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Jan
5
9:00 AM09:00

Ministering Beyond the Binary: Ministry with LGBTQ+ Children and Youth

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What:

A Continuing Education Event for Clergy and all Ministers of Children and Youth of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and all other interested persons. Sponsored by the Safe Church Program of the Diocese of Atlanta.


Why:

You have an opportunity to BE the difference for LGBTQ+ persons who experience alienation, hate, discrimination by cultivating a parish and larger church environment that is safe for all children and youth, including those who are LGBTQ+ so that they can live out their diversity of gender identities and expressions.

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How:

Morning session led by: Simeon Bruce, a trans male Episcopalian and member of All Saint's and a founding member of the Atlanta Diocese's Commission of LGBTQ+ Ministries. Afternoon session includes a time of sharing from a panel of transgender young adults and parents of a transgender child who are members of parishes in our diocese and time for identifying resources of "Safe/Inclusive Practices" in which your parish or ministry setting can better seek to serve and support LGBTQ+ children and youth and their families.

Email Dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org, or visit the link below to register by December 28, 2018.

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Mar
12
to Mar 16

The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment

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The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is proud to once again partner with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer this intensive, four-day retreat at the DuBose Conference Center. Participants will learn to facilitate and mentor spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. The retreat will include communal meditation activities; workshops that teach the practical aspects of teaching spiritual discernment; and a series of discernment sessions, each of which is followed by a reflective review to gain insight into the necessary elements which bring forth fruitful discernment.

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This retreat is geared to spiritually mature leaders of all ages who are committed to the principles set forth in Listening Hearts. It affords each participant the opportunity to enter into discernment in relation to his or her own life while also learning to train and mentor discernment groups. Participants will work in small groups, each with its own mentor. Silence, song, imaginative engagement with Scripture, creative meditation activities, and contemplative sharing of reflections combine to draw each group into the flow of the Spirit. The training includes a series of discernment sessions, each followed by a reflective review to gain insight into what contributes to fruitful discernment in community. Workshops lay out the practical aspects of training discerners.

Additionally, the program has an “at home” component: for five weeks prior to the retreat (the weeks of Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3) participants will reflect on short readings, engage in creative meditation exercises, and share reflections and a short biographical write-up with their group. The assignments will require an average of two hours of work per week, which can usually be broken into several sections. In the final week each participant will prepare a one-page summary of an issue with which they are wrestling.


The Listening Hearts retreat can count as Alternate Mentor Training for Education for Ministry (EfM) mentors. Requirements for Alternate Mentor Training include having completed two Foundations Trainings, being “Formation ready,” not having completed another Alternate Training within the last three trainings, and not needing to go back to Foundations after three Formations. Contact Elsa Bakkum, EfM Associate Director for Training, at esbakkum@sewanee.edu for Alternate Training credit.


Tuition: $750
Includes five weeks of at-home preparation (about two hours of work per week during the weeks of Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 3).

Lodging not included. Lodging reservations may be made directly with the DuBose Conference Center using this form.

Registration closes Jan. 23, 2019.

CEUs are available. Contact beecken.center@sewanee.edu for more details.

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Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Safeguarding God's People - St. Thomas

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Safeguarding God's People - St. Anne's

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Dismantling Racism Training - Grace-Calvary, Clarkesville

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Safeguarding God's Children - St. Anne's

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Safeguarding God's Children - St. Michael's and All Angels

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Nov
3
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Christopher’s, Perry

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Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Nov
1
10:00 AM10:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Anne's, Atlanta (Registration Closed)

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Oct
25
to Oct 27

Walking the Mourner's Path Facilitator Training School

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St Dunstan’s Episcopal Church is hosting a three-day Walking the Mourners Path Facilitator Training October 25-27, 2018

Walking the Mourners Path is a unique ministry which started with the question, “where is God in my pain” and the recognition that in many faith communities there is an unmet need for an effective ministry for those in grief. The ministry is based on eight weekly workshops that are Christ-centered. Through the series of workshops, the participants learn they are not alone in their grief and with the ever presence of Christ’s love, healing occurs. They “transform their grief into joyful living”.

“The thoughts and feelings that surge from grief can be very powerful. Most people want the grief to stop so their lives can return to normal, but they don’t want to forget the person they have lost. Walking the Mourner’s Path provides a guided pathway through the grief process that honors both the desire to remember and the need to move forward in life.”

Martha O’Brien, parishioner St. Dunstan’s.

Faith communities that offer the ministry identify at least two individuals to attend a Walking the Mourner’s Path Facilitator Training School. Although clergy are not required to attend a Facilitator Training School, many have found their involvement in the training meaningful and helpful.

In addition to learning about the program, training participants learn how to implement the program by building on existing Pastoral Care ministries.

For more information and registration information please visit the Walking the Mourners Path website, www.mournerspath.com or email Catherine Gilbert, Program Director, at cgilbert@mournerspath.com

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Oct
20
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Benedict's, Smyrna (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Leadership Study: Navigating the Missional Shift

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LEADERSHIP STUDY DAY WITH REV. DR. RANDOLPH FEREBEE
THEME: MISSION
TOPIC: Navigating the Missional Shift

These are exciting times in God’s church, especially in the part of God’s world we call home. We have all been affected by change.  Together we have sought to respond to the change by prayerfully listening to God and adapting our lives and churches to live in this new reality.

The good news for us is that all over North America, Christians are experiencing this shift from an older form of constructing our faith communities toward a more agile and sturdy experience of being the church.  Every leader is commissioned to help us interpret and engage the future God has for us. No matter the size, no matter the age, no matter the resources, every church has an opportunity to engage a new vocabulary and way of forming ourselves to honor our baptismal vows — individually and collectively.

This workshop is designed to equip us with the language and tools to navigate this new reality. All persons in church leadership (clergy and lay) are invited to this workshop.


About the Presenter:

The Rev. Dr. Randy Ferebee, is a retired priest from Western North Carolina, now serving a restart church in Myrtle Beach.  He did his seminary work at Virginia Theological Seminary and doctoral work at Sewanee School of Theology. Randy is the author of Cultivating the Missional Church (Church Publishing).  His engagement with and study of the realities the 21st Century Church present an interpretation of the call of God to join God’s mission in the communities and neighborhoods where we live. Some of the themes to be addressed are: the role of leaders in the missional shift, harnessing the dynamics of change, and being a blessing in our communities.

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Sep
22
9:30 AM09:30

Safeguarding God's Children

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Safe Church Training

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Are you supporting youth or children’s ministries? Get Safe Church training as required by the Episcopal Church at St. Aidan’s. The training is good for 3 years and is required for all individuals who work with children or youth in any capacity.

Breakfast, light lunch, and snacks will be provided. Lauren FitzHugh will lead the training. You must register in advance. 

Register at http://bit.ly/SafeChurchRegistration. If you have questions or want more info, email Lauren at youth@staidans.org.

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Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Circle of Stewardship

The Commission on Stewardship for the Diocese of Atlanta invites you to attend Circle of Stewardship, a workshop for clergy and lay stewardship leaders, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8th, at Church of the Holy Spirit (724 Pilgrim Mill Rd, Cumming, GA 30040). 

The mission of Circle of Stewardship is to mobilize clergy and lay leaders to develop stewardship resources, enabling parishes to worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Workshop leaders will present:

  • Scriptural building blocks of Christian stewardship
  • Practical resources for organizing your annual stewardship program
  • Designs for tailoring stewardship communications to multigenerational groups
  • Reasons for giving
  • A detailed framework for implementing a comprehensive year-round stewardship program
  • Ways to start holy stewardship conversations in your parish

 There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Pallot at tammypallot@gmail.com.

We are excited about stewardship and we hope you will make plans to join us and find out why!

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Sep
1
9:00 AM09:00

Safeguarding God's Children

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

Safeguarding God's Children

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Aug
18
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - All Saints' Atlanta (Registration Closed)

Registration Closed

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members. Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Aug
13
to Aug 15

Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training

The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), invites clergy, laypersons, professionals, first-responders, and spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this three-day disaster chaplaincy training. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer as a disaster chaplain in their own community, or with NDIN and its partners nationwide. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.

Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may also take this course to develop their knowledge of spiritual care best-practices during disasters.

This curriculum prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide spiritual and emotional care during deployment to disaster sites and within their own communities. It is comprised of six four-hour sessions over three days, covering religious literacy and competency, disaster operations, disaster spiritual care, disaster mental health, and self-care for caregivers.

FEMA’s IS 100 course on the Incident Command System must be completed prior to this training.

The training is divided into two parts. The first, Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters, is a religious literacy and competency course focused on why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies.

The second part prepares clergy, laypersons, religious leaders, professionals, or spiritual care providers to volunteer as disaster chaplains in mass-care settings, or to serve as disaster chaplains within their house of worship, religious community, or professional institution. Led by a team from the National Disaster Interfaiths Network, participants learn about disaster response operations, spiritual care, mental health, and self-care. Strategies to promote recovery and resiliency are also covered.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity! Space is limited and the training will fill up fast, so register today. CEUs are also available.

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Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

Safeguarding God's People

Safeguarding God’s People (SGP) is a training program for the prevention of sexual exploitation in communities of faith. Training is designed to help participants understand the overt and the subtle, the intentional and unintentional, ways in which exploitation and harassment occur in church, school and institutional settings. The aim of the training is to prevent exploitation and harassment by making everyone more aware of her/his words, actions, and intentions as we engage together in ministry.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-271-2253.
 

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Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Circle of Stewardship

The Commission on Stewardship for the Diocese of Atlanta invites you to attend Circle of Stewardship, a workshop for clergy and lay stewardship leaders, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 11th, at Church of the Good Shepherd (4140 Clark St SW, Covington, GA 30014). 

The mission of Circle of Stewardship is to mobilize clergy and lay leaders to develop stewardship resources, enabling parishes to worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Workshop leaders will present:

  • Scriptural building blocks of Christian stewardship
  • Practical resources for organizing your annual stewardship program
  • Designs for tailoring stewardship communications to multigenerational groups
  • Reasons for giving
  • A detailed framework for implementing a comprehensive year-round stewardship program
  • Ways to start holy stewardship conversations in your parish

 There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Pallot at tammypallot@gmail.com.

We are excited about stewardship and we hope you will make plans to join us and find out why!

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Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Safeguarding God's Children

Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) is a training program for child sexual abuse awareness. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve.

To schedule a training in your convocation or parish, contact the Rev. Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org or 404-601-5358.

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Jun
30
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Thomas, Columbus

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I Formation

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level One Adult Formation is a two-part concentrated training for adults working with three to six-year-old children. Part 1 will be June 2-28 2018 and Part 2 will be June 1-7 2019.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Montessori's principles of education. It gives children the opportunity to hear the Gospel and absorb its proclamations through the use of sensorially rich materials and the work of their hands. 

This course is designed to be spiritual formation for adults as well as instruction in this method of catechesis for children. The pace of the course allows for the contemplative nature of this approach for adults as well as model the atrium experience for children. A three-year cycle of presentations are given during this course.

The cost is $500.00 for the complete course. Scholarships are available through the Tina Lillig Memorial Fund, www.cgsusa.org.

Please RSVP by May 1st by calling 404-580-2960.

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Jun
2
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. Mark’s, LaGrange

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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May
20
1:00 PM13:00

Safeguarding God's People Training

Recognizing Abuse and Exploitation in Elder and Vulnerable Adult Settings

This course teaches you how to recognize and prevent mistreatment of elderly people. You will learn about the types of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including how they occur and how to report them. You will also learn tips for providing quality care to the elderly while protecting yourself from false allegations of abuse.

First group training: 
Holy Comforter, Atlanta
Sunday, May 20 from 1:pm to 3:30 pm

Trainer: The Rev. Dr. Deborah Silver

Contact Deborah Silver, dsilver@episcopalatlanta.org, for more information.

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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Circle of Stewardship

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The Commission on Stewardship for the Diocese of Atlanta invites you to attend Circle of Stewardship, a workshop for clergy and lay stewardship leaders, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5th, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, in Child Hall (2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305).

The mission of Circle of Stewardship is to mobilize clergy and lay leaders to develop stewardship resources, enabling parishes to worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Workshop leaders will present:

  • Scriptural building blocks of Christian stewardship
  • Practical resources for organizing your annual stewardship program
  • Designs for tailoring stewardship communications to multigenerational groups
  • Reasons for giving
  • A detailed framework for implementing a comprehensive year-round stewardship program
  • A systematic approach to membership growth
  • Ways to start holy stewardship conversations in your parish

 There is no charge for this workshop and lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Pallot at tammypallot@gmail.com.

We are excited about stewardship and we hope you will make plans to join us and find out why!

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May
3
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - Holy Family, Jasper

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

Dismantling Racism Training - St. George’s, Griffin

Dismantling Racism training seeks to increase "racial understanding, healing and reconciliation." It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members.  Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. 

The training was adjusted in 2012 to "reflect the fruit of several conversations that the commission has conducted," said Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, commission chair. "We have wanted to reframe the training in a way that makes the experience a part of the ongoing spiritual formation of the participants," she said.

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.

For information on the trainings and how to register, contact Mary Job, mjob@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Apr
27
to Apr 29

2018 EfM Graduates Retreat

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Join us in Sewanee this April!

Education for Ministry (EfM) invites all graduates to an EfM Graduates Retreat on the grounds of beautiful St. Mary's Sewanee retreat center, April 27–29, 2018. Participants will gather in a Circles of Trust® format to delve into the significance of individual talents as indicated by the Gallup StrengthsFinder® assessment. Elsa Bakkum, EfM associate director for training, will facilitate.

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The StrengthsFinder, also known as the StrengthsQuest, was developed by Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and built on the Positive Psychology movement. Over 13 million people have discovered language for their individual talents using this tool. Its principles are as follows:

  • Each person’s talents are enduring and unique,
  • Everyone has talents,
  • Each person’s greatest room for growth is in the area of their greatest strength.

During the retreat, short presentations will invite participants to name, claim, and own their strengths for use in ministry. There will be ample individual reflection time, and the level of participation in the Circle of Trust groups will be according to each person's preference.

This event is for all graduates of EfM. Check-in will begin at 1:00 p.m. CST April 27. The program will commence with dinner at 6:00 p.m. on the 27th and will conclude at 11:00 a.m., Sunday the 29th. Commuter rates are available.

Join us for this wonderful weekend of fellowship and discovery!

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