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Sunday, January 24th
Around the Diocese
Weekly Diocesan Convention Update

A start time of 9:00 AM for the 138th Convention has now been finalized. The Zoom meeting room and live stream will open about an hour in advance, but the meeting itself will begin at 9:00 AM on the morning of Saturday, February 13. We have every reason to believe that Convention will be drawing to a close by noon.

Reminder: Nominations and resolutions for Convention are due by January 29th at 5:00 PM. If you plan to submit either of the two, be sure to do so by the deadline or they will not be considered.

Regarding the Cost of Convention:

Even though the registration information sent to delegates for Convention said there is no cost, that is not quite true. We are not renting space, we are not hosting meals, we are not bringing in speakers – all of which cuts the cost significantly. However, we have hired a consultant to handle the technical aspects and there are other miscellaneous costs – still the total cost is much lower than usual. The nature of this Convention is so different that the Executive Council made the decision to cover the cost of Convention rather than to pass the costs on to the parishes and/or delegates.  

We do have a suggestion, though – since parishes and delegates are saving the money, we invite you to consider donating the amount that would normally be spent (or more) to the Journey Through East Carolina, which is benefitting our own Trinity Center. As is widely known, the pandemic has hit Trinity Center especially hard. Those who engage in the work of governance in the Diocese of East Carolina have been diligently working to help keep Trinity Center afloat, but so much more is needed. Please consider passing your “savings” along to Trinity Center by way of Journey Through East Carolina. You may do so by clicking the button below.
The eighth week's worth of content for the Journey Through East Carolina is now live on our website. On the MOVE, LEARN, PRAY, and GIVE pages, you'll be able to view weekly content by clicking on the link for the designated week.

Here are a few pieces of the week one content worth checking out:

If you'd like to get access to this weekly content a few days early and receive the Journey Through East Carolina emails in your inbox, you can sign up here.
Camp Trinity Summer 2021 Registration Now Open

Exciting News! Camp Trinity Summer 2021 registration is going on now. If you'd like to view the full schedule for summer, click here.

Download your brochure and application on the Trinity Center website here under the downloads/forms section.

For any registration questions, contact the Trinity Center Registrar, Nancy, via email or phone (252-247-5600 ext. 17). You may also contact the Trinity Center Director, Mary Beth, via email or phone (252-247-5600 ext. 23) if you would like additional information.
The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry is currently hosting a training program called Beloved Neighbors. The focus of this training is on history, race, and immigration.

The training consists of six online sessions, via Zoom, at 3pm on Tuesdays.

  • February 2: So how did we get here? Exploring the history of farmworkers in the United States
  • February 9: Roots of migration
  • February 16: What part of legal immigration don’t you understand?
  • February 23: Our community, our stories
  • March 2: Stories Beyond Borders (movie and panel)
  • March 9: Solidarity and taking action

Participants will walk away with a new perspective about the issues faced by immigrants, and with new tools to enact positive social change. Trainings will be recorded for those who can’t attend all sessions.

Registration: Please register in advance here.

Suggested donation: We invite you to make a $30 donation if you are able. That would be $5 per training! You can donate online here. (please choose Beloved Neighbors on the question: Would you like to Fund a Specific Program?)

For more information: Contact Lariza Garzon via email.
Resources & Events for Ministry & Faith Formation
The Winter 2021 Formation Update is now live and includes resources for people of all ages that are well-suited for the coming months. Click here to check it out.
From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference

“From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference” is a campaign inviting Episcopalians and our neighbors to engage in one-to-one listening and sharing across the many differences that separate us. The conversations center on four questions: What do you love? What have you lost? Where does it hurt? What do you dream?

Anyone can join in these life-changing conversations, by engaging one on one, exploring the questions in small groups, and talking with people of different ages and backgrounds. In so doing, we begin to discover how our differences make us stronger as the human family of God.

Here you'll find explanations for each of the questions, suggestions on going deeper, and additional resources to keep your conversations going.
During this time, we will be checking in and sharing ideas/resources for Lent and Easter.
Registration is required and can be found here.
Pauli Murray's "Song in a Weary Throat" Zoom Series

The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and Aljosie Aldrich Harding Present: A four-part Zoom meeting series on Pauli Murray (civil rights activist, lawyer, scholar, poet, priest), using her book Song in A Weary Throat: Memoir of an American Pilgrimage as the grounding text.

  • January 26 - Session 1: Introduction and Overview of the esteemed Pauli Murray
  • February 2 - Session 2: Murray's family life, influences, and challenges
  • February 9 - Session 3: U.S. and world events impacting Murray's life; Murray's major accomplishments
  • February 16 - Session 4: Wisdom and lessons from Murray's life of struggle and activism, with emphasis on role of spirituality

Click here to learn more and register to attend.
Episcopal Relief & Development's Lenten Meditations

We lament all those whose lives were lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts break for all of the people who are no longer with us. We also lament other losses that include jobs and livelihoods, the opportunity to travel to visit loved ones and the ability to worship together in our church buildings. So much was lost, with little or no time to lament that which was lost. Because of the magnitude of these collective losses, Episcopal Relief and Development decided to focus on lament as the theme for the 2021 Lenten Meditations. 

You are invited to meditate on these reflections daily by resting, reflecting, repenting, and ultimately being restored to God and to one another.

Here you'll find booklets in Spanish and in English. If you would like to subscribe to receive these meditations daily in your inbox, that option is available as well.
Open Positions Around the Diocese
If you've viewed the home page on our diocesan website recently, you may have noticed this map beneath the "Find a Church" header. This is the Episcopal Asset Map.

The Asset Map is now used by The Episcopal Church, Episcopal Relief & Development, and the Diocese of East Carolina. Each parish in our diocese has page of its own on the Asset Map. If you have not yet taken the time to check out the Asset Map or your parish's page, you can do so here.

If you notice that service times, contact information, photos, or any other content is out of date, there's an easy way to suggest changes. Click on the text that says, "update this place," make any recommended changes, and once you submit them, Lindsey Harts will review them and approve changes accordingly.
Contact Lindsey Harts if you have any additional questions.
Click here to view & download the 2020 cycle of prayer.
Click here to learn about events going on in parishes and in communities around the diocese.
For news regarding the wider Church, check out the Episcopal News Service and Anglican News Service websites by clicking the icons to the right: