2019 TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE | June 6-9, 2019
The Power of Hope: Transformation through reconciliation and relationship
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Reconciling People with Others, God, and Creation
Eight TEC and ELCA deacons from throughout the country will explore their own ministries of reconciliation. The schedule is as follows:
Friday 10:45 am
Friday 3:30 pm
Saturday 10:45 am
Becoming the Beloved Community through Racial Reconciliation
The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing is The Diocese of Atlanta’s inter-generational, faith-based organization designed to assist in dismantling racism. Looking beyond the guilt, shame, or blame of traditional anti-racism training, participants will discover how anti-racism work has evolved into a process that seeks to heal the chronic illness of racism in our faith communities by creating awareness of its existence in our ongoing spiritual formation. See how the Center seeks to engage individuals in a brave dialogue that leads to changed people, who then create change in our parishes, our institutions and our society. Where do deacons fit in today's scenario?
Presenter: Janet Tidwell, Georgia
Prayer, Community, and Evangelism: Embracing the Jesus Movement
How are we, members of the Jesus Movement, to proclaim the gospel in ways that meet our neighbors where they are in the 21st century? A large city church and a small town church in Minnesota have initiated an action plan that visibly shares resources for food and warmth, and offers requests for prayer. Hear the story of their “prayer and pantry”: what worked, what didn’t, and where their plan might need to adapt.
Presenter: Brenda Hoffman, Minnesota
Voices from the Margin: A Jesus Movement Response to Oppression
This engaging and interactive session will examine how one diocese builds capacity for raising-up lay and clergy leadership to address social justice, racism, and economic concerns. Sharing Arizona’s successful experience in developing a team, identifying issues, and setting priorities, the session will include techniques, research, and testimonies utilized to positively impact their urban, rural, and tribal communities.
Presenter: Robin Hollis, Arizona
Benison Farm: Reconciliation through Farming and Food
Benison Farm is a partnership between two Episcopal churches, one historically black and one historically white, which shares the goal of providing fresh produce to an area considered a food desert. The Farm engages a racially diverse group of people in helping the needy, and has become the center of many life-giving and reconciling activities. Their dream is for racial reconciliation to be lived out through farming and food, and for it to blossom into the broader community.
Presenter: Martha Goodwill, Florida
Green Table, Just Table: Congregations Transforming the Food System
Congregation-based projects and changed practices result when environmental resiliency and economic justice concerns are linked to work together. Explore interfaith examples and local, regional, and national advocacy techniques, grounded in tradition and celebrated in community. Participants will share conversation, stories, and resources.
Presenter: Josephine (Phina) Borgeson, California
Gathered Together as the Body of Christ
Explore and celebrate what it means to gather together our variously-abled bodies, with all our unique abilities and disabilities, into the one body of Christ. Through scripture and shared storytelling, we will discuss practical ways to enliven worship and welcome all of God's people into our congregational life. Participants will discover multiple ways to encourage all to use their gifts for the building up of God’s Church and to do God’s work in the world.
Presenter: Susan Lindberg Haley, New England Synod, ELCA.
Fostering Reconciliation and Faith in the Public Policy Arena
Participants will learn how to develop and advance legislation that improves the quality of life for your community. Get trained. Get active. You can make a difference!
Presenter: Katherine Shahinian, Maryland
Advocacy and Hospitality for Refugees, Immigrants and Asylum Seekers
Episcopal Migration Ministries and their partners help equip individuals and communities to be advocates, allies, and ambassadors for refugees and refugee resettlement through their nationwide Love God, Love Neighbortrainings. Share stories from New Hampshire and Vermont faith communities active in advocacy and hospitality for these populations.
Presenter: Johanna Young, New Hampshire