2019 TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE | June 6-9, 2019
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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach at the opening Eucharist on Thursday, June 6. He’ll also give the Keynote Address on Friday, June 7.
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Deacons of The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island and the Province I community of deacons are excited to host the 2019 Association of Episcopal Deacons Conference. The event is open to all orders and is especially valuable for those in discernment.
Conference Fee is $225
View the Agenda for full details.
Keynoter and Preacher
The Most Rev. Michael Curry, 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will preach at Thursday's opening Eucharist, and provide the keynote address. Throughout his ministry, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality, in an international preaching and teaching ministry.
Stephen’s Recognition Liturgy
A Recognition of the missional work of our valued colleagues from around The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church in Canada: deacons are nominated by their dioceses for excellence. Held on Friday, with the Banquet.
Reconciling People with Others, God, and Creation
Eight TEC and ELCA deacons from throughout the country will explore their own ministries of reconciliation through these workshops.
These are the eight workshops. Full descriptions and the schedule are here.
Additional Event Highlights
Program at the Center for Reconciliation (CFR)
The Rhode Island Center for Reconciliation, rooted in diaconal inspiration and effort, offers a wide range of events, programs and exhibits designed to connect us to the history and the legacy of slavery, the slave trade, and the construction of race in America. Participants will hear how the Center is a product of how one deacon’s conscience was engaged at the 2013 AED Triennial in Williamsburg, VA, to bring home a message that the Diocese of Rhode Island needed to hear. A special presentation on Friday will trace the history of slavery in the north and share CFR’s mission to educate, equip and engage people for this vital work. Its Exhibit Hall will be open and will include a display of Deaconess Anna Alexander artifacts.
Closing Eucharist at Trinity Church, Newport
On Saturday afternoon, participants will enjoy a shuttle bus ride to historic Newport, Rhode Island for our closing Eucharist with guest celebrant The Rt. Rev. Laura Ahrens from The Episcopal Church of Connecticut. Trinity Church on Queen Anne Square was founded in 1698 and is the oldest Episcopal parish in the state. The current Georgian building, a National Historic Landmark with a wineglass pulpit, was designed by architect Richard Munday, constructed in 1725–26, and visited by George Washington.
A free evening to explore downtown Newport
Dinner on your own will follow Saturday's Closing Eucharist, and you will be free to explore Newport’s yacht-filled harbor (long-time home of the America’s Cup sailing regatta), or view the Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue, including a model of a Renaissance palace. Shuttles buses will transport attendees back to our hotel following the Eucharist for those wishing to return to Providence for dinner on their own, or at 10:30 pm for those wanting to stay in Newport for the evening.
Local Arts Festival
An exciting arts fest is happening in Providence during the same time as Triennial. PVDFest is June 6-9 with performances and spectacles from around the globe, helping to light up the streets of Providence. This could be enjoyed during our free time, or on Saturday after we come back from Newport.
On-Site Accommodations are at the beautiful Renaissance Providence Hotel located across the street from the State Capitol building, in downtown Providence. Train transportation to Boston for a side trip is located within walking distance of this hotel. The Providence Place Mall is located nearby. There are refrigerators in each room.