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Sunday, January 10th
Bishop Curry's Call to Prayer for the Nation
Around the Diocese
Update Regarding Diocesan Convention

The 138th convention of the Diocese of East Carolina is just five and a half weeks away! We will gather as a Diocese on the morning of Saturday, February 13. The gathering will be quite different this year than in years past, and that is not an altogether bad thing. As much as we would rather gather in person, to renew and make new friendships, we can see this as the opportunity and impetus to examine “the way we have always done things” and consider possible modernization and/or changes.

For the safety of all, very few of us will be physically together in the same room. This fact alone necessitates a special set of Rules of Order – always the first order of business. These are being refined now and will be published as soon as possible. Another change is that there is a “hard deadline” for both resolutions and nominations – they must be received by no later than January 29. There will be no nominations or resolutions from the floor. Further, although all East Carolina Episcopalians and guests are invited and welcome to “attend” convention via live-stream, voting lay delegates and clergy will “attend” slightly differently in order to facilitate quorum counting and voting.

We know it is all a bit confusing and complicated, which is why we will work to keep you informed as preparations develop. Proposed resolutions and persons nominated will be published on the website as they are received and authenticated. In addition, there will be a series of Zoom meetings in the first week of February at which the 2021 proposed budget will be presented along with the opportunity to ask questions. Every voting delegate is strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings, and everyone else is very welcome as well.

Together we will get through this different time, we will take care of the required business, we will worship, and we will continue to be the church and children of God.

Please check the Convention website often to see the latest information available:
The sixth 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.
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
Good Book Club

As Epiphany begins so does 2021's installment of Forward Movement's Good Book Club tackling the Gospel of Mark. 

There are a wide variety of resources and ways to engage. Though officially launched on January 1st, you have plenty of time to participate. From podcasts to reading, to joining in Bible Studies with Episcopalians from across the church. Click here to learn more about the wide variety of ways you can connect to this way of studying scripture. 
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.
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