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

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.

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.

Caring for Veterans Community Clergy Training Program

Many Veterans and their family members seek help for their problems from ministry leaders. The Community Clergy Training Program in Portland can help prepare you to support them.

As a ministry leader, you and your house of worship are an important contact point for Veterans in your community. Sometimes clergy and other ministry leaders are not aware of the Veterans in their congregation or how they might help a Veteran and their family following deployment. Other times, ministry leaders may recognize Veterans who are struggling in their return to civilian life, but not know how to support them.

The National Chaplain Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA Portland Health Care System Chaplain Service invite clergy, ministry leaders, and interested lay persons from across the spiritual and/or religious spectrum to attend a free interactive training in Portland.

This event will be held:
March 12, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
West Portland United Methodist Church
4729 SW Taylors Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97219

Please bring a sack lunch; or there are also several food options nearby.

Training topics will include:

• Identifying potential conflicts between civilian and military cultures.
• Identifying actions community clergy can take to assist military personnel and their families with a healthy adjustment to a civilian culture.
• Types of common military events that can cause adjustment problems for military personnel and the psychiatric and psychological responses that often follow.
• Identifying the relationship between spirituality and “meaning making.”
• The importance of Personal Narratives and Past, Present and Future Stories.
• Identifying pastoral responses and resources for clergy and their congregations.

Seating is limited for this FREE event, so please register ASAP by contacting Chaplain Christopher J. Boswell below. Registration closes March 10.

Sincerely,
CH. Christopher J. Boswell
Chaplain Christopher J. Boswell, M.Div.
Outpatient Mental Health Chaplain Fellow
Phone: 503-220-8262 ext. 58586 or 57021
Email: Christopher.Boswell@va.gov

Hearing the Cries: Healing Injustice

a bright yellow daisy surrounded by barbed wire against a faint blue sky

Hearing the Cries: Healing Injustice brings a holistic lens to being in relationship with our justice-involved neighbors: helping people of faith and goodwill, in the words of Bryan Stephenson, “get proximate” with those members of our society who have lived experience of the justice system. We hope to frame participants’ understanding of the “issue” of criminal justice as a matter of faith in action.

As people of faith, we know that our communities bring together people beyond the labels placed on us by the justice system and wider society. We are more than victims, offenders or community members—we may be all three—and our congregations may include all of us. But the ways the justice system brings people together—and keeps them separate—are different from the ways that a faith community brings people together. How are we to live together as a community? How do we resolve the inherent conflict in this existence as one body of many distinct members?

Specifically, we seek to empower community in Restorative Justice, stepping up to the responsibilities it has to those in the roles of “offender” and “victim,” and taking accountability for the harms society has perpetrated and perpetuated. These harms include those created by a justice system that distances people from their neighbors and adds layers of harm instead of resolving conflict in a just way.

We recognize a theology of interconnection and interdependence. Our need for one another, in mutually beneficial and healing relationships, happens to be at the core of pro-social thinking, as well. We also recognize the interconnection of criminal justice issues with public health concerns, homelessness and housing inaccessibility, human trafficking, trauma, recovery, immigration, and more. We are one community of many members facing diverse but interrelated challenges, holding within us unique seeds of hope and resilience—and with one, shared future.

SCHEDULE
Friday, March 6:
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Screening & Discussion of film; open to the public and included in event registration.

Saturday, March 7
9 a.m. Welcome | Keynote Panel
10:45 a.m. Morning Workshop Session
Participants will choose one track for their focus: “Prison Reentry Support: How every congregation can be a welcoming congregation” or “Public Policy Advocacy: Toward a smarter, public health approach rooted in restorative justice”
12:15 p.m. Lunch provided
1:15 p.m. Afternoon Workshop Session
3:15 p.m. Closing Keynote Plenary
4 p.m. Benediction and Sending

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

Enneagram Workshop: 9 Styles in Relationship

Time & Location

Feb 01, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA

About the Event

The Enneagram: 9 Styles in Relationship

Presenter: Dale Rhodes, MA, MS

Saturday, February 1, 2020 (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Price: $50  (includes lunch)

Whether new to the Enneagram or seeking a refresher, this workshop promises to inform and deepen our understanding and application this incredible tool in our lives and work.  In this workshop, we will use the Enneagram in the context of our relationships. In any relationship, be it friendship, family, work or romantic, most of us can remember disagreeing about something insignificant.  Often, a minor spat can spiral into a major conflict without deeper exploration.  The Enneagram is a powerful tool to get to the heart of the matter in conflict, as well as deepen intimacy by helping us to identify our own blind spots and compulsions.

In relationship, the Enneagram also helps us cultivate understanding and empathy for the blind spots and compulsions of those we interact with.  Perhaps we identify first as The Protector, someone who brings focus to the value of strength; while our friend is The Romantic, someone who brings focus to the value of inner experience. Understanding these “lenses” through which we filter information can help us focus on useful ways to deepen our interactions.  This understanding creates a bridge to support better communications, more ease, and greater compassion.

Join us as we engage in lively dialogue and vibrant inquiry about the nine types. Appropriate for all levels.

Follow-up classes:

Enneagram in Relationship Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 7:00 pm Facilitators: Leslie Carveth and Lauren Loos, LPC

REGISTER

About the Presenter Dale Rhodes is a widely respected certified enneagram teacher, mentor and  spiritual director.  He brings his diverse education, experience, deep  spiritual sensibilities and skills in guiding others to discover and to  develop their deepest truths. He has learned his craft through direct  studies with primary Enneagram pioneers; including Helen Palmer, David Daniels, Tom Condon, William Schafer, and Jerome Wagner. Dale is the  founder of Enneagram Portland,  created in 2002 as the city’s primary resource for individual explorations and interdisciplinary community experiences with the 9 Points of View.

2020 Vestry/BAC and Treasurers Workshops

four people sit around a table with a laptop and coffee cup, one woman writing in a notebook

Registration is now open for the 2020 Vestry/BAC and Treasurers Workshops.

This workshop for congregational leaders will be offered four times at different locations around the diocese.

Staff from the diocesan Finance Department and the Christian and Leadership Formation Ministry will host tracks that focus on resources of interest. There will be discussions on roles and responsibilities for church governance, Parochial Report preparation, audit program/procedures, liability insurance questions, and so much more!

The 2020 workshop dates and locations are:

Each workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no charge for attendance, and lunch and beverage will be provided.

We are very excited about this opportunity to share important information and resources with our churches and their hard-working treasurers, Vestry/BAC members, and clergy!

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

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.