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Issue 2 – May 2010

In This Edition:

  • About this  issue – a word on what is here
  • Mixed Bag – practical ideas for your formation program
  • Conversations – an interview with Linda Martin
  • Speaking of Resources – suggestions about books and helpful web sites
  • Reflections from Barb – thoughts from our Diocesan director
  • Gleanings from the Vineyard –  taken from The Vineyard
  • To Whom It May Concern:  An Open Letter to Church School Teachers
  • Coming Up – Calendar of Events pertinent to Formation

About This Issue:

Mary Sicilia, Editor

Summer time, and the living is easy…” or so George Gershwin wrote in  Porgy and Bess. It is obvious that Gershwin was never involved in a Christian Formation program in a local parish.  Summer time is ANYTHING but easy.   First there is Pentecost to be celebrated in style and then come all the “end of the year activities” honoring all that has happened since things started up last September.   And then, in many parishes, come camping programs, Vacation Church School, mission trips, art camps – often some of our largest and most labor intensive (and chaotic) programming of the church year.  And of course, since we have nothing else to do, there is the work of gearing up for new season ahead — the gathering to brainstorm and plan,  the nitty gritty of turning those dreams into actual classes and programs,  the recruiting and training of teachers,  the choosing or creating of curriculum.  No lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer for us!

I’ve always thought it apt that for us in the Northern Hemisphere at least, this busy summer time comes after Pentecost, that day when, a four year old once informed me, “A whole lot of Wind blew in  the Church .”  The season “after Pentecost” is our longest.  Our Roman Catholic friends call it “Ordinary Time” and I have always liked that because it suggests the kind of putting one foot in front of the other that marks much of the work of Christian formation during the summer months, a great deal if  of it devoted to the rather endless tasks of evaluating, planning, recruiting and preparing.  In the midst of it all , it is always good  to remember what this season celebrates — that we are not alone, that the Spirit of God is with us and in us, transforming us into “the people of God,” and that the work we are doing is nothing short of the extending of that transformation down the block and around the world.  We hope this issue of New Wine provides you with some inspiration and good practical suggestions for the carrying out of that joyous task!

MIXED BAG

Practical Ideas from Around the Church

At Pentecost (or perhaps at your “Feast of Title” celebration):  Take a church family portrait each year of everyone who is there that Sunday, and have it blown up into a huge poster that can be framed and displayed throughout the year in a prominent location.  Be sure to save at least a smaller size every year to document who was there (perhaps make an album); it’s really neat to see children growing up and adults growing more mature!  If you do this on Pentecost, encourage people to wear red.  It makes for a very festive effect.      Pamela Filbert, St. Timothy, Salem

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On Pentecost, consider putting up a large map of the US (or the world) up in the parish hall .  Have parishioners  put stickers (or flag pins)  with their names on where they were born.  Not only is it fun to see where everyone came from,  it often leads to discovery and conversation and a good reminder that “we may have come here on different ships, but we’re in the same Boat now.”  Mary Sicilia, New Wine Editor

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Summer Sunday School can be a challenge.  Attendance is sporadic for both children and adults.  It’s difficult to plan a curriculum that is not too heavy, appeals to a wide age range, enables people to connect even if they have missed the last several weeks, and still has some feeling of cohesion.  One of my first summers at St. Paul’s in Salem, we had fun with a home-grown curriculum based on the Fruits of the Spirit passage from Galatians 5:22.  We matched each of the eight virtues with a fruit (ex. patient plums).   Each week, the nametags, the art project, the games, and the refreshments reflected that theme. One week we played Apple Toss and ran Orange Relays.  Another time it was painting with grape juice or printmaking with fruit shapes.   And, of course, berries with ice cream or berry smoothies were big hits.  The thing that tied it all together was a big construction paper tree taped to the wall of the Parish Hall where we met.  At the end of each Sunday, the children taped their fruit of the week nametag to the tree.  By the end of the summer, we had a tree loaded with fruit of all kinds bearing the first names of all of the children and adults who had been with us throughout the summer.  Barbara Ross – Prince of Peace, Salem

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Need a quick “mixer” for a group of twenty or more adults who don’t know much about each other?  For quick introductions, try Line Ups.  Divide the group into two teams.  Ask each team to organize itself as quickly as possible according to the directions you give.  First, alphabetically, organize yourselves according to your first names.   (Then “to check” have each group call out their names in order).  Now try middle names (always a good laugh!)  Then, chronologically, organize yourselves according to your birthdays (month and day!).  (Check both teams again)  Thirdly, alphabetically organize yourselves according  to the city in which you were born.  (Check).  Additional questions: alphabetically, according to the religious tradition in which you were raised  (Not raised in any religious tradition?  Try N for NONE); chronologically, according to how long you have been part of this parish?;   alphabetically according to one of your favorite past-times;  alphabetically according to the title of last book your read; numerically, according to your street address (then have them name the street).   I have used this mixer many times and inevitably people discover things in common with one another,  always things they can talk about together during breaks, over lunch, and long after the particular event is over.          Mary Sicilia, New Wine Editor

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Consider hosting a mid-week parish potluck dinner the same night each week throughout the summer, in conjunction with fun games (out-of-doors when possible).  This is a great way to subtly evangelize friends and neighbors, and to incorporate multiple generations.  No agenda, just community building and fun.   Pamela Filbert, St. Timothy, Salem

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Seeking a balanced Adult Formation program?   Keep in mind that there are people in your parish at very different points in their spiritual development:  Pre-Seekers (those folks who just walked in the door and are curious);  Seekers (those who have felt the tug of God and want to know more);  Next Steppers (those who perhaps were just baptized, confirmed, received or renewed in faith who are ready to go further), and Thirsters (those who are thirsty to become part of an on-going learning community of faith.)   As you plan what will happen in your parish this coming year, ask yourself what is being created to challenge and nourish people at each stage.  Mary Sicilia, New Wine Editor

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Editor’s Note: We solicit your ideas for Mixed Bag.    Write them up briefly and send them to maryrobin@comcast.net

CONVERSATIONS:

Linda Martin of  Eugene has long been a voice and presence  advocating for Adult Formation in the Episcopal Church from the parish  to the Provincial and National levels.  We asked her to talk to us about her involvement and her thoughts on adult formation and the ministry of all the baptized.

Linda Martin

First, tell us a little about your own formation?   Where, when, how did you first learn about the Christian faith?

My early childhood church life consisted of being dropped off at Sunday school and not understanding why my parents didn’t go to church.   We only went together on Easter.  Then in high school when I was dating my future husband, I went to the Episcopal Church with his family which was very different from the Congregational Church I attended.  I observed his mom and her strong faith and she became a role model for me and still is today.  We were married in the Episcopal Church, but my husband was on what he called his “10 year sabbatical” from church.  When I was 27, my father died and at his funeral I suddenly knew there had to be more to life.  I needed to find meaning in my life, and I went actively searching for a church home as a place to begin.  Fortunately that church home was All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA.  George Regas, the Rector, had a huge impact on my faith formation because he expected commitment from parishioners.  The first step was confirmation, and I took the class for new confirmands.  A few days before I was to be confirmed, I learned I had not been baptized, so I was baptized and confirmed all in one weekend!  For two years I was like a sponge soaking up all that All Saints had to offer and at the same time learning what it was to be part of a faith community. Then we moved to Eugene where St. Mary’s became my new church home.   I kept growing and learning in this still relatively new found Christian community.  I didn’t have the terminology at that point, but I was definitely being “formed”.  I became involved with ECW and the Adult Education Committee at St. Mary’s and loved working with the committee creating education pieces and small group experiences for parishioners.

I know that you have been involved with Adult Formation at the parish level,  in the diocese and Province VIII for a long time.  How and why did that involvement first begin?  and how has it changed over the years?

In 1980, two years after we moved to Eugene, I was invited to go to Leadership Skills Institute, a week-long experiential training on group process. It was a life changing experience for me.  Jack Hilyard, from the Diocesan office, was a part of the team that led us through the week.  I started the week wondering what I was doing there and by the end realizing what a profound affect it had on me and would have on me for many years.  I still can recall the Eucharists and the lessons that I was sure were written just for me!  This was the beginning of recognizing the gifts I was given for helping others in their faith journey.  This led me ever deeper into my own spiritual journey.  Leading small groups, facilitating Vestry retreats, serving on two teams for Leadership Skills Institutes and being a member of the Diocesan Trainers and Consultants would be a big part of my life for the next 25 years. Jack Hilyard became one of my mentors through this journey as he provided much training through the years.

Being asked to be part of the diocesan “Ministry of all the Baptized Task Force” in 1995 was such an honor, and again, a wonderful learning opportunity and gift to work with that group.  We were beginning to change the way we thought of ministry in the Diocese of Oregon.   It was a time of much exploration about baptismal ministry, also known as mutual ministry or total ministry.  We researched, traveled to other dioceses to learn about what they were doing  and read as much as we could so that we could then go out in the diocese and share what we had learned.  This was a most exciting time; Katharine Jefferts Schori was a part of that task force!  I worked with that group for eleven years and began to work at the Province level during that time with the Adult Provincial Educators.  It was in my work in the Province in 2000-01 that I began hearing the word “formation” being formally added to adult education in the church.

I was also asked to serve on the Diocesan Commission on Ministry (COM) in 1997.  Again this was such a wonderful learning experience.  I completed a partial term of another person, then started my own term and served eight years on the COM, chairing it for the last three years.  At the same time I was still serving on the Ministry of all the Baptized Task Force which changed its name to Total Ministry Task Force.  The Commission on Ministry and Total Ministry Task Force worked closely together and realized it made sense to combine these two into one COM with two committees:  Committee for Ordained Ministry and Committee for Baptismal Ministry which came about in 2002.  After three years of not serving on either, I am now serving again on the Committee for Baptismal Ministry.

I know that in the past few years, you have also been involved with the Sacred Art of Living Center.  Tell us a little about that.

In 2001 my husband and I started an intentional spiritual seeking when Trinity Cathedral’s Center for Spiritual Development began their program:  “Seeking God in the 21stCentury”.  Another life-changing experience, only this time I started with my grounding in Christianity and moved out to learn even more about my own tradition as well about other traditions.  We had the privilege of sitting at the feet of well-known teachers such as Huston Smith, Karen Armstrong, and Beldon Lane,  who came to the Center for Spiritual Development during this 3 year program.  Another marvelous part of this program was the small groups that met monthly and the relationships we developed. It was during that program at Trinity that I was introduced to The Sacred Art of Living Center in Bend, Oregon and their flagship program, “The Sacred Art of Living and Dying” through Richard Groves, another one of our teachers.   My husband and I completed the four units of this program on understanding and responding to spiritual pain.  We then went on to the next level as apprentices in the Anamcara Project through the Sacred Art of Living Center for two years.  Again, we sat at the feet of great teachers like Father Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr and Dr. Joan Borysenko.  For two years we met monthly in a small group exploring our spiritual lives.   Now we are in the facilitator training program to offer The Sacred Art of Living and Dying Units to others.  Thus far we have presented Unit 1 in Alaska and Unit 2 in Redmond, Oregon.  It is definitely the deepest ritual work I have ever done.

You are currently chair of the Baptismal Ministry Committee of the Commission on Ministry for the diocese, what does that entail?

Being chair of the Baptismal Ministry Committee gives me the immense privilege of working with this committee to offer the people, both lay and ordained, in the Diocese of Oregon opportunities to learn and grow into their individual ministries and our ministry as a diocese.  We are currently developing workshops on discernment to take around the diocese.  We work closely with the Ordained Ministry Committee and Bishop Michael in this endeavor.   It is an exciting time for us to see how we will be formed and will evolve in our ministries.

We’re seeing a shift from an emphasis on almost exclusively children’s Christian education to Christian formation for all the baptized.  What do those changes mean?  Why are they important?

While we need to educate and form our children, there are many of us in the church today who did not have that gift as children.  Today many people come into the church “unchurched” and I believe deep down we are all hungry to learn and grow into our potential to find meaning in our lives.  I believe that’s what Christian formation is all about.

When you are not involved in formation activities, what do you enjoy doing?

I love spending time with my husband and family.   My husband and I enjoy hiking, bike riding, floating the river, kayaking, being out in nature, or simply sitting by the river.  As a watercolorist, I  treasure the time in my studio to create new paintings.  Being a grandmother gives me much joy, and I am blessed to have all four grandchildren nearby.

SPEAKING OF RESOURCES

Paula Franck, Director of the Diocesan Resource Center

For Your Bookshelf

The Soul of Adolescence: In Their Own Words by Patricia Lyons (Morehouse Publishing, 2010) $18

For the past 10 years, the author engaged adolescents in conversation with the question, “What is your definition of the soul?” She concluded that teens in this country do not have healthy habits of mind, body and soul – what we are doing in our schools, religious institutions and social service networks is not working. Thus her mission is to record what teenagers are saying in their own words about their deepest thoughts and feelings so that teachers, parents and mentors can learn to hear, understand and respond more effectively to the spiritual hopes and longings of young people. Parents and anyone working with teens will find helpful insights here.

The New Outreach – Doing Good the Better Way: An ABC Planning Guide by Sandra S. Swan (Church Publishing Inc., 2010)  $24

Written by the retired director of Episcopal Relief and Development, this book provides a practical, step-by-step guide to the process of discerning, developing, implementing and evaluating successful outreach programs. The author makes the distinction between doing good and forming meaningful partnerships with those in need so that good intentions translate into good results. Written in clear, concise language and including easy-to-use worksheets, this guide is not written for the expert, but for any group that wants to develop efficient and responsible programs to make a difference in our communities.

Both of these books are available for loan from the diocesan Resource Center.

Internet Resources

Episcopal TeacherThe Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary publishes a quarterly newsletter that can be mailed or downloaded for free.  Go to the following link to find the spring 2010 issue that includes suggestions for Pentecost activities; an article describing phases of adult learning with suggestions for providing educational opportunities; and reviews of new Vacation Bible School curriculum. http://www.vts.edu/podium/default.aspx?t=119585

The Center’s website also includes tips on selecting church school curriculum as well as reviews of several curricula for children, youth and adults. You can also download the entire 3-year cycle of the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum and the Episcopal Youth Curriculum from the website. http://www.vts.edu/podium/default.aspx?t=119583

Curriculum Overview Charts from Sharon Ely Pearson of Church Publishing, Inc

It is time to begin the process of selecting church school curriculum for the fall.  Below are charts that overview a variety of curricular resources for use with children, youth, young adults and adults. While by no means 100% comprehensive, you will find many of the more popular resources used by churches of all denominations. View who the publisher is, its purpose, content, age level, teacher support available and price range. These charts are excellent tools for your committees who plan programming and choose what materials will be used to enhance education. But always remember – the most important curriculum is YOU – the leader, teachers and mentors who share their faith and love of Christ with others.   For access to all this information, click on the links below:

Children’s curricular resources

Resource materials for Youth

Programs and materials for Young Adults and Adults

A process for selecting curriculum with a committee

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If you are still looking for ideas for Pentecost, summer programs or Vacation Bible School, the Resource Center has a wide variety of curriculum, print and audio-visual materials that are available for preview and loan. Click on the following link for further information about resources http://www.diocese-oregon.org/resources/index.htm

You can also contact Resource Center Director Paula Franck by e-mail (resource@diocese-oregon.org) or phone (971-204-4121) for further suggestions.

REFLECTIONS  FROM BARB

Barbara Ross, Missioner for Lifelong Christian Formation, Diocese of Oregon

As a part time employee, Mondays are usually my day off, but this particular Monday is different because I was summoned to jury duty.  I’ve been a licensed driver and registered voter in Oregon for more years than I care to calculate, but for some reason, I had never been called for jury duty until recently.  And this particular time, not only was I summoned, but when I checked on-line over the weekend, I learned that my number had come up and I needed to report.

The truth be told, I was kind of excited about it.  In the wonderful words of our new bishop’s spouse, Marla Hanley, “How bad could it be?”  I might get an opportunity to experience something new or I might just have to sit around all day and finish reading  the Barbara Brown Taylor book I started a couple of weeks ago.  I could live with that.

As it turned out, my experience with jury duty gave me even more.  It gave me an opportunity to reflect and appreciate.  Most weekdays, I am avoiding downtown Salem in my quest to find the most expedient way to get to the freeway and on my way to the diocesan office.  Today, however, I parked on the rooftop lot set aside for jurors and enjoyed an early morning 6-block walk through the heart of downtown Salem. It felt good to reconnect with my community, to see the state workers heading towards their offices and the shopkeepers and employees arriving to open their stores, and to walk past the public buildings and transit mall as I made my way to Courthouse Square.  I’d been in these buildings during the years I was an active children’s advocate, but that was a few years back.  It was good to reconnect.  It was good to feel part of something bigger than my own little world.

Maybe it’s because I’ve just seen the inspirational introductory video for jurors that reminded us of the privileges and responsibilities of being a part of something bigger than ourselves.  Or maybe it’s because I did get an hour to read Barbara Brown Taylor and I am feeling especially connected to the people and world around me.  Or maybe it’s because, like many of you, I had the privilege of being at the joyful celebration of the ordination and consecration of our new bishop on Saturday.  It was wonderful to be with the people of our diocese, to celebrate with the clergy and lay leaders who have worked so hard to bring us to where we are today, and to welcome our Presiding Bishop and all of the others bishops who came to celebrate with us. Or maybe it is because the sermon delivered by The Rt. Rev. James Jelinek, the recently-retired bishop of Minnesota, was so spot-on when he reminded us that, as Episcopalians, we are not just a collection of independent churches. We are a diocese, and there are responsibilities that go along with that privilege.

At any rate, I am feeling very grateful today – grateful to be a part of this city, county, and country, and especially grateful to be a part of the Diocese of Oregon.  I like feeling connected to all of you.  I hope you feel that way, too.  I pray that each of us will see our new bishop, the clergy and lay leaders who serve on diocesan committees and boards, me and my colleagues on the diocesan staff, and all of the people who worship, learn, and serve in our local congregations not as “they”, but as “us”.  We are so blessed to be in the Episcopal Church and to know we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

AN OPEN LETTER TO CHURCH SCHOOL TEACHERS

Very few people aspire to the vocation of Church School teaching ahead of time.  On a perfectly lovely day out of nowhere a letter arrives which has your name on it and begins,  “You have been selected…”  Or the phone rings and you don’t have the good sense not to answer it.  Or your computer announces, one way or another, that “You’ve got mail” and you don’t delete it before you find out what it’s about.  Or your Twitter tweets. And for some strange reason, God only knows what it is, you decide to answer in the affirmative to the invitation to teach.  With fear and trepidation you meet the other men and women who have answered the invitation, each with his or her own trepidation and fear.  And someone hands you a curriculum which, even though it represents the church’s best effort, is still mostly “wishful thinking.”  And you face a roomful of three year olds…or third graders…or  thirteen year olds.  And so the adventure begins!  Some days you don’t want to be there.  Some days  THEY don’t want to be there.  A lot of the time by the time that everyone gets there it is time to leave.  The conditions are often sparse.  The supplies never seen to be exactly adequate.  And God only knows, the pay is lousy.  There are, of course, great moments – discoveries about God and the world,  new understandings about self and others,  real sharing of ideas,  reaching out to support and care for others — and almost always there are more than a few laughs  (Kids DO say the darndest things!)  But other than being a parent itself, there is probably nothing on earth for which one feels less up to task than  Church School teaching.  You find yourself seeking  to communicate enormous and eternal truths which you barely grasp yourself, to a roomful of pint-sized skeptics, cynics and malcontents  or to bright-eyed, eager children whom you are pretty convinced at any minute are going to ask you a question that simply cannot be answered — by you or anyone.  You have in your very fallible hands the future (and the present) of the Church — and looking in a mirror sometimes, you may feel pretty certain that the future doesn’t seem  particularly bright.

But here is the thing.  There are hundreds of jobs people can volunteer to do in and through the church — and all of them are important.  As the Apostle Paul noted, we are all parts of one body — and that body needs all its parts to function well.  But down through the ages when people have been asked, “What do you remember about the church of your childhood,” they don’t generally name an activity, a story, or a song.  No, they generally name a person.  And for our children and young people, here and now, that person is you.  It all comes down to this:  putting a face on God.  And, my friend, with all your humor and commitment and enthusiasm and all your doubt and fears, for the moment, for better or for worse, you are the person through whom they most likely will see that Face.  It is an awesome and joyous challenge.   Thank you for having the courage and audacity to accept it.

GLEANINGS FROM THE VINEYARD:

(The following article is adapted from one  by The Rev. Canon Jack Hilyard which appeared early in The Vineyard.)

“Run the race that is set before you”  Romans 9:23

GOAL SETTING is a disciplined way to translating our hopes and  dreams into a plan for action which can be implemented easily.

It assumes two prior tasks:

l) Data gathering — survey devices, focus groups, interviews to gauge the real needs, concerns and questions of the parish and to become aware of the talents, gifts and skills within the community.

2) “A visioning process” apart from the actual goal setting – taking the time to get outside of the usual patterns and to allow some creativity to flow.  I call this task “mind stretching” – thinking outside our usual boxes by asking such questions as “What if we could do anything we wanted?”  or “What if all systems were GO and there was nothing holding us back?” The key at this stage is to keep ideas flowing  and, initially, not to criticize any idea or to discourage it by saying “That could never work” or “We tried that in 1982 and it was a bust.”   Once all the dreams are shared, look together for common threads and themes in our dreams and use our best evaluation skills to see realistic possibilities.

Once we have dreamed dreams and given voice to our hopes and then translated them into the real possibilities, it is time to move those plans into action — very specific goals!  Goals should arise out of particular hopes, needs and issues and translate them into how we plan to move ahead.  To be most helpful, the goals need to answer several specific questions:

WHAT is the hope or dream we are addressing?

WHAT will be done and in what steps?

WHO is going to be involved in each step?

WHEN will each step be taken?

Proceeding in this way allows people to dream but also is designed to help them move ahead in a logical fashion to translate those dreams into reality.    Our Christian heritage as well as our common sense tells us that discipline is helpful in living a fuller life.   Goal setting together in this way is a discipline that can guide our hopes and dreams.

If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably wind up someplace else.”  Yogi Bera

COMING UP:

Best Practices Forum:  “Fostering Hospitality in the 21st Century Church” – May 11 – 9:30-3:00 at Trinity Cathedral

Sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO)   Keynote speaker:  Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life  Also features a panel discussion and break-out sessions on changing demography, technology, community mission, and creative worship.   Registration is available at www.emoregon.org.  Fee is $20 which includes lunch.  For more information, contact Jan Elfers at 503-221-1054×208 or jelfers@emoregon.org

ECW Spirituality Day: “Seeking God’s Dream of Shalom” – May 15 –  8:30-3:30 at Good Samaritan, Corvallis

Keynote speaker: Dr. Marla Martin Hanley, spouse of Bishop Michael Hanley – “Wild Episcopal Women I Have Known: Peace and Grace through Friendship”   – A wonderful day of worship and workshops.  Registration is available on the diocesan website at www.diocese-oregon.org.  Cost is $20 which includes lunch.   For more information, contact DECW president, Nancy Crawford at 541-543-1122 or  nancyRcrawford@comcast.net

SAFE Church has its own button!

Thanks to our new communications director, JT Quanbeck, SAFE Church now has its own button on the menu bar on the left side of the diocesan homepage.  To access information about who is required to take which trainings, the latest schedules and on-line registration for SAFE Church trainings, go to www.diocese-oregon.org, look at the menu bar on the left, and click on SAFE Church.  We are now scheduling SAFE Church trainings for fall.  If your congregation would like to host one, please contact Barbara Ross, Missioner for Lifelong Christian Formation, at 971-204-4111 or 1-800-452-2562 x111 or barbarar@diocese-oregon.org.

Safeguarding God’s Children scheduled for Portland and Eugene

  • Sunday, May 16, 12:00-4:00 p.m. – Trinity Cathedral,
  • Saturday, June 26, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Resurrection, Eugene

Safeguarding God’s Children is required for all clergy, paid staff, vestry/BAC members and all volunteers who work with children and youth.  Cost is $10.  Our diocesan policy requires that trainings be renewed every 10 years.  To register, go to www.diocese-oregon.org, look at the menu bar on the left, click on the link for SAFE Church, read through the information, fill out the form and submit. For further information contact Barbara Ross, Missioner for Lifelong Christian Formation, at 971-204-4111 or 1-800-452-2562 x111 or barbarar@diocese-oregon.org.

Godly Play workshops and training at Trinity Cathedral                 

  • May 1 – Godly Play Storytelling Day
  • June 5 –  Introduction  to Godly Play
  • July 29-31 – Godly Play Core Training

For further information, contact Charissa Simmons, Family Ministries Coordinator at 503-478-1220 or Charissas@trinity-episcopal.org

Portland Episcopal Village West
Thursday, June 10-
Saturday, June 12
St. David of Wales, Portland
2800 SE Harrison St.

A three-day gathering designed as an affordable, accessible way to engage with the best of new energy and new mission. Featured guests include Bishop Michael Hanley, Mark Scandrette of the “Five Myths of Community,” and Karen Ward of the Church of the Apostles.

Click here to learn more

Episcopal Weeks at Camp                                                                         

  • June 27-July 2 – Latino Camp at Suttle Lake
  • July 31-August 6 – Episcopal Week at Camp (Suttle Lake)
  • July 31-August 3 – Blast Off! Beginners Camp for 1st & 2nd graders
  • July 31 – August 5 – Awesome Adventures for Grades 3-5
  • July 31 – August 5 – Outer Limits for Grades 6-8

Register at www.gocamping.org or call 1-800-593-7539×43. For further information, contact Beth Dieker, Director of Outdoor Ministries at 971-204-4124 or bethd@diocese-oregon.org

SAVE THE DATE:   “From Generation to Generation: A Conference on Lifelong Christian Formation” – Saturday, September 25, Trinity Cathedral, Portland
Featuring a day of speakers, worship, and workshops for all who minister with children, youth, young adults, adults, and older adults in local congregations and through diocesan program groups.
Keynote speakers:  Michael Hanley, Bishop of Oregon and Sharon Pearson, Christian Education Specialist for Church Publishing, Inc. Put the date on your calendars now.  More information will be coming soon!

(All photos in this section were taken by Danny Bronson at Children’s Day at the Cathedral, 2010.)

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  1. Mary Anne permalink
    May 5, 2010

    Hi Mary,

    As I was reading my Diocesan email, I happened upon your sunny smiling face. Then I read that you are the editor of this e-magazine. In the words of a great teacher I know, “Imagine my Joy!” I can raise my nose from a school tome and keep in touch with my home diocese goings on, in that particular, Mary Sicilia way. Thanks for starting this for many reasons, but most especially from my view, to feel like I haven’t really left Trinity and Oregon.

    Mary Anne Gard

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