Clergy, Conversation and Community

Clergy, Conversation and Community

By Sophie Smal, Communications Coordinator 

On May 23-25, clergy of all ages, minstries, congregations and walks of life came together at The Bishop's Ranch, for what the Ven. Gary Brown, deacon at Emmanuel, Grass Valley, described as "definitely one of the better clergy conferences."

The keynote speaker was Dr. Ellen Davis of Duke Divinity School who spoke on the Old Testament and how to preach it in a way that is relevant to our lives today


From left: The Rev. Dr. Ann Hallisey, Dr. Ellen Davis, The Rev. Suzanne Guthrie

Besides listening to Davis, other activities included fellowship and prayer, which Brown stated he enjoyed. "I like the fellowship and getting to mingle. You don't really get the chance to do that much at convention; you spend most of your time at a table with people from your own church.

"I feel like I'm treated like a colleague there, and the other deacons are, too. We are coming together as a team (with the priests) - this is an evolution that's very welcome. There's a lot less focus on the structure in this diocese and more on our common mission. I like that."

Bishop Barry Beisner is proud to share that the clergy took an offering for the Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and gave a total of $1,011.

"Our recent Clergy Conference was an important time of being nurtured spiritually and challenged intellectually, of affirmation of our faith and strengthening of the bonds of our communion. I pray that we will all be better servant leaders for this experience, and I look forward to next year's conference, which is set to be May 22-24," Beisner said.

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