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Sunday, January 31st
Bishop Skirving's Welcome Video

To view Bishop Skirving's welcome video for the 138th Convention, click the image below:
Pre-Convention Meetings Taking Place Via Zoom

The week before Convention we will host a series of preconvention meetings via Zoom. There is no need to attend more than one of them, but there are five choices. All are Zoom meetings; the link for each meeting is located next to the days and times listed below. We invite and encourage you to look over the list and pick the meeting day and time most convenient for you. Simply pick one and on that day and time from your computer. Click on the link below (they can also be found on our website); you will be admitted to the meeting.

The purpose of these meetings is twofold, it is the place first to ask any questions you may have about the proposed 2021 budget. And second, to ask any questions about any other topic such as the resolutions and/or nominations, etc. Although everyone is invited and encouraged to attend one of these Zoom meetings, they are especially important for voting delegates as they will be voting on the budget, etc. For those of you who are not voting delegates, this will be your only opportunity to ask questions and/or weigh in on Diocesan topics.

It will be helpful if you watch the Treasurer’s video and review the budget in advance of attending one of the meetings.

Remembering Those We've Lost

As we approach Convention following a year that has reminded us all of the brevity of life, we'd like to gather a list of names of those who are no longer with us. If you know of individuals who have served as delegates at previous Diocesan Conventions who have died since our last Convention took place, please email those names along to Hannah Jarman.
Youth Participation at Convention
Around the Diocese
The ninth 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.
Praying in Color Workshop

St. Paul's, Wilmington will be hosting a Zoom workshop with Sybil MacBeth on Saturday, February 20 from 10 am to 12 noon. Mrs. MacBeth has authored several books, of which, one of them, Praying in Color will be the theme of the workshop.

Praying in Color is an active and visual prayer practice for the word-weary and restless pray-er. With a handful of colored pencils or markers, a black pen, and some simple doodling, Mrs. MacBeth will lead us to draw a new path to God in our thoughts and conversations

There is no cost for the workshop. Materials needed are a black ink pen (rollerball preferred), colored pencils or markers, and paper. Registration can be accessed here.

Questions may be addressed to Teresa Singer via email.
Kindness Signs "Popping Up" in Greenville and Beyond

The youth of St. Paul's, Greenville are selling attractive yard signs, where proceeds go to support Kanuga Conference Center. The sign is pictured here is double-sided, very durable, 12" x 18," comes with a metal stand, and costs only $12.00. This is a great way to spread the spirit of joy and kindness while helping others and supporting our youth. Easy contactless purchase is available. Pickup for signs is at various locations in Greenville and Winterville. If you would like to purchase a sign, contact Susan Vickery-Mercer 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.
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.
Clergy Transitions
The Rev'd Sarah Smith

Sarah has accepted a call in the Diocese of Alabama.
Her last Sunday at St. Andrew's On-the-Sound, Wilmington will be February 7th.
Open Positions Around the Diocese
Send In Your Photos

We feel it’s important that all diocesan means of communication and aspects of our digital presence are reflective of our common life here in East Carolina. In order to faithfully continue in this work, we could use your help with a couple of things.

If you have photos you've taken during worship or ministry initiatives in the time of COVID-19, we'd love to be able to share those. This is a tangible way for us to demonstrate to the world that even in a pandemic when necessary health measures have changed the way we gather, the people of our diocese are continuing to be the Church.

Ideally, these photos should be well-lit and not blurry or pixelated. The button below will allow you to send photos to our Communications Coordinator, Lindsey Harts. If you have any questions about the suitability of a photo or anything of the like, feel free to ask her.
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.
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