Leading Beyond the Blizzard

These gatherings, brought to you by the School for Formation, and hosted by Bishop Loya, are held weekly on Tuesdays at 2pm gathering for clergy and lay faith community leaders. This is our time to stay in relationship with one another, and learn and grow together.

These gatherings, in upcoming weeks, will be focused on the 4 priorities that Bishop Loya outlined in his inaugural Bishop’s Address on Saturday of ECMN Convention (you can watch the video here)

Upcoming Topics:

November 10: Moving forward from the 2020 Elections
There’s no doubt that our country is divided. The Way of Jesus points the way forward, and our Anglican history offers us some wisdom about how the church can lead with love in this moment.  Bishop Craig will share some resources to help faith communities chart next steps.

November 17: Faithful Innovation: Navigating Annual Meetings Safely and Creatively in 2021
Annual meetings are non-negotiable, so ECMN faith communities have some choices to make about how best to do so, weighing best legal practice, community health and safety, and, most importantly, how to foster joy. How will you tell the story of God’s faithfulness over the past year? How will you turn toward wonder about where your faith community might be called to meet God’s ongoing mission in the world in the coming year?

November 24: Bishop’s Book Club: Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace, and Healing by Emanuel Katongole and Chris Rice
“In Reconciling All Things Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice, codirectors of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, cast a comprehensive vision for reconciliation that is biblical, transformative, holistic and global. They draw on the resources of the Christian story, including their own individual experiences in Uganda and Mississippi, to bring solid, theological reflection to bear on the work of reconciling individuals, groups and societies. They recover distinctively Christian practices that will help the church be both a sign and an agent of God’s reconciling love in the fragmented world of the twenty-first century.”

Grab your copy and get started reading now, then join us on November 24 for discussion.

December 1: Learning from Gen Z: Relationship and Inclusivity
with Sarah Barnett, Missioner for Children, Youth, Camp, and Young Adults While each generation is unique, with Gen Z (those born between about 1995 and 2012), we’re seeing the values previous generations held flipped on their heads. This generation values relationships and inclusivity above all else. We’ve seen this right here in ECMN! In 2012, the oldest kids in this generation were in middle school, and they were the ones who began asking for collaborative, statewide faith experiences. It is so important to be learning more about the values and skills that these young people are bringing to God’s work in the world, as well as growing our financial ability to support them through the Youth Scholarship Fund.

Upcoming Bishop’s Book Club titles:

December: The Wisdom Pattern by Richard Rohr (conversation facilitated by the Rev. Anne Miner-Pearson)

Recordings from Previous Meetings

These gathering are recorded. You can find a link to all the previous meetings by clicking the link below.