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!