Workshop: The Church as Sanctuary Paul Ambos, Esq., is a member of the bars of New Jersey and New York. He has been the Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey since January 2013. Additionally, he has been a member of the Standing Committee on Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of New Jersey for more than 12 years. Ambos is presently Secretary of Province II. The Power Point slides for his workshop are here >
Workshop: Unbind and Let Go The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, Chair of the Episcopal Diocese of New York Task Force Against Human Trafficking Iryna Makaruk, Survivor Advocate Description: “Unbind him, and let him go.” These are the words Jesus speaks at the resurrection of Lazarus. This is how God has always restored to life those enslaved by death. It is the same command that calls us as Christians today to combat human trafficking, pursue with compassion the restoration of victims and survivors, and to be agents of God’s glorious, life-giving work in the world. This workshop will provide an introduction to human trafficking from a faith perspective, blending Bible study with teaching about modern-day slavery.
The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser is the associate rector of Church of the Incarnation in New York, She discovered the Episcopal Church in her mid-twenties and still marvels at its many gifts – ancient tradition, progressive theology, an invitation to question, an emphasis on social justice, liturgical space for contemplation, and Christian community grounded in the Eucharist. Today Adrian’s ministry is fueled by her commitment to evangelism and mission. She seeks to empower others to share God’s love through faith-filled conversation in daily life and service to those in need.
Prior to arriving at Church of the Incarnation, Adrian served just up the street at St. James’ Church on Madison Ave. She is active in a number of Episcopal and ecumenical ministries, serves on the Governor’s Interfaith Advisory Council, and chairs the Episcopal Diocese of New York Task Force Against Human Trafficking. She was recently selected as a New York Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Stars honoree for her work to combat human trafficking.
Before ordained ministry, Adrian practiced corporate bankruptcy law and financial restructuring at the Wall Street firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. She also has a history in dance ministry and a lifelong love of ballet. Adrian holds a B.A. from Duke University, a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School.
Workshop: Formation for Transformation: Becoming Beloved Community Description: How do we begin the work of Becoming Beloved Community? This workshop will lead participants through an introductory process of reflection, discernment, and planning for action utilizing The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community Long-Term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation, and Justice as a framework. The tools shared in this workshop may be shared, adapted, and utilized for faith formation in participants’ local contexts.
Heidi Kim, Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation for the Episcopal Church is based in Seattle, Washington. She is responsible for facilitating the establishment and growth of networks in the Church that confront structural issues of racism in society and the church. See a video:
Workshop: Dalits and Christianity: Church’s Mission among the Marginalized Description: Dalits of India (and South Asia) have been treated as untouchables for several centuries. While there were earlier movements of resistance and assertion among the Dalits, nothing has been as significant as the transformation that was brought about by the gospel. In this workshop, we will see how, beginning from the late nineteenth century, the church has made a remarkable change in the lives of these despised and dehumanized people, helping them to reclaim their dignity. We will also discuss how Dalit Christianity, which today makes up nearly 80% of Indian Christianity, serves, not only as a witness to the empowering potential of the gospel among the oppressed, but also as a paradigmatic model for Mission for the global church at large.