September 3, 2019
Rooted in Jesus gathering
Episcopal orgs coming together for this special 4-day event!

It’s time for the Episcopal Church to come together as disciples of Jesus and take a bold new step into the next decade. Let’s spend four days together, talking about discipleship, leadership, evangelism, formation, preaching, and much more—so we can go out and be the Body of Christ.

January 21-24, 2020
Atlanta, GA

Youth returning to Smith & Wesson:
September 13
We've been given the date of the next youth witness at the Smith & Wesson offices here in Springfield. Youth from  Pioneer Valley Project  and  B-Peace for Jorge  have led three actions and this will be the fourth public witness. The hope is to meet with leadership at Smith & Wesson and become partners in the movement toward gun safety.

With this lead time we have an opportunity to gather our Episcopal youth and prepare them for participation in this public witness.  Clergy are encouraged to be present at support for the youth and to witness to the Episcopal Church's commitment to ending the epidemic of gun violence in our communities.

Registration is open for Small Church Summit 2.0
September 28, 2019
South Hadley, MA

Based on conversations and suggestion cards from the first Small Church Summit, we are continuing the conversation in hopes of you being able to offer inspiration to each other! Come for some further inspiration via Ted talks, examples from our own parishes, and deeper conversation with one another. 

Safe Church Registration is Open
Our Safe Church Officer, the Rev. Tanya Wallace, has scheduled the following dates/locations for upcoming Safe Church workshops:

Creation Care
Social Justice Commission
Beloved Community Commission
Resources & Workshops
September 13-14, 2019
Windsor, CT

Reaching New People: Strengthen Your Welcome Ministry and Grow Your Church
Participants will receive intensive, practical, hands-on training on how growing congregations reach new people. The topics covered will include:
  • How 1955 strategies no longer work
  • A discussion about where your church is right now
  • How to re-introduce the church to the community
  • And more!

Each church team comes out of the training with a 6-month Action Plan. The workshop is followed by a year of support to implement your Action Plan.

October 8, 2019
Springfield, MA

Tools for the Chaos:
Wise Leadership in Changing Times
Tools for the Chaos, a o ne-day workshop for clergy & wardens, draws on the systems wisdom of Edwin Friedman and Margaret Marcuson as well as the adaptive leadership insights of Ron Heifetz.

Rev. Barbara Lemmel, who is ordained in the New England Conference UMC, is t he workshop leader .

September 19-20, 2019
Windsor, CT

Anti-Racism Workshop
With   Resolution 2018-A045   General Convention reaffirmed the mandate for all clergy to receive anti-racism training. Those who attended our Clergy Conference in May have satisfied that requirement.

This training in CT is a great opportunity for those who were unable to be present at our diocesan training.

September 25, 2019
Worcester, MA

Healing Moral Injury: Pathways to Peace for the Soul
Bishop Fisher will be in attendance at a workshop on moral injury, its causes, and ways to heal from it.

Participants will learn about what moral injury is and why it is so debilitating, the causes of moral injury, and pathways to healing from moral injury. 

September 27, 2019
Amherst, MA

Radical Aliveness and Belonging:
Exploring the Intersections of Spirituality and Social Change
Join us for a dynamic afternoon of conversation exploring the landscape of engaged spiritual practice and action for social change.

The Radical Aliveness and Belonging Symposium  is inspired by the life and work of  Br. David Steindl-Rast,  a 93-year-old Benedictine Monk known as the “grandfather of gratitude” and one of the most important figures in the modern interfaith dialogue movement. Br. David will be traveling from Austria to participate in the symposium.

September 30 - October 2, 2019
Wilmington, NC

Leading for Discipleship Conference
Leading for discipleship in Episcopal congregations can be challenging. It can feel lonely. With that in mind, we hope you will join us for a gathering of clergy and lay leaders, especially appropriate for those who have participated in the RenewalWorks process.

We will come together for deeper learning about discipleship, as we support each other in the effort to build cultures of discipleship in the Episcopal Church.

October 3-5, 2019
Avon, CT

2019 Faith Formation Symposium
Vibrant Faith is pleased to announce the 2019 Faith Formation Symposium on  Effective Practices & Promising Innovations in Faith Formation .

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