The annual conference of Episcopal Communicators was held in person for the first time in two years at the DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, Georgia on May 3-6, 2022. It was a wonderful gathering with opportunities for fellowship and sharing. Episcopal Communicators is a self-supporting organization of communication professionals working in the Episcopal Church for dioceses, congregations and organizations. Its mission is to foster community that inspires and supports excellence in church communications.
The keynote speakers were Ryan Casey Waller,a licensed psychotherapist, writer, speaker, lawyer, and Episcopal priest, and sociologist, best-selling author, lecturer, humorist, and storyteller, Bertice Berry, PhD. Dr. Waller spoke about resiliance and Dr. Berry spoke about fulfilling our baptismal covenant to “Strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” Both were excellent!
There were many workshops, of course. I was able to attend three:
Digital evangelism through content creation was presented by Aida Milien, a lifelong Episcopalian originally from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. She is communications associate for the Episcopal Diocese of California, working from her home in Miami. Her emphasis was on the call to tell our stories as the most effective, authentic way of letting others know who Jesus is and what he means in our lives. She shared examples of short videos that can be produced and shared with no budget at all.
Updating a brand: a case study and some tips for success was presented by the Rev. Scott Gunn, the executive director of Forward Movement. He shared the process that Forward Movement has just completed of re-branding and re-freshing that brand. We heard about some best practices, more about the Forward Movement process and some tips for those of us who might contemplate updating a brand.
Graphic design for non-designers was presented by Jason Franklin, the director of communications at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, N.C, and before that the manager of communications for All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills. We learned some fundamentals of graphic design as well as some tips and tricks in Adobe Creative Suite to improve our designs.
The highlight of the conference is always the Polly Bond Awards. They are awarded at the closing banquet in a number of categories. Only Episcopal Communicators members may submit an entry.
Province II communicators managed to come away with a few rewards.
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Camp Allen, Navasota Texas
April 25 - 27, 2023