Congregational Leadership Conferences

CLC’s scheduled for next year:

  • Vestry Bible Study, March 11, 2023
  • Vestry Training, March 25, 2023
  • WordFest!, May 6, 2023
  • Stewardship, June 3, 2023
  • Disaster Preparedness Fair, September 16, 2023

Growing: Faith, Food, and Community

April 2nd, 2022

“Community gardens are 80% community and 20% gardens.”

Brian Sellers-Petersen, author of Harvesting Abundance and Good News Gardens Consultant, toured 11 community gardens around the Diocese of Northern California from March 30th to April 1st. All in preparation for the Growing Conference that occurred on April 2nd, 2022 at St. Martin’s, Davis. The conference began with an opening prayer from Bishop Megan Traquair and a welcoming from the Rev. Pamela Dolan. The keynote speaker was Brian Sellers-Petersen. Jim Schaal gave a presentation on the Theology of Agrarian Ministry followed by a Q&A. Deacon Phina Borgeson continued the conversation by asking members “What is one key thing that has contributed to your garden’s thriving?”

Everyone at the conference left with a small wooden crate, tomato plant (donated by Jim Schaal), and a seed paper bookmark. After the conference ended, members had the option to tour Grace Garden at Davis United Methodist Church.

To read Deacon Phina Borgeson’s piece about the Growing conference, click here.


On Saturday, April 23, 2022 more than 60 lay readers, lay preachers, and clergy from 27 parishes gathered virtually for the first ever WordFest!

Morning Session: Discovering the Word
Presenters for the morning included the Rev. Peter Rodgers, the Rev. Dr. Daniel London, and Dr. Lindy Williams of Fuller Seminary.

Afternoon Session: Delivering the Word
Presenters were Mr. Jay Leach, Dr. Don Taylor, and Ms. Elizabeth Kenealy of Trinity Cathedral.

WordFest! was hosted by EDNC’s Office of the Bishop.

Watch below.