The Diocese will be presenting its second Congregational Vitality Workshop on Saturday, September 14 from 8:30 to 3:30 at Christ Church in Lake Oswego. This will be the last one offered in the Portland area until at least Spring 2021, at which time there will be fees assessed. However, as was true last spring, the Diocese is once again offering this to congregations at no charge, beyond the $10 for a box lunch! This offering includes funding for your assigned consultant
To be with you and your team during the Workshop,
To 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
To join with you and your team for the Follow-up Conference to be held Saturday, November 16, from 10:00 am to noon (also at Christ Church).
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 7 hours.
Is grounded in our Baptism
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 learnings 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.
If you have other questions, please feel free to call Caroline at 503-320-5511. (Call whenever you’re free; hopefully I’ll answer, but if I don’t, please leave a message, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.) The registration deadline is Friday, August 30! The first five congregations to complete their application (including a pre-event questionnaire from each member of the congregational team) will be invited to participate in this amazing experience!
In God’s Peace,
Caroline Litzenberger & Linda Jackson
Saturday, May 5
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Morrison Room, Trinity Cathedral, Portland
In these divisive times, it can be difficult to live out our Baptismal promises: “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves,” “Striving for justice and peace among all people,” and “respecting the dignity of every human being.” Yet, Jesus already has shown us nonviolent ways of living in community.
This introductory workshop introduces nonviolent practices through interactive group exercises, stories, reflection and discussion. It provides strategies to engage others respectfully and constructively, even in sticky social situations. Group leaders, teens, and anyone dealing with conflict or controversy in the family, school, work, or organizations, will feel more creative and empowered to respond. Come to learn with Janet Chisholm, a longtime nonviolence trainer and Episcopalian.
Recommended Reading:Jesus and Nonviolence, A Third Way by Walter Wink ($7 paperback)
Trainer: Janet Chisholm, from Creating a Culture of Peace, or CCP. She has trained in dioceses, seminaries and congregations, colleges and high schools, as well for other community and national groups, and is national CCP’s founder and lead trainer. Janet is past chair of the national Episcopal Peace Fellowship and the former Interim Executive Director and Training Coordinator for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a national interfaith justice and peace organization.
This workshop is made possible through a grant provided by the Peace & Justice Network of Province VIII. Registration is $20, though no one will be turned away.
An introductory workshop exploring nonviolent practices through interactive group exercises, stories, reflection, and discussion. We will discuss strategies to engage others respectfully and constructively, even in sticky social situations, empowering group leaders, teens, and anyone dealing with conflict or controversy in a variety of social and professional situations to respond more creatively and confidently.
Led by Janet Chisholm, a longtime nonviolence trainer and Episcopalian activist. Jesus and Nonviolence, A Third Way, written by Walter Wink, is recommended reading for this workshop.