The Living Stones Diocesan Partnership came into being through the
inspiration and effort of Charles and Lynne Wilson. With a vision
of an association of partner dioceses seriously committed to baptismal
ministry development, they sought the support of Jim Fenhagen and
the Cornerstone Project of the Episcopal Church Foundation. Cornerstone
and Roanridge Foundation provided initial development funding. The
Wilsons served as project convenors until the Living Stones partnership
was well launched.
Overall leadership has now been assumed entirely by the Living
Stones coordinators. Each partner diocese pays its own expenses
associated with membership in the partnership.
Living Stones began as a coalition of eight Anglican dioceses,
both American and Canadian, working together under a covenant
to renew and revitalize ministry at the local level. As at July
2003, there are 20 member dioceses. These are the dioceses of
Arkansas, Connecticut, Eastern Michigan, Idaho, Iowa, Kootenay,
Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Northern California, Northern
Michigan, Northwest Texas, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island,
Rupert's Land, Southern Ohio, Vermont, West Virginia, Western
New York, and Wyoming.
The Living Stones commit themselves:
- To use discernment processes to identify gifts for ministry.
- To nurture and support all who minister in the name of Jesus
- To offer innovative thinking for leadership and organizational
structures that encourage shared/mutual ministry, appropriate
in each diocese;
- To provide training as leadership is reconfigured in conjunction
with the above principles.
spin-off of Living Stones is the Ministry Developers Collaborative
, begun in 1999. The purpose of this organization is to provide
education, training, and support for those called to be ministry
developers. A competency-based curriculum has been written,
and an internship program for ministry developers will get
under way in the Fall of 2003.
New Leadership Team
Lynne Wilson email@example.com
Steve Kelsey firstname.lastname@example.org
Iain Luke email@example.com
c/o Lynne Wilson
Diocese of Wyoming
104 S.4th Street
Laramie, Wy 82070
307 742 6606