Ibram X. Kendi to Join the Final Book Group Discussion on HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST
Dr. Kendi to join a Capstone Q&A session
March 24, 8-9 pm
Open to All (but registration is required and attendance is limited)
Province 3's Racial Reconciliation Committee is hosting an online book discussion “Journeying with Ibram X. Kendi and his book How to Be an Antiracist." As a capstone of the discussion, Dr. Kendi himself will be joining the group for a Q&A session on March 24 from 8-9 pm. This session will be open to all; however registration is required and attendance is limited. Look for an announcement on the P3 website and via email when registration is open.
Attend Forma 2021 for only $50!
Join our Province III contingent to Forma 2021 at the greatly reduced rate of $50 (normally $130). Being held digitally from January 26-28, the topic is Embodying Spiritual Practices. If you'd like to register, contact Joanne Fisher. For more information about Forma, visit their website.
P3 Formation Ministry Deep Dives
The Path Ahead: Spirituality for the Aging, February 22, 12 - 1 pm Join us to learn about a six-part curriculum series on the spirituality of aging, presented by Dr. Elizabeth Boyd and The Rev. Susan K. Walker.
Social Media and Technology, March 22, 12 - 1 pm Hear about some of the latest equipment and apps - and how to use them. Whether you're just getting started or looking for ways to further your digital presence this is the place to be. Presenter TBA.
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)
...and speaking of Formation: Take a look at our *new* FORMATION RESOURCES page
Thanks for our Province III Formation/Youth Intern, Sophie Leight, a new resource page for Formation is available on the Province III website. It includes resources for Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, Adult Formation, and more! Find this helpful page under the Christian Formation & Youth Ministrytab, or by clicking the link here. The page contains a few selected favorites, but feel free to search our full list of resources on this document.
Additionally, if you have any suggestions for resources you would like to see on the page, please fill out this form. The resources on the page will be updated periodically, so check back often!
Quarterly Network Discussions to meet February 3:
Title IV Networks and Vocational Formation Network
Are you a member of your diocese's Commission on Ministry or a Transition officer? Or, do you have a role in your diocese's Title IV process, as an Intake Officer, Disciplinary Board Member, Chancellor, or Church Attorney? If so, consider joining in a quarterly zoom discussion, where you can network with colleagues across Province III, ask questions, consider case studies, and discuss best practices.
Vocational Formation Network:
Who? COM members and Transition Officers
February 3 at 9 am
May 6 at 10 am
To join the discussion or for more information, contact John Pumphrey.
Title IV Participant Discussion Groups:
Who? Province III Diocesan Intake Officers
When? 1st Wednesday of February, and May from 11 am - noon
To join the discussion or for more information, contact Pam Cochran.
Disciplinary Board Members (and more)
Who? Members of Province III Disciplinary Boards, Investigators, and Advisors
When? 1st Wednesday of February, and May from noon - 1 pm
The weekend of October 8-11, 2021, youth from around Province III will gather regionally with
their dioceses at a location chosen by their local leadership. A complete list of activities will be provided by the
Province for the weekend including several live streamed components (speakers, activities, games) to connect
the events. Depending on the corona virus, this will either be a day event or overnight. If you or your diocese are interested in participating in planning, contact
Online Substance Abuse Recovery Ally Training to launch in January
In a collaboration with SpiritWorks Foundation and Bexley Seabury Seminary, Province III received a Constable grant to develop an online and future hybrid program to help people minister as Recovery Allies. Grounded in faith, the training will help individuals and faith communities to reflect critically on the current state of substance use and addiction, to prepare to minister as Recovery Allies and/or Rapid Response Teams, and to be the hands and feet of Christ for those struggling with substance use. It is based in the work of SpiritWorks Foundation, led by Jan Brown, and the work of Province III's Opioid Response Task Force.
80th General Convention is postponed to July 7-14, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland.
General Convention has been delayed due to Covid-19, but will still be held in Baltimore, MD. This gives our P3 Environmental Stewardship Ministry more time to work with the General Convention Office to pursue the possibility of providing seasonal, local food for the 80th General Convention. Look for more news on this as details for GC are firmed up in the coming months.
Constable Grants due January 29 for applications through Province 3 for February 15 deadline to TEC
The application process is now open for the Constable Fund Grants for the 2021 grant cycle. The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2018, with a stated preference for work in the area of religious education. In 2020, Constable Grants ranged from $2,500 to $50,000.
January 13 | TryTank Presents: Leadership Skills for the Next Ten Years Wednesday webinar, 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) via Zoom. For almost 20 years, beginning just after 9/11, futurist Bob Johansen has been wrestling with the question of leadership profiles that will be required to thrive in the VUCA World (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). He wrote a trilogy of books that share the profile he's convinced will work to help us get ready for the next future shock. Join us for an impactful webinar with Dr. Johansen as he covers his leadership trilogy, with a special emphasis on the skills required to thrive in the coming decade.
Mid-January | Companion Café: Sustenance for the Journey Starting mid to late January, groups meet for 6 one-hour sessions with small group leader. Are you feeling weary? Would you like companions on the journey during this time of social isolation? Companion Café provides an opportunity for connection with others in a similar ministry context through guided conversation in small groups facilitated by spiritual directors/retreat leaders. This is an opportunity to engage with like-hearted people for fellowship, encouragement, and support in this time of pandemic separation. During the registration process you will be asked questions to best place you into a group. Groups will be formed on an ongoing basis and will begin meeting in mid to late January 2021.
January 15 | Application Due Date to Audit a Spring Masters-level Class This spring, over a dozen master level classes are open to auditors, lay and ordained, at the cost of $150 per audit hour. Take a VTS class from outstanding faculty without being enrolled in a degree program. Some classes will be fully online, and others will offer a "hybrid" as permitted. Please note: acceptance is dependent on space available and permission of the instructor.
January 16 | Listening for God: A Workshop on Discerning Vocation in Everyday Living with Dr. Kathy Staudt Saturday workshop, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Eastern) via Zoom Should I choose this path rather than that one? What is the meaning of the experience I am having? How can I follow Christ more faithfully? What would that even mean? As we leave 2020 behind and move into the New Year, take time to sit with questions like these, and listen for God's direction through quiet prayer, guided meditation, and conversation with others who are on the same journey. This popular workshop is particularly suitable for persons seeking to identify, articulate, and clarify their vocations in their everyday living, especially in light of their baptism. Dr. Kathy Staudt offers this workshop via Zoom with time away from the screen for reflection, prayer, and journaling (and, of course, a lunch break).
Week of January 25 through early April | Facilitating Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum Monday afternoons (every other week) or Monday evenings (weekly) via Zoom. Are you interested in reading, watching, and learning about the history of race and racism in America and the impact it has on our world today – and engaging in meaningful conversation about change? Join this online cohort and explore a rich curriculum focused on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian Pacific Americans as their histories intersect with European American history. For each session we will gather online for conversation to help us peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope, and love. This Sacred Ground curriculum has been especially designed to help white people engage in conversation about the history of race in America.
February 2-23 | Seeing and Believing: The Visual Arts in Christian Life and Ministry Tuesday afternoon class3:30-4:30 p.m. (Eastern) via Zoom. While the visual arts have served as a powerful resource for the church in past centuries, today they are often overlooked. Peggy (Margaret Adams) Parker, a long-time VTS adjunct instructor and a professional artist, will teach us how to “speak” this ancient language, exploring the ways that images can serve as companion and guide in our lives and ministries. We will discuss art from across centuries and cultures as we learn to integrate the visual arts into our journeys as Christians. Each week involves a pre-recorded 30-minute lecture and an hour-long class discussion, exploring the rich possibilities of using images in our lives as Christian in interpreting Scripture, prayer, and worship.
February 20 | Mission Possible: Finding Your Congregation’s Why Saturday morning workshop9:00 a.m. – noon (Eastern) via Zoom. At the core of what we do as a church is why we do it. Yes, it should all be centered on God, but how each congregation lives into that centeredness has to do with our stories. Stories as a people of God and stories as a congregation serving our community. This workshop is a step-by-step guide to help your congregation find that mission clarity. It will involve examples, exercises, and action steps to help you reach the point where you gain clarity and make your mission possible! A month after the workshop, we will have a check-in point where you can check in with the presenters about your work and how to move it forward. Follow up “office hours” on Saturday March 13, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., are included in registration fee. No questions left unanswered. Registration is by congregation and is limited to 15 churches. A minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 church leaders from each congregation are welcome to participate. The registration fee is per congregation. Please note that similar programs are offered in the secular world at the cost of $250 per participant!
February 25–March 25 | Writing as Spiritual Practice Thursday evening class7:00–8:00 p.m. (Eastern) via Zoom. What would it be like to write just for you and God? Deepen your awareness of the holy in everyday life and explore new ways that writing can enhance the life of the spirit.
Through weekly prompts, workshops, and invitations to write both in and outside of class, participants will be invited to explore ways that words can become a way into contemplative prayer – the way of prayer that makes us open and available to God’s love and work in our lives.