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2018 Diocesan Convention Workshops & Leaders

A Biblical Basis for Evangelism Contemplation and Discipleship: Foundations for Evangelism

Leader: Robert Barton

Robert Barton

We will explore the scriptural foundations of evangelism, focusing on Jesus’ command to go and make disciples of all nations, and his preaching of the nearness of the Kingdom of God. We will look at the patterns of preaching, proclaiming and ministering in the Acts of the Apostles, and how those relate to our position today in an increasingly secular society. Bibles will be available.

ABOUT ROBERT BARTON. “Born and raised in Vermont, my life has been one of seeking for truth and God.  This search led me to places of darkness, but there was something more waiting.  After years of atheism, agnosticism and studying world religions and esoteric philosophy, I experienced Consolation Without Prior Cause.  This led me to devote my life to God in Christ.  The Episcopal Church welcomed me and showed me a love and grace which I could not resist.  Now an active member of St. Mark’s, Springfield, and a member of the Green Mountain Witness Team, my only wish is to serve the Church and the God she belongs to.”  Married with a child, Robert is a writer and student.  rbarton88@outlook.com


Digital Evangelism

Leader: Maurice Harris

Maurice Harris

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?

ABOUT MAURICE HARRIS. Maurice has been communications minister for the Diocese of Vermont since July 2016.  He and his husband Might came to Vermont from Cincinnati, where they were active in Christ Church Cathedral.  Earlier, Maurice founded Pushpop Media (now Ionne Creative), oversaw media relations for Firstgroup America, and managed communications for Fifth Third Bank.  A musician and composer, Maurice holds a B.B.A. in Management from Northwood University and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mount St. Joseph University.  He is working on a Ph.D. in Ethical and Creative Leadership from Union Institute and University. mharris@diovermont.org


Evangelism for Shy People

Leader Katie Runde

Katie Runde

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?

ABOUT KATIE RUNDE. Katie Runde is a realist painter and musician based in Bethel.  She is a lay preacher at Christ Church, Bethel, a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a member of the Green Mountain Witness Team. katie.runde@gmailcom


Evangelism: Online and Incarnate

Leader: Jeremy Tackett, Digital Evangelist, The Episcopal Church)

Jeremy Tackett

This workshop introduces the theology and practice of Episcopal evangelism and prepares participants to share and celebrate the good news of Jesus’ love – both digitally and in the flesh.

ABOUT JEREMY TACKETT. Jeremy has been the Episcopal Church Digital Evangelist on the Presiding Bishop’s staff since early 2017.  He builds relationships, creates community, and fosters an aspirational online social presence by managing the church’s digital evangelism ministry.  Earlier he directed communications at Christ Church in Raleigh, N.C., and coordinated publications at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky.  He holds inbound and email marketing certifications from Hubspot, is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and holds a B.S. in Communication from the University of Kentucky.  jtackett@episcopalchurch.org.


Evangelism with Younger Generations

Leader: Jamison Dunne

Jamison Dunne

Reaching young people with the gospel is a challenge for the ageing Episcopal Church in Vermont.  Join Jamison Dunne, a sophomore at UVM, to hear his experiences working with young people in parachurch youth groups and parish ministry.  A native of Hartland, Jamison has worked extensively with young people through Breakaway Ministries at Northfield Mount Hermon School and Cooperative Christian Ministry at UVM.  Says he, “I hope to help parishes engage young people with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.”

ABOUT JAMISON DUNNE. A native of Hartland, Jamison is a member of St. Paul’s in Windsor and Trinity in Shelburne. A junior at the University of Vermont, he majors in religion and minors in Vermont Studies.  He has worked with young people through Breakaway Ministries at the Northfield Mount Hermon School and Cooperative Christian Ministry at UVM.  His interests include rare books, ancient Greek and U.S. history.  “As the youngest member of the Green Mountain Witness Team, I hope to help parishes engage young people with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.” jamison.dunne@uvm.edu


Evangelism Through Healing

Leaders: Fred Vergara, Missioner for Asiamerica Ministries, The Episcopal Church & Jamison Dunne

Fred Vergara

The ministry of Jesus in the gospels is about a third preaching and two-thirds healing people from illness.  This workshop focuses on how congregations can do the work of healing with as much 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 lead to spiritual healing, bringing the Holy Spirit to touch the spirits of those who are sick, whether physically or emotionally.

ABOUT FRED VERGARA. Missioner for Asiamerica Ministries of the Episcopal Church since 2004, Fred was born in Philippines, served as priest in the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (1978-1980); as missionary in the Anglican Church of Singapore (1980-1986); as Canon Asian Missioner in the Diocese of El Camino Real and founder of Holy Child Episcopal Church in San Jose, Calif., (1988-2004). He served as priest-in-charge of St. Michael and All Angels in Seaford, Long Island (2009-2013), and currently at St. James’s Church in Elmhurst, Queens.  He is married to Angela Vinluan, a former school teacher.  wvergara@episcopalchurch.org

Jamison Dunne

ABOUT JAMISON DUNNE. A native of Hartland, Jamison is a member of St. Paul’s in Windsor and Trinity in Shelburne. A junior at the University of Vermont, he majors in religion and minors in Vermont Studies.  He has worked with young people through Breakaway Ministries at the Northfield Mount Hermon School and Cooperative Christian Ministry at UVM.  His interests include rare books, ancient Greek and U.S. history.  “As the youngest member of the Green Mountain Witness Team, I hope to help parishes engage young people with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.” jamison.dunne@uvm.edu


Contemplation and Discipleship: Foundations for Evangelism

Leader: Robert Barton

Robert Barton

Evangelism entails a different way of life.  If we do not live differently from those around us, how can we demonstrate the Christian way?  This workshop focuses on contemplative practices as a way to discipleship, showing how living out our faith requires a radical transformation of human consciousness that becomes available through participating in the mystery of God with tried and tested ascetic practices.  The interplay of contemplation and discipleship is shown to be necessary for evangelism.

ABOUT ROBERT BARTON. “Born and raised in Vermont, my life has been one of seeking for truth and God.  This search led me to places of darkness, but there was something more waiting.  After years of atheism, agnosticism and studying world religions and esoteric philosophy, I experienced Consolation Without Prior Cause.  This led me to devote my life to God in Christ.  The Episcopal Church welcomed me and showed me a love and grace which I could not resist.  Now an active member of St. Mark’s, Springfield, and a member of the Green Mountain Witness Team, my only wish is to serve the Church and the God she belongs to.”  Married with a child, Robert is a writer and student.  rbarton88@outlook.com


Living Evangelism: Theological Perspectives and a Practical Approach

Leader: Mark Preece

Mark Preece

We’ll consider ways to think about evangelism: What is it? Why do it?  How should we think about evangelism with people of faith in other faiths?  We’ll talk about evangelism as a relationship rooted in recognition of a reality already present (“Jesus’ loving presence in everyone’s stories”) and the promise of mutual discovery.  We’ll claim our identity as theologians, discovering and deepening our faith when we speak our own words.  To help us with this, we’ll take a look at the Speaking Our Faith groups suggested by Kit Carlson in her book Speaking Our Faith: Equipping the Next Generations to Tell the Old, Old Story.

ABOUT MARK PREECE. Mark has been priest-in-partnership and now rector at St. Martin’s Church in Fairlee since 2014, having previously served congregations in Philadelphia, Bellows Falls, Randolph, and White River Junction. Before his ordination to the priesthood in 2001, he was a software engineer and manager at Apple Computer and several small companies around Boston. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Episcopal Divinity School, Mark lives in Windsor with his wife Patricia and daughters Elena and Annie.  smcpriest@gmail.com


Sharing My Faith

Leaders: Lindsey Huddle & Titus Presler

What is the gospel for me?  What do I believe God has done in the human story?  How can I go about articulating my faith with those not in the church?  In this workshop we’ll discuss how gospel understandings vary and how we can highlight what’s important to us – not the “right” summary of the gospel, but your understanding of the gospel.  You may find yourself offering different summaries with different people and in different situations – and that’s fine!  The key is to practice expressing something! 

Lindsey Huddle

ABOUT LINDSEY HUDDLE. “As a cradle Episcopalian, I learned early that one’s relationship with God is primary.”  Lindsey has served on the board of Rock Point School; attended General Convention in the late 1990s; served on the vestry at her parish, St. James’ in Essex, where she also offered Christian formation with youth; and is a member of the Green Mountain Witness Team.   She is on the board of Cooperative Christian Ministry at UVM.  “There and in my private legal practice Lindsey I finds myself swimming in a very secular sea, where some friends are open to conversation about faith, and others wonder why I cling to what they consider a fantasy of God.”  Lindsey and her husband have two adult daughters, Bess and Molly, and three grandchildren.  Daughter Molly Huddle is on the staff at Rock Point School. lindseyhuddlebtv@gmail.com

Titus Presler

ABOUT TITUS PRESLER. Vicar of St. Matthew’s in Enosburg Falls, Titus convenes the Green Mountain Witness Team, serves on the Commission on Ministry and was a 2018 General Convention deputy.  A missiologist with experience in India, Zimbabwe and Pakistan, he is president of the Global Episcopal Mission Network.  Educated at Harvard, General Seminary and Boston University, he has taught at EDS, Harvard, General and Seminary of the Southwest, where he was president.  Among many publications are Horizons of Mission in the New Church’s Teaching Series and Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference.  He and his wife Jane Butterfield, currently interim pastor of St. Mark’s in Newport, have four children and seven grandchildren.  tituspresler@post.harvard.edu


Telling My Story

Leaders: Kathleen Moore & Jenny Ogelby

Among Vermont Episcopalians we often hear stories about how people have been inspired and transformed in community by the love of Christ, and how God is at work in our lives every day.  So why aren’t we telling these stories to everyone we meet?  We may fear offending, being rejected, or being seen as one of “those” Christians. This forum will unpack reasons we often feel uncomfortable telling our stories, and offer practice and strategies for participants to feel more comfortable talking about God with the “outside world.”

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Kathleen Moore

ABOUT KATHLEEN MOORE. A candidate for ordination from St. James’, Arlington, Kathleen is studying at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.  She is communications manager at Canticle Communications and is a member of the Green Mountain Witness Team.  Earlier she was communications minister for the Diocese of Vermont and social media manager for the Orvis Company.  Recently, she served on the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation, and has been appointed to the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision for this triennium.  Before moving to Vermont in 2012, Kathleen worked in the television industry for eight years in Los Angeles.  She holds a B.A. in History from Kenyon College.  kathleen.moore@mac.com

Jenny Ogelby

ABOUT JENNY OGELBY. Jenny is manager of the Hopkins Bookshop now located at Trinity Church in Shelburne, where she enjoys sharing resources with all who call or stop by.  A native Vermonter and a cradle Episcopalian, she has been a member of St. James’, Essex, for 54 years, where she sings in the choir, plays handbells, leads Children’s Chapel and heads the Altar Guild.  She’s been a deputy to four General Conventions, where she has served on the Committee on Formation, which is her passion.  She is a past director of Rock Point Summer Camp. She is married with two children, one grandson and another on the way.  jenloring52@yahoo.com

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