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Mar
23
9:30 AM09:30

Answering the Call to Pray: A Workshop with Carl McColman

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Ever since the disciples said to Jesus, “teach us to pray,” Christians have sought to deepen their faith through spiritual disciplines such as prayer, meditation, and contemplation. The Bible tells us to “be still and know God” — but for many of us, living busy and active lives, prayer often seems like something awkward or just plain unattainable. Or, we might remember to pray earnestly for our needs — but isn’t there more to Christian spirituality?

Answering the Call to Pray is a day-long workshop focusing on the most important of all quests — seeking the presence and love of God in our lives to equip us to live more faithfully and joyfully as Christians in today’s world.

Doors Open at 9:00am
Seating Begins at 9:30am
Ticket price includes lunch 
The workshop is expected to end about 3:00pm

Carl McColman is a Christian writer, speaker, and teacher. He is the author of books like Answering the Contemplative Call, An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. He regularly teaches and leads retreats at churches, conference centers, monasteries, and seminaries.

This program is co-sponsored by the Cathedral Book Store, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, and the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Reserve your tickets through our EventBrite page by March 21, 2019.

$25 for general admission or $15 for student admission

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop

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Do you seek the still small voice of God? Do you seek a more intimate relationship with God? Come and find a way to deepen your relationship with God.

Contemplative Outreach of Atlanta will present an Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, 4945 Highpoint Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342 on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The registration fee of $35 includes breakfast and lunch. You may register online under Upcoming Programs at contemplativeoutreachatlanta.com by March 22. The series will introduce participants to the four simple steps of Centering Prayer and provide opportunities to practice the discipline in daily life. For more information, contact Maggie Winfrey at coatlantageorgia@gmail.com .  

Centering Prayer is a simple method of prayer, rooted in ancient Christian tradition. “… not so much the absence of thoughts as the detachment from them. It is the opening of mind and heart, body and emotions – the whole body - to God …beyond words, thoughts, and emotions.” by Thomas Keating in Open Mind, Open Heart. 

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Apr
3
to Apr 5

2019 GEMN Global Mission Conference

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Join the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) and members of the Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana to explore what it means to be mutual witnesses to Christ across boundaries of culture, language and faith.

This international, bilingual (Spanish and English) conference will emphasize the role of evangelism and Christian witness in global mission, reclaiming the evangelistic roots of mutual mission engagement, with particular attention to the witness of the Dominican church and its vibrant, evangelistic spirit.

Keynoting the conference will be:

  • The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, Bishop of Cuba

  • The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation

Other speakers include:

  • The Rev. Anthony Guillén, Director of Ethnic Ministries

  • The Rt. Rev. Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota, Bishop of the Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana

  • The Rev. David Copley, Director of Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel for the Episcopal Church

  • The Rt. Rev. William Skilton, retired Assistant Bishop of Dominican Republic


Global Mission Workshops

Mission workshops will give you practical tools to bring back to your diocese, congregation or mission organization:

  • Healthy short-term mission

  • Updates on places of intense Episcopal engagement, such as Haiti, Cuba, Sudan, and the Dominican Republic

  • Asset-Based Community Development

  • Sustaining mission relationships

  • Discerning a call as a missionary

  • Cross-cultural best practices in mission engagement

  • Dynamics of enculturation

  • Money and mission

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Apr
30
to May 3

Generosity Transformed! Conference

At the Generosity transformed! your mission * your ministry * your money Conference, April 30 – May 2, 2019 in Indianapolis, church and organizational leaders will learn how to energize and revitalize their strategies for faithful generosity by connecting their missions, ministries, and resources. More than a typical workshop-based conference, Generosity Transformed! Conference participants will engage deeply in peer discussion groups and subject-based roundtables to develop practical implementation plans, and leave ready and able to help their churches and organizations thrive through transformative practices of faithful generosity.

Keynote Speakers

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Generosity Transformed!’s keynote speakers will provide theological grounding and inspiration. The Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey is senior pastor at the Parkdale United Church in Ottawa, Ontario. He has provided leadership for the Festival of Homiletics and has academic degrees in social work, theology, philosophy of religion, and ethics and culture. He is a native of Barbados and has served in the mission field in Jamaica and Kenya. Anthony is well-qualified to speak on the connections between mission and faithful generosity.

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The Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel will speak on the connections between ministry and faithful generosity. She is conference minister of the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ and former pastor of churches in Maryland and Texas. Ginny is an excellent preacher and writer, a trained leader in stewardship and church development, and describes herself as one who loves the local church.

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The Rev. Lee Hull Moses, senior minister at the First Christian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, is the author of More Than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess. Her passion for faithful and responsible consumerism will be just one of the facets of her keynote address connecting money and faithful generosity.

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As bishop, The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows leads the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis with values of bringing our whole selves to God for sustenance, for inspiration, and for healing. She believes that “the world is filled with incredible beauty and unspeakable pain, and that God is deeply in the midst of it all loving us fiercely.” Jennifer will give the closing keynote address that will holistically connect the conference themes.

Content for Learning and Strategizing

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is a premiere partner in the Generosity Transformed! Conference and will be presenting their initial findings and early results of the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices (NSCEP). The nationally-representative study of more than 1,000 US congregations from across the theological spectrum is examining their theological, cultural, and practical orientations toward money. Similar studies have not been conducted for decades, so these fresh understandings of how congregations receive, manage, and spend their financial resources will be current, credible benchmarks in the field of congregational giving. Dr. David P. King, director of the Lake Institute and professor at Indiana University, and Melissa Spas, managing director of education and engagement for the Lake Institute, will make the presentations and guide conference participants in strategic conversations to practically apply the insights of the study results. A premiere organization engaged in the advancement of faith-based philanthropy, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving exists to foster a greater understanding of the ways in which faith inspires and informs giving through research, education, and training.

Location

The Generosity Transformed! Conference will take place at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, approximately 30 minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport.

Lodging and Transportation

Generosity Transformed! Conference participants should make their own lodging arrangements at the hotel of their choice. Many hotels are near Second Presbyterian Church. Conference participants also need to care for their own transportation to and from the airport and to and from the church.

Livestreaming

Generosity Transformed Conference livestreaming participants will have live access to all 4 keynote presentations and 2 presentations by the Lake Institute.

Schedule

The conference begins at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30 and concludes at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. Register by March 5 for a $25 early bird discount.
Download a complete schedule.

Registration

Register before March 30 to avoid a late fee. Regular registration is $300.00 USD. Regular registration ends March 30, 2019. Late registration is $325.00 USD. Late registration ends April 12, 2019. Live Streaming registration is $99.00 USD. Online registration closes April 12, 2019.

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May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Immigration Education & Dialogue for Clergy and Lay Leaders

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The session will start with an overview of the U.S. immigration system, common immigration myths and concerns, and a description of what immigration reform could look like.  Many U.S.-born Americans are not well versed on the U.S. immigration system; hence, it’s important to cover this “head” knowledge before engaging in dialogue to get into the heart of the matter.

Next, the session will bring people together in small groups to engage in guided dialogue about immigration.   The dialogue session uses a short film about immigrant journeys and challenges and will include community members who can share their immigration experience as well as their experience working with immigrant communities.


Please register by May 7. Registration is $10 and includes lunch; a donation will be taken to support El Refugio and Just Faith Ministries in their work with immigrants.

Four contact hours will be awarded for Clergy Continuing Education.

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Jun
13
to Jun 15

2019 Missional Voices National Gathering

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The 2019 Missional Voices National Gathering brings together church leaders, seminarians, church planters, entrepreneurs, artists, and everyday innovators to discuss innovative ministries and missional communities both within and outside of the traditional church context. This year’s focus will be on what we can learn about God’s mission from those engaged in difficult situations. We'll hear from people leading refugee resettlement agencies, campus ministries, a worshipping community inside a prison, parishes after natural disasters, and more.

Missional Voices is a weekend of thinking, planning, and dreaming about the future ministry in The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. It is a place where dynamic incubation of new ideas is the norm – not the exception – and people doing uncommon ministry find support and encouragement.

Register today for $99 and join the conversation!


Thursday, June 13

What gifts do our communities offer? What assets exist in our neighborhoods? Where is God already working among us? When individuals and parishes go through disasters, they learn to view their communities in new ways. Leaders from Episcopal Relief & Development will guide us through some practices to help us do that same work, before a disaster happens.

Friday, June 14

Six innovative voices will share their stories, and then we will reflect together on where we see God at work in those stories. We'll hear from people leading parishes, refugee resettlement agencies, campus ministries, a worshipping community inside a prison, and more.

Saturday, June15

This is where we get to practice what we've learned. On Saturday, leaders from around the church will guide us through hands-on learning sessions where we get to learn tools and strategies to help us in our communities.

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Mar
18
to Mar 19

2019 New Testament Lectures

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The Jones Lectures in New Testament Studies were established in 2008 in order to enable theology students to hear the finest New Testament scholars in the world in the course of their studies at McAfee. This year’s lectures cover "An African American Interpretation of Scripture." Speakers inlcude:

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Thomas B. Slater, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament Language & Literature at McAfee School of Theology

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Mitzi J. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Ashland Theological Seminary

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Kenneth L. Waters, Sr., Ph.D.

Associate Dean for the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University

Lecture Titles

After Thurman: Strides toward a New Identity
Thomas B. Slater, Ph.D.

Surviving Rome: Womanist Interpretation as Prophetic Language of Resistance 
Mitzi J. Smith, Ph.D.

No Longer Invisible: Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation
Kenneth L. Waters, Sr., Ph.D.


The lecture series was made possible by a gift from the Rev. Peter Rhea Jones and his wife, Ellen. Jones is professor of New Testament and preaching at McAfee.  He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Decatur for 21 years before joining the McAfee faculty. 

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Mar
10
9:15 AM09:15

Teach us to Pray: Exploring the Lord’s Prayer – a 5-week 10-session Lenten Series

Teach us to Pray: Exploring the Lord’s Prayer –  a 5-week 10-session Lenten Series on Sunday Mornings and Wednesday Evenings

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When an anonymous apostle entreated Jesus, “Lord, teach me to pray,” Jesus taught him what we now call the Lord’s Prayer. Our 5-week, 10-session Lenten Series, led by a variety of St. Anne’s parishioners, explores facets of this prayer that may surprise you, and which will surely help you pray. Sunday mornings at 9:15 am and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, from March 10 to April 10. Join us!

If you have and questions contact Scott Miller at 404.237.5589 or smiller@saintannes.com.


On Sunday mornings, you can begin with breakfast in the Parish Hall. $5/adult and $3/child for a hot breakfast and $3/adult and $2/child for continental breakfast. On Wednesday evenings, join us for a simple dinner at 6:00 pm. $7/person.

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Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Finding God in the Digital Space

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The Commission for Christian Faith Formation is pleased to offer a seminar with Lisa Brown at the Cathedral of St. Philip! Finding God in the Digital Space: Moving from an Informational to a Relational Understanding of Digital Ministry + Digital Storytelling for Evangelism & Discipleship

How can we meet people where they are and help them meet God in the digital space? Join us as we explore and contextualize these questions from a faith-based perspective.

As the Director of Digital Ministry for Membership Vision and appointee to the General Convention Task Force on the Formation and Ministry of the Baptized, Lisa Brown helps people find God in the digital space. She works with churches and faith-based organizations across the country to map their ministries onto a digital landscape.

$20 per person includes box lunch.  Scholarships available upon request.

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Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

STAMP: The ABCs (and DEF&Gs) of Music

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CALLING ALL ADULTS WHO WISH TO LEARN THE BASICS OF MUSIC...OR THOSE WHO SIMPLY WISH TO BRUSH UP!

Got music but ain’t got no rhythm?
Ever wonder what all those dots and lines mean?
Want to write down that tune you’ve been whistling?
Want to become a better musician?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then attend the STAMP Workshop!

The ABCs (and DEF&Gs) of Music provides a foundation upon which to build your knowledge of music.  By the end of the workshop, you will know the basic elements of music, so you can begin to read—and even play—music! 


WHAT:    St. Aidan's Music Project:  The ABCs (and DEF&Gs) of Music
DATE:      Saturday, February 16, 2019
TIME:      9:00am Registration; 9:30am - 11:30am Workshop
PLACE:   St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 13560 Cogburn Road, Milton, GA 30004
COST:     $10 at the door. Cash, check (made payable to St. Aidans-STAMP), or debit/credit card accepted.

QUESTIONS:  Please contact Elizabeth Alvarez, STAMP Director, at stamp@staidans.org.

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Feb
16
8:30 AM08:30

The Go! Summit!

This year, Global Missions’ annual Go! Summit will explore racial reconciliation and healing on a local and global level. The one-day event will feature speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, using the companion relationship between the Diocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Cape Coast Ghana as a lens through which we can explore how to address our past and embrace our future.

Special guests include The Reverend Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fr. Theophilus Odametey from the Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast, and Bishop Rob Wright of the Diocese of Atlanta.

Lunch and refreshments included.

Register below by Monday, February 11. Clergy that attend will receive 5 Contact Hours toward their Continuing Education credits.

The registration fee is $30 and includes lunch and refreshments.

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Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Paths of Hope for the Journey to Wholeness: A Quiet Day

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This Quiet Day will center around the labyrinth image provided by the Episcopal Church in relationship to racial healing and reconciliation. The day will create a brave and contemplative space for deepening our call and capacity for this holy work of reconciliation.

Facilitators: Melise Fathi | Reverend Laura Bryant | Reverend Julia Rusling

Participants have to complete the basic Dismantling Racism Training before registering for this event. Please bring your lunch and a goody to share. $10 Registration covers supplies and material for the day. Send checks made payable to the Diocese of Atlanta for registration to: Absalom Jones Center, 807 Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30314. Be sure to include your name, address, email, phone number and parish.

Participants limited to 18. For additional information contact Dr. Catherine Meeks at cmeeks@episcopalatlanta.org.

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Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

Learn How To Influence Your Legislators - Special Workshop

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they have to take a stand. While this moment is always more dramatic in the movies, it’s possible that you’ve come to this realization regarding a particular policy or issue in your locality.

And if you’ve decided that you want to make a change in policy and advocate for your issue in your local legislature, it’s time for a little Legislative Advocacy 101.

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Jan
13
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop

Start the new year right by deepening your relationship with God through Centering Prayer at the Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop. The series will introduce participants to the four simple steps of Centering Prayer and provide opportunities to practice the discipline in daily life. Mass will be celebrated midday. Includes light breakfast and lunch.

For more information contact www.ignatiushouse.org or call 404-255-0503. Registration fee is $35 and includes breakfast and lunch. Please register by January 11, 2019.

Six weekly continuing sessions after the workshop will begin Tuesday, January 15, at 7:30 pm.

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Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

STAMP Music Workshop for String Quartets

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St. Aidan’s Music Project, aka STAMP, is a brand new community-focused branch of St. Aidan’s Music Ministry.  The framework is a series of workshops held throughout the year and has two primary goals:  

  1. to build and grow the church’s relationship with its neighbors and the community-at-large by means of

  2. providing rich and varying topics to musicians of all ages.

The inaugural workshop is for string quartet and will be a day-long program led by the Kazanetti String Quartet involving one-on-one coaching in quartet format of an assigned string quartet (Mozart, K. 157); a talk by KSQ on historical and performance aspects of the work; and a performance of the complete work.

Future workshops will range from audition preparation to songwriting to jazz improvisation and more.

Please visit http://bit.ly/stampnov102018 for information & registration. Registration closes November 5, 2018.

$140 Early Bird Registration through October 10; $165 after October 10

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Nov
8
to Nov 9

A New Spirituality of Leadership: Using Family Process to Deepen and Revitalize Congregational Life

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Utilizing the insights of family process as outlined in Rabbi Edwin Friedman's groundbreaking work Generation to Generation to understand the dynamics of a congregational system is not just another pastoral “tool” or method of problem solving. Rather, it goes to the very heart and soul of what it means to be a pastoral leader. 

This workshop—designed for clergy and lay practitioners of all faiths—will explore family process in depth from the perspective of a congregational setting, paying special attention to relevant biblical and theological themes. The work will be a collaborative experience, utilizing didactics, audio-visual resources, plenary presentations, and small-group discussions.

Participants will explore:

  • The dynamics of healthy functioning among members and ministers,

  • The deep spiritual dimensions of mature responses to anxiety,

  • How leaders can regenerate and transform congregational vitality,

  • New insights for forming and training effective pastoral leaders,

  • The biblical and theological roots of a family process approach.

When pastoral and lay leaders can self-differentiate, remain non-anxious, and yet stay deeply connected to others, the spiritual integrity that emerges from that identity can empower the development of healthy relationships that foster congregational ministry and mission.

Join us in beautiful Sewanee, Tennessee for this wonderful event!


Tuition: $275
Tuition includes materials and lunch on both days.
University of the South faculty & staff: $125 (lunch included)
University of the South students & seminarians: Free (no meals)

Lodging is not included with tuition. For travel & accommodation information, click here.

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

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Nov
7
to Nov 9

National Association of Episcopal Schools Biennial Conference 2018

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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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Nov
3
9:30 AM09:30

Spirituality Conference with the Rev. Becca Stevens

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A Day with the Rev. Becca Stevens: Exploring Creative and Relevant Ways of Practicing Justice, Healing, and Love

Join us for this incredible opportunity!  We will spend the day in intentional acts that promote the healing and justice corollaries of love. This includes storytelling, creating healing oils and participating in a justice tea ceremony. The hope for the day is that all the participants receive practical tools to carry back to their own communities and feel inspired to go out to love the world.

This day-long conference also includes lectures, discussion, question & answer, and book signing. 

Please register by October 31, 2018. $65 (group rate of $60/person for groups of 4 or more); registration after 10/31 will be $70. Lunch is included.

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Oct
20
12:30 PM12:30

How to Keep Your Church Community Engaged and Growing

  • 2744 Peachtree Road Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30305 (map)
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Join us for a day to learn about keeping our church community engaged and growing. We will have workshops like, choosing curriculum, creating curriculum for all ages, information about Godly Play, shepherding souls, and cross generational vitality. Our speakers are lay leaders from the Diocese of Atlanta who practice their ministry every day. 

We will also have some displays from Forma, the Christian Education Conference at Kanuga, curriculum, EfM, the Cathedral Bookstore, and information about podcasts and other digital resources.

There is no fee, but donations are accepted at the door.

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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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Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Clergy Study Day with Dr. Tom Long

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Nourishing the Parabolic Imagination: The Parables of Jesus and the Mission of the Church

Jesus’s parables were not simply charming stories. They are expressions of a radical vision of God’s disruption and transformation of the world. In our time together, we will explore how Jesus’s parables can provoke a parabolic imagination that gives voice and confidence to clergy, the congregations they serve, and the church in a secular culture.

Learn more about Dr. Tom Long

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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
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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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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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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