2019 Triennial Keynoter & Preacher: The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop
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Plan to attend the 2019 Triennial
Deacons and supporters have a unique opportunity to attend the Association for Episcopal Deacons' Triennial Conference, in beautiful New England, next June 2019. The Most Rev. Michael Curry will be preaching on the evening of June 6 at our opening Eucharist, and providing the keynote on the morning of June 7, at our site in Providence, RI. Our theme is: The Power of Hope: Transformation through Reconciliation and Relationship.
Deacons and those in formation will present workshops on Friday and Saturday concerning their ministries reconciling people with others, people with God, and people with Creation. We hope to gather a showcase of outstanding diaconal leadership that will be presented in the workshops, demonstrating that deacons are uniquely gifted with the power of hope. Our identity as bridge builders to the world outside the church is vested in exactly the kinds of reconciliation and relationship-building for which our church and our nation yearn.
Friday afternoon will include a trip to the Center for Reconciliation located in the Diocesan Cathedral of St. John in Providence. The Center’s mission is focused on social justice, racial equality, and racial reconciliation. This organization has part of its roots in the 2013 AED Triennial Conference and provides a variety of events and programs that create opportunities for learning, sharing and discussing America’s history of slavery, the slave trade in the North, and its legacies.
The Triennial will be located in the Renaissance Hotel, across the street from the Rhode Island State House. It offers a very desirable location for access to transportation (Train station within walking distance for day trip to Boston), shopping, access to Center for Reconciliation, and green space for walking.
Arrangements have been made for use of Trinity Church Newport for our Saturday Evening Eucharist. Transportation will be provided from Providence to Newport. Attendees will be able to spend the evening in Newport for dinner and shopping after the Eucharist and use the bus to return to the hotel.
The event is still being planned. Details are subject to change; registration info to come.
Concerned about the cost of attending Triennial?
The bishops of Province I, in an incredible show of support for their deacons, have already donated over $13,000 so far, to underwrite the costs of this event. Other bishops are pitching in, and our goal is to raise enough money from them to reduce the cost of this event to the greatest extent possible. We are trying to double the number of those in attendance to 280. Options for inexpensive housing are being researched, as well.