Each year in the Spring the Episcopal Communicators hold their annual conference. This year it was April 18-22 in Cincinnati, OH. There were over 150 communicators of every level from small church congregations to large dioceses, coast to coast. The opportunities for networking and learning were boundless! Next year’s conference will be EpisComm18, April 17-20, 2018 at Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC. . I hope that every diocese will budget time and resources to send at least one person responsible for communications. Information about Episcopal Communicators, membership and coming events is on the website: http://www.episcopalcommunicators.org/.
Province II was represented by myself, Nina Nicholson of the Diocese of Newark, Kirk Peterson from the Diocese of Newark and contributor to The Living Church, Denise Fillion of the Diocese of Long Island, Sonja Slother from St. Paul’s Cathedral in the Diocese of WNY, Walter Baer of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, John Rollins from the Diocese of Newark, and Nathan Brockman from Trinity Wall Street. If there were others from the province, I am sorry that I missed them.
The workshops, presenters and keynoters were outstanding. Here is a partial list of workshops: Communicating the Gospel, How to make a quality welcome video on a budget, Teaching teachers – diocesan communicators, Branding 101, Invite, welcome, connect, Transforming communications through asset mapping, Video on the fly, How to identify and nurture advocates, Latin/Hispanic Evangelism in English, Refresh and revitalize your content strategy, Planning your special event, and more! The keynote speaker was Jana Reiss, the author of Flunking Sainthood Every Day: A Daily Devotional for the Rest of Us, among other things. Her topic for us was How can your church or organization identify its core message—and, just as importantly, communicate that message effectively to both insiders and outsiders
One of the highlights of the conference is always the Polly Bond Awards ceremony. The Polly Bond Awards for Excellence in Communication are inspired by beloved communicator and founding member, Polly Bond. Episcopal Communicators recognizes outstanding work produced by our members.
This year there were two awards given to Province II communicators. Congratulations to:
Here’s hoping to see many of you in Kanuga next April!
Yes, every congregation is an asset in the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement! If you wander into a new place, the Episcopal Church there is likely to be a place where you will be welcomed, where the liturgy will be familiar, where there will be concern for social justice issues, and where there will be people serving others in the community. But this is often a well-kept secret.
Our call to share the good news of Jesus tells us that evangelism is an imperative, not a bad word. Now there is a new tool developing to help us tell our stories, the Episcopal Asset Map. The Episcopal Asset Map is a joint project of The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development and it is intended to be a searchable platform that will help us to tell our stories and share our gifts with each other. (https://episcopalassetmap.org/about-map )
This online platform shows the locations and ministries of Episcopal churches, schools and institutions. Pins appear on the map and search functions allow users to explore their local area or the entire country. Here, Episcopalians can tell the full story of how they are a part of the Jesus Movement. Clicking on a pin (or a link from the list view) provides contact information and descriptions of programs. But this project is different from many other mapping platforms because it is completely grassroots-populated with oversight by appointed Diocesan Map Administrators. This means that the accuracy of information is up to you! This project can only be successful if you participate and join in sharing the story of The Church.
Each congregation is already on the map and the link is there just waiting for your congregation to get together and fill in your story. In addition to your contact information you can add pictures and videos. You can link to outside sources such as newspaper articles about your congregation. Right now, most of these asset links are empty of all but the title and location. They are waiting to be filled with the life-giving stories of your congregation.
The Episcopal Church is re-launching the Episcopal Volunteers in Mission program. In this program, lay or ordained adult Episcopalians (ages 30+) devote six to 12 months volunteering in an area of the Anglican Communion. More information about the program, including requirements and an application, can be found here. You may also email Elizabeth Boe, Staff Officer for Global Mission Engagement for The Episcopal Church, by clicking here or you may contact her by telephone at (212) 716-6381.
Ongoing at SMV Gallery - 145 West 46th Street, NY, NY
SMV Gallery's first Affordable Latino Art Sale began on Friday, September 16, 2016 and is ongoing at the SMV Gallery, 145 West 46th Street, New York City (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues).
This is an opportunity to support Latino artists and to view, appreciate, and collect their work.
The sale is open to the public.
Hello Friends of Mons Nubifer Sanctus,
We’ve started to publish blog articles that deal with the contemplative Christian life. Our first offering is entitled, God’s Vision for Us is Our Vision of God.
A Google search on “the vision of God” yields much. Many of the articles and essays of this yield are about God’s vision for us. For an example, we are offered steps to help us find out what God’s vision is for our life. Others offer motivational words about how vision enables us to achieve great things. Vision of the gold medal enables an Olympic athlete to endure the hardships and monotony of long years of training; vision gives us purpose and direction in life. Hence, if we knew what God’s vision was for us, then we would be empowered to achieve it. Predictably, we’re told that God wants us to achieve great things. In classical Christian theology, when speaking of “the vision of God” we are generally not referring to what God’s vision (we might just say “will”) is for our lives. … Read more.
2017 Newsletter & Program Catalog pdf here