May 19 , 2020
ECCT Stories: Holiness at Home
 Contributed by Digital Media Coordinator Alli Gannett

At the end of March, facing the closing of church buildings and the need to practice physical distancing and stay-at-home orders, the Rev. Stacey Kohl decided to embrace the  Holiness at Home  with a YouTube series for Christ Episcopal Church, Norwich. 

I reached out to Stacey to talk about how she came up with the idea for Holiness at Home and her hopes for the series. Below you will find our interview and all seven available videos.

Clergy, scientists grapple with thoughts of worship without congregational singing

[Religion News Service] They are words the Rev. John Witvliet, an expert on Christian worship, never thought he would hear himself say.

“Based on the science that we are learning about this week, we are urging and I am personally urging extreme caution,” said Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a Wednesday (May 13) interview.

“Singing together in congregations is a practice that we dearly love and are eager to promote, but loving our neighbor is job one here and so the time for fasting from this wonderful practice may be longer than any of us would like.”

Now Receiving Applications to Join our 2020 Summer Holy Orders Discernment Cohort

We are receiving applications for individuals interested in discerning a vocation to Holy Orders (diaconate or priesthood) now through June 15 . The 2020 Summer Holy Orders Discernment Cohort will begin meeting in July via Zoom. Details about those gatherings are still being developed with our facilitators. Any Connecticut Episcopalian in good-standing who has begun this conversation with their priest (or warden in the absence of a priest) is welcome to apply. You can find the application or more information here or by contacting the Dean of Formation .
Coffee Hour at the Commons:
Laundry Love of Greater Danbury

On this episode, Alli shares her experience at the Laundry Love of Greater Danbury at the White Street Wash in Danbury. Alli met with Denise Holl to learn about the ministry and where Denise sees God at work. 
Listen to this episode here .
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ECCT Region Town Hall Meetings - Coming Soon!
Join Bishop Douglas, Bishop Ahrens, our Region Missionaries and Region Leadership Teams for one hour conversations to explore
What are we learning?  and  What is God saying to us? 
During the coronavirus pandemic.

All are welcome. No registration required.
Times, days and zoom links will be announced this week.
Fri, May 29, 2020 9:30 AM EST
Bishop's Book Discussion at Camp Washington - ONLINE
Camp Washington, Lakeside/Morris
Bishop's Book Discussion: May 29, 9:30 – 11:00 Online

Join Bishop Laura Ahrens for an online book study continuing with St. Benedict's Toolbox  by Jane Tomaine (available as an eBook with Kindle through Amazon).

Digital Communications Office Hours! Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

As physical distancing and quarantine continue, join Canon for Mission Communications and Media Jasree Peralta and Digital Media Coordinator Alli Gannett for online office hours via Zoom. Bring your specific questions regarding all things communications and media. Registration is required, no limit on sessions. Please register here
Other Upcoming Events
IRIS Community Update:
a conversation on moving forward
May 21st, 11 am (via zoom)
Join Chris George, IRIS Executive Director, Ann O'Brien, IRIS Director of Community Engagement, and affiliated experts for a conversation about how we're responding to the needs of refugees and immigrants, and envisioning moving forward along with the broader community. 

We'll be joined by former refugee Gladys Mwilelo, IRIS board members Dr. Kaveh Khoshnood (Yale School of Public Health) and Laura Miller (International Rescue Committee), as well as Hartford and New Haven faith leaders Rabbi Brockman, Reverend Drew Smith, and Imam Omer Bajwa.  Register here
Webinar: The Disaster Response and How You Can Help June 2nd, 12:00 pm

Mike Corey, a student in Hartford Seminary’s Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality program, has been on the front lines of the disaster response to Covid-19 in Connecticut.
As Chair of the  Connecticut Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster , Mike has been involved in issues from food insecurity to volunteer management to the election process.

“It is amazing how many aspects of life this is impacting,” he said.
Join us to hear how the whole community has responded and what you can do to help make a difference. Register here

Hartford Seminary is offering these webinars for free to help our community in a time of need. If you are able, please donate to help offset costs.
Effective Leadership in Times of Anxiety and Pandemic (resources)

You can access the materials used by Canons Lee Ann Tolzmann and Robin Hammeal-Urban from their discussion from last week here.

ECCT's COVID-19 Financial and Human Resources

Visit our Financial and Human Resources page to find more on the following:

  • ECCT Parish Relief Resources
  • ECCT HR Guidance Resources
  • CCS Fundraising Resources
  • Church Pension Group Resources
  • Government Program COVID-19 Resources
  • Additional Resources
For links to Bishops' Letters, Covid-19 health updates, factsheets and other resources regarding parish communication and worship during this time, please visit our Covid-19 updates page .

For a list of parishes that are holding live streaming services, go here.
Safe Church Resources:

Thanks to Eric Travis, Missioner for Youth and Young Adults in the Diocese of Michigan for this resource regarding Best Practices for a Safe Church Online . For more questions on social media and electronic communication refer to Appendix B in ECCT’s Model Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth and/or ECCT’s Model Policy for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults .
Advent Youth Retreat
Ready for an Oasis?

Each year, the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries hosts a Leadership Conference in June. This annual conference to be held June 23-26, 2020 is an opportunity for Episcopal leaders in ministry with young adults (ages 18-30) on and off college campuses to meet and connect with one another and to be nourished and nurtured in their ministry.

This year, given the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has moved to an online format and will be offered free of cost. Registration is required to get the sign-in information, updates, and schedule as we develop them. Registration deadline is: June 8, 2020 .

Click here  to register.
Opinion | On Coronavirus Lockdown? Look for Meaning, Not ...

It may seem inappropriate to call on people to seek the good in a crisis of this magnitude, but in study after study of tragedy and disaster, that's what resilient people do. In a study of over a 1,000 people, 58 percent of respondents reported...

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For self care resources for you and your family, visit our
Discerning a #ServiceYear?
Join ESC for an Online Open House
Tuesday, May 19
8 pm Eastern/7 pm Central/6 pm Mountain/5 pm Pacific
Young adults between the ages of 21 and 32 discerning a #ServiceYear are invited to join Program Directors and Corps members for an  Online Open House . During the video call, Program Directors and current Corps members will discuss their programs and experiences and offer responses and reflections on your questions about what it is like to live in intentional community and serve through ESC. 
RSVP:  for additional details and a Zoom link.
Not sure if you are #CalledToServe, take our Discernment Quiz: .
Deadline extended for Episcopal Church’s 2020-2021 academic year scholarships: Applications due May 29, 2020

The deadline has been extended for educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church for the 2020-2021 academic year. A scholarship applicant must be an Episcopalian and must have the endorsement of his/her bishop.

The scholarships are derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors through bequests to The Episcopal Church. The scholarships assist:
  • Students enrolled in theological education and training.
  • Children of missionaries, bishops and clergy,
  • Students of various racial and ethnic minorities, and other groups covering a wide range of eligibility. 

Lists of trust funds and scholarships and other important information can be found  here . Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the provided information about each trust carefully and identify in the application those trust funds that best fit their profile.

The application form is available in English and Spanish  here .
Parochial Reports were due March 1. If your parish has not completed their parochial report, please do so ASAP.

Questions? Contact Karolyn Nicolaides .