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Issue 7 – Fall 2011

IN THIS EDITION

  • About This Edition
  • Conversations:  Paula Franck
  • Reflections from Barb: A Message from our Missioner
  • “From Generation to Generation” Workshops Announced 
  • Diocesan Outreach Provides New Hope to Haiti
  • Mixed Bag – Ideas, Programs, Curriculums to Enhance Formation
  • Looking Ahead: Important Dates to Note

ABOUT THIS EDITION:  

   Mary Sicilia, New Wine Editor

In 1970, I was privileged to be part of a teaching team for a 22-credit  capstone course entitled “Towards the Good Life”  for students seeking a Bachelor of Elective Studies degree at the University of Minnesota.   The idea was to begin with creation stories from various ancient traditions and proceed through  centuries up to “the latest” works anticipating “the good life.”  In 1970, “the latest” was Alvin Tofler’s “Future Shock” in which  he described the post-industrial world, the coming communication’s revolution and  something called “information overload.”  Well, my friends,”Future Shock” didn’t even BEGIN to describe it. The only things that seem to hold us back in today’s world are our relative ability to keep pace with the technological changes and to pick wisely from amongst all the information clamoring for our attention.  Our communications technology has made mince meat of the old boundaries of time and space.   Today’s latest play thing becomes tomorrow’s necessity. And old and certain ways of communicating have been left in the dust. When was the last time you used a land line?  Or a typewriter?  Remember mimeographs and ditto machines?

The resources available to us today as those involved in Christian formation are endless, limited only by our imaginations and ability to access them intelligently.  You used to order curriculum catalogues to see what was “out there” in Sunday School or Vacation Church School land.  Now it is there for you at the flick of a wrist, downloadable more likely than not.  But how to pick and choose. Ah, there is the rub!  What to hang onto and what to toss?  How to be flexible and current and yet grounded? 

And so in this issue of New Wine, in addition to our usual features,  we talk about resources – old and new, the things we have found helpful, our thoughts about  living gracefully in the “present shock” of information overload, and how, in the midst of all the cacophony, we can use the amazing riches of resources available to us to proclaim the God who is the same, yesterday, today and forever,  the God in whom our faith declares we and all people, past and present, live and move and have our being.    

CONVERSATIONS: PAULA FRANCK

    Paula Franck

(Editor’s note: In the past few years, the Diocese of Oregon has been blessed with the presence of Paula Franck, who retired from her position as Canon for Education and Christian Formation in the Diocese of Indiana and settled here in the Pacific Northwest to be closer to her adult children and grandchildren in 2008.  Paula has been lending her expertise as volunteer in the Resource Center  for the Ministry of Lifelong Christian Formation almost since she arrived.)   

First, tell us a little about your own formation.

 I grew up in the Presbyterian Church and became an Episcopalian as a young adult. I always had a great desire to learn more about faith and religion, and when my priest told me about EFM (Education for Ministry), I jumped at the opportunity. EFM was a truly life-changing experience that led to my professional life in the church and eventually to a Master of Theological Studies degree. Being an EFM mentor for a number of years also contributed immensely to my growth in faith.

 Over the years, I have been blessed by having several wonderful mentors who have provided guidance, support and knowledge. I have also been involved in diocesan, provincial and national church programs that provided invaluable opportunities for personal and professional growth.  Through these learning experiences and the gift of the wisdom of others, I have felt the presence of God in my life in very profound ways.

You have been working with Christian formation for a long time.  Where and when did you first get involved, both as a volunteer and then professionally?

My first experience with Christian formation was teaching a kindergarten Sunday school class when I was  still a teenager. I have always had a passion for education, studied education in college and worked as a special education teacher and then served as a volunteer church school teacher and youth group leader until taking the position of Christian Education Director for a congregation in Knoxville, Tennessee. My children were young at the time, and I wanted to provide a program that would give them a strong faith foundation. I then developed two resources centers before being called to be Canon for Education and Christian Formation in the Diocese of Indianapolis. This position provided opportunities to be involved in program and leadership development on a broader scale. I have also been a writer for Synthesis Publications, a resource for preaching and teaching, for over 20 years.

 What would you say have been the biggest changes in education/formation in the church in the past decade or so?

We have continued to move from a didactic, content-oriented approach to a more experiential model as exemplified by the development of Godly Play for children and Rite 13 for youth.  This has culminated in the Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation that has been adopted by the national church and affirmed by our own diocese. We never stop growing in faith, and we need to emphasize education and formation opportunities for all ages, not just for children and youth.

And of course, the changes in technology with the internet and on-line resources provide endless possibilities as well as challenges. However, what remains the same, is the importance of being involved in a learning and worshipping community of all ages.

                                 

So, you have been a part of several resource centers over the years.  What kinds of support  does the diocesan resource center offer to those doing formation in a local parish?

 Our Resource Room provides print and audio-visual materials for loan to congregations and individuals. For example, many churches cannot afford to buy the latest DVD program, so in this way parishes can have these materials available at no cost. Curriculum materials are available for preview; however, now you can go online and download your own samples. Thus the greatest advantage of a diocesan resource center is having someone available to answer questions and make recommendations. Barb Ross, Missioner for Lifelong Christian Formation, and I are always happy to provide assistance. If there is something in particular that you would like to use that we do not have, we will be glad to order it for you.

What would you say are the biggest challenges facing us now in terms of resources for formation?

The fast pace of change in technology offers wonderful new opportunities, but it can also be difficult to keep up with the latest developments. With the internet and the introduction of electronic books, the entire publishing industry is in a period of transition that has already profoundly changed the way we access and use resource materials. You can go on-line and find anything you want immediately, but there is still the issue of discerning which resources are suitable. More and more program materials are now available for download from the internet, but this also means that you must have the proper equipment and technological savvy to access and use these resources.

Materials also become obsolete much more quickly. Because of limited space, we are in the process of sorting the print and video materials in the Resource Room, and it is difficult to know which things to keep and which to recycle. VCR tapes have been replaced by DVD’s, so we are trying to decide what to do with the video collection. As we reorganize the Resource Room, we will be initiating a new electronic cataloging system to enable users to know what is available on-line.

How can someone utilize the resources at The Close?

 As a volunteer, I am not at Resource Room every day, so the best way to make a request is to send me an email at resource@diocese-oregon.org, and I will be in touch with you. I can recommend resources and will be glad to mail materials. I want to do whatever I can to provide resources that can enhance congregational formation.

 I know that you serve as a Spiritual Director.  What is that and how might it enhance someone’s spiritual formation?

There is a saying from the Eastern Orthodox tradition that expresses what I believe lies at the heart of spiritual direction:  “Serious spiritual work is full of mystery, and no one should proceed alone.” A spiritual director is one who accompanies another individual on his or her spiritual journey. In spiritual direction you are invited into a deeper relationship with God and others as you reflect on experiences of daily life and recognize God’s presence in all that you do. Most often this takes place in the context of regular one-on-one sessions with a trained spiritual director or you may make a commitment with another person to be spiritual friends – to share in spiritual conversation and hold one another accountable for maintaining spiritual practices.

 In any case, our spiritual lives are greatly enriched when we share our faith experiences with others. The wisdom of my spiritual directors over the years has added immensely to my life of faith, and I feel privileged to share the journeys of others as a spiritual director myself.

 I know you are doing many things in the church as part of your  vocation as a retired person, but what else do you do in your “spare” time?

 I came to Oregon from Indiana about four years ago to be with my children and grandchildren who had moved here, so much of time is spent with family activities – especially with my grandkids. I also enjoy reading, hiking, Cubs baseball and visiting the many beautiful places in Oregon and the surrounding area.

 

SPEAKING OF RESOURCES

Normally, Paula Franck, our Volunteer Resource Center Coordinator, provides this column, but in keeping with the theme of this issue of New Wine, we asked Paula and several people who are involved in parish lifelong formation to recommend one or two resources – old, new, print, web, or visual, singular or curricular – which they believe have been invaluable in their ministry.   Here are their suggestions:  

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Paula Franck, Volunteer Resource Room Coordinator: 

The following book is the most valuable resource that I have used over the years – every Christian educator should have a copy to “read, mark, learn and inwardly digest.”

  The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education, Third Edition by Sharon Ely Pearson and Robyn Szoke, Editors. (Morehouse Publishing, 2009) $24

The Book of Common Prayer is not only a manual for worship, but it is also a primary resource for Christian education in the Episcopal Church. Thus when the first edition of The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education was published in 1983, it became an invaluable resource for Christian formation. The Guide included explanations of the seasons of the church year, summaries of the lectionary texts for all three years and activity suggestions for all ages. When the book went out of print, educators zealously guarded their cherished copies of the little red book until the Second Edition, with added emphasis on Baptism and the Catechumenal process, was printed in 1996 edited by The Rev. Canon Joseph Russell.

With the introduction of the Revised Common Lectionary, the Third Edition was recently published that follows the outline of the previous editions. An additional section entitled, Keys to Teaching and Learning, provides practical tips for program planning, sharing the Biblical story and methods of Bible study.

This book is not only a valuable tool for Christian formation, but it also provides an introduction to the Episcopal Church and The Book of Common Prayer. A website, www.prayerbookguide.com, will provide ongoing conversation and resources for using the Prayer Book in Christian education.

And from the Web – More and more information is available to us via the internet, and I have found the following website to be a valuable tool for accessing up-to-date information. Here you will find program suggestions for all ages as well as articles on various aspects of congregational life. You will want to bookmark this site and refer to it regularly. The current issue includes prayers for back to school and suggestions for preparing for the anniversary of 911. Building Faith: An Online Community for Christian Educators http://www.buildfaith.org/

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Leslie Sackett, St. Michael & All Angels Church:
 

   A resource we used last year with our elementary age Sunday School class was, “Faith and Nature: The Divine Adventure of Life on Earth” by Phyllis Strupp. (Love the name!) The resource can be adapted for intergenerational use as well.  I downloaded the curriculum and made two copies for our Sunday School teachers. Very easy and affordable.

 According to the introduction, “The program is flexible and can be used for a variety of formation goals.” Cultural diversity appreciation, Mind-body-spirit well-being, Ecological stewardship, Financial stewardship, Millennium Development Goals, Science and religion integration, Social justice ministry and mission, Interfaith appreciation,  Spiritual Outreach to the community

 Units within the curriculum include:
     +Our Friendly Universe
     +Our earthly home
     +Our plant and animal neighbors
     +Our amazing brain
     +Our human neighbors
     +Our spiritual journey
     +Our loving creator
     +Our response to Grace
 
To kick off the year we took a group of kids to the planetarium at OMSI to watch a movie about the universe. So many stars!!!
 
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Charissa Simmons, Trinity Cathedral:

One of my favorite resources is the NAECED list serve. NAECED is an organization of Episcopal educators (National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors). Membership is for volunteer, part-time, or full-time educators, ordained  and lay. Yearly fees are $20 – $50, depending on your position. 
       Members can post questions, thoughts, ideas, and resources on the email list serve. The wealth of information and support form the members is tremendous. Recent topics have ranged from choosing curriculum to resources for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 to a discussion of teen vs. adult confirmation. The list serve can generate a large amount of email, but this can easily be managed by receiving the digest form, or by creating a segregated folder in your inbox.
        The list serve has given me many good ideas, book recommendations, and food for thought. The NAECED website is http://naeced.org/home .

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Mary Sicilia, New Wine Editor:

  Even though it is almost three decades old, the resource I would most recommend  to everyone’s attention is Gertrud Mueller Nelson’s To Dance with God.  Subtitled “Family Ritual and Community Celebration,”  the little volume provides both a wonderful theological-philosophical discussion of formation of “people of Mystery” and VERY practical and real suggestions for ways to “keep the faith”throughout the seasons in our homes and in our churches.   Her premise is that ability to live into the Mystery which our faith proclaims is both taught and caught and that as we celebrate together in the intergenerational settings of our families and parishes, we all, young and old, come to deeper and richer levels of understanding.  Part II of the book which takes us through the cycle of liturgical seasons absolutely sparks the imagination.  I used it with amazing results when I was first working as a volunteer in the tiny urban parish (one with only five much beloved children on a good day!) and in both cathedral parishes where I subsequently served as a lay professional.   Other than the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer, I seriously cannot imagine a resource that was more important in helping me do my job – and it is STILL in print and readily available .   (Hint: I often recommended it or gave a copy of it to parents who said they wanted to create a home that would foster solid Christian formation.  Results when applied were amazing!)      

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Sharon Ely Pearson, Christian Formation Specialist Church Publishing:

 Some excellent resources that should be on every EPISCOPAL Christian Educator’s shelf (besides the BCP, a Bible, Concordance, and a Bible Dictionary):

1. Called to Teach and Learn (Episcopal Church) http://www.episcopalchurch.org/documents/CTTL_English.pdf

2. Fashion Me a People by Maria Harris

3. The Episcopal Handbook

4. The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education (sorry for the self-promotion, but the 1st & 2nd editions by Joe Russell were so invaluable to me that I felt the church needed an RCL updated version – hence edition 3 by myself and Robyn Szoke). It gives an overview of every Sunday in the lectionary (3 years RCL), various ways of doing Bible study, seasonal ideas for children, youth and adults, An Outline of the Faith, etc., etc. Weekly postings also at http://www.prayerbookguide.com

5. Informed by Faith by Mark Bozzuti-Jones (this may have lots of ideas for you to use with your teachers throughout the year)

6. A Disciple’s Prayer Book – this has a simple framework for Bible study and prayer that is excellent for meetings – http://www.ecusa.anglican.org/documents/NAM_a_disciples_prayer_book.pdf

7. Guide My Feet by Marion Wright Edelman

8. Christly Gestures: Learning to be Members of the Body of Christ by Brett Webb Mitchell

I can think of a host of supplemental books of prayer – but then that’s another list!

from Building Faith: an online community for Christian Educators http://www.buildfaith.org Read my blog: http://www.rowsofsharon.com Subscribe to “Living IN-Formation” monthly newsletter at http://tinyurl.com/2cx7pn6 The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education http://www.prayerbookguide.com  

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And Another from Leslie Sackett, St Michael and All Angels:  

   The World Peace Village: “Where every breath is a prayer and every step is peace” – this is a wonderful faith formation resource that is available to every congregation in the Diocese of Oregon through the diocesan Ministry of Lifelong Christian Formation. This summer during the month of August St. Michael & All Angels in Portland hosted the World Peace Village and parishioners of all ages enjoyed the opportunity to close to the sacred objects of worship from six of the world’s great faith traditions. 

The World Peace Village is made up of “hands on” centers representing the Christian, Hebrew, Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu, and Native American religious traditions. Displayed at each center are sacred items used in worship. Children and adults are encouraged to touch the sacred objects, read about the different spiritual practices and learn words and prayers for peace from each of the faith traditions. A large set of dress-up clothes representing a variety of world cultures allows children to imagine themselves in a new way as they spend time in this peaceful village. 

The creators of The World Peace Village remind us that, “The Golden Rule found in the sacred teachings of each tradition anchors and underscores the core values of all the spiritual practices.” Indeed, when viewed together it is amazing to see how many similarities there are in this cross-section of world religions.

 The World Peace Village can be used as the basis for a rich week of Vacation Church School or as an ongoing “Open House” for parishioners to explore on Sunday mornings. It is an excellent way to introduce the beauty of different sacred traditions and to remind ourselves of the yearning for peace that lies deep within all these paths to the Holy.

 

REFLECTIONS FROM BARB

   Barbara Ross, Diocesan Missioner for Lifelong Formation

“Resources” is a timely topic for the fall edition of New Wine because it is an important issue, not only in our diocese, but across the church and the globe. When I first became active with what then was known as  Christian Education, our diocesan Resource Room, the inviting sunroom at The Close, was lined with shelves of books, the nook was filled with curriculum samples, and another large closet was floor-to-ceiling VHS tapes. Thanks to the faithful work of Jack Hilyard, Kyle Wiseley, and Stephanie Wight, each of these resources was carefully selected, catalogued, and eventually entered into a database that was posted on the diocesan webpage.

People used to come to Resource Room at The Close to review various curricula samples, peruse the books, and check out VHS tapes and study guides to use in their adult formation classes.  But times do change. First came the change from VHS to DVD.  But the bigger change has been the move to the electronic format. Publishers have stopped sending us curriculum samples because they are too expensive to print and ship. Fewer and fewer books of any kind are being published in hard copy.  Increasingly, the internet is where it is at.

Church Publishing, our own Episcopal publishing house, still publishes a few books, but most of their new curricula for children, youth, and adults are available for downloading from the internet.  CPI recently joined forces with Cokesbury, the Methodist publishing house, so it will be interesting to see where that goes. Websites like LeaderResources and Thoughtful Christian have excellent materials for use in The Episcopal Church. Even DVD’s are becoming a thing of the past as people go to YouTube or elsewhere on the web to find what they are looking for.

So what does this mean for Christian Formation in the Diocese of Oregon? How can we best support the work of our congregations? Paula Franck, our wonderful volunteer resource coordinator, and I have been wrestling with this. We are facing the fact that most of the books, curricula, and VHS tapes on our shelves have not been checked out in the last ten years, and the reality is that many of them may never be checked out again. So, it probably doesn’t make sense for us to invest diocesan resources in more of them unless there is a special request. What is being checked out are hands-on items like our Peace Village and Godly Play kits. Purchasing things like this that are expensive for congegations to purchase and difficult for them to store may be where we should be investing diocesan resources.  (Information about the Peace Village and Godly Play kits is available elsewhere in this issue.)  Also, publishing houses are starting to offer diocesan licenses which we can purchase so that you can download resources at reducued or even no cost.  This is the arrangement we now have with LeaderResources for the Hope for Haiti curriculum.

So, these are the directions we are moving at present, but we know they they, too, will change. Who knows how we will be accessing information and resources five or ten years from now? If you have ideas of how we might better support your ministires both now and in the future, please let us know!
Blessings to you all,
Barb Ross
Barbarar@diocese-oregon.org

P.S. To learn more about new resources, plan to attend “From Generation to Generation,” our second annual conference on Lifelong Christian Formation. (See below) Go to www.diocese-oregon.org for workshop descriptions and online registration.

 

 

   WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED

Four experts from outside of our diocese will join nine gifted formation leaders from within, to present workshops at From Generation to Generation, our conference for Lifelong Christian Formation to be held Saturday, September 24  9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Trinity Cathedral. Workshop topics and presenters include:

 A Prayer Primer: Children and Prayer – Charissa Simmons, Trinity Cathedral, Portland and Cindra Gray, St. Michael/San Miguel, Newberg                           

 Godly Play for All Ages – Nathan LeRud, Trinity Cathedral and Gabe Lamazarus, St. Michael & All Angels, Portland 

Formation in Latino Communities and Congregations – Julia McCray Goldsmith, Ministry Development Officer,  Diocese of California                                                                                        

Building Learning Communities that Invite, Inspire, and Transform – Carole Ann Crateau, St. Timothy’s, Salem and Kristina Burbank, St. James, Lincoln City                    

Vim and Vigor with Renovare: Be Renewed! – Jean Nevill and Kathy Baker, Renovare

Let Every Sense Be Tuned For Praise: Using the Arts in Worship – Robert Bryant, St. John the Baptist, Portland

Abundant Life Garden Project: Teacher’s Greenhouse – Brian Sellers-Petersen, Director of Church Engagement, Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD)

Rebuild Our Church in Haiti: Transformation though Outreach and Justice – Leslie Sackett, St. Michael & All Angels, Portland and Sarah Gibson, All Saints, Portland

Anglican Mission Across Generations and Continents – Dr. Marion Grau, Associate Professor of Theology, Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP)

Julia McCray Goldsmith, Ministry Development Officer in the Diocese of California will deliver the keynote address.  On-line registration will be available on the diocesan website.  For further information, contact Barbara Ross, Missioner for Lifelong Christian Formation at barbarar@diocese-oregon.org <mailto:barbarar@diocese-oregon.org> , or 971-204-4111, or 1-800-452-2562 ext.111

 

New Godly Play resource available to check-out

 We are pleased to announce that Knowing Jesus in a New Way, Dr. Jerome Berryman’s most recent Godly Play presentation, is available for check-out from our diocesan Resource Room.  Other Godly Play kits available for congregations to check-out include:

From the Complete Guide to Godly Play: 14 Presentations for Fall (Volume 2)

  • Lesson 1 – The Circle of the Church Year
  • Lesson 3 – The Flood and theArk
  • Lesson 6 – The Ten Best Ways
  • Lesson 7 – The Ark and the Tent
  • Lesson 8 – The Ark and theTemple

From the Complete Guide to Godly Play: 20 Presentations for Winter (Volume 3)

  • Lessons 1-4   (Advent I-IV)
  • Lesson 11 – Parable of the Leaven

From the Complete Guide to Godly Play: 20 Presentations for Spring (Volume 4)

  • Lesson 1 – The Mystery of Easter
  • Lesson 10 – The Good Shepherd and World Communion

Each may be checked out for one month with a limit of two checked out to a congregation at one time.  For further information, contact Barbara Ross, Missioner for Lifelong Christian Formation, at 1-800-452-2562×111, 971-204-4111, or barbarar@diocese-oregon.org.

 Trinity Cathedral to host Godly Play gatherings

A community brown bag and time for informal conversation about Godly Play is planned for every 4th Monday from 12:00-1:30 in the St. Benedict’s room upstairs at Trinity Cathedral.  Those interested in Godly Play are invited to bring their lunch and their wonderings!  Seasonal reflection days and other training opportunities will be announced at a later date.  For further information, please contact Charissa Simmons, Family Ministries Coordinator, at charissas@trinity-cathedral.org.

 

DIOCESAN OUTREACH BRINGS NEW HOPE TO HAITI

 

This year’s Diocesan Convention Outreach Project: Rebuild Our Church in Haiti is in direct response to Bishop Jean Zache Duracin and the people of Haiti’s plea to help rebuild Holy Trinity Cathedral which was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake in January 2010. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and the House of Bishops have asked  every diocese and every congregation in The Episcopal Church to join this important effort.

 More than a sacred place of worship, Holy Trinity Cathedral is a whole complex at the epicenter of ministry for the Diocese of Haiti. Without the rebuilding of the Cathedral many people who are served by the Episcopal Church in Haiti will not receive the help they need to put their lives back together or be able to care for their families in the aftermath of the country’s worst earthquake in two hundred years. With over 90,000 members, the Diocese of Haiti is the largest diocese in The Episcopal Church located in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

 Many organizations including Episcopal Relief and Development are working in Haiti to rebuild the infrastructure and provide human services after the enormous devastation caused by the earthquake. But, the one thing that no one else can rebuild for The Episcopal Church is Holy Trinity Cathedral. We, the members of The Episcopal Church must rebuild our church in Haiti.

 “Bricks” to help rebuild Holy Trinity Cathedral can be purchased for $10 a piece. Our goal is for every congregation to take part in this effort as we reach out beyond our red doors to help our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Haiti to rebuild their Cathedral and their lives. As they say in Haiti, Men anpil chay pa lou, or “Many hands make the load lighter.”

 Our diocesan website contains links to a variety of  resources about Haiti including Hope for Haiti by LeaderResources. This 150 page curriculum is available to download and includes “education, fun and fund-raising resources for congregations to learn about and join the campaign to rebuild the Cathedral complex in the Diocese of Haiti.” Lesson plans included for adults, youth and children.

 Our 2011 Diocesan Outreach Project is an eight-week campaign beginning September 11 (Get on Board Sunday) and concluding on November 6 (the celebration of All Saints’ Sunday). Congregations are asked to bring their contribution to the Rebuild our Church in Haiti table at Convention November 10-12. Checks can be made out to the Diocese of Oregon with Rebuild our Church in Haiti in the memo line. We will tally the “bricks” as they arrive and announce the grand total to the Convention on Saturday.

 Rebuild Our Church in Haiti is a campaign to rebuild not only the bricks and mortar of the Episcopal Church in Haiti, but a ministry in Christ’s name to help rebuild the soul of a nation whose people have been overwhelmed with grief and loss due to natural disasters and years of crippling poverty. Please encourage everyone you know to  buy a brick (or two or three!) and help lay a foundation of hope for the people of Haiti.

 For more information about Rebuild Our Church in Haiti , please check our diocesan website, www.diocese-oregon.org.

       MIXED BAG

 Hope for Haiti curriculum now available at no cost to congregations

We are pleased to announce that we have purchased a diocesan license that makes it possible for congregations in the Diocese of Oregon to download the Hope for Haiti curriculum at no cost.  This curriculum, valued at $20, has great ideas for congregations to use in conjunction with the Rebuild Our Church in Haiti project or anytime.  To access your copy of the curriculum go to www.LeaderResources.org/hopeforhaiti <http://www.LeaderResources.org/hopeforhaiti> , register, select your respective church and your will be given permission to download as many copies of the curriculum as you would like.  For further information on this year’s diocesan convention project, go to www.diocese-oregon.org <http://www.diocese-oregon.org>  and from the buttons on the right, click on Rebuild Our Church in Haiti.

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Lectionary Explorations:  On-Line and In The Flesh  

We are offering three different ways of engaging the Sunday lessons from the Revised Common Lectionary:

1. Follow us online at www.portlandlectionaryforum.blogspot.com where every Monday morning you will find the lessons for the following Sunday as scheduled in the Revised Common Lectionary. There will be a brief introduction for each lesson and opportunities for comment, questions and feedback are offered at the site. 

2. Attend a group discussion of the lessons at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, each Tuesday morning from 9:30 to ll:00 a.m.

3. Attend a contemplative engagement with a portion of the week’s lessons every Wednesday evening at 12054 S.E. Rhone Street, Portland.This is not a group discussion but a group meditative exercise based on elements of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.  

 You are invited to participate in any  or all three of the offerings. For further details, visit the blogsite at www.portlandlectionaryforum.blogspot.com or contact Kyle Wiseley at wiseleykyle@hotmail.com.

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Looking for a good  book discussion group volume for this fall? 

Consider Made for Goodness by Desmond and Mpho Tutu.  In this rich and timely treasure, Bishop Tutu and his daughter, an Episcopal priest, explore what it means that we were created in God’s image for goodness but completely free, as individuals and societies, to choose habits of wholeness or wrongness.  It comes with a wonderful set of questions which evoke good discussion, not only of theological questions but also of issues related to truth and justice.  Read and discuss a chapter a week and the book will take you to Christmas.  Double up and you’ll be done by Thanksgiving.   In either case, you and your group are bound to emerge with renewed hope and fresh understandings and ready to welcome anew the Advent of the Prince of Peace. 

Mary Sicilia, New Wine Editor

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CPI offering free Weaving God Promises webinars
Joanna Leiserson, founder and author of the Weaving God’s Promises children’s curriculum published by Church Publishing will be leading webinars for teachers at no cost.
     August 31 at 12:00 and 5:00 Pacific
     September 14 at 12:00 and 5:00 Pacific
     September 28 at 12:00 Pacific

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Rebuilding Your Life

Rebuilding your life after divorce or the end of any committed relationship can be challenging.  Endings, however, may become the doorway to new beginnings.  If you seek support and a place to re-envision life from this changed landscape of single-hood, recent or in the past, I invite you to join us for this ten week class.  Some of the topics we’ll explore are: denial, grief, letting go, self-worth, transition, openness, trust and relatedness.  Past class participants have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to talk openly with others going through a similar life transition in a safe and sacred environment.  Facilitator is Debbie Kohler,  Pastoral Counselor and Spiritual Director. 

The group will meet Wednesdays, September 14-November 16, 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 120 SW Towle Avenue.  Cost for the series is  $200  (cost may be broken into two payments—9/14 and 10/19).   Feel free to call Debbie if you have any questions at 503-588-9400.

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    LOOKING AHEAD    

+Sunday, September 11 – Suggested Get-on-Board date for the Rebuilding Our Church in Haiti project
+Saturday, September 24 – From Generation to Generation: A Conference on Lifelong Christian Formation, 9:00-3:30 at Trinity Cathedral (Keynote speaker: Julia McCray Goldsmith)
+Monday, September 25 – Godly Play Brown Bag gathering, 12:00-1:30, Trinity Cathedral
+Monday-Thursday, October 10-13 – Western Christian Educators’ Conference at the Presbyterian Conference Center, Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe (Keynote speaker: Marcus Borg)
+Monday, October 24 – Godly Play Brown Bag gathering, 12:00-1:30, Trinity Cathedral
+Sunday, November 6 – Suggested in-gathering date for the Rebuilding Our Church in Haiti project
+Thursday-Saturday, November 10-12 – Diocesan Convention at Salem Conference Center
+Monday, November 28 – Godly Play Brown Bag gathering, 12:00-1:30, Trinity Cathedral
+Saturday, February 2-4 – NAECED Tapestry Conference in New Orleans
+Saturday, February 25 – Children’s Day at the Cathedral
+July 5-12 – General Convention in Indianapolis

SAFE Church Schedule – Fall 2011

SAFE Church trainings have been scheduled at the following locations this fall:

Safeguarding God’s Children

+ Saturday, September 10 – Grace, Astoria, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

+ Sunday, October 9 – St. Catherine’s, Manzanita, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

+Saturday, October 15 – St. Mary’s, Eugene, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

+Saturday, October 22 – St. Paul’s, Oregon City, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

+Saturday, October 22 – St. Luke’s, Grant’s Pass, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

+Saturday, November 5 – St. Gabriel’s, Portland,  9:00 a.m. – l:00 p.m.

 

Preventing Sexual Harassment of Church Workers  

+ Saturday,  October l – Christ Church, St. Helen’s, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

+Saturday, October l – St. Paul’s, Oregon City, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

+Saturday, October 15 – St. Matthew’s, Portland, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

+Saturday, October 15 – St. Mary’s, Eugene, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

+Saturday, October 29 – Trinity, Ashland, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith

+Saturday, October l – Christ Church, St. Helen’s, l:00 – 5:00 p.m.

+Saturday, October l – St. Paul’s, Oregon City, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

+Saturday, October 15 – St. Matthew’s, Portland, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

+Saturday, October 15 – St. Mary’s, Eugene, l:00 – 5:00 p.m.

+Saturday, October 29 – Trinity, Ashland, l:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

On- line registration is available on the diocesan website.  For more information, please contact Barbara Ross, Missioner for Lifelong Formation at barbarar@diocese-oregon.org or  (971) 204-4111.       

 

 

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