Skills Accelerator

Videoconference: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 7 – 9pm

In 2020, our Accelerator will focus on Priya Parker’s  The Art of Gathering. Join Steve Mullaney, Director of the University Episcopal Community, to read and reflect on how Parker’s principles can be brought to our faith community gatherings. 

For Priya Parker, all gatherings start with one question: “Why do this?”

When we are clear on our why, we make gatherings worthy of those who show up and worthy of God’s dream for the world. When we lack clarity on why we gather, our liturgy turns from joyful and intentional to boring and rote. The Art of Gathering will inspire you to fine-tune everything from coffee hour to liturgy to vestry meetings to make all your gatherings truly count. 

Follow-up coaching on these skills is available after the event!


Since 2014 the School for Formation has offered a one-day Incubator workshop designed to connect missional theology and leadership skills with practical opportunities that faith communities can access right now. In response to the current pandemic and its attendant concerns, we’re shifting our focus to take advantage of this time physically apart and isolated to accelerate our gathering skills.

The 2017 book for the Incubator was The Stop: How the Fight For Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement by Nick Saul.