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Holy Land Pilgrimage 2017
October 17-28, 2017
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Cursillo #162: Co-Ed Weekend
Chanco on the James, Surry
Rector: Gerry Lopez of Grace Church, Yorktown. Cursillo is a movement within the Episcopal Church. It is an adult retreat designed to help us grow closer to Jesus Christ. It's also a community where we're encouraged to live joyfully and serve faithfully in grace. For more information on Cursillo or to apply to be a candidate or a team member, please visit the Cursillo website at www.cursillodiosova.org, or contact Gerry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling the Future Church Conference: Leading from the Middle; Leading Like it Matters
May 1-2, 2017
Holiday Inn – Martinsburg, WV
Hosted by Province III of the Episcopal Church. The Rev. David Gortner, Ph.D. is the conference speaker. What patterns of choices has the Episcopal Church made in its selection, formation, development and deployment of ordained leaders? What is the impact of those choices on mission? Might we "move the dial" by fostering religious leadership practices to reshape and redire ct congregations in their culture and engagement in the public practices of evangelism, witness and community partnership? Registration is $75. Click here to register. Click here for conference brochure. Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. Special conference rate of $99 at Holiday Inn, 304-267-5500 or www.holidayinn.com/martinsburg.
Christian Education Summit
May 11, 10 a.m.
Diocesan Office, Newport News
If you are tasked with providing faith formation for your parish does it feel like the map you were given suddenly bears no resemblance to the landscape you are trying to navigate? Most of us are finding that proven models that once worked are no longer effective. The scenery has changed given that society is less religiously focused, and individuals/families struggle to fit faith formation into their overscheduled lives. So, what are we to do? Perhaps it's time to look at this new landscape as an opportunity rather than the end of the road. Focusing on the possibilities that lie ahead is certainly more productive than mourning what once was. It's time for a paradigm shift! Several representatives (clergy and lay) from our diocese will be attending the Vibrate Faith Summit in Minnesota to explore how we might rethink our approach to faith formation. The Vibrant Faith Summit materials suggest that we need to re-orient out thinking, and our efforts, in the following four key ways:
- Shift from event based discipleship to whole life discipleship
- Shift towards formation as relational attachment
- Shift from a leadership model that is less about power, and more about humble exploration
- Shift from the "I teach you the faith" towards having faith formation tools accessible all the time
On Thursday, May, 11, at 10 am, at the Diocesan Center, the Christian Education Network (CE-Net) invites you to join us as we share and explore how these initiatives might help guide faith formation as we go forward. We will share what we learned at the conference and begin to discuss how we might navigate this new landscape together to create faith formation that is active, relational, accessible, and able to sustain us in our relationships with Jesus Christ. Please join us and share your thoughts. We will conclude at noon. Please confirm you attendance by email email@example.com.
Day of Prayer - Eastern Gathering
May 17, 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Chanco on the James
The Lutheran-Episcopal Joint Committee of Virginia is sponsoring a Day of Prayer at Chanco on the James in Surry, Virginia. The speaker for the day will be the Rev. John Maxwell Kerr. Rev. Kerr will lead us in two group sessions considering how and why to pray, whom to pray with, resources for prayer, prayer and the liturgical year, and will share other personal prayer practices. Click here for details and registration. Registration deadline is May 7.
The Outward Mindset
Chanco on the James
The Rev. Conor Alexander, rector of St. Francis, Virginia Beach, and a licensed facilitator for Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset from the Arbinger Institute, is leading a three-day continuing education event at Chanco on the James for clergy and lay employees in the Diocese of Southern Virginia May 23-25. Click here to read more about this workshop and all it can help support your ministry, and for online registration. Questions? Contact the Rev. Conor Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Theological Seminary & Online
eFormation is an ecumenical conference on ministry and Christian formation in a digital world. Participants can attend in-person at Virginia Theological Seminary OR can participate via webinar from their home or office. The conference is for leaders invested in the future of the church: Pastors; Congregational faith formation leaders; Chaplains and campus ministers; Religious schools leadership (K–12); Publishers of digital faith formation content; Regional leaders in faith formation. Optional pre-conference on Monday, June 5. Click here for details and registration.
Day of Prayer - Western Gathering
August 17, 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Smith Mountain Lake
The Lutheran-Episcopal Joint Committee of Virginia is sponsoring a Day of Prayer at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. The speaker for the day will be Pastor Richard Bansemer. Pastor Bansemer will lead us in two group sessions considering how and why to pray, whom to pray with, resources for prayer, prayer and the liturgical year, and will share other personal prayer practices. Click here for details and registration.
Cursillo #163: Co-Ed Weekend
September 28-October 1
Chanco on the James, Surry
Rector: Jim Thurmond of St. George's, Newport News. Cursillo is a movement within the Episcopal Church. It is an adult retreat designed to help us grow closer to Jesus Christ. It's also a community where we're encouraged to live joyfully and serve faithfully in grace. For more information on Cursillo or to apply to be a candidate or a team member, please visit the Cursillo website at www.cursillodiosova.org or contact Jim at email@example.com
79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church
July 5-13, 2018
Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
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