SOUTHEAST REGION
Checking In April 10, 2021
Happy Easter!
Photos from around the SE Region in Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus: St. David's, Gales Ferry; St. John's, Essex; St. Andrew's, Madison; St. Ann's, Old Lyme; Grace, Old Saybrook; All Saints, Ivoryton; St. Stephen's, East Haddam; Calvary, Stonington. Photos from John Armstrong, the Rev. Kate Wesch, Facebook, the Rev. Rachel Thomas, the Rev. Anita Schell, the Rev. Jana Branson, and the Instagram feed of the Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas. Music from the choir of St. John's, Essex: The Easter Song of Praise by Richard Shephard; Darlene Janes, Organist; Audio Production by Scott Conrad
Growing as Disciples & Apostles: even if you're a Bishop!
In case you missed it this week, our Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, announced his intention to retire. You can read his letter here, or see it in this video.

RIGHT NOW, the SE Region Leadership team is receiving applications from anyone in the SE Region, lay or ordained, who might wish to serve on the Bishop's Transition Committee. If you are interested in learning more, check out the letter that went out on April 7th, for details. Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on April 14th.

And pray for all of us as we go through this important transition in our common life. Who knows what the Holy Spirit might bring about in us and through us!
Growing as Disciples and Apostles
It's happening now!
9th Annual Spring Training and Gathering
 
Gather with Episcopalians from across Connecticut for learning, prayer and fellowship. All are welcome-from people in the pews and vestry members to parish leaders and staff.
 
This year Spring Training will take place during the two weeks immediately following Easter when a variety of engaging workshops will be offered via Zoom. Each workshop is 90-minutes long and most are offered on two different days and times. The closing plenary session will take place on Saturday, April 17, from 9-11 a.m. and is entitled "Parish Life After COVID: Psychological and theological reflections as we gather in new ways." Learn more about the various workshops on ECCT's Spring Training and Gathering page.
Growing as disciples and apostles: Addressing Food Insecurity
a great learning opportunity!
A Community of Theological Imagination:
Camp Washington offers the opportunity to form
and be formed in community
Welcome Back Home to Camp Washington
Summer Camp registration now open!
 
Summer Camp 2021 will be a “different” kind of summer for us all; and we are getting pretty good at being flexible!
 
As we continue to live with COVID-19, we also learn more as we try-on new things and on listen to the science and guidance of experts. The safety and well-being of our campers and staff is the #1 priority as we design plans and Programs for this summer. We have shortened the number of sessions available, and have reduced our registration capacity, allowing us to create more space in the cabins and common areas. Many rules, policies and protocols will be different--one thing will not change: the opportunity for your camper to come home to Camp Washington to have fun, reconnect with friends, staff, and our creator in the beauty of this amazing campus. Learn more about this Summer's camp schedule and register online.
Summer Camp 2021 Employment Opportunities at Camp Washington
As we re-gather as a community this summer at Camp Washington, we are looking to build a team of energetic, fun, creative, spirit-filled people who are excited to welcome our campers back home to Camp! Join us for the best summer job you will ever have: long days, warm nights, memories to last a lifetime. 
 
We are looking for: Program Directors in Arts & Crafts, Sports, Performing Arts, Wilderness and Waterfront, as well as Cabin Staff and more. Check out all the opportunities online.  
 
People of all races, colors, beliefs, genders, national origins, experiences, and abilities are encouraged to apply.
   
How is our local community like or
not like
the community of the reign of God?
From The FaithX Project, learn more and register online
Wednesday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Systemic Racism is real. Often called Structural Racism, it has been woven into our societal structures over centuries in such a pervasive way that if you are not on the receiving end of it, you may have inherited a cultural blindness to it. In this webinar you will learn how to use missional intelligence mapping not only to identify the specifics of how it affects vulnerable populations in your community, but also how you can confront those issues effectively. 


The Three Faces of Slavery in Connecticut
with Robert Pierce Forbes
Date:
April 21, 2021 7:00 pm
End Date:
April 21, 2021 8:00 pm
The Witness to History: Slavery in Guilford Series continues with a talk by SCSU Professor Robert Forbes on Wednesday April 21, 2021- discussing how Connecticut and Guilford in particular, fit into the Atlantic world of sugar and slavery.

Why is Connecticut called the Nutmeg State, when no nutmeg has ever grown here? Our nickname points to a more than three-hundred-year-long relationship with slavery, and most particularly to our close connections to the spice — and sugar cane — islands of the Caribbean. Robert Pierce Forbes, author of The Missouri Compromise and its Aftermath and editor of the forthcoming Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia: An Annotated Edition will talk about Connecticut’s deep connection to slavery: as a slaveholding colony and state, and more centrally, as a provisioner to the slave plantations in the West Indies and the American South.

The landscape of slavery in Connecticut is still visible today, and nowhere more dramatically than in the salt marshes of Guilford. But Connecticut and Guilford also played a crucial role in the struggle to end the cruel institution — a legacy we can and should build on today.
This virtual talk is the third program of a four-part series sponsored by Witness to History: Slavery in Guilford. The initiative seeks to uncover the local history of slavery, examine its legacy and share with town residents what it finds.


Being Disciples and Apostles: Caring for Creation
Connected to the wider body of Christ:
resources for faithful living as communities of faith







Announcing "The Commons Companion" Resource for Parish Leaders
Now available on ECCT's website
 ECCT Finance and Operations Team worked ardently over the last several months re-designing and expanding the former "Treasurers Newsletter." The newly designed resource "The Commons Companion" will serve to facilitate parish leaders in the following areas including; best practices, finance and human resources, clergy compensation, administration, and much more. 
Safe Church Training Spring 2021
 
All ECCT Safe Church Training (SCT) includes an online course followed by a 3-hour live session on Zoom. This training is grounded in our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the dignity of every human being. It offers an opportunity to increase and enhance our ability to live out our Baptismal Covenant within our communities of faith and in the world beyond.
Fed by Word and Sacraments:
Here's a list of webpages for the parishes of the SE Region
so that you can find current worship information
For Zoom connections and passwords, please check each parish's web site, listed below. Because things change!
Parish Websites for the SE Region

Calvary Church, Stonington: http://www.calvarychurchstonington.org
St. Mark's, Mystic: https://stmarksmystic.org
St. James', New London: http://www.stjamesnl.org
St. David's, Gales Ferry: http://www.saintdavidsgf.org
Christ Church, Norwich: http://www.cecnorwichct.org
St. John's, Niantic: https://www.stjohnsniantic.org
St. Ann's, Old Lyme: https://www.saintannsoldlyme.org
St. Stephen's, East Haddam: https://www.ststeves.org
All Saints, Ivoryton: http://www.allsaintsivoryton.org
St. John's, Essex: https://stjohnsessex.org
Grace, Old Saybrook: https://www.graceoldsaybrook.org
Holy Advent, Clinton: http://www.holyadventclinton.org
St.Andrew's, Madison: https://standrewsmadison.org