Mark your calendars for July 9-12 in Baltimore, when all are invited to "It's All About Love: A Festival for the Jesus Movement." This church-wide revival will feature worship, learning, network-building, fellowship and action focused on Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care. Begins with revival worship on Sunday evening, July 9; closing session on Wednesday afternoon, July 12.
Registration details coming very soon. Join in person or host a virtual satellite event in your community. Let's kick off Presiding Bishop Curry's final year with a revival that energizes and inspires us all to live and share Jesus's Way of Love.
If you have questions, reach out to Jerusalem Greer at email@example.com.
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The RMEC Annual Gathering 2023 is meeting April 26-29 in the beautiful Monadnock Mountains of NH at the Barbara C Harris Conference Center.
We are so excited to be able to meet again in person. The theme for the Gathering is “From Basement to Sanctuary, Recovery and the Church”. Our keynote speaker is Stephen R. Haynes, author of “What Can’t Church Be More Like an AA Meeting, and Other Questions Christians Ask About Recovery."
More Information: https://www.episcopalrecovery.org/the-gathering
Winter Talk 2023
The Office of Indigenous Ministries invites all Episcopalians to register to watch Winter Talk 2023, an annual conference that highlights Indigenous and Native American traditions and contributions within the church.
The January 21-23 event will be hosted by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, which recently marked its 200th anniversary in that state. Register online to watch the livestream.
"A Chain Linking Two Traditions"
The Jan. 21-23 event will be hosted by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, which recently marked its 200th anniversary in that state.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Julia Ayala-Harris will join activities on Jan. 21, which include conversations with the Oneida people, video viewing of and discussion about “Native Voices: Speaking to the Church and the World,” a welcoming ceremony, and Evening Prayer.
Other conference activities include the annual “State of the State Address” by the Rev. Brad Hauff, Indigenous missioner for The Episcopal Church; presentations and reports; a local excursion; and “building the altar,” an anticipated highlight of Winter Talk conferences. Participants are invited to place items of significance to their culture, tradition, and ministry on the altar and to share briefly about the pieces, some of which are later given away in accordance with various cultures.
Task Force on slave Trade
Province II comprises both dioceses in New Jersey, six dioceses in New York, the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, and our Caribbean dioceses of Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Much of the area in Province II was at the core of the slave trade/slave triangle. Province II plans a prayerful observation and lament on the slave trade with a Provincial-wide observance. Currently, we are seeking volunteers to serve on a Task Force to prepare the observation, which will be presented in person and on zoom. Interested in serving on the Task Force? Contact Neva Rae Fox, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting to know the Diocese of Puerto Rico
National Altar Guild
A Resource for all!
Jane Mercer is the National Altar Guild Association representative for Province II.
The NAGA website is at www.nationalaltarguildassociation.org.
The National Altar Guild Association quarterly newsletter, the Epistle, is attached.
Jane reports that the Diocese of Long Island is the only diocese with a diocesan Altar Guild.
Join/Renew Your Membership Online
Marcia Himes, Treasurer
Just a reminder that NAGA has moved into the virtual age — you can now apply/renew your membership on our website in two easy steps:
1. On the membership page, you will now find a PayPal button. Simply select your
membership type and click ‘Buy Now.’
2. After completing your payment, click ‘Return to Merchant’ to enter your membership
No driving to the post office, standing in line, buyingstamps, etc. All can be safely handled from the comfort of your own home. Of course, if you prefer, you can print and
mail the Membership Form on page 19 [of the newsletter].
From the newsletter:
80th General Convention Postponed; NAGA to Hold Virtual 2021 Business Meeting
Albe Larsen, First Vice President
As I’m sure most of you are now aware, on November 20 the Office of the General Convention announced that the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, scheduled for June 30–July 9, 2021, has been postponed to July 7–14, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland, allowing time for bishops to attend the Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion, now scheduled for July 27–August 8, 2022.
NAGA Meeting Plans
NAGA has already announced that it has canceled its in-person 2021 meeting. We will, however, hold a virtual meeting on July 7, 2021, from 2:00 to 5:30 pm Pacific time. We will have a short program and also conduct the essential business required by our Constitution and Bylaws. More information will be in the next Epistle as on our website, so be sure to check it out: https://www.nationalaltarguildassociation.org/. At that time you will also find registration information. It will be necessary to register in order to participate in the program and the elections. Those who have registered will be sent a Zoom meeting link.
In 2022, NAGA will be led by a new team of officers and it will be up to the new first vice president to plan the program for a 2022 in-person meeting should the NAGA board decide to hold such a meeting. What is certain is that NAGA will provide the altar guild for the 2022 General Convention, even if that means asking local altar guild members and members of the board to be in attendance.
I certainly hope that we will see you on-line for our brief summer meeting and ask you to be patient and supportive of new officers as they look ahead to 2022.
How Safe is your domain name?
Your congregation's website is its presence in the digital world, which is a really big thing right now. Very few people come to a church these days without first checking its website. What happens if your domain name is suddenly not yours anymore? Visit almost any diocese's "Find a Church" page and you will find a number of website links that are no longer correct or that, even worse, now connect to a site that you really don't want to visit. So what can you do? Nina Nicholson, the Director of Communications & Technology in the Diocese of Newark has written and posted an article that you will find helpful:
How to prevent losing your church website's domain name
Posted by Nina Nicholson on January 04, 2021 in the "Geeks for God" Blog: Evangelism in the Electronic Era. Go to the article >
Human Trafficking Workshops
~ Coming up in late January ~
Two Zoom Forums on Human Trafficking
Aimed at raising awareness about different forms
of human trafficking and the rising risk to teens.
Two extraordinary women will be leading
the events and sharing their wisdom with us.
Attendance is free. Register now!
Sponsored by the Task Force Against Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking 101: Rise Up!
For High School Youth
Sunday, January 24, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Click here for more information and to register for "Rise Up!" for High School Youth on January 24
Human Trafficking 101: Wise Up!
For Adults (parents, guardians, educators, clergy, lay leaders and more)
Sunday, January 31, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Click here for more information and to register for "Wise Up!" for Adults on January 31
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Together, our hearts align for education and safety for all.
The Task Force Against Human Trafficking
The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser
The Rev. Posey Krakowsky
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Jeanne Rollins
The Rev. Gina Gore