Godly Play Commuter Core Training

Godly Play Commuter Core Training

We hope you can make plans to join us!

Commuter Core Godly Play Training: BAINBRIDGE ISLAND 2020

Sacred Stories – Saturday March 14, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Parables – Saturday May 2, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Liturgical Action – Saturday May 30, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Grace Episcopal Church
8595 East Day Rd
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Please register at least a week in advance of each module. Thank you! The Commuter Core model covers the same essential training as our Core Training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room, but takes place during three separate Saturday modules. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Participants may build credit toward Core Training certification, which is awarded after completion of all three modules. This model underscores the action/reflection aspect of Godly Play training by allowing participants new experiences between training dates, which they then bring with them to the next Commuter Core module.

Please note, you must register separately for each Saturday.

Registration closes the Monday before Training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here

Commuter Core Godly Play Training (Medina, WA)

We hope you can make plans to join us!

Commuter Core Godly Play Training: MEDINA WA 2019-20

Parables – Saturday March 7, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

St Thomas Episcopal Church
8398 NE 12th Street
Medina, WA 98039

Please register at least a week in advance of each module. Thank you! The Commuter Core model covers the same essential training as our Core Training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room, but takes place during three separate Saturday modules. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Participants may build credit toward Core Training certification, which is awarded after completion of all three modules. This model underscores the action/reflection aspect of Godly Play training by allowing participants new experiences between training dates, which they then bring with them to the next Commuter Core module.

Please note, you must register separately for each Saturday.

Registration closes the Monday before Training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here

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.

Commuter Core Godly Play Training (Medina, WA)

We hope you can make plans to join us!

Commuter Core Godly Play Training: MEDINA WA 2019-20

Liturgical Action – Saturday October 19, 2019 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Sacred Stories – Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Parables – Saturday March 7, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

St Thomas Episcopal Church
8398 NE 12th Street
Medina, WA 98039

Please register at least a week in advance of each module. Thank you! The Commuter Core model covers the same essential training as our Core Training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room, but takes place during three separate Saturday modules. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Participants may build credit toward Core Training certification, which is awarded after completion of all three modules. This model underscores the action/reflection aspect of Godly Play training by allowing participants new experiences between training dates, which they then bring with them to the next Commuter Core module.

Please note, you must register separately for each Saturday.

Registration closes the Monday before Training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here

Congregational Vitality Workshop

The Diocesan Consultants will be presenting a Congregational Vitality Workshop on Saturday, November 9 from 8:30 to 3:30 at Christ Church in Lake Oswego.

This workshop will be a great opportunity to address some 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, and
  • Join with you and your team for a Follow-up Conference on November 30 at Christ Church, Lake Oswego.

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, November 1. 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

Click here to download the Congregational Vitality Workshop Registration Form.

Click here to download the Congregational Vitality Pre-Workshop Questionnaire.

Welcoming the Stranger

At the 131st Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, delegates voted to approve the following resolution.

Resolution of Policy: Welcoming the Stranger

RESOLVED that the 131st Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon urge all congregations and their members to support and participate in training and educational opportunities to offer sacred welcome to immigrants and refugees; and be it further

RESOLVED that, as part of this training, the Diocesan Commission for Sanctuary will offer workshops on offering sacred welcome to immigrants and refugees in the Portland metro area on November 16 at St. Francis, Wilsonville, and in the central portion of the Diocese on November 23 at St. Thomas, Eugene; and be it further

RESOLVED that, as a follow-up to the Workshops, the Diocesan Commission for Sanctuary will offer a plan for a series to be offered in diocesan congregations exploring aspects of the reality of offering sacred welcome to immigrants and refugees; and be it further

RESOLVED that all congregations of the Diocese be urged to offer the series either this coming Advent (2019), during the Sundays after Epiphany (2020), or in Lent (2020) in a format appropriate for their congregation.

Explanation:

This resolution is inspired by the resolution titled, “Confronting Hate, Racism, and Poverty in the Diocese of Oregon,” approved by the 129th Convention of the Diocese of Oregon in 2017. Among its several resolves, this resolution called for the creation of a Commission for Sanctuary to provide guidance on implementing the Biblical imperative to welcome the stranger.

The Biblical imperative is, of course, evident throughout the Scriptures, but is perhaps most clearly stated in the parable of the Good Samaritan: Jesus’ answer to the lawyer’s question, “Who is my neighbor?” At the end of that parable, Jesus tells the lawyer to “go and do likewise.”

But also providing foundational support for both this proposed resolution and the one approved in 2017, are our Baptismal Vows, where we promise that, with God’s help, we will

  • Continue in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship and in the breaking of the bread and in the prayers
  • Persevere in resisting evil and whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord
  • Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ
  • Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself
  • Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being

And while the last two of these promises may seem to pertain most clearly to this resolution, in fact, all are embodied in our efforts to follow Jesus’ lead as we identify our neighbors and embrace the strangers among us.

This resolution is also a response to the Resolution (C009), of the Episcopal Church, meeting in its General Convention in July 2018, which recommended “that its institutions and congregations become places of welcome, refuge, healing, and other forms of material and pastoral support for those targeted for deportation due to immigration status or some perceived status of difference.” It further encouraged “its members to connect with local and national sanctuary communities and institutions, faith-based coalitions, and immigrant rights groups and coalitions, and engage in educating, organizing, advocacy, and direct action” with the focus of ensuring “the safety, security, and due process for immigrants.”

In keeping with the resolution of The Episcopal Church (C009), this resolution offers ways for all of us in the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon to learn more about the plight and needs of immigrants and refugees, within and beyond our worshipping communities, and how best to accompany them as they confront countless daunting obstacles to their health, safety, and general well-being.

There will be no financial impact on the 2020 Operating Budget of the Diocese of Oregon. The workshops will be funded by an endowment grant from a congregation within the Diocese.

Godly Play Core Training: Chehalis, Washington

Commuter Core Godly Play Training: CHEHALIS WA 2019

Sacred Stories – Saturday September 28, 2019 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Parables – Saturday October 26, 2019 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Liturgical Action – Saturday December 7, 2019 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

St. Timothy Episcopal Church
1826 SW Snively Ave
Chehalis, WA 98532

Please register at least a week in advance of each module. Thank you!

The Commuter Core model covers the same essential training as our Core Training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room, but takes place during three separate Saturday modules. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Participants may build credit toward Core Training certification, which is awarded after completion of all three modules. This model underscores the action/reflection aspect of Godly Play training by allowing participants new experiences between training dates, which they then bring with them to the next Commuter Core module.

Please note, you must register separately for each Saturday.

Registration closes the Monday before Training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here

Commuter Core Godly Play Training (Medina, WA)

Liturgical Action – Saturday October 19, 2019 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

St Thomas Episcopal Church
8398 NE 12th Street
Medina, WA 98039

Please register at least a week in advance of each module. Thank you! The Commuter Core model covers the same essential training as our Core Training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room, but takes place during three separate Saturday modules. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Participants may build credit toward Core Training certification, which is awarded after completion of all three modules. This model underscores the action/reflection aspect of Godly Play training by allowing participants new experiences between training dates, which they then bring with them to the next Commuter Core module.

Please note, you must register separately for each Saturday.

Registration closes the Monday before Training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here

Core Godly Play Training (Everett, WA)

Core Training is the essential training for all storytellers and doorpersons in the Godly Play room. We recommend attending Core Training every year for the first three years of your practice. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. This time of retreat will strengthen your understanding of children’s spirituality and leave you spiritually refreshed!

Registration closes the Monday before training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here