Church Connections: Opportunities to learn, serve and grow
The people of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina are blessed to be part of a wider family: The Episcopal Church (110 diocese in 16 nations), which in turn is part of the Anglican Communion, with more than 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches in more than 160 countries.
These family ties provide a multitude of opportunities and resources to the people of this diocese. At the House of Bishops spring retreat at Kanuga in March 2013, Bishop vonRosenberg received many offers of information, resources and support for the people of this diocese. News of other opportunities arrives regularly through other channels, too. This page is offered as a very partial list of some opportunities to explore these connections with the wider Church.
Online Vestry Leadership Training
The Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming
The Right Reverend John S. Smylie, Bishop
The diocese has created two internet-delivered Vestry Leadership Training Programs (one for rector-led parishes, and one for lay ministry-led parishes). Both programs are grounded in the principles of the Vestry Resource Guide and have the endorsement of the Episcopal Church Foundation. These programs come highly recommended as engaging and thought-provoking resources, covering topics such as responsibilities of clergy versus vestry, roles of vestry members as leaders of their community, conflict prevention and resolution, and creative responsible stewardship. A sample demonstration of one of the courses can be viewed online. For information on how to access the demo, email Holly Behre, firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Convention 2015
Plans are well under way for the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in 2015, and the triennial event won’t be business as usual.
The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will be held June 25 – July 3, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah (Diocese of Utah).
Read the first in a series of articles looking ahead to the General Convention.
The Order of St. Helena