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Sep
28
to Sep 30

A Labyrinth Journey: Connecting with Your Creativity Through Walking and Writing

  • 770 St. Mary's Lane Sewanee, TN 37375 (map)
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When external events compel us to look outward is precisely when we need to examine inwardly. Living in complex times requires creativity and a sense of grounding that is found in the spiritual. Join Margy Oehmig and Terry Price for a weekend of joy and discovery through labyrinth walking followed by reflection and writing. This will be a special time to retreat away from the noise and distraction of the world in order to refresh, reflect, and reemerge better equipped to creatively reconnect with the divinity within, the divinity around us, and the divinity in the world. Although no writing experience is necessary, creative writers will learn ways to incorporate the labyrinth as a creative tool in their practice. And everyone will learn new ways to incorporate the labyrinth as a creative tool for a creative life. 

The retreat will begin on Friday evening with a meet and greet, an orientation of the weekend, and an introduction to the labyrinth. Saturday will feature presentations, labyrinth walks, and journaling, but also quiet time and space to be able to just listen to that inner voice. Sunday morning will be a time of sharing and gathering ideas to take back to your own life to continue your journey.

This retreat will take place at St. Mary's Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development. For more information about St. Mary's Sewanee, please visit our website at http://www.stmaryssewanee.org/.

To register, please visit the event web page or call (931) 598-5342 by September 18, 2018. Registration fees are $365/$465 and $265 for commuters

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Oct
4
8:00 AM08:00

A Contemplative Approach to Spirituality & Sexuality

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Within faith communities, perhaps no other topic provokes such heated debate as sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Join us for this one-day workshop at beautiful St. Mary's Sewanee as we engage in healthy and honest discussions around spirituality and sexuality, with the goal of enhancing the capacity of participants—spiritual directors, clergy leaders, or laypersons of any denomination—to discuss issues of faith and sexuality. We will not attempt to convince one another to adopt any view but rather offer a safe and sacred space to share knowledge, and to engage in open and honest dialogue. Tools will be provided for participants to engage in healthy discussion around sex, sexuality, and spirituality.

This workshop is ideal for clergy, laypersons, and spiritual directors of all denominations. Participants will:

  • Learn guidelines and principles of contemplative spiritual direction to facilitate healthy, respectful, and holistic conversations around faith and sexuality, 
  • Share knowledge about accurate definitions of sex, sexual orientation, sexualities, and gender identification, 
  • Learn appropriate boundaries and ethical standards for engagement in spiritual guidance ministries.

For more information about A Contemplative Approach to Spirituality & Sexuality and to register, please visit us here.



Clergy, lay leaders, teachers, and spiritual directors of all faiths are encouraged to attend!
Reduced tuition is available until Wednesday, Sept. 5!

Tuition: $129 through Sept. 5, $160 from Sept. 6 onward.
Lodging at St. Mary's Sewanee for the night of Oct. 3 may be purchased separately.

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Oct
15
to Oct 17

Discipleship Matters Conference

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Helping leaders create a culture of discipleship in their congregations and communities.

This national conference series explores Christian formation for discipleship,
scripture engagement, habits of daily prayer, serving the poor, and sharing
the Good News. The conference will offer keynote presentations, workshops,
and networking time, and will be undergirded with Eucharist and the Daily
Office.


Keynote address: Robert Wright, Bishop of Atlanta
Plenary speakers: Courtney Cowart, Executive Director of Society for the Increase of Ministry & Albert Cutié, Rector of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Plantation, FL
Discipleship conversations with: Anne Hodges-Copple, Suffragan Bishop of North Carolina, and Sam Rodman, Bishop of North Carolina. Moderated by Chip Edens.
Workshops with: Kimberlee Auletta, Jenny Beaumont, Cookie Cantwell, Joshua Case, Doyt Conn, DawnDavis, Alice DeVries, Miguel Escobar, Scott Gunn, Sarah Koopercamp, Miriam McKenney, Bonnie Perry, Makeda Pennycook, Tamara Plummer, Jay Sidebotham, Mary Davis Smart, Sarah Stonesifer, Alan Yarborough, panel conversations with the staff and parishioners (and you) from Christ Church Charlotte & others.

More presenters being added regularly, check the website for the latest list.

Begins: Monday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. (registration opens 12:30)
Ends: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 12:00 p.m./Noon

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Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Coastal Green Team Summit

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Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL) is proud to announce the first annual Coastal Green Team Summit, a special event for people of faith who want to learn how to care for the Earth.  Mark your calendars and register clergy AND lay people for this fun and educational event: Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9am - 3pm. Hosted by First Baptist Church St. Simons Island, this will be a day of workshops and networking with other local green-minded communities of faith.  You will leave with the tools to green your community, your faith, and to start up your own Creation Care ministries within your house of faith.  
 

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Emory University: Candler School of Theology professor, Dr. Jennifer Ayres will offer the keynote address, titled “Profoundly Located: Cultivating a Sense of Place.” What is the intersection of theology and the environment? Should we care about Creation as people of faith? Dr. Ayres will answer these questions and so many more.  Following the keynote, you’ll have the chance to attend two workshops of your choosing, share a communal meal, and hear from an interfaith panel on Creation Care. 


Workshops include:
Green Team Training 101 – Rev. Kate Mosley, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL)
Sustainable Sanctuaries – Shane Totten, Southface Energy Institute
Faithful Eco-Advocacy 101 – One Hundred Miles
Contemplative Activism: The Power of Prayer for Creation Care - Rev. Mary Beene

Registration is only $15 and includes lunch.  
Questions? Email info@gipl.org or call 404.377.5552. 

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Nov
7
to Nov 9

Biennial Conference 2018

  • Atlanta Marriott Marquis (map)
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Biennial Conference, held in the fall of even years, is the premier gathering of Episcopal school leaders and friends. Its:

  • speakers and workshops provide unparalleled education. You will be strengthened in the leadership and governance of your school, the articulation of its Episcopal identity, and your personal professional and spiritual development. 
  • networking events offer opportunities to connect, engage, and share with peers. You will develop friendships and colleague relationships that wil will sustain you in your work.
  • worship services gather attendees for praise, thanksgiving, and celebration. You will be uplifted and reinvigorated.

Whether you are a first-time attendee or an old hand, we look forward to seeing you.

For more information about the Biennial Conference, please visit http://www.episcopalschools.org/events/biennial-conference-2018.

To register for the Biennial Conference, please select the button below.

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Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Invite Welcome Connect

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The Office of Congregational Vitality invites all ministry leaders (clergy and lay) to Invite Welcome Connect.

A day of workshop designed to equip and empower clergy and lay leaders ‘to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness’. This workshop will include actual hands-on training and creative idea generation using the Invite Welcome Connect Check Lists and Ideas resources pages. Congregations are encouraged to bring an intergenerational mix of long-time and newer members.

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Sep
9
2:00 PM14:00

Suicide Awareness: Providing Resources on our National Epidemic

  • 571 Holt Road Marietta, GA 30067 United States (map)
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The Stephen Ministry program of St. Catherine's Church, Marietta is hosting a free, community-wide event to increase awareness around the topic of suicide. This free program is open to anyone interested in finding out more about the topic, including causes, prevention, help for survivors, how it relates to youth and addition, and what you and your church might do in response. An expert panel of speakers will include Gary and Elvira Delaplane of Mourning Dove Ministries and representatives from the United States National Guard and from The Link, a National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare. It is open to the public and all are welcome. Registration is not required but kindly RSVP to St. Catherine's at 770-971-2839 by Sept. 5.

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Aug
25
9:30 AM09:30

Mountain Top Lectures by Church of the Holy Family

This is the Summer Lecture Series featuring Reverend Greta Vosper. Reverend Vosper is a self described atheist who believes in a metaphorical God instead of the traditional theistic vision of god. She is a minister in Scarborough Canada. Lectures are at 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00pm. 4:00pm book signing.

The event costs $60 in advance or $70 at the door. To register, call (404) 561-0546 or register online below. 

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Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Elements of a Contemplative Reformation: Contemplative Summer School

As part of the ongoing framework, Elements of a Contemplative Reformation, Grace Episcopal Church will offer a three-session Contemplative Summer School. On Sunday evenings, June 24, July 22, and August 19, we will gather from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Together, we will explore core elements of contemplative spirituality as well as ways that our practice can nurture and encourage a compassionate embodiment of Christ's love in the world today. 

Participants are encouraged to purchase and read the five key books, which will help contribute to the ongoing conversation all Summer.  Key texts from Richard Rohr, Phileena Heuertz, Tilden Edwards, Margaret Benefiel, and John Main will shape our discussions and reflections.  Fr. Stuart will lead each conversation, connecting our conversations in the diocese with ongoing global conversations in contemplative studies.  


These Summer School sessions will also serve as a foundation to further work in the Fall with three workshops, featuring the Rev. Dr. Tilden Edwards and the Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers, the Rev. Dr. Margaret Benefiel and the Rev. Sarah Fisher, and Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM and the Rev. Brian Sullivan. 

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Aug
18
7:30 PM19:30

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Desolation, Invention and Bearing Witness to Hope

  • 301 Johnson Ferry Rd. NW Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (map)
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My extensive years of working with marginalized people have led me to think very deeply about the dynamics that are involved in their ways of being in the world. The primary question that I have asked many times is, “What is it that makes one capable of embracing desolation in a manner that bears witness to hope and leads to invention?”

This lecture and discussion will focus upon the lives of three women who demonstrated the process of embracing great desolation and finding ways to be inventive both in their personal and public lives. They are Ida B. Wells, Mary McCleod Bethune and Malissa Jackson Meeks. Wells and Bethune lived in the late 19th Century and the early 20th and Meeks lived in the 20th Century.

Though none of them had any knowledge of archetypal ways of viewing the world, they were able to be engaged by powerful threads of archetypal energy and they found a way to integrate it into the lives that unfolded before them. The result of their openness led each of them to leave a clear legacy for others to follow. Wells, fought for the liberation of women and helped to forge the anti-lynching work that was done in America, Bethune founded a school which remains to the present day and Meeks taught hundreds of students how to be resourceful and to live creatively regardless of scarcity.

They speak loudly and clearly to us in the 21st Century as we confront the perils of our modern day about the necessity to embrace desolation and to allow space for invention while bearing witness to hope.


Catherine Meeks, Ph.D., is the Founding Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing as well as the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-cultural Studies and Sociology from Wesleyan College. Catherine is an author who has published six books including her recently edited book, Living Into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America which focuses on racial healing and reconciliation published in 2016. She is a regular contributor to Hospitality which is published monthly by the Open Door Community. She is involved with prison work and faithfully visits a person who was formally on death row. She is committed to working for the abolition of the death penalty, writing and helping to create spaces where transformation and rebirth can occur.


Admission: $20; students: $10

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Aug
1
to Aug 4

2018 Festival Gathering of Biblical Storytelling

  • Marriott at the University of Dayton (map)
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Dr. Cynthia Park to Present Keynote at the 2018 Festival Gathering of Biblical Storytelling in Dayton, Ohio.

The conference theme this year is "Story in the Memory of the Heart" and focuses on Deut. 6:1-9; Jer. 31:31-34; and 2 Cor. 3:1b-6. Dr. Park's keynote will consider the science of how stories are embedded in our brains and accessed through compassion and suffering lived out in community. This work comes out of her various disciplines of Semitic Philology, Biblical and Theological Studies, and Cognitive Behaviorism.

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Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Interfaith Speakers Network Panel

  • Emory University Candler School of Theology (map)
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Knowing “the other” is the first step in building understanding and community. The Interfaith Speakers Network is an educational resource for religious and secular school educators and other organizations seeking engaging, interactive programming. Teachers and others seeking an opportunity to interact with local practicing representatives from many religious traditions are invited. 

The panel will take place at the Emory University Candler School of Theology in Room 252 Amphitheater. 

Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and Interfaith Speakers Network.

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Jul
23
to Jul 27

5-Day Immersive Emotional Intelligence Workshop

  • Assissi Heights Spirituality Center (map)
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This core EQ-HR Center workshop is an intensive four & a half-day-session designed to enable participants to learn about, build and practice emotional intelligence skills in a small group setting. Skilled facilitators provide tools and feedback to enable participants to learn about themselves and to immediately practice emerging skills. As group life unfolds, participants give and receive feedback regarding the impact they have on others in the group. Participants will learn both interpersonal and intra-group communication skills.

The content of the workshop revolves around the twelve competencies that differentiate outstanding from average performers. These twelve competencies cover four distinct areas of ability. They are:

  1. Self-awareness: Recognizing and understanding our own emotions.
  2. Self-management: Effectively managing our own emotions.
  3. Social Awareness: Recognizing and understanding the emotions of others.
  4. Relationship Management: Applying our emotional understanding in our dealings with others.

What is the ESCI 360 Survey?
As part of this core event, workshop participants
complete a comprehensive self-assessment of their emotional intelligence. They also identify up to 20 people (manager(s), direct reports, peers, clients, family
and friends) who know them well and are willing to complete the same assessment in order to provide valuable feedback. What results is a detailed report of one’s emotional intelligence strengths and development needs. This will be for the participant’s eyes only and will provide possible personal items to be explored in one’s small group.  

Class Times:

  • Monday, 1 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The event costs $1144 (includes tuition, lodging, food, and ESCI survey). 
NOTE: The $199 fee is non-refundable once the profile has been purchased.

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Jul
22
6:00 PM18:00

Elements of a Contemplative Reformation: Contemplative Summer School

As part of the ongoing framework, Elements of a Contemplative Reformation, Grace Episcopal Church will offer a three-session Contemplative Summer School. On Sunday evenings, June 24, July 22, and August 19, we will gather from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Together, we will explore core elements of contemplative spirituality as well as ways that our practice can nurture and encourage a compassionate embodiment of Christ's love in the world today. 

Participants are encouraged to purchase and read the five key books, which will help contribute to the ongoing conversation all Summer.  Key texts from Richard Rohr, Phileena Heuertz, Tilden Edwards, Margaret Benefiel, and John Main will shape our discussions and reflections.  Fr. Stuart will lead each conversation, connecting our conversations in the diocese with ongoing global conversations in contemplative studies.  

These Summer School sessions will also serve as a foundation to further work in the Fall with three workshops, featuring the Rev. Dr. Tilden Edwards and the Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers, the Rev. Dr. Margaret Benefiel and the Rev. Sarah Fisher, and Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM and the Rev. Brian Sullivan. 

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Jun
24
6:00 PM18:00

Elements of a Contemplative Reformation: Contemplative Summer School

As part of the ongoing framework, Elements of a Contemplative Reformation, Grace Episcopal Church will offer a three-session Contemplative Summer School. On Sunday evenings, June 24, July 22, and August 19, we will gather from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Together, we will explore core elements of contemplative spirituality as well as ways that our practice can nurture and encourage a compassionate embodiment of Christ's love in the world today. 

Participants are encouraged to purchase and read the five key books, which will help contribute to the ongoing conversation all Summer.  Key texts from Richard Rohr, Phileena Heuertz, Tilden Edwards, Margaret Benefiel, and John Main will shape our discussions and reflections.  Fr. Stuart will lead each conversation, connecting our conversations in the diocese with ongoing global conversations in contemplative studies.  

These Summer School sessions will also serve as a foundation to further work in the Fall with three workshops, featuring the Rev. Dr. Tilden Edwards and the Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers, the Rev. Dr. Margaret Benefiel and the Rev. Sarah Fisher, and Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM and the Rev. Brian Sullivan. 

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Jun
21
2:00 PM14:00

Church Beyond the Binary

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Church Beyond the Binary is an educational workshop that will teach participants the knowledge and skills they need to create a parish community that is fully welcoming of transgender people. 

It is designed with Episcopal clergy in mind (others who are interested are also welcome), and clergy who attend will receive two hours of continuing education credit. Join us June 21st from 2-4pm for an afternoon of fellowship and learning. Snacks and water will be provided, and there is parking on-site. There is no cost to attend.

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Jun
11
to Jun 15

2018 Christian Formation Conference: Coming Home

  • Kanuga Conference Center (map)
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The oldest Christian formation conference for Episcopal educators, the Christian
Formation Conference has been a Kanuga staple since 1928. Each year, clergy,
professional educators, and countless volunteers come together to share the best
formation practices, be inspired by great speakers from around the country, and be
rekindled for ministry.

Keynote Speaker: Victoria Garvey
An educator for most of her life, Victoria Garvey has a passion for learning and teaching, and
for the Church. In her professional career, Vicki has taught at nearly every level, from 2nd
graders through graduate school, but she has spent most of that time at Seabury-Western,
teaching biblical languages and biblical theology, her doctoral area. Her exploration of the
Bible with ‘footnotes’ is deep and captivating. Most recently, those passions were fed in her
position as Bishop’s Associate for Lifelong Christian Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of
Chicago. Currently she serves on two faculties for the wider church, consults with dioceses
concerning congregational vitality, speaks locally, nationally and internationally, facilitates
workshops, leads retreats, and serves the wider church as member of several churchwide
commissions. She is a four-time deputy from the Diocese of Chicago to General Convention.
 

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Jun
9
9:30 AM09:30

The Sacred Enneagram Workshop

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Chris Heuertz will be giving a two-day workshop based on his recent book The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth.  As a sacred map to our soul, the Enneagram is a compassionate tool, sketching out possibilities and opportunities, pointing us back to our True Self.  The Enneagram explains the "why" of how we think, act, and feel.  The Enneagram helps us come to terms with our gifts as well as the addictive psychological patterns that tether us to our greatest interpersonal, spiritual, and emotional challenges.

On Saturday, June 9, from 9:30-4:30, Chris will give his full day introductory workshop.  On Sunday, from 1-5, he is treating us with an optional half-day deep dive into some of the things he is most excited about in working with the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual growth. 

This workshop is done in partnership with CenterForm, an innovation hub for Christian ministry in downtown Atlanta.

Registration will be open until June 8, 2018.

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Jun
9
8:30 AM08:30

Trust and The Four Agreements

  • Amerson House Spirtuality Center @ St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church (map)
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In this half-day workshop, expand your understanding of the Four Agreements as we explore the correlations of this ancient wisdom with the writings on trust by research professor Brené Brown.

You'll take away practical applications for building trust in your family, community and with yourself.

Join Mark Elberfeld and Arlia Hoffman, co-founders of Spiral Leadership Group, for this engaging and experiential morning.

Continental breakfast and beverages included.
Cost: $23.05
Upon entering the driveway of St. Bartholomew's, stay to the right and follow signs for Amerson House, which is the grey house with a red door in the far right corner of the lower parking lot.

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May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Solarize Atlanta

  • 3098 Saint Anne's Lane Atlanta, GA, 30327 United States (map)
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What would it take to solarize your home or business? Come to the GIPL (Georgia Interfaith Power & Light) program on Solarize Atlanta at St. Anne’s, Thursday, May 17, 7pm, in The Commons Room, and learn all about implementing solar power, in both commercial enterprises and private homes. Solarize Atlanta includes a free solar evaluation for any congregation, business, or residence in the city of Atlanta – including preliminary site design, energy usage profile, and financial analysis.  It’s for a limited time, so come on the 17th!

Note: a free evaluation does not commit you to any kind of purchase.

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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Digital Evangelism Workshop

Join fellow Episcopalians from across the diocese for a Digital Evangelism Workshop. Jeremy Tackett and Chris Sikkema, part of the digital evangelism team for the Episcopal Church, will lead three workshops focusing on using digital media as tools for evangelism, methods of digital story-telling to communicate our ministries, and an "Evangelism 101" training, designed to introduce a fresh, humble, effective and Episcopal approach to the spiritual practice of evangelism. All ages are welcome. This workshop is being led by the Presiding Bishop's Office of Communication.

The $5 cost includes the day's training and lunch. Please register by May 2, 2018.

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May
2
to May 4

Love God, Love Neighbor

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Registration is now open for “Love God, Love Neighbor”, a three-day training course for clergy and laity that is designed to equip Episcopalians to be advocates, allies, and ambassadors for refugees and the ministry of refugee resettlement.

Sponsored by Episcopal Migration Ministries, “Love God, Love Neighbor” will be held Wednesday – Friday, May 2-4, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA (Diocese of Atlanta).

“The gathering will bring together lay and clergy leaders from across the Episcopal Church, as well as from ecumenical and other partners, to learn from one another as we explore different local contexts as they relate to refugee resettlement and the work of welcome,” noted the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries.

The training provides an in-depth exploration of the global displacement crisis, the United States refugee policy, how refugee resettlement works, faith-based advocacy for refugees, and organizing to welcome and support refugees in your home community.

Information and registration are available here. Registration is $150, and includes all training programming and materials, a light breakfast and hearty lunch each day, and a reception on Wednesday. Beverages and snacks will also be provided throughout the day. Registration does not include housing or transportation to the conference. 

Registration deadline is Monday, March 23 (Extended Deadline)

A limited number of scholarships are available. To inquire about scholarship assistance, contact Allison Duvall, Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager for Church Relations and Engagement, aduvall@episcopalchurch.org.

“Love God, Love Neighbor” is offered by Episcopal Migration Ministries with funding from the Constable Fund.

Episcopal Migration Ministries is the Episcopal Church’s foremost response to refugee crises. Working in partnership with offices and groups within the church as well as with governments and non-government organizations (NGOs), Episcopal Migration Ministries assures safe passage and provides vital services for thousands of refugee families upon their arrival in America: English language and cultural orientation classes; employment services; school enrollment; and initial assistance with housing and transportation. For each family, the goal is self-reliance and self-determination. After years of living in limbo, refugees now have the opportunity to begin again on a strong foundation that honors their stories and dignity, thanks to Episcopal Migration Ministries.

The Constable Grants were named for Mary Louise Constable, who was a visionary philanthropist.  In 1935, in the midst of economic catastrophe known as the Great Depression, Constable made a monetary gift to the Episcopal Church to establish the Constable Fund.  Her desire and intent to add periodically to the fund during her lifetime was realized and culminated with a very generous final gift at the time of her death in 1951. The language of Constable’s will states that the fund exists “in perpetuity … to apply the net income for the purposes of the Society, preferably for the work in religious education not provided for within the Society’s budget.

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Apr
30
10:00 AM10:00

Grief + Doubt Group Support

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Rebekah Vepraskas, LPC, facilitates a closed group open to all at no charge for four Mondays, April 30 – May 21, 10:00 - 11:30 AM in the Gaylord Room at Holy Trinity.

"After four weeks of meeting and a total of six hours of group therapy, our hope is that you will feel propelled forward into a new place in your grief journey."

Participation is limited, so please sign up by April 27, 2018.

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Apr
29
9:30 AM09:30

Uppity Women of the Bible: Song of Songs

Uppity Women of the Bible: Song of Songs
Sunday mornings, April 29-May 13

In this second installment of our exploration of women in scripture, we’ll consider some of the surprising elements of Song of Songs. We’ll also look at the reasons for including this book in the Bible, who the lovers might be, the difficulties of interpreting this book, and the disadvantages of reading this book in a language other than Hebrew. This class employs the video series "Uppity Women of the Bible," featuring Bible professor Dr. Lisa Wolfe. Class participants will benefit from reading Song of Songs before the class (try https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Song+of+Solomon+1-8&version=NRSV). Breakfast is available in the parish hall starting at 9:00am.

Presenter: Nedra Roberts. Nedra is a playwright and English teacher. 

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Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Bible Art Journaling the Stations of the Resurrection

  • St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church (map)
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Bible Art Journaling during Easter: A Pop-Up Art Studio
A workshop for all ages.
Wednesday evenings, April 18-May 2

The church has a long, robust tradition of marking the stations of the cross and Christ’s experience of suffering and death, with both pilgrimage and artistic expression. And yet, how much more mysterious and peculiar is the event of resurrection? We have the Great 50 Days of Easter to make a go of it. In this series, we will take up the less observed tradition of marking the stations of the resurrection. With all the colors of light, we will explore the resurrection stories in the gospels with mixed media to deepen our experience of the Easter season’s Paschal light.

Bible Art Journaling is a mindful process of engaging with art materials to find answers and make discoveries, and gain insights. Art is powerful, freeing, and healing. We will apply this practical wisdom and artistic process to illuminating the pages of our sacred story. Illumination is where human life, art form and experience come in contact with the black-letter pages of sacred script, so the only experience necessary for this class is the living of your own life. Presented by Rev. Ruth Pattison, director of the Community Pop-up Studio for Practicing the Pastoral Arts at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church in Sandy Springs. Sponsored by the Guild of Ten Talents.

This 3-session workshop series is offered free of charge and materials are provided. Please reserve your spot in advance by April 16, 2018. You can register online or by calling the church office, 404-634-3336.

Learn more at http://stbartsatlanta.org/education/adults/

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Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Encounter

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ENCOUNTER: 
SIT in Silence, LISTEN with your heart, SHARE with compassion

Our world faces many struggles. Anxiety and fear grab our attention. How can we respond with faithfulness and love to help build a better community?

We have tried debates, arguments, yelling, posts, and tweets. Why not experience the wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition? How might sharing silence with one another help ground us and build deeper relationships?  

When you encounter the broken and wounded heart of another human being, you encounter the broken and wounded heart of God. In spaces of shared silence, we can experience a deeper awareness of God’s presence, and we can begin to experience the transformation that is promised to us.  

Join us in the Grace Episcopal Church parish hall for ENCOUNTER on Sunday, April 15 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

RSVP to Liz Howington
770-536-0126 or office@gracechurchgainesville.org by 4/12/2018.

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Apr
14
8:30 AM08:30

Chant Workshop 2018

  • St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church (map)
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St. Michael and All Angel’s Episcopal Church is pleased to host Praying Twice: Chant Better – Chant More – Chant Creatively workshops and worship on liturgical chanting featuring:

Ruth Cunningham, founding member of Anonymous 4

Bishop Andrew Waldo, Diocese of Upper SC

Additional workshop leaders include:
Dr. Mark Ardrey-Graves
Michael A. Brewer
The Reverend Gary Eichelberger
Dr. Tommy Watson


The goal of the workshop is to emphasize creativity in all styles of chant, giving choir directors, clergy, and singers comfort with chant types including hymns, psalms and liturgical chanting. At the end of the day, participants will have a chance to practice what they’ve learned with a closing Evensong.

Please register for this event by March 23, 2018. The cost is $45.00.

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Mar
26
to Mar 28

Voices of Faith: God in the City

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God is with us, here, on the streets and in the relationships of our here and now. God is in the city. Yet, as Christians, we are not alone in seeking the divine life within this shared city space of Atlanta. This Holy Week, join us in an exploration of the perspectives of faith communities within the Abrahamic tradition of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Our intention is that, by listening for the insights of those beyond our framework of faith, we might find our own enriched, as we reflect together on the meaning of faith and of being a holy people, set apart to be God’s hands and feet in the world. God is on the move around and about us.

Rabbi Neil Sandler, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Atlanta
Monday, March 26

Kemal Korucu, Southeast Islamic Community Center
Tuesday March 27

Dr. Dominic Erdozain, Author and Visiting Scholar Emory University
Wednesday March 28

We hope you will join us for this three-part lunch series. A buffet lunch will be available each day for $7; the discussion with our invited faith leader will begin by 12:15 PM. All are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend.

Please RSVP for each lunch by 3/23/2018 on our website at allsaintsatlanta.org/voices-of-faith or contact Lauri Begley at 404–267–4273 or lbegley@allsaintsatlanta.org.

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Mar
17
9:00 AM09:00

The Heart of Centering Prayer: A Day with The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

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This day-long conference will include lectures, discussion and question & answer, and of course, time for centering prayer itself.

The cost will be $50/person and will include lunch.    

Cynthia Bourgeault will explore the themes of her book, The Heart of Centering Prayer:

“Centering prayer is the path to a wonderful and radical new way of seeing the world. It is not, as is sometimes thought, simply an act of devotional piety, nor is it simply a Christianized form of other meditation methods. Cynthia Bourgeault here cuts through the misconceptions to show that centering prayer is in fact a pioneering development within the Christian contemplative tradition. She provides a practical, complete course in the practice and then goes deeper to analyze what actually happens in centering prayer: the mind effectively switches to a new operating system that makes possible the perception of nonduality. With this understanding in place, she then takes us on a journey through one of the sources of the practice, the Christian contemplative classic The Cloud of Unknowing, revealing it to be among the earliest Christian explorations of the phenomenology of consciousness.”

Please register for this event by March 14th.

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Mar
16
to Mar 18

Lansing Lee Conference: Civil Discourse in America

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One of Kanuga’s highlights each year, the 2018 Lansing Lee Conference will address the role of civil discourse in America. Featuring members of the United States House of Representatives (both Republicans and Democrats) along with nationally recognized voices from The Episcopal Church, this conference asks how we pivot from our current milieu to a place of cooperation and collaboration. In addition to plenary sessions where our representatives will share personally from their own stories, break-out workshops will include a variety of topics to equip attendees to be agents of goodness in the world. This conference is expected to be in high demand so early registration is suggested.

The annual Lansing Lee Conference honors the memory of Lansing B. Lee Jr. of Augusta, GA. Lee participated in many aspects of Kanuga’s programs and governance for more than 50 years. The conference focuses on the theme “Practicing the Faith” and explores different dimensions of that topic in the context of the world, nation, the Church and society. The Lansing Lee Conference is made possible by an endowment established by Natalie Lee and with major support from the Buford L. Bowen Endowment.

Speakers include:

The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

The Reverend Canon Jan Naylor CopeProvost of Washington National Cathedral

The Right Reverend Carl Walter WrightBishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond The Episcopal Church

Alan YarboroughThe Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations

Congressman Bradley Byrne

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Sean Patrick O’Rourk, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Rhetoric and American Studies and Director of the Center for Speaking and Listening at Sewanee: The University of the South

Kay Collier McLaughlin, Ph.D.Founder of Talking Together Seminars and the author of “Talking Together: Getting Beyond Polarization Through Civil Dialogue,” “Becoming the Transformative Church: Beyond Sacred Cows, Fantasies and Fears,” and four other non-fiction books

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Mar
3
9:00 AM09:00

Bringing Faith Home

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Mark your calendars for March 3! The office of Congregational Vitality, the Commission for Christian Faith Formation of Atlanta, and Grace Episcopal Church present an exciting workshop... Bringing Faith Home: Revitalization of the Church Begins in the Home, at Grace Church on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Workshop participants will gain language and tools to nurture vibrant faith formation and help change attitudes about church from something we "do" to how we live. Learn how to:

  • create bonds between church and home
  • elevate the role of home in formation and outreach
  • foster maturity of parishioners into the role of shepherd of souls

Bringing Faith Home will be facilitated by The Rev. Dr. DavidAnderson, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry. He has written numerous books and articles on partnering home and congregation in faith formation.

The Bringing Faith Home workshop is open to anyone. Cost is $20 at the door, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available. Grace Episcopal Church is located at 422 Brenau Avenue in Gainesville, Georgia.

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Mar
2
to Mar 4

Church Leadership Conference 2018

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The Church Leadership Conference is an annual gathering of vestry members and other congregational leaders for practical learning, reflection, and formation. The 2018 Conference is on March 2-4, 2018 and registration is now open. The conference is designed in partnership with the Episcopal Church Foundation and Kanuga, and the focus is to strengthen, equip and re-energize church leaders for church leadership and ministry.

Each year the conference gathers expert speakers and workshop leaders from around the Episcopal Church, to teach, inspire, and share practical tools, ideas, and resources. The theme for 2018 is: Equipped for Every Good Work: Practical Tools for Tough Times. In 2018, there will be four specialized workshop tracks for participants to dig deeper into an area of their need. The tracks are strategic leadership, financial planning, creative communications and a Spanish language track. 

Participants will have access throughout the conference to all speakers, workshop presenters, and a host of ECF staff for meetings, questions, or conversation on issues relevant to their church community.

  • Double Occupancy (shared room): $340 ($306 by November 02, 2017)
  • Single Occupancy (private room): $420 ($378 by November 02, 2017)
  • Commuter (program, meals and facility fees): $155 ($139.50 by November 02, 2017)    
  • Non-Participating Guest (meals and facility fees only): $240 ($216 by November 02, 2017)
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Mar
2
to Mar 4

2018 Spring Folk School

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The following classes are now open for registration:

Copper Enameling
Instructor/ Artist: Philippa Anderson

Students will be introduced to basic copper enameling techniques. They will learn different methods of applying colorful enamel to various copper forms and firing them in the kiln to create small art pieces and jewelry. By the end of the weekend, Students will have several finished pieces to take home with them.  What to bring: Supplies are provided, but if you’ve done some enameling and have sifters, tweezers, or other tools, please bring them. You might want to bring old leather or clean gardening gloves to wear when using the kiln. We will have some extras, but it is good to have your own. We will also have latex gloves and masks for handling chemicals or using the enamel powder, for those who choose to wear them.

Supply Fee: $25.00 – Class limit 8

Beginner Spinning
Instructor/Artist: Elke Shubert

Spinning is relaxing and fun! We will discuss different types of fiber preparations and fiber selection, learn how to draft fibers, spin on a hand spindle and spinning wheel, plying and how to store yarn. Students can bring their own spinning wheel – wheel has to be in good working order, or use one supplied by the teacher. Students can also bring other spinning equipment (if they have it already at home) like hand carders, niddy noddy, yarn ball winder, and nostepinne. Teacher will supply fiber and hand spindle.

Supply Fee: $15.00 – Class limit 5

Weaving
Instructor/Artist: Ann Lynn Whiteside

Waffle weave is wonderfully absorbent weave for wash cloths and towels!  In this class you will be weaving this structure for a kitchen towel. Your instructor will supply all materials needed to complete one towel.  

Supply Fee of $15.00 - Class limit 7

Woodturning
Instructor/Artist: Doc Davis

Learn to turn a bowl, make boxes and to do spindle turning, such as candlesticks and pens.
Each participant from beginner to experienced turner will work at their own pace and skill level. Bring wood turning tools if you have them, a dust mask, and eye protection. All other tools will be provided.       
                                                                                                            
Supply Fee: $20.00 - Class limit 9

Soap Making
Instructor/Artist: Lenea Martel

Learn how to make soap and bath products. As a group, we will make a couple batches of hot process soap.  We’ll also make 2 types of sugar scrubs, bath fizzes, shower steamers, lip balm, and some other surprises. You’ll be able to add the scent(s) of your choice to many of the products. All participants will go home with the products that we make. If you took Lenea’s class in the past, there might be some repeat (how to make soap), but the other parts will feature different recipes and techniques. 

Supply Fee: $35.00-- Class limit 10

Basket Weaving
Instructors/Artists: Jan /Lavonne

We will weave a round basket approximately 12” diameter with a metal swing handle. Students should bring the following: a pencil, sturdy scissors, tape measure, apron, basin or pail for water.

Supply Fee: $15.00 -- Class Limit 8

Knitting
Instructor/Artist: Kat Ballard and Marie Brown

An art form that is fun, versatile, and easy to learn! Beginner and intermediate projects will be offered.

Supply Fee: $14.00 - Class Limit, 5 Beginner and 5 Intermediate

Quilting
Instructor/ Artist: Hala Hess White

Learn the basics of quilt-making using the newest techniques for rotary cutting and machine piecing. We supply a pattern for the weekend but welcome quilters with projects of their own as well.  Join us to discover how color and patterns, cut up and re-imagined, create a work of art that warms the body as well as the soul. Beginners welcome! Hala Hess White has been quilting for four decades and leading this class since 2001. She is joined by well-known Atlanta quilt artist, Michelle Hiskey.

Class limit 10

Independent Study
For those who would like to work alone or with another person without an instructor, e.g. writing, painting.

Please register by February 28th. 

Contact Amanda at 706-886-7515 or email amanda@campmikell.com for more details.

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Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

A Tale of Two Postures: Grasping and Yielding

February Retreat at Mary Martha's Place:
We live daily in the tension between grasping and yielding, clinging and emptying, control and vulnerability, certainty and curiosity. Our culture is saturated with examples of egoic posturing and clinging, even as we hear the yearning of those who dream of a more just society. Join us as we explore these dynamics and learn how the Christian contemplative tradition supports our inner transformation toward greater spiritual complexity.

Following a spiritual path requires a fundamental shift in how we understand ourselves and God. The contemplative tradition assists us in this shift of perspective, inviting us to see how the movement from grasping to yielding enables an increased awareness and transformation within our daily lives.

Come share in a half-day retreat as we reflect together on the Scriptural texts as well as writings by key contemplatives in our Christian tradition. We will share times of conversation, bringing the honesty of our lives into a space of prayer as we seek transformation.

The cost to attend is $45. Light snacks and beverages provided. Working scholarships are available.

Please contact Rebecca Parker at (rebecca@maryandmarthasplace.com or 404-239-9382) for more information.  


Retreat leader, Stuart Higginbotham, is the rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia. He is interested in spiritual formation and is part of  the New Contemplatives Exchange, an international group of young scholars who focus on supporting the practice of the Christian Contemplative Tradition. Read his blog at: https://gracechurchgainesville.wordpress.com/

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