Checking in: November 21, 2020
A prayer for this Thanksgiving
I thought of all the invitations that we might normally have or extend at Thanksgiving, and Holy Spirit led me to think about other invitations that are COVID-free.
Blessings on your celebrations, however they take place this year.
Opportunities to give thanks on Thanksgiving
in the wider body of Christ
3:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, St. Ann's Old Lyme Thanksiving service outdoors.
Thanksgiving Day
9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day prayers over Zoom from St. James', Preston and Grace, Yantic. Also streamed to the Facebook page of both parishes.

10:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day worship over Zoom from Calvary, Stonington
Formation in the home at Thanksgiving

Published on Nov 17, 2020  
A Thanksgiving Resource Provided by St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh
Advent begins in the dark: Sunday, November 29
In his talk with Christ Church, Greenwich, our Presiding Bishop shared how he had developed a "rule of life" when the pandemic began: what would he do each day to love God; love his neighbor; love himself. You may want to listen to all of the interview; he talks about this at around minute 53.
Advent offers us a time to move through the darkness while looking for the light. Because of our connection with the wider body of Christ, there are many resources that can help us navigate the days: to build our theological imagination of God's idea to become human; to be fed by the word and sacrament of daily life; to grow as disciples and apostles.

Here are a few resources. I hope you'll follow the Advent Word series with me. Let's see if I can keep up with the daily posting on FB @SoutheastRegionECCT and Instagram @southeastregion_ecct! Try it!

for more information and to be able to subscribe to a daily mini-podcast on each word.

You'll be connected with believers around the world moving through Advent day by day
Here's a resource for more Advent practices to use at home:
The Rev. Linda Spiers is offering an online book study during Advent of the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s latest book entitled Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times.

All are welcomed to join in Zoom conversations weekly during Advent on the following days from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Monday, November 30; Monday, December 7; Tuesday, December 15; and Tuesday, December 22. Depending on the group’s desire, we can also consider meeting on late Sunday afternoons of those same weeks. If you would like to purchase a copy of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s latest book on Amazon, it’s currently $19.90 for hardcover. Please contact Linda+ at or Chelsea DiDonato at to let us know if your interested in joining us! Bishop Curry’s book will warm the heart with ways to hold on to hope. 
Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community
Across our church and our society, we are having profound dialogues about race, truth, justice, and healing. Coming this Advent, Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community explores where that dialogue intersects with our faith. Join us and our invited guests as we share prophetic voices and explore the readings for each week of Advent and Christmas Day through the lens of social justice.
You’ll hear ancient texts interpreted in new ways, find fodder for preaching and teaching, and make present day connections to the prophetic voices of the Bible. This podcast will help us rethink how we hear, see, and interact with the lectionary readings, refocusing from the rush of the Christmas season to the voice crying out in the wilderness. 

The podcast may be found here:
Being Disciples and Apostles: learning to be Anti-Racist
Building your Racial Justice library?
In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, ECCT has partnered with the Black owned Connecticut based Key Book Store as our main provider for print and digital educational text. USE SPECIAL CODE: (ECCT) at CHECKOUT FOR 15% OFF YOUR PURCHASE!

Need help discovering specific resources? Fill out this form to connect with Kelli Ray Gibson, our Racial Justice Resource Coordinator.
To learn more about the season and Ministry Network of Racial Healing, Justice, & Reconciliation, visit our website here

Here are two videos worth watching:

Guilty Until Proven Guilty video password: Guilty

If you missed it: Racial Disparities in Youth Education and Juvenile
Join ECCT and the Center for Children's Advocacy, for a conversation and presentation on inequities and the impact of systemic discrimination in youth environments.
Forming Disciples and Apostles who care for creation
We'll pick these up again beginning November 30; if you're interested in joining in, please contact Rachel Thomas
Save the Date! January 16th for an online meeting of those involved in Community Gardens (or who want to be) throughout ECCT.
Building Capacity as disciples and apostles:
our lives as leaders in parishes
Episcopal Warden Private Facebook Group
Sat, Dec 19, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Worship Leader Training: How to lead Morning Prayer

ECCT's Cycle of Prayer

ECCT's Cycle of Prayer begins every Advent 1. We encourage you to pray for those parishes, worshipping communities, and all ministries within ECCT throughout the year. Download here.
Fed by Word and Sacraments:
Midweek opportunities for worship and study
For Zoom connections and passwords, please check each parish's web site, listed below. Also because things change!
Parish Websites for the SE Region

Calvary Church, Stonington:
St. Mark's, Mystic:
St. James', New London:
St. David's, Gales Ferry:
Christ Church, Norwich:
St. John's, Niantic:
St. Ann's, Old Lyme:
St. Stephen's, East Haddam:
St. John's, Essex:
Grace, Old Saybrook:
Holy Advent, Clinton:
St.Andrew's, Madison: