ECCT SOUTHWEST

REGION NEWSLETTER

July 17, 2020
A message from your
Region Missionary:

Dear friends,

I write you this letter with both a heavy heart and with excitement and peace. There is no easy way to say this—last week I sent in my letter of resignation to Bishop Ian, and my last day as your Region Missionary will be August 14 th. My partner and I will be headed to San Diego to be close to my parents and to begin to put down roots in the place where we hope to grow our family down the road. Walking alongside the 37 communities in this Region has been such a joy. Watching your resiliency and commitment to growth, however difficult, gives me hope for the future of ECCT and the Southwest Region in particular. I leave knowing that if we can all keep trusting the nudging of the Spirit towards transformation and newness of life we will collectively be brought to liberation.

My next vocational step is still getting clear, but I hope to turn myself back towards cultivating relationships with and spaces for young people, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ folks, to support and companion them on their spiritual journeys. I ask for your prayers for continued discernment and trust as I make a new way for myself in a revolutionary time.

Before I leave my position as SW Region Missionary, I hope you’ll join me and the Region Leadership Team at the Census Forum later this week (July 23 rd, more information below) where we’ll be hearing from Yvette Rose, Census Bureau Partner Specialist, about the ways the Census is an avenue for justice work. As we more and more recognize the need to center racial justice work in our faith communities I think it’s important to find the ways we can partner with secular agencies and organizations who have been leading in the work so that we can support the good work already being done in our local communities. Join us for what is sure to be an informative hour!

I’ll wrap up by saying that you’ll be hearing from me a couple more times before I leave, so this isn’t goodbye just yet!

Peace and blessings,
Erendira


IMPORTANT DATES
July 29th, 5:30pm -- SW Wardens' Meeting, Zoom
August 6th, 4:30pm -- SW RLT Meeting, Zoom
August 12th, 5:30pm -- SW Wardens' Meeting, Zoom
Region Leadership Team hosting Census Forum -- July 23, 5pm
SW Region Convocation SAVE THE DATE -- September 17, 7-9pm
Region News
Join Yvette Rose (Partner Specialist with the Census Bureau), our Region Missionary, and the Southwest Region Leadership Team for a one hour conversation on exploring the importance of the Census and the implications for justice work in our Region.

Watch the video below for more information on "What is the 2020 Census?"
Southwest Region Website

Covid-19 Updates: A note from your Region Missionary: We need your help! Fill out this Google Doc to let the Region Leadership Team know how you can open your digital doors to the SW Region! UPDATED WEBSITE COMING SOON!

Read more
www.episcopalct.org
Region Resources
Christ Church, Trumbull
Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation Request Form:

  • Even in the midst of COVID-19, ECCT remains committed to the Season of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation. If you would like assistance in moving forward with this work in your parish please be in contact with our Racial Justice Resource Coordinator Kelli Gibson. For more information please fill out this form here.

Racial Reconciliation and Justice Resources:
ECCT-wide Resources
Please join South Central Region Missionary George Black and Secretary of Convention Adam Yates for a conversation about where we see God working in our Diocese, and where we want to see the move of The Spirit. This is a conversation specifically for Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the Diocese of Connecticut to voice their hopes and concerns, and to share those hopes and concerns by submitting questions to this year's Convention.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to George or Adam at  gblack@episcopalct.org  and  ayates@episcopalct.org .
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Fri, Jul 24, 2020 9:30 AM EST
Bishop's Book Discussion at Camp Washington - ONLINE
Register Here
Next month's Bishop's book discussion led by Bishop Suffragan Laura J. Ahrens will be on How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Info on the book
Join Bishop Ian and Bishop Laura for upcoming Zoom conversations:

  • Every Wednesday - Clergy and Lay Leadership Discussion, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. please refrain from testing link during business hours, as other calls may be taking place. Join Zoom Meeting Here; by phone: +1-646-558-8656 US (New York); Meeting ID: 201 077 6405. 
PENTECOST PRAYER FROM A NEW ZEALAND PRAYER BOOK
Father,
you have filled your people with the Spirit
who rested first on your Son
and united us in your Church;
open the channels for your Spirit
that we may freely work together,
and your kingdom and your rule increase;
for the glory of your holy name.
Amen.
Join the Region Leadership Team
Due to new calls and self care calendar adjustments, we’re still looking for a few folks to join the team. Do you believe collaborative efforts among parishes and common ministry networks will continue to build the Region? If you do, p lease consider being part of the Southwest Region Leadership Team.

To learn more about what it means to be part of the team or if you would like to join, please contact Erendira ejimenez@episcopalct.org