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Living Stones
Diocesan Partnership


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:

  1. To use discernment processes to identify gifts for ministry.
  2. To nurture and support all who minister in the name of Jesus Christ;
  3. To offer innovative thinking for leadership and organizational structures that encourage shared/mutual ministry, appropriate in each diocese;
  4. To provide training as leadership is reconfigured in conjunction with the above principles.

    A spin-off of Living Stones is the Ministry Developers Collaborative
    <www.mindevelopers.org> , 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 lynne@wydiocese.org
    Steve Kelsey steve.kelsey@juno.com
    Iain Luke lukei@cc.umanitoba.ca

    c/o Lynne Wilson
    Diocese of Wyoming
    104 S.4th Street
    Laramie, Wy 82070
    307 742 6606


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