Professional development grants are available to canonically resident clergy of the diocese and clergy licensed to officiate serving as priests in charge of congregations. Clergy who have received grants to attend conferences and training have been asked to share a short summary of their experience, to give others ideas for their own continuing education.

ASSOCIATION OF EPISCOPAL DEACONS TRIENNIAL MEETING

Deacons Douglas Argue and Irene Radcliff attended the Association of Episcopal Deacons Triennial meeting in Providence, RI with the assistance of Professional Development grants. 

The Rev. Douglas Argue

Douglas comments, “Triennial was a fantastic way to connect to colleagues from across the church. I was very pleased to hear from deacons that I had not seen in awhile and especially to worship together as a collected community. Having the Presiding Bishop in attendance was an added bonus for the gathering. The workshops offered didn’t provide much new information for me, but I was able to take the info and see things from a slightly different angle than before. The emphasis on reconciliation was timely and effective.”

The Rev. Irene Radcliff

Irene adds, “The triennial was a busy and informative four days, which included workshops, preaching, fellowship and more. I attended several workshops, including “Becoming the Beloved Community through Racial Reconciliation,” Prayer, Community, and Evangelism: Embracing the Jesus Movement, Fostering Reconciliation and Faith in the Public Arena, Fund for the Diaconate and First Time Attendees Orientation, which provided some of the knowledge and support I wanted and needed. However, more importantly was the welcoming atmosphere and fellowshipping with a community of deacons close to home and from around the world.”

They both highly recommend this gathering to other deacons.

WASHINGTON ISLAND: AN IDEAL MIX OF RETREAT AND LEARNING

The Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat attended the Washington Island Forum in Wisconsin.

The Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat

Lee Anne writes, “Washington Island is off the northern tip of Door County, Wisconsin, an oasis of beaches, pine forests, wildlife and hospitality. Each year the Wisconsin Council of Churches and Christian Century Magazine hold a weeklong conference, featuring the wisdom of speakers on a wide variety of subject matter – with plenty of time to kick back and relax.

Author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

This year’s Washington Island Forum featured author and activist Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. He spoke on “A Revolution of Values: The Bible, the Poor, and a Moral Imagination for Faith in Our Common Life,” focusing on the misreading of the Bible through the eyes of white privilege and racism. 

Wilson-Hartgrove called participants to challenge the false narrative in America that is blind to our biblical mandate to challenge unjust systems of the government, economy, and church. He finds hope in the New Poor People’s Campaign, a national movement to build a justice America for ALL people.

Wilson-Hartgrove is the author of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Places, Free to be Bound: Church Beyond the Color Line, and Restructuring the Gospel: Finding Freedom for Slaveholder Religion.”