From the Manager
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It is good to be back from the holiday break. I recognize that for many this has not been a slower season of rest and reflection, but a hectic season of celebration requiring many resources. I hope and pray that this office and the Council of Advice supporting it can be a helpful resource to you in your ministry.
I offer prayers of gratitude for the newest Council of Advice members within the Department of Faith Formation. Please join me in welcoming and praying for those pictured above: Katherine Muhlenbruch (Texas), The Rev. Deacon Tim Spannaus (Michigan), Cookie Cantwell (East Carolina), Eric Travis (Ohio), Brother Angel Gabriel Roque (Rio Grande), The Rev. Charlotte Johnson (Chicago), The Rev. Ivette Linares (Puerto Rico), Emily Gowdy-Canady (East Carolina), The Rev. Deacon Jess Elfring-Roberts (Chicago and ECCC), and not pictured Kai Alsteen (Newark), Alison Feigh (Minnesota), and The Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson (Missouri).
We are committed to carrying forward the vision and work set forth by the General Convention Task Forces that created the current Model Policies for the Protection of Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Adults and the new Safe Church, Safe Communities training courses. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Forma conference this month. Please stop by our table in the exhibit area for information and swag!
Let me know what questions you have and make sure to watch for updates at www.episcopalchurch.org/safe-church and in regular emails and notices.
May this season of Epiphany be enlightening and energizing!
(and Biff, the Christmas Puppy)