eFormation 2020 Scholarships

eFormation 2020 Scholarships

Are you looking for better ways to minister online? A fantastic educational opportunity is coming in June and Bishop Michael is offering financial support to attend!

On Wednesday, June 3rd, Virginia Theological Seminary will host eFormation 2020, an all day, all-online digital ministry conference that includes eight ecumenical presenters, worship, and conversation. eFormation provides relevant, forward-thinking, and vocation-grounded workshops, and this conference is designed to help church leaders––lay and ordained––to imagine new ways of engaging their ministry in digital spaces.

Bishop Michael is encouraging each church in the diocese to send one person to the conference, and as a show of support will provide one scholarship per parish to offset half the total registration fee.

To receive reimbursement, fill out this Google Form: https://bit.ly/eForm-Reimburse

Register for the event at https://bit.ly/eForm-2020 and enter the code OregonDiscount to receive $29 off of the $89 price ($60 total + EventBrite fees.)

If you already registered at the $89 rate, please contact VTS via the EventBrite page or email lifelonglearning@vts.edu and mention the code OregonDiscount to receive a partial refund.

2020 Vestry/BAC & Treasurers Workshop (St. Luke’s, Grants Pass)

This workshop is cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions and will be rescheduled.

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.

Church Finance Resources

Dear Friends in Christ:

We write today to send you important financial information for parishes and missions of the Diocese of Oregon; to help you navigate Bishop Michael’s instructions during a time of no regular, in-person corporate worship until April 14th, including Holy Week and Easter, 2020.

Your diocesan leaders and Finance Committee are meeting regularly, in virtual form, to provide leadership and suggestions to help all in the diocese in these times. Below, we provide specific ideas and recommendations, as many of our congregations may suffer financially without “normal” pledge income and Easter plate income. We realize that many of you may already be implementing some of these suggestions; however, we feel it is important to communicate with all of you at this time to ensure we are providing the best care and information possible. You all are in our prayers.

1—Send an Easter Message by regular mail to all congregants of record, with your specific appeal, which includes return envelopes to give by check.  Provide, as possible, dispersed church services and/or invite your parishioners to partake of the various online services created by other congregations or by the diocese as a whole.

2—Encourage those who pledge to accelerate their monthly giving into lump sum gifts which represent March, April and perhaps May regular pledging.  If you have issued giving envelopes remind congregants to use them.

3—Make pastoral outreach calls to parishioners to personalize your message of hope and financial need.

4—Establish or enhance electronic/online giving.  Congregation members can go online or call their banks to set up recurring payments to your church by direct transfer [ACH] or bank-issued automatic checks.  Non-bank payment processing services most widely used are PayPal and Vanco Payment Solutions [links below].  Please be aware both services charge between 2%-3% per transaction.  There are “digital wallet” and other “EGiving” solutions available, but these have varying fee structures and are not as long established and secure as PayPal or Vanco.

PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/home 
Vanco:  https://www.vancopayments.com/

For churches that do not already have online giving set up through PayPal, Vanco, or another method, the diocese is glad to offer an online giving platform for congregations from now through June 15, 2020. We have created a form on our website where individuals can make donations. These donations will be initially deposited to the diocesan PayPal account, which charges a credit/debit card processing fee of 2.2%+0.30 per donation. The remaining funds will then be processed by diocesan staff and forwarded to the churches. The diocese does not charge any fees for this service. The form link is available below and can be shared on websites, in emails and newsletters, and through social media. Churches interested in using this method should contact Heidi Pitts (heidip@diocese-oregon.org; 971-204-4108) if they would like assistance in adding this link to their websites.

Congregational Online Giving Form: https://www.diocese-oregon.org/resources/congregational-resources/congregational-online-giving/

Whatever method you may use, communicate often and by all means available, using social media, email messaging, texts and phone calls.

5. Some of our congregations may be eligible for a waiver of up to two months of clergy pension payments. Please find the client letter sent our recently by the Pension Fund and see if you qualify. If you believe you may qualify, be in touch with Carter Hawley at Carterh@diocese-oregon.org to apply through the Office of the Bishop.

Should your parish or mission be significantly impacted financially by the suspension of worship services and not have funds available to pay staff or cover regular monthly expenses, we would like to know of this issue and we pledge to do what we can to assist. You are invited to contact Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley at neysae@diocese-oregon.org immediately to discuss your specific situation. 

As your Bishop and the Treasurer of the Diocese we both pledge to walk with the various congregations of the diocese throughout this current national, and indeed worldwide, crisis. The Board of Trustees and Diocesan Council are discerning possible support options and a process to assist. You are not alone – we are in this together and together we will thrive. We will communicate promptly as decisions are made.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley, Bishop of Oregon
Mr. Rick Grimshaw, Treasurer, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

Vestry/BAC & Treasurers Workshop (St. James, Tigard)

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

Dismantling Racism Workshop

Anti-Racism Training for Leaders of Faith Communities

Especially now, work on justice and inclusion presents itself as an imperative to communities of faith. In the Episcopal Church, one of the ways we live into this mandate to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being” (BCP p.305) is through General Convention resolutions requiring anti-racism training for those in positions of leadership.

All church members are invited and encouraged to participate in anti-racism training offered by the Commission to End Racism.

In the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, all persons serving in the following capacities are required to take anti-racism training sponsored by the Episcopal Church:

  1. Clergy in any form of church ministry
  2. Diocesan Council
  3. Standing Commission
  4. Board of Trustees
  5. Diocesan Staff
  6. Leaders of key diocesan committees and commissions
  7. Convocation Deans and Presidents
  8. Deputies to General Convention

Training is $25 (need based scholarships available) and includes lunch. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.  Please note that this training is mandatory for all of those elected and serving in any of the above diocesan capacities.

Click here to register for this training.

Anti-Racism Training for Faith Leaders

diocesan clergy at a people of faith anti-racism march

Dismantling Racism Workshop: Anti-Racism Training for Leaders of Faith Communities

Especially now, work on justice and inclusion presents itself as an imperative to communities of faith. In the Episcopal Church, one of the ways we live into this mandate to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being” (BCP p.305) is through General Convention resolutions requiring anti-racism training for those in positions of leadership.

All church members are invited and encouraged to participate in anti-racism training offered by the Commission to End Racism.

In the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, all persons serving in the following capacities are required to take anti-racism training sponsored by the Episcopal Church:

  1. Clergy in any form of church ministry
  2. Diocesan Council
  3. Standing Commission
  4. Board of Trustees
  5. Diocesan Staff
  6. Leaders of key diocesan committees and commissions
  7. Convocation Deans and Presidents
  8. Deputies to General Convention

The next Dismantling Racism Workshop offered by the diocesan Commission to End Racism is:

February 29, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Trinity Cathedral
147 NW 19th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 (map link)

Training is $25 (need based scholarships available) and includes lunch.

Click here to register for this training.

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

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the body of lay and clergy members of the Diocese elected by the annual Diocesan Convention and authorized by the Canons of the Episcopal Church as the Bishop’s Council of Advice. If there is no Diocesan or Suffragan or Coadjutor Bishop canonically authorized to act, the Standing Committee becomes the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese for all purposes declared by General Convention.

The Standing Committee advises the Bishop and gives consent in matters of the disposition of property, ecclesiastical discipline, the election and consecration of Bishops, and in the matter of candidates for ordained ministry. The election of members and the terms and conditions of their office are defined by the Canons of the Diocese of Oregon.

Nominations for Diocesan Leadership Positions

Do you have opinions to share about the mission and vision of the Diocese of Oregon and a passion to help turn those ideas into action?

Would you like to represent Episcopalians from throughout the diocese to the broader Episcopal Church?

Here’s your chance! At the 131st Annual Convention of the Diocese of Oregon, we’ll be electing a number of people to fill the following diocesan leadership positions:

Standing Committee

One clergy for a four-year term
One layperson for a four-year term
One clergy for a one-year term

The Standing Committee advises the Bishop and gives consent in matters of the disposition of property, ecclesiastical discipline, the election and consecration of bishops, and in the matter of candidates for ordained ministry. The Standing Committee meets monthly at St. Paul, Salem on Thursday usually at 9:45 am. Meetings may be held via web conference. The Standing Committee, Board of Trustees, & Diocesan Council meet together three times a year.

Board of Trustees

One clergy for a three-year term
One layperson for a three-year term

The Board of Trustees act within bounds set by the Bishop, the Convention, and the Standing Committee to steward the funds and property entrusted to the diocese. The Finance Committee of the Diocese, appointed by the Board of Trustees, conducts ongoing review of all financial transactions in the diocese. The trustees meet the last Thursday of the month at The Bishop’s Close in Portland at 1:00 pm. Meetings may be held via web conference. The Board of Trustees, Standing Committee, & Diocesan Council meet together three times a year.

Diocesan Council

Two clergy for three-year terms
Two laypeople for three-year terms

The Diocesan Council oversees the creation of a budget each year and has authority to create and prescribe the duties of program ministries and committees in support of the mission of the Church in the Diocese. Council members visit congregations. Council meets monthly, and the meetings are on Fridays at 10:00 am and end around 2:30 pm. Most meetings are held in Salem or Eugene. The Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, & Board of Trustees meet together three times a year.  

Trinity Cathedral Chapter

One person for a three-year term

The Trinity Cathedral Chapter includes one person from the diocese elected annually.  The Chapter meets three times a year in Portland to facilitate communication between the Diocese and the Cathedral, to seek alignment between Cathedral and Diocesan vision, and to ascertain ways in which the Cathedral congregation and other congregations of the diocese may relate in positive and helpful ways.

Deputies to General Convention

Four clergy deputies
Four lay deputies
Four clergy alternates
Four layperson delegates

General Convention will meet June 30 to July 9, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. All deputies plus the first alternate attend. There are several meetings to review the distributed convention materials and deputies and alternates are encouraged to visit congregations and convocations to discuss the issues of the convention. Deputies continue to serve until the election of deputies for the following General Convention.

Training Requirements

All elected to serve in leadership in the Diocese of Oregon are expected to fulfill the following trainings within the past five years or within one year of their election. Further information about these requirements is available on the diocesan website or by contacting the Rev. Canon Carol Sedlacek at carols@diocese-oregon.org.

  • Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People  (offered online, for free)
  • Diverse Church Training Workshop (offered once a year in a face-to-face format, fee $25 per person)

To Make a Nomination

To nominate yourself or another person for one of these positions, please complete the following form: Diocesan Position Nomination Form

All nominees need submit brief biographical information, a recent photo, and personal statements for the Convention Booklet and posted online in advance of the convention. The submission form is available here: Diocesan Nominee Information Form

Bishop Michael Hanley Announces Intention to Retire

Dear Friends in Christ,

This morning I announced, first to my staff and then to the Standing Committee, my intention to retire as Bishop Diocesan of Oregon, effective in January 2021.

My reasons for this decision are quite simple. First, it is time for me. By the date of my retirement, I will be 66 years old and I will have served as deacon, priest, or bishop for just under forty years. I feel that God is now calling me to focus on being a husband to Marla, a father to Rachel and Jessica, a grandfather to Maeve, and a parishioner in the church.

It is also a good time for the Diocese of Oregon. We have excellent clergy and lay leaders serving in the congregations of the diocese and at the diocesan level. In addition, the diocesan leadership is currently engaged in discerning God’s future for us, which will enable the Standing Committee and other diocesan leadership to offer a clear vision of what Oregon Episcopalians believe God is calling the diocese to be and to do in the future. This may also assist the diocese in discovering the best individual to help lead the diocese as bishop going forward.

The diocese can expect that there will be an electing convention in June 2020, and that the new bishop will be ordained and consecrated in January 2021. The specific details of the search and transition will be the work of the Standing Committee. More information about this process and timeliness will be published soon.

Thank you, good people, for your help and support over these past nine years. Thank you for your prayers and, perhaps most of all, thank you for allowing me into your diocesan family. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Church with you. I look forward to the rest of my time with you as your bishop.

In Christ,
+Michael