St. Mary’s, Eugene

St. Mary’s, Eugene

During the year Bishop Michael Hanley visits the various congregations that make up the Diocese of Oregon. Visitation times are known to change so please contact your congregation or the diocesan office for specific details.

Resurrection, Eugene

During the year Bishop Michael Hanley visits the various congregations that make up the Diocese of Oregon. Visitation times are known to change so please contact your congregation or the diocesan office for specific details.

Congregational Vitality Workshop 2020

This workshop is cancelled and will be rescheduled. If you were registered to participate, please contact Diocesan Consultant Linda Jackson at 503-970-8393 or email linda.paxchristi@gmail.com.

The Diocesan Consultants will be presenting a Congregational Vitality Workshop on Saturday, March 14 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Eugene.

This workshop will be a great opportunity to address a specific challenge your congregation may be facing, using one of the models we will introduce during our time together. This workshop:

  • Lasts just seven hours
  • Is grounded in our Baptismal Covenants
  • Is deeply customized, thanks to the individual pre-event questionnaires participants filled out prior to the workshop
  • Is practical and focused on YOUR congregation
  • Includes selecting and beginning work on your chosen project during the workshop
  • Is not “one-and-done,” but includes guidance from your assigned consultant in two meetings following the workshop
  • Includes a follow-up gathering where each team will share their experiences and learning gained to-date from working on their project, and learn from the experience of other congregational teams

In these concrete ways, we hope to assist you and your congregation in living more and more fully into your baptismal mission to serve Christ in your community and in the world.

Each participation congregational team will be assigned a diocesan consultant, who will:

  • Be with you and your team during the Workshop
  • Meet with you and your team twice after the Workshop, to assist your team in completing and implementing the plan you will begin to create during the workshop
  • Join with you and your team for a follow-up conference

If you have other questions, please feel free to call Diocesan Consultant Linda Jackson at 503-970-8393 or email linda.paxchristi@gmail.com.

The registration deadline is Friday, March 6. To register, please complete and mail both the Registration Form and the Pre-Workshop Questionnaire (linked below) and mail with a $10 per person registration fee to:
Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
Attn: Congregational Vitality Workshop
11800 SW Military Lane
Portland, OR 97219

Click here for the March 2020 Congregational Vitality Workshop Registration.

Click here for the March 2020 Congregational Vitality Pre-Workshop Questionnaire.

St. Thomas, Eugene

During the year Bishop Michael Hanley visits the various congregations that make up the Diocese of Oregon. Visitation times are known to change so please contact your congregation or the diocesan office for specific details.

2020 Vestry/BAC & Treasurers Workshop (St. Thomas, Eugene)

This workshop for congregational leaders such as vestry/BAC members, wardens, clergy and treasurers will be offered four times at different locations in 2020. There will be breakout sessions that focus on resources of interest to each group. There will be discussions on roles and responsibilities for church governance, Parochial Report preparation, audit program/procedures, and liability insurance questions, contact information for assistance, as well as information on the many online and cost-free resources.

The 2020 workshop dates are:

  • February 8, St. Thomas, Eugene
  • March 7, St. James, Tigard
  • March 28, St. Luke’s, Grants Pass
  • April 18, St. Catherine’s, Manzanita

The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no charge for attendance and lunch and beverages will be provided. Please indicate any dietary needs on the registration form. Registration will open in January 2020.

We are very excited about this opportunity to share information with our churches and their hard-working treasurers, finance people, wardens and BACs/vestries!

Questions? Contact the Rev. Canon Carol W. Sedlacek, Canon for Christian & Leadership Formation, carols@diocese-oregon.org.

Registration

Offering Sacred Welcome to Immigrants and Refugees Workshop

Join the Commission for Sanctuary and leaders from the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) as we learn to live out our commitment to Confront Hate, Racism, and Poverty in the Diocese of Oregon as declared in our 2017 Resolution II. Together we will explore our stories of sacred welcome, connect with one another in the work happening in Oregon, and discover our next brave step in offering sacred welcome to immigrants and refugees.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Eugene
November 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Episcopal Campus Ministry at UO Open House

Everyone is invited to the Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) Open house!

This is an opportunity to see where ECM students live and gather, and to see the current Student Food Pantry. Come meet current students, the chaplain and assistant chaplain, and ECM board members. Hear about plans for fall term, plans for the future location and expansion of the Pantry, and how ECM partners with other UO programs and campus religious organizations to address student hunger.

The Pilgrims’ (Carbon) Footprint

By Dick Zeller, St. Mary’s, Eugene

St. Mary’s, Eugene, Celebrates the 2019 J2A Pilgrimage on September 24

Themed dinners, “Evenings at St. Mary’s,” are a regular part of the program calendar. The theme of the first “Evening” of this year was the 2019 Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Pilgrimage to England and France. 

The Pilgrimage

J2A is St. Mary’s middle-school through high-school Christian education program.  About every three years, high-school youth plan and organize their pilgrimage.  The Pilgrimage is not a vacation, but a carefully designed journey intended to strengthen the faith of participants.

This year, nine youth and 4 adults participated in the 2019 pilgrimage. They visited four cities: London, Canterbury, Oxford, and Paris. In 12 days, they:

  • went to 9 churches and church ruins;
  • worshipped together daily;
  • attended services in four Cathedrals (Southwark in London, Canterbury Cathedral Crypt, Christ Church in Oxford, and the American Episcopal Cathedral, Paris);
  • walked parts of the Pilgrim’s Paths in Oxford and Canterbury;
  • had a special session with theologian and author Alister McGrath;
  • learned more about Anglican tradition;
  • ate meals together;
  • and bonded as a group of friends in faith.

Managing the Carbon Footprint

A part of the pilgrims’ plan was to respect and experience nature throughout the trip. They recognized that while the pilgrimage would be a wonderful experience, transportation for the trip would also come at a cost to the earth.

Pilgrims planned the trip to maximize walking within each city (over 86 miles walked per pilgrim), as well as use of bus and train during their travel within and between cities. The youth calculated the carbon footprint of using airplanes, trains, buses and cars during the trip. They estimated that the group would be responsible for about 42 tons added atmospheric CO2. 

As a part of fundraising, they set a goal of $420 to contribute to two Lane County nature organizations to help offset this CO2 impact. Their efforts, matched by others in the congregation, raised $1,000.

At the Evenings at St. Mary’s dinner, two J2A participants presented $500 checks each to the Faith Community Fund* of the Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC) and the McKenzie River Trust (MRT) to be used for tree planting and restoration of watersheds/wetlands. Both organizations help protect and reclaim nature’s ways of absorbing CO2 and preserving watersheds.

*Within “Earth Keepers,” a local inter-faith group, St. Mary’s has led in setting up the Faith Community Fund. This fund accepts donations for these two local organizations for tree planting and restoration of watersheds/wetlands. The Faith Community Fund urges members of all congregations to consider supporting these organizations as part of their environmental stewardship. (See “Local Partnerships For Addressing Your Carbon Footprint” at: http://www.saint-marys.org/outreach)