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International Black Clergy Conference Announced for November

International Black Clergy Conference Announced for November

From The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs (the press release can be found online here):

Save the date: International Black Clergy Conference in November

[June 15, 2016]  Save the date for an important upcoming conference and educational event, the International Black Clergy Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 to Saturday, November 19 in Houston, TX.

The theme of the event is “The Jesus Movement: Embracing Our Call.”

The pre-conference begins on Tuesday, November 15 with meetings of affinity groups: clergy ordained five years or less; deacons; retired clergy; diocesan leadership staff; New Visions Team; and clergy serving in multicultural and/or white congregations.

On Wednesday, the conference keynote address will be presented by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry on “Embracing the Call.”

Indaba style conversations throughout the conference will include the following:

  • Thursday, November 17: New Visions Movement: Ministries & Models for Congregational Renewal and Vitality
  • Friday, November 18: The Jesus Movement: Conversation on Race and Reconciliation
  • Saturday, November 19:  The Jesus Movement: Call to Action

Saturday’s program will also feature a live webcast from Evangelism Matters, the Episcopal Church Evangelism Conference November 18-19 in Dallas, TX. For info see here.

In addition to priests and deacons from The Episcopal Church, the International Black Clergy Conference will welcome participants from the Anglican Church of Canada as well as Anglicans and Episcopalians from the Province of the West Indies and throughout the United Kingdom.

Registration information is available here.

These clergy conferences continue to be important events in the church, gathering clergy for conversations on various topics that include congregational life, clergy wellness and networks in support of one another.  The conferences have traditionally included bishops, who are available for consultation.  Also, the Episcopal Church Office of Transition Ministry will be present for counseling on discernment and ministry opportunities.

For more information contact the Rev. Angela Ifill, Episcopal Church Missioner for Black Ministries, aifill@episcopalchurch.org; or Angeline Cabanban, Associate for Diversity and Ethnic Ministries, acabanban@episcopalchurch.org.

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Paul Woodrum

Guess that was too subtle a comment on all the special issue-interest-agenda divisions we create in the church for which Christ prayed we might be one as he and the father are one.

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Jay Croft

Organizations focusing on minority or oppressed groups arise because, in part, the participants feel that their voices or their needs are not being addressed. It isn't 815 that begins such groups.

At my first diocesan convention in a certain Southern diocese, I was shocked to observe that at no time did a black person stand in front of the convention to speak, and many committees and elections were filled entirely with white persons. That was in 1996, not that long ago.

That has changed since then, but having recently moved from the Diocese of Washington, where that would not happen, it was a distinct shock.

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David Allen

No, I understood your point and think that it is a gross misuse of the scripture text in question.

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Jay Croft

So, Mr. Woodrum.

I am a member and twice, past president of the Episcopal Conference of the Deaf.

We haven't yet seen an Episcopal Conference of the Hearing.

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Paul Woodrum

"I believe in one, holy, catholic church."

What are the dates for:
The International Hispanic Clergy Conference
The International Asian Clergy Conference
The International White Clergy Conference
The International Women's Clergy Conference
The International GLBTQ Clergy Conference
The International Men's Clergy Conference

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David Allen

I would be happy to announce the dates should those clergy folks, any or all, wish to organize such a conference.

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