We’re excited to offer 4 learning tracks for convention this year!
Track 1: A Perfect Storm: Mental Health in the Collision of Pandemics
Presenters: Diocesan Partners in Ministries of Health
The goal of these workshops are to explore how the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Systemic Racial Injustice Pandemic impact on mental health and learn strategies and resources for supporting faith communities, families, local communities and ourselves. In addition, we will explore what congregations are already doing to address mental health challenges and provide new resources to expand those ministries. The workshop are for lay people and clergy; the information will be relevant to anyone concerned with pastoral care of those affected by the mental health challenges of these colliding pandemics.
Track 2: Becoming Beloved Community in the Diocese of Northern California
Presenters: Commission for Intercultural Ministries
The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community frames a path for Episcopalians to address racial injustice and grow as a community of healers, justice-makers, and reconcilers who share a passion for the dream of God. Where are you and your church in this lifetime journey as you learn, pray and act and then turn again to find a new revelation or challenge? Discover how the Becoming Beloved Community Labyrinth relates to your Baptismal vows. Hear how churches are telling the truth, proclaiming the dream, and following the Way of Love towards repairing the injuries to ourselves and our world.
Track 3: Best Skills: Best Churches Nonprofit Management for Churches
Presenters: Arizona State University, Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation
This program, offered through the Nonprofit Management Institute at the Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Innovation and Philanthropy, is specially designed to meet the needs of communities of faith. This session will provide engaging, practice-oriented learning experiences that are focused on knowledge, skills, and techniques that can immediately be implemented in your faith-based organization. This program will provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to develop and enhance your leadership and management skills in order to best serve your faith community.
Track 4: Living into our Baptism: Ancient/Future Formation for Baptismal Living
Presenter: Rev. Bryon Hansen
We cannot force Spiritual growth and vitality, however we know that God desires abundant and growing life for his followers. So, we can expect God is working to bring such vitality to our communities, if we can but cooperate. The Catechumenal process is precisely such an open door; it welcomes the work of the Holy Spirit consciously into the lives of new and long-term members. They embrace baptismal living. Lives are changed, communities are transformed and neighborhoods are helped. The process is drawn from the ancient pattern of formation for those seeking baptism. We use it for those seeking Baptism, Confirmation or Reaffirmation. It is for any person who is returning to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ. Millennials love its ancient/future flavor and seniors rejoice to find God has purpose and relationship for them still.