy, Dr. Maysa Akbar, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine and more. Conversation will be moderated by Kelli Ray Gibson, ECCT Racial Justice Resource Coordinator.
Tue, Nov 17, 2020 9:00 AM EST
Clergy Day
Wed, Nov 18, 2020 6:30 PM EST
LEADING OUT OF CRISIS: FINDING OUR WAY FORWARD
Thu, Nov 26, 2020 2:00 PM EST
Thanksgiving at Camp Washington
Camp Washington, Lakeside/Morris
Sun, Nov 29, 2020 4:00 PM EST
Family Advent Day
Camp Washington, Lakeside/Morris
RESOURCES
Upcoming Webinars & Events:

From the CEEP Network:
Thursday, Nov 12, 3:00 PM EST
Tuesday, Nov 17, 1:00 PM EST
Wednesday, November 18, 3:00 PM EST
Global Mission Engagement: Join the conversation October 6th - December 1st

Every Tuesday beginning October 6 at 6:30 p.m. online. 
Questions regarding the series can be directed to the Rev. Amjad Samuel at asamuel@stpaulsct.org. Please note that there may be issues registering with Airmeet on a phone or tablet. First try on a desktop/laptop. Register Now
Kelli's Corner
Resources from ECCT's Racial Justice Resource Coordinator
Join St. John's West Hartford Anti-racism parenting group tonight! Contact Margie@SJParish.net for details.
The Theta Epsilon Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated gathered outside Sunday afternoon in New Haven to celebrate Kamala Harris’ victory as vice president elect of the United States. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is the first historically black sorority that was founded at Howard, a historically black University in 1908. Esteemed members of this sorority include Coretta Scott King, wife of Civil Rights Activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison, 

To read more about the celebration click here.
Resources from the Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation Ministry Network

  • Virtual Meetings to plan for the relaunch of a campaign to provide affordable health care options for all Connecticut residence in the the 2021 legislative session - more information contact the Rev. Tracy Johnson Russell or Miriam Miller

  • Thursday, November 12: Launch 2021 CT Health Reform Campaign Press Conference at 11:00 a.m. on the North State Capitol Steps


  • Cathedral Poetry Night with Dr. Lindsay Rockwell, SAVE THE DATE: November 19, 2020 at 6:00 PM - an hour of poetry, music, and dialogue, and a conversation on racial justice and reconciliation.

The Rev. Jack Gilpin shared this film that was written, directed and produced by his friend, documentary filmmaker and producer, Harry Moses. Introduced by Usher, Moses created this film about a current case in Louisiana. For more than 50 years, Harry Moses has been making documentaries and his latest on the criminal justice system in Louisiana, Guilty Until Proven Guilty, funded by the Kellogg Foundation, was named best documentary at the 2018 Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival. Moses produced more than 100 stories at “60 Minutes”, and he is the recipient of Emmy, Peabody, and Directors Guild of America awards as well as a Lifetime Achievement citation from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work on “60 Minutes”.

This is the short video The Rev. Deacon Shancia Jarrett shared with those who attended the quarterly gathering of ECCT’s Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation Ministry Network on Saturday. This film won the Grand Festival Educational Documentary Award at the 28th Annual Berkeley Video and Movie Festival. Blending historical footage and interviews with housing experts, the 15-minute film traces the legacy of housing discrimination by government programs and financial institutions that shut African Americans and other minorities out of homeownership for decades. That disparity in homeownership rates continues and “is at the core of the racial wealth gap today,” the film maintains.
Hosting a book study or film series; inviting a guest speaker or engaging in community action? Please send our Racial Justice Resource Coordinator an email and share!
Need help discovering specific resources? Fill out this form.
To learn more about the season and Ministry Network of Racial Healing, Justice, & Reconciliation, visit our website here.
Discerning My Path

Many of us yearn for a deeper relationship with the Divine, and we may also wonder about what we have to offer the world. How can we listen deeply enough to hear God’s desire for us? The work of holy listening takes time and rarely follows a step by step process. It requires both solitude and a supportive community.

Discerning my Path for Faithful Living is course ECCT is developing in collaboration with other dioceses in Province I and Bexley Seabury Seminary. This course invites participants into a time of deep listening, practice of ancient and modern spiritual disciplines, and offering and receiving insight regarding individual gifts and passions — all within a brave/safe circle of trust. In addition to monthly online meetings in small groups, participants will engage spiritual reading, videos and articles on discernment, spiritual practices, and the ministry of the baptized. Our journey together will be enriched with activities for self-reflection, guided conversations with others, and exploration of our own contexts. Small groups meet monthly online at a time they schedule. Individual reading and reflection takes 2-3 hours per week.

Over a dozen Connecticut Episcopalians have already said “yes” to this opportunity. This opportunity is open to all the baptized in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Scholarships and grants are available. For more information, visit our website or contact the Rev. Marcus Halley, Dean of Formation.
Lament and Live Together: A Letter to the Church in New England

Bishops Ian T. Douglas and Laura J. Ahrens are two of the 25 church leaders from New England who signed a letter calling for communal lament and sharing of mental health support for clergy. This letter titled "Lament and Live Together: A Letter to the Church in New England," is a response to the increase of distress and despair amongst clergy persons and church leaders, particularly in a difficult year for many. 
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Parenting in the Wilderness: A Sacred Space for Connection & Fun
2nd Thursday each month | 9 am

Gather with clergy and lay facilitators to hold one another up. Join here
Upcoming leaders:
Rev. Rebekah Hatch | November 12
ECCT Digital Communication Office Hours
Thursdays 1 - 2 pm
*Only two dates left:
Nov. 12, and 19*
Bring your questions!

Registration is required here.
MORE COVID-19 RELATED RESOURCES:
GRANT & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
OPEN POSITIONS
Reminder: Parochial Report and Parish Survey past due

Parochial Reports along with the Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation Addendum were due March 1st. Please submit both forms if you haven't already. The first part of Parish surveys (now updated annually) was due June 1st. Please login here to complete this part of your parish's Good Standing criteria. Questions? Contact Matt Handi mhandi@episcopalct.org or 203‐639‐3501, ext. 107