This year at Annual Convention we will offer a selection of interesting and engaging workshops on Friday afternoon between 12:30 and 2:00 p.m., before the start of business. These optional workshops are designed to help you get the most out of your convention experience. Registration is not required, spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Attending to the Holy in Uncertain Times
“We seldom notice how each day is a holy place
Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,
Transforming our broken fragments
Into an eternal continuity that keeps us.”
John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us
This workshop will explore how individuals and groups can nourish awareness of the holy by fostering a contemplative heart. Three important components; attentiveness, spaciousness, and embodiment of hope will be explored through facilitated conversation, meditation, and small group chat. Facilitated by colleagues from Bethany House of Prayer, Arlington MA, this workshop hopes to inspire your own practice of contemplation and encourage you in forming a contemplative practice in your congregation.
Led by Christ Humphrey, The Rev. Alden Flanders and The Rev. Karen Montagno
Church Live: Effective Social Media Practices to be the Church Online
Expand your social media skillset! Participants will learn and apply new resources to use social media effectively for church communication. Basic understanding of social media and a smart phone or tablet are required. #EpiscoYAY
Led by Alli Huggins, Digital Communications Associate for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut
Transition Pathways in ECCT Today
More than half of the parishes in ECCT are staffed by clergy working part-time and there are shrinking numbers of clergy available for work even when it is full-time. There is no “one size fits all” for parish clergy transitions today. Today’s reality calls for flexibility and agility. Canon for Mission Leadership, the Rev. Lee Ann Tolzmann, discusses today’s reality and describes the options available to ECCT parishes when their clergy depart.
Clergy & Lay Sabbatical Program
At the 232nd Annual Convention in 2016, resolution 8 was passed, directing ECCT to research the options for implementing a broad sabbatical program for clergy and lay employees in our churches. Over the last year, a working group has begun exploring this project. Attend this workshop to learn about their initial findings, led by Louis Fuertes, Canon for Mission Finance & Operations.