FORUM PRESENTATIONS

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Worship and the Well of Life
What are the core values that lead us to create worship that is life giving, invigorating, and attractive? This forum will focus on seven values that may be used as guideposts in crafting liturgies that speak to the heart and the mind. Please bring stories about worship that have left you in frustration, surprise, or satisfaction. The Rev. Paul David Fromberg was Ordained in 1990 at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, where he served until 1999, ultimately as Acting Dean. Paul serves as rector of St. Andrew’s in Houston. Paul is a founding member of the liturgical consultancy Sophia Network. Paul is passionate about telling the truth and leading people in spiritual formation; he possesses an acute ability to synthesize information, has a good sense of humor, and a tremendous love of diversity.

Art and Spirit: Creating Worship for the Individual and Community
Utilizing a form of centering prayer that integrates the arts into the contemplative process, we will focus on various passages of scripture as we consider how art can provide a daily discipline of prayer. We will then look at how art can also be incorporated into the average parish's life. A case study for the creation of a corporate worship space in a non-church setting, such as a gym, will also be presented. The Reverend Canon Michael Sullivan, of Trinity Cathedral (Columbia, South Carolina), serves as Canon for Mission. In addition to leading an active outreach program that includes a 26-unit transitional housing community, a soup cellar, and an interfaith alliance of downtown churches, he is currently exploring ways to integrate the arts into outreach ministries and has developed a form of centering prayer utilizing the arts. He most recently assisted in the creation of the worship space for the Diocese of Upper South Carolina's Great Gathering, a service for 3,500 that combined classical Anglican worship with cutting edge Christian formation models, art, and music. He is a member of the Province IV Christian Education Steering Committee and holds degrees from Wofford College, The School of Law at the University of South Carolina, and the University of the South School of Theology.

I Love to Tell the Story!
The stories of scripture are vital in our spiritual lives and educational ministries. Come experience the incarnational nature, educational value, and transformational power of Biblical storytelling. The forum will include the sharing of stories from master storytellers, and any others who volunteer! Tracy Radosevic has worked as a Director of Christian Education for six years, and was Adjunct Professor for East Tennessee State University teaching "The Historical and Psychological Foundations of Storytelling." She currently serves as Artist in Residence as the Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Baltimore. She is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, and serves on the board of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. She holds a master’s degree in religious education from Duke Divinity School, and another with a concentration in storytelling from East Tennessee State University.

Anti-Racism & Inclusion
This forum will give those attending an opportunity to hear and discuss what the seminar track participants have drafted as a statement concerning racism. We will also entertain questions and comments that deal with racism as we understand it in the United States; and in particular in our Church.
Judy Conley is a freelance consultant in the areas of anti-racism training and awareness workshops, conflict management, the coordination of design teams for conferences and events; she also works part time as a travel agent. She co-authored the Dreamworks Process which became a prototype for the National Church Anti Racism Dialogues. She serves as president of the Arizona chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, and chairs the Diocese of Arizona Anti-Racism Committee.

The Pledge of Nonviolence - A Tool for Challenging Youth to be Peacemakers
This forum will explore ways to call young people to a commitment to peace and justice. We will share strategies, programs and resources that can be used by parents, educators, and church staff.
Kathy McGinnis is director of the Institute for Peace & Justice in St. Louis. She has authored several books and curricula and has lectured and led workshops throughout the United States and internationally. She is mother of three young adults and grandmother of two.

Children, Faith Formation and the Church of England - Lighting Fires, Not Filling Buckets!
This forum provides an opportunity for delegates to reflect on their children's ministry by an in-depth look at current practice in the Church in England. How we are attempting to move from instruction to spiritual nurture, from Sunday School to Godly Play.
Diana Murrie, is the Church of England National Children's Officer. Gill Ambrose is member of General Synod and also Children's Adviser for the Diocese of Ely.

Lost and Found: Spirituality From Generation to Generation
This forum will focus on the compassion and candor necessary for faith formation rooted in relationship. Within the context of our relationships with parents, partners and children, friends, young and old, we learn what it means to be lost and found in Christ, discover the wealth of our heritage, and prepare the next generation for new life in Christ.
Amanda Millay Hughes is an artist and educator, working on issues of faith and faith formation. She is the author of Lost and Found: Adolescence, Parenting and Formation of Faith (Cowley, 2002), the Auckland Art Museum's Five Faiths Project Curricular Resource and co-author of the Journey to Adulthood Program.

The Voice of Young Adults in our Church
Young Adults share their stories of discerning God's call by reflecting on what the Baptismal Covenant means to their Faith, Ministry, and Leadership. Young Adults are described as those people in the 18-30 age range. (This does not include high school youth.)
Sue Cromer coordinator of youth, campus, young adult ministries and the summer camp for the Diocese of Chicago. Panelists Michelle Mayes, Brendon Hunter, Vivian Lam, Sofia Merino, Nick Fennig and Eric Budzynski are young adults in leadership positions in our Church.

Tough Questions for the Church from the World
This forum is an opportunity to sample some of the ideas presented in the tracks contained in the “Evangelism, Social Justice, and Transformation” area. We will start with a summary of issues touched on in selected tracks, and then open the forum for deeper conversation. How do faithful Christians find ways to talk about concerns like war and racial and economic justice?
Roderick B. Dugliss is the Dean of the Episcopal School for Deacons in Berkeley, responsible for the education and formation of deacons for three dioceses. He is an active member of the parish of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco and a longtime educator. Michael Wyatt is the Canon Educator at the National Cathedral. He previously served as Dean of the Diocesan School of Ministry and Theology of the Diocese of Olympia. He has a Ph. D. in theology from Emory University, where he wrote his dissertation on theological reasoning in Twelve-Step Programs.

Jubilee Ministry and the Mission of the Church
Jesus read the words of Isaiah 61, which are recorded in Luke 4, “and with that, jubilee became the absolute center of his ministry and every single thing that has happened beyond that point was in the service of jubilee – in the service of release, freedom, reconciliation, re-creation . . . there is no way whatsoever we as Christians can avoid jubilee.” (From “Going Home, An Invitation to Jubilee” by Frank T. Griswold, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.)
National Officer for Jubilee Ministry for the Episcopal Church Center in New York, The Reverend Canon Carmen B. Guerrero’s work involves the oversight and development of the Jubilee Ministry Centers in the Episcopal Church, which involves around 700+ churches and agencies across the country that are involved in ministry programs of social outreach, advocacy, evangelism and empowerment of people. She has a BS in Education, MS in Clinical Counseling, MDiv in Theology and DD in Ministry. She served in Central America as the Coordinator of a Theological Education Program raising up priests in the Diocese of Honduras; pastor of a parish in San Antonio, Texas; Missioner for Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Los Angeles and the Archdeacon for Multicultural Ministry in the same diocese before coming to the Church Center in 1999.

Faith Based Relationships to Public Schools
The Forum will explore: the history of support for public education in the Protestant tradition; the role of the faith community in public education advocacy; how churches can nurture teachers in their vocation; the top challenges currently facing public schools including: race, poverty and equitable funding; the components necessary for an excellent education and several models where faith communities are partnering effectively with public schools. An open dialogue will follow.
The Rev. Dave Brown, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, is a Presbyterian minister who serves as staff to the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education. In addition to his work at the NCCC he helped develop the Partnership Project at the Comprehensive Health Education Foundation in Seattle. He has written and made numerous presentations about the relationship of the church to public schools and the need for appropriate partnerships to benefit children. The Rev. Debra J. Kissinger is Missioner to Children and Child Advocate in the Diocese of Bethlehem. She works closely with the grassroots movement, Good Schools Pennsylvania and the Children's Defense Fund. She has organized many parish advocacy groups, testified to the State Legislature and organized several prayer vigils and trips both locally and in Harrisburg on the issue of Public Education Funding Equity. The Rev. Jan Resseger serves as Minister for Public Education and Witness for the United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries. The UCC's Congregationalist forebears were instrumental in establishing universal, compulsory education in this country, and in the tradition of the American Missionary Association that founded schools across the South during and after the Civil War as the path to full citizenship for freed slaves. Today, the UCC is the only mainline Protestant denomination with a staff portfolio in public education justice. Jan staffs a denomination-wide public education task force whose members have engaged in immersion discernment visits to public schools in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Phoenix, Portland, Oregon, and rural North Carolina.

The Good, The Bad and What We as Episcopalians Can Do
About Legislative Policy

How can you “strive for justice and peace” through your daily life and public policy advocacy? This forum will focus on three areas: the theological background for advocacy; child care funding and child nutrition legislative policy; and The Episcopal Public Policy Network and how it connects Episcopalians to policy makers.
John B. Johnson, IV is a Domestic Policy Analyst with The Episcopal Church, Office of Government Relations in Washington, DC. He earned a BS in Fine Arts in communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and has worked in the offices of Senators Sam Nunn and Max Cleland. In his work with the Episcopal Church, John advances the policies and priorities of the National Church (as decided by the General Convention and Executive Council) before the federal government and ecumenical bodies. Mr. Johnson focuses on a number of issues, including faith-based initiatives, hate crimes legislation, welfare reform, childcare, and the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. He chairs the Children’s Education Committee, is a Vestry member and teaches Sunday School at St. Thomas’ Parish, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC.

The Parish as a Reconciliation Laboratory
In this forum, we will discuss a unique character of American parish life: as community of forgiveness. Sam Candler hopes to present several principle points of scripture and several enlightening stories of parish life to show how the culture around us needs the Episcopal Church. In addition, we will discuss some present issues of division in the Episcopal Church, including sexuality issues and authority issues. There should be some lively interaction!
The Very Reverend Sam Candler has been Dean of the Cathedral of St. Philip, in Atlanta, since 1998. He has also served as Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina and in parishes in the Dioceses of South Carolina and Atlanta. Having grown up in a small parish in Georgia, he has committed his ministry to the mission of leading creative and vibrant communities of faith. He graduated from Occidental College, in Los Angeles; and he received his M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School. Sam Candler serves as a preacher and teacher across the country; and he is on the Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

 


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