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2018 Diocesan Convention Schedule

2018 Diocesan Convention Schedule

(Updated as of October 19, 2018)

Proposed Convention Schedule

Please note all events will take place at the Hilton Hotel except for Friday worship. Shuttle service will be available to and from the Cathedral on Friday for those who wish to use it.

Friday, October 26th

  • 10:00-10:45: Plenary with address by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers (Watch live streaming)
  • 10:45-11:30: Table discussions immediately following
  • 11:30-12:00: Question and answer session with The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

Lunch Break 12:00-1:15 (Click here for lunch options)

  • 1:15-2:15 Workshops I (Scroll down or click here for workshop details)
  • 2:15-2:30 Transition movement time to Plenary
  • 2:30-3:15 Plenary with address by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers (Watch live streaming)
  • 3:15-3:30 Question and answer session
  • 3:30-3:45 Transition movement time to workshops
  • 3:345-4:45 Workshops II (Scroll down or click here for workshop details)
  • 4:45-5:05 Transition movement time to the Cathedral
  • 5:05-5:55 Evening Worship in the manner of Taizé
  • 5:55-6:15 Transition movement time to the Hilton
  • 6:15-7:00 Social Time and FOB meeting at the Hilton
  • 7:00-8:45 Banquet and talk by Canon Stephanie Spellers

Saturday, October 27th

How to Register for Convention: To register for Convention please use the link HERE to access the on-line registration system.

About our Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is one of the Episcopal Church’s leading thinkers and consultants around 21st century ministry and mission and is Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation. The author of The Episcopal Way (the first volume in the new Church’s Teachings for a Changing World series) and Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation, she serves as Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation. Spellers is responsible for supporting the ministry of the Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church as it pertains to evangelism and reconciliation efforts at the local, congregational, diocesan, and churchwide levels.  She also teaches and directs programs in mission, reconciliation and formation at General Theological Seminary in New York City, and serves as a Senior Consultant for the Center for Progressive Renewal, an ecumenical consulting and training group that works nationwide.

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Diocesan Convention Workshops

This list is close to final, but there may be changes by the time of Convention.
* indicates workshops that are offered in both Session I and Session II.
GMW indicates membership in the Green Mountain Witness Team.

Workshop Session I: Friday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

* Telling My Story – Participants will try telling one another 3-minute stories around such topics as: ‘I felt close to God when ___________,’ or, ‘God made a difference in my life when _____________.’  You’ll have several opportunities to do this, one-on-one, in two facing circles We will try to become more fluent in talking about our experience of the triune God.  Vulnerability and authenticity help in telling our stories. Leaders: Kathleen Moore (GMW, seminarian, member of St. James’ Church, Arlington); Jennifer Ogelby (GMW, bookshop manager, member of St. James’ Church, Essex)

* Sharing My Faith – Participants will try out summarizing their understanding of the Christian gospel in a minute or less – not the ‘right’ summary of the gospel, but your understanding of the gospel.  You’ll have several opportunities to do this, one-on-one, in two facing circles, and you may find yourself offering different summaries with different people – and that will be fine!  The key is to practice expressing something!  Leaders: Lindsey Huddle (GMW, attorney and member of St. James’ Church, Essex); Titus Presler (GMW, vicar of St. Matthew’s Church, Enosburg Falls)

* Evangelism: Online and Incarnate – This workshop introduces the theology and practice of Episcopal evangelism and prepares participants to share and celebrate the good news of Jesus’ love – via social media and in the flesh. Leader: Jeremy Tackett (Digital Evangelist for the Episcopal Church)

* Evangelism through Healing – The ministry of Jesus in the gospels is about a third preaching and two-thirds healing or delivering people from illness.  This workshop focuses on how congregations can do the work of healing with as much or more fervor as preaching in order to minister to the world as Jesus did.  Standard medical care is a first God-given means for healing.  God also uses ministries of prayer, anointing and laying on of hands, which leads to spiritual healing, bringing the Holy Spirit to touch the spirits of those who are sick, whether physically or emotionally. Leaders: Fred Vergara (Missioner for AsiaAmerica Ministries of the Episcopal Church); Jamison Dunne (GMW, student, member of Trinity Church, Shelburne)

A Biblical Basis for Evangelism – We focus on such biblical themes as the call of Israel to be a blessing to all peoples; God’s incarnation in Jesus; Jesus’ preaching of the reign of God; the mandate of Jesus’ followers to be witnesses; and patterns of evangelism in the early Jesus Movement.  Bibles will be on hand. Leader: Robert Barton (GMW, writer, member of St. Mark’s Church, Springfield)

 Evangelism for Shy People – Here we address the challenges of the reticence, shyness and introversion that some may experience as obstacles to being evangelistic.  How is shyness or reticence actually an asset in evangelism?  How can the evangelist overcome inner reluctance enough to share faith with another? Leader: Katie Runde (GMW, musician, artist and member of Christ Church, Bethel)

Digital Evangelism – This workshop focuses on the use of websites and social media in evangelism.  It addresses issues such as: Why don’t we post on Facebook about our great morning in church when we’re perfectly happy to post about our pets, our vacation or our latest hobby project?  If we’re going to witness on social media, what are some ways to approach that?  How can a parish be evangelistic on social media?  How can a parish website be used best for evangelism? Leader: Maurice Harris (Communications Minister, Diocese of Vermont)

Workshop Session II: Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

* Telling My Story – Participants will try telling one another 3-minute stories around such topics as: ‘I felt close to God when ___________,’ or, ‘God made a difference in my life when _____________.’  We will try to become more fluent in talking about our experience of the triune God.  Vulnerability and authenticity help in telling our stories. Leaders: Kathleen Moore (GMW, seminarian, member of St. James’ Church, Arlington); Jennifer Ogelby (GMW, bookshop manager, member of St. James’ Church, Essex)

* Sharing My Faith – Participants will try out summarizing their understanding of the Christian gospel in a minute or less.  Not the ‘right’ summary of the gospel, but your understanding of the gospel.  You’ll have several opportunities to do this, one-on-one, in two facing circles, and you may find yourself offering different summaries with different people – and that will be fine!  The key is to practice expressing something!  Leader: Lindsey Huddle (GMW, attorney, member of St. James’ Church, Essex)

* Evangelism: Online and Incarnate – This workshop introduces the theology and practice of Episcopal evangelism and prepares participants to share and celebrate the good news of Jesus’ love – via social media and in the flesh. Leader: Jeremy Tackett (Digital Evangelist for the Episcopal Church)

* Evangelism through Healing – The ministry of Jesus in the gospels is about a third preaching and two-thirds healing or delivering people from illness.  The workshop focuses on how congregations can do the work of healing with as much or more fervor as preaching to truly minister to the world as Jesus did.  Standard medical care is a first God-given means for healing.  God also uses ministries of prayer, anointing and laying on of hands, which leads to spiritual healing, bringing the Holy Spirit to touch the spirits of those who are sick. Leaders: Fred Vergara (Missioner for AsiaAmerica Ministries of the Episcopal Church); Jamison Dunne (GMW, student, member of Trinity Church, Shelburne)

 Evangelism in Theological Perspective – This workshop focuses on theological questions related to evangelism: What is the nature of religious truth?  How does Christian faith relate to other religions?  How can we reconcile witnessing to our faith with respecting the stances of people of other faiths or no faith?  We emphasize evangelism as mutual discovery, where the evangelist is learning new things and is open to change. Leader: Titus Presler (GMW, vicar of St. Matthew’s Church, Enosburg Falls)

Contemplation, Discipleship and Evangelism – Evangelism is not simply an outward, extroverted activity.  It is the fruit of an intensely inward life with God through contemplation, or meditation, and the fruit of a dedicated life of discipleship to Jesus Christ.  This workshop relates contemplation to discipleship and explores evangelism as a natural fruit of both. Leader: Robert Barton (GMW, writer, member of St. Mark’s Church, Springfield)

Evangelism and Local Mission Approaches – Over the last several years the Diocese of Vermont has emphasized ‘Local Mission Approaches’ as an opportunity and obligation of congregations as they reach out to the communities in which they are located.  How can evangelism be worked into such local mission approaches as working with opioid-addicted persons or at-risk children or helping with the local food bank or community-supported agriculture? Leader: TBD

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