1 The Episcopal Diocese of Texas Clergy Conference October 21-23, 2013 Camp Allen Clergy Conference 1 October 2013
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3 Table of Contents 4 Conference Schedule 8 Plenary Speakers & Descriptions 12 seminar Presenters & Descriptions 12 Clergy WellnessClergy Wellness 15 Fun & Play 16 workshop Presenters & Descriptions 19 Complimentary Chair Massage 21S 22U 24N 27E spiritual Direction Prayer upcoming Events new Clergy episcopal Schools 34 Book Signing 35S 38W speaker Directory worship Booklet Diocesan Mission We are one Church reconciled by Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called by God through worship, witness and ministry, building the Kingdom of God together. Clergy Conference 3 October 2013
4 Conference Schedule Sunday, October 20 Time Event Location CEUs Deacon Clericus (continued from Saturday) G 1A 4 prof 3:00 p.m. Health Summit AS 1A&B 2 pers 6:00 p.m. Dinner Dining Hall Iona Priest Clericus G 4 4 prof Orientation for Clergy New to the Diocese G 5 7:00 p.m. Ecumenical & Interfaith Committee G 6 Health Summit (continues) AS 1A&B 2 pers 9:00 p.m. Bishop's Hospitality Veranda Monday, October 21 Time Event Location 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer Chapel 8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast Dining Hall Check-In opens Lobby Iona Priest Clericus (continues) G 4 9:00 a.m. Orientation for Clergy New to the Diocese (continues) G 5 Ecumenical & Interfaith Committee (continues) G 6 Health Summit (continues) AS 1A&B 2 pers noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch, transition Dining Hall Clergy Conference Begins 2:00-2:20 p.m. Welcome, Announcements 2:20-3:00 p.m. 3:00-3:30 p.m. Break Plenary 1 Dr. Lauren Winner Preaching and Priesting in the Context of Ecclesial Change AS 1A&B 2 theo/ac 3:30-4:45 p.m. Plenary 1 (continues) Dr. Lauren Winner 4:45-5:00 p.m. Transition 5:00-6:00 p.m. Hymn Sing Brother Michael Gallagher Chapel 6:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner Dining Hall 7:30-7:45 p.m. Transition 7:45-8:30 p.m. Fireside Chat with the Bishop Dining Hall 8:30 p.m. Networking & Social Patio Area.5 pers 4 epicenter.org
5 Conference Schedule Tuesday, October 22 Time Event Location CEUs 6:30 a.m. Medical Screening G 1B 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in Spanish Chapel 8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast Dining Hall Dean's Breakfast Gregg 3 9:00-10:15 a.m. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Break Plenary 2 The Rev. Dr. Will Willimon The Only Good Reason to be an Episcopal Priest AS 1A&B 2 theo/ac 10:45 - Noon Plenary 2 (continues) The Rev. Dr. Will Willimon Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Dining Hall 1:00-5:00 p.m. Free Time, Activities Various 5:00-6:30 p.m. Eucharist The Very Rev. Cynthia Kittredge, Homilist Chapel 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner, Transition Dining Hall Conversations with... Meredith Gould Digital Ministry: Starting with and Sticking to Strategy AS 2 The Rev. Canon Jimmy Grace & Lisa Puccio An Inclusive Church: Ministry to Families with Special Needs AS 3 Dr. Patricia Lyons Feeding and Forming the Soul of Adolescence AS 4 The Rev. Christopher Martin G 5 Discipleship Groups: Small Groups Structured for Spiritual Growth 7:30-8:30 p.m. 1 per Yaira Robinson AS 5 Faithful Advocacy: Religious Voices in Public Policy The Rev. Susan Brown Snook So You Think You Might Want to Plant? Church Planting in The Episcopal Church The Rev. John Zahl Pastoral Ministry in Context of Addiction G 4 G 3 8:30 p.m. Social 8:45 p.m. Book Signing The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile Innovating into a Faithful Future G 6 Patio Area Clergy Conference 5 October 2013
6 Conference Schedule Wednesday, October 23 Time Event Location CEUs 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer in English Chapel 8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast Dining Hall 8:15-8:45 a.m. Breakfast with Bob Biehl What the ACA, DBU, DHP & EFH have to do with Parish Life? Seminars Tellepsen Seminar A The Rev. Christopher Martin Pray Worship Serve: Spiritual Maturity Through a Balance of Practices AS 1A&B 1 prof 9:00-10:00 a.m. Seminar B The Rev. John Zahl The School of Hard Knocks: How Addiction Shapes a Theology of Grace G 1A 1 theo/ac Seminar C The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile Leadership in a New Apostolic Age Chapel 1 pers 10:00-10:15 a.m. Break, Transition Workshops Dr. Meredith Gould Digital Ministry: Starting with and Sticking to Strategy AS 2 1 prof The Rev. Canon Jimmy Grace & Lisa Puccio An Inclusive Church: Ministry to Families with Special Needs AS 3 1 prof Dr. Patricia Lyons Feeding and Forming the Soul of Adolescence AS 4 1 prof The Rev. Christopher Martin Discipleship Groups: Small Groups Structured for Spiritual Growth AS 1A&B 1 prof 10:15-11:15 a.m. Yaira Robinson Faithful Advocacy: Religious Voices in Public Policy AS 5 1 prof The Rev. Susan Brown Snook So You Think You Might Want to Plant? Church Planting in The Episcopal Church G 4 1 prof The Rev. John Zahl Pastoral Ministry in Context of Addiction G 1A 1 prof The Rev. Dr. Paul Zahl Theology of the Difficult Person G 1B 1 theo/ac The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile Innovating into a Faithful Future Chapel 1 prof 11:15-11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Break, Transition Plenary 3 The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle Bishop's Address AS 1A&B 12:30 p.m. Lunch, Departure Dining Hall 6 epicenter.org
7 Quick Guide AS All Saints Chapel Undercroft G Gregg Rooms in Conference Center Room Conversations With... Seminar Sessions Workshop Session Tuesday, October 22 Wednesday, October 23 Wednesday, October 23 7:30-8:30pm 9:00-10:00am 10:15-11:15am AS1 A&B AS2 AS3 AS4 AS5 Dr. Meredith Gould Digital Ministry: Starting with and Sticking to Strategy The Rev. Canon Jimmy Grace & Lisa Puccio An Inclusive Church: Ministry to Families with Special Needs Dr. Patricia Lyons Feeding and Forming the Soul of Adolescence Yaira Robinson Faithful Advocacy: Religious Voices in Public Policy Seminar A The Rev. Christopher Martin Pray Worship Serve: Spiritual Maturity Through a Balance of Practices The Rev. Christopher Martin Discipleship Groups: Small Groups Structured for Spiritual Growth Dr. Meredith Gould Digital Ministry: Starting with and Sticking to Strategy The Rev. Canon Jimmy Grace & Lisa Puccio An Inclusive Church: Ministry to Families with Special Needs Dr. Patricia Lyons Feeding and Forming the Soul of Adolescence Yaira Robinson Faithful Advocacy: Religious Voices in Public Policy Chapel G1A G1B Seminar C The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile Innovating into a Faithful Future Leadership in a New Apostolic Age Seminar B The Rev. John Zahl The School of Hard Knocks: How Addiction Shapes a Theology of Grace The Rev. John Zahl Pastoral Ministry in Context of Addiction The Rev. Dr. Paul Zahl Theology of the Difficult Person G3 G4 The Rev. John Zahl Pastoral Ministry in Context of Addiction This year during HYMN SING one and all will be invited to be a part The Rev. Susan Brown Snook of the newly formed Clergy Conference Choir. So You Think You Might Want to Plant? Church Planting in The Michael Gallagher will be leading this group of choristers through the hymns selected for Episcopal Church Episcopal Church Tuesday s Eucharist service, some in English, some in Spanish. G5 G6 The Rev. Christopher Martin Discipleship Groups: Small Groups Structured for Spiritual Growth No auditions. No experience required. No fancy robes. Anyone with a joyful soul for singing is welcome. The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile Innovating into a Faithful Future 5 p.m. Monday, October 22 in the Chapel. Clergy Conference 7 October 2013 The Rev. Susan Brown Snook So You Think You Might Want to Plant? Church Planting in The
8 Conference Homilist The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge Dean & President, Professor of New Testament School Seminary of the Southwest Cynthia Briggs Kittredge is the eighth dean and president at Seminary of the Southwest and professor of New Testament. Kittredge holds degrees from Williams College and Harvard Divinity School where she earned a Th.D. in She was ordained priest in 1985 and is canonically resident in the Diocese of Texas. She has served as assisting clergy at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd since Kittredge is author of Community and Authority: The Rhetoric of Obedience in the Pauline Tradition and Conversations with Scripture. Kittredge served on the Theological Education in the Anglican Communion Steering Committee from She was elected president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars in 2008 and has served on the board of Evangelical Education Society since 2005 and now chairs the board. In her teaching she gives students the exegetical and interpretive tools both to appreciate and to critically engage with the Biblical texts for theological reflection. She earned degrees from Williams College (BA) and Harvard Divinity School (MDiv ThM and ThD). Camp Allen s Pine Needles Gift Shop will be open during SHOP conference hours for your shopping pleasure. Take a few moments to browse for unique treasures. Maybe its time to start your Christmas shopping early. books, candles, sterling silver jewelry wall crosses, garden adornments
9 Plenary Speakers & Descriptions The Rev. Dr. Lauren F. Winner Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality, Duke Divinity School Lauren F. Winner is an historian, author and lecturer. She is assistant professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School and writes and lectures on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America and Jewish- Christian relations. Her books include: Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath and A Cheerful & Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia. Born to a Jewish father and Southern Baptist mother, Winner was raised Jewish, converted to Orthodox Judaism while at Columbia, then to Christianity while at Cambridge. She has worked as a book editor for Beliefnet and as senior editor for Christianity Today. Winner has appeared on PBS s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture and Christianity Today. She holds degrees from Duke, Columbia and Cambridge universities. Previously she was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. Winner was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Virginia in Plenary 1 Preaching and Priesting in the Context of Ecclesial Change What might it mean to preach and priest fearlessly in an ecclesial landscape where the only givens are Jesus faithfulness and the transformation of the mainline church and American religious landscape? Monday, October 21 2:20-3:00 p.m. All Saints 1A&B Clergy Conference 9 October 2013
10 Plenary Speakers & Descriptions The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon Bishop (retired) Professor of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School The Rev. William H. Willimon, PhD, theologian and author, recently retired after serving eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led 157,000 members and 792 pastors. Previously, he served as dean of the Chapel at Duke University, Durham, NC. Willimon is a graduate of Wofford College (B.A., 1968), Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1971) and Emory University (S.T.D., 1973). He has served churches in Georgia and South Carolina. He has been awarded honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities. More than one million copies of his more than 60 books have been sold. An international survey conducted by Baylor University in 1996 named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world. Willimon has given lectures and taught courses at many pastors schools and at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Plenary 2 The Only Good Reason to be an Episcopal Priest The pastoral ministry is based upon and held accountable to essentially theological foundations. Jesus Christ is the source and agent of all Christian ministry. Tuesday, October 22 9:00 a.m. - Noon All Saints 1A&B 10 epicenter.org
11 The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle The IX Bishop of Texas Born in 1966 in Carbondale, IL, and raised in Houston, Doyle served five years as Canon to the Ordinary prior to his election as bishop coadjutor in He has a fine arts degree from the University of North Texas and a master s of divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS). He was ordained deacon in 1995 and priest the following year. He served at St. Stephen s Episcopal School, Austin, and at Christ Church, Temple and St. Francis, College Station, Texas, prior to his appointment to the diocesan staff in He was awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from VTS and University of the South. Doyle is a gifted and experienced teacher and preacher and has a particular interest in reaching younger generations, invigorating church growth and mission. He is bilingual and encourages the Church to respond actively to the increasingly diverse population in the Diocese of Texas. Doyle s ministry includes a broad range of experience on boards including the diocesan foundations, finance, and communication, Executive Board, Episcopal High School and St. James House. He served as deputy to several General Conventions before joining the House of Bishops and currently serves on the Task Force for Re-imagining The Episcopal Church. Plenary 3 Annual Bishop s Address Wednesday, October 23 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. All Saints 1A&B Clergy Conference 11 October 2013
12 Seminar Presenters & Descriptions The Rev. Christopher Martin Rector, St. Paul s Church, San Rafael, CA Martin has served at St. Paul s, a pastoral size parish, since Previously he served parishes in Los Angeles and Connecticut. He is founder of The Restoration Project, a national movement of churches devoted to spiritual maturity through a balance of spiritual practices including: friendship with the poor, structured small groups and formation classes. Forward Movement will publish a new book by Martin in November. For 16 years Martin led national gatherings for GenX and then Millenial clergy. He currently serves as chair of the Executive Council of the Diocese of California. He received both his B.A. and his M.Div. from Yale. He married his college sweetheart and they have two boys. Seminar Session A Pray Worship Serve: Spiritual Maturity through a Balance of Practices Martin will present the Back to Basics formation classes and parish structures that encourage people to get into, and maintain, a life-giving rhythm of spiritual practices. These include daily prayer and friendship with the poor. There will be time to share stories. Wednesday, October 23 9:00-10:00 a.m. All Saints 1A&B Clergy Wellness The St. Luke s Wellness Team will be providing body fat index scans, flu and pneumunia vaccinations and a complete wellness profile workup including lipid profiles and blood pressure checks. Plus PSA for men. NOTE Pre-registration was required in order to take advantage of this service. Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 a.m. Gregg 1B Thank you to St. Luke s Hospital employees for volunteering to make sure we are all healthy.
13 The Rev. John Zahl Associate Priest, Grace Church, Charleston, SC John Zahl serves as the associate priest at Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He s a Kenyon College graduate (B.A., Philosophy), received his M.Div. from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (UK), and was ordained to the priesthood in Before attending seminary, Zahl worked as a youth minister and as a counselor at New York City s oldest homeless shelter, leading gentlemen through a nine-month, 12 Step-oriented rehabilitative program. Zahl is married to Deirdre, and they have a daughter, Daphne, born in March As well as being a regular contributor to Mockingbird Ministries (mbird. com), he authored Grace in Addiction: The Good News of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everyone, and occasionally moonlights as a DJ, playing disco and funk from the late 1970s. Seminar Session B The School of Hard Knocks: How Addiction Shapes a Theology of Grace The problem of addiction and its implications for pastoral care is fraught with complexity. In this presentation, with the help of some video clips, we ll explore the ways in which our theology can be helpfully shaped to account for addiction, and, therefore, a larger appreciation of God s Grace. Wednesday, October 23 9:00-10:00 a.m. Gregg 1A Clergy Conference 13 October 2013
14 Seminar Presenters & Descriptions The Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile Assistant Professor of Congregational Mission & Leadership, Luther Seminary Dwight Zscheile is an Episcopal priest and assistant professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He also serves part-time as associate priest at St. Matthew s, St. Paul. He is author of People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity and The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (with Craig Van Gelder) and editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation. A graduate of Stanford University (BA), Yale University (MDiv) and Luther Seminary (PhD), Zscheile grew up in a secular home in California, an experience that has shaped his commitment to helping the church cultivate Christian community with new populations and generations in today s changing world. Seminar Session C Leadership in a New Apostolic Age What does it mean to form and lead Christian communities in a culture that, increasingly, no longer supports Christian identity and practice? This seminar will explore today s post-establishment cultural environment and how leaders can help the church renew its identity and mission in God s life and love for the world. Wednesday, October 23 9:00-10:00 a.m. Chapel Visit the Vendors Altar Supplies, Vestments, Books, Gifts Peruse the resources recommended by speakers or purchase your book for the book signing. 14 epicenter.org
15 FUN & PLAY Take a break! Relax! Play! Sign up for any of the activities offered. Details and sign up sheets can be found at the activities desk next to the front desk. Some activities require a minimum number, so sign up early. 1:00-5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 FUN Archery Skeet Shooting Horseback Riding Giant Swing Nature Walk Chair Massages Tennis Fishing Shopping
16 Workshop Presenters & Descriptions Dr. Meredith Gould Communications Consultant and Digital Strategist Meredith Gould is a sociologist, author and longtime communications professional. An early adopter of social media, she is known for being an exuberant evangelist for using digital tools for ministry. Gould is founder of the weekly Twitterbased #ChSocM (church social media) chat. She has published nine books, including her newest, The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways. Fun facts: she was raised Jewish; sought and received baptism as an adult; is a clergy spouse. For more information, please visit: meredithgould.com Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. All Saints 2 Digital Ministry: Starting With and Sticking to Strategy Like any other ministry, getting involved with digital ministry requires discernment. Participants will talk about why starting with strategy is essential and what it involves. We ll also discuss why your current website might be a major barrier to promoting your parish and its programs. You re invited to share what s challenging you so all participants may learn. The Rev. Canon Jimmie Grace Canon for Christian Formation, Christ Church Cathedral 16 epicenter.org Originally from Houston, Grace is a graduate of Episcopal High School (1994) and Southwestern University at Georgetown (1998). Prior to attending Virginia Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 2005, Grace served as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries ( ) at Trinity, Houston. He served as associate rector at Epiphany, Houston from , where he was also president of the board for Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS). He is married to Marla and they have three sons: James, William and Henry. As Canon for Christian Formation, Grace is responsible for oversight of the Cathedral s education and formation programs for adults, youth and children. Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. All Saints 3 An Inclusive Church: Ministry to Families with Special Needs with Lisa Puccio This workshop will explore how we can genuinely welcome all people, especially those with special needs, into the Episcopal Church. Rhythms of Grace, an ecumenical worship experience for special needs children and their families, began at the Cathedral in Presenters Lisa Puccio and Jimmy Grace will recount some of the experiences they have had with many of these families, lessons they have learned and their hopes for the future of special needs ministries like Rhythms of Grace in the church.
17 Dr. Patricia Lyons Teacher of Religion of Ethics, St. Stephen s & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, VA Lyons is an honors graduate from Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School. She received her doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary and currently teaches Religion and Ethics at St. Stephen s and St. Agnes Episcopal School, in Alexandria, VA. She also serves as an adjunct at Virginia Theological Seminary. Lyons is the author of the recent book The Soul of Adolescence, a comprehensive study of trends in adolescent spiritual language and imagination. She is currently finishing her next book, Harry Potter for the Pulpit. Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. All Saints 4 Feeding and Forming the Soul of Adolescence This workshop will present for discussion and debate the research findings of a decade-long study of trends in adolescent spiritual language and imagination, found in the speaker s book, The Soul of Adolescence. Lisa Puccio Minister for Children & Families, Christ Church Cathedral Lisa Puccio is the Minister for Children and Families at Christ Church Cathedral. A former teacher and school administrator, she has worked extensively with gifted and special needs children, as well as fellow educators and community groups, in the area of classroom communication and aesthetic curriculum. Lisa presently serves as vice president of forma (National Association of Episcopal Christian Education Directors). Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. All Saints 3 An Inclusive Church: Ministry to Families with Special Needs with The Rev. Canon Jimmie Grace This workshop will explore how we can genuinely welcome all people, especially those with special needs, into the Episcopal Church. Rhythms of Grace, an ecumenical worship experience for special needs children and their families, began at the Cathedral in Presenters Puccio and Jimmy Grace will recount some of the experiences they have had with many of these families, lessons they have learned and their hopes for the future of special needs ministries like Rhythms of Grace in the church. Clergy Conference 17 October 2013
18 Workshop Presenters & Descriptions Yaira Robinson Associate Director, Texas Interfaith Center Yaira Robinson holds a Master s in Theological Studies from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is a 2012 GreenFaith Fellow and a member of Siach, a Jewish social justice and environmental network. From , she served as director of Religious Education for Unitarian Universalist congregations. Robinson has received two DeRose-Hinkhouse awards from the Religion Communicators Council and is a Contributing Scholar for State of Formation. She is a member of Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin and lives in Cedar Park with her husband and their two boys. Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. All Saints 5 Faithful Advocacy: Religious Voices in Public Policy What s the difference between charity and justice? Why should religious leaders and communities be involved in the issue advocacy or should they? In this session, we ll explore questions about church, state and Kingdom. In addition, we ll offer some practical suggestions for engaging on justice issues in your churches and communities. The Rev. Susan Brown Snook Vicar, Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale, AZ Susan Brown Snook is a church planter in the Diocese of Arizona. With a team of lay leaders, she planted Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale, in The congregation has grown to an average Sunday attendance of more than 200, with three worship services, vibrant Christian formation programs for all ages, and extensive outreach programs to the community. Snook lives in Fountain Hills, AZ, with her husband, and talks frequently with her two daughters in college. She attended high school in Austin, and college at Rice University in Houston. Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Gregg 4 So You Think You Might Want to Plant? Church Planting in The Episcopal Church Planting new churches has great potential for reaching new people for Christ. What are the factors that help a newly planted church succeed? What are the personal qualities that help a church planter thrive in an uncertain calling? If you are considering a call to plant a church or support a church that is being planted or are just interested in hearing more, come and join us to discuss this exciting ministry. 18 epicenter.org
19 The Rev. Dr. Paul Zahl Episcopal Minister & Theologian Paul Zahl s degrees are from Harvard College, the University of Nottingham, St. John s Theological College (Nottingham), and the University of Tuebingen in Germany, where he was awarded the doctorate in theology in He has served Episcopal parishes across the country. He was also dean/president of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Zahl has written eight books and is currently the speaker for PZ s Podcast on itunes. He is married to the former Mary Cappleman, and their three grown sons are all in full-time ministry. Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Gregg 1B Theology of the Difficult Person Parishes, like life, have difficult people in them. What about when the difficult person is on the vestry? Or Junior Warden? What do you do then? This workshop talks about strategies, spiritual, psychological and political, for dealing with difficult people in leadership persistent antagonists, as they can sometimes become. Remember: all it takes is one really difficult person for you to want to leave. RELAX Complimentary Chair Massage Trina Maxwell, Licensed Massage Therapist, will be providing complementary chair messages for conference participants. Sign up ASAP to reserve your FREE session of pampering. Table messages are available upon request and paid for by the individual.
20 Workshop Presenters & Descriptions The Rev. Christopher Martin Discipleship Groups: Small Groups Structured for Spiritual Growth The core of The Restoration Project is these groups that begin and end with a liturgy that includes seven vows. These vows include prayer, worship, service, generosity and ongoing discernment of call. This is an opportunity to experience being in a Discipleship Group and to hear stories and reflections. Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. AS 1A&B The Rev. John Zahl Pastoral Ministry in Context of Addiction This talk is designed to help clergy to better understand the besetting problem of addiction, and the theological themes it draws to the surface. With the help of movie clips, we will explore the most effective avenues for counseling and guiding those affected by addiction, including a consideration of the famous 12 Steps and their roots in the Episcopal Church. Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Gregg 1A The Rev. Dwight Zscheile Innovating into a Faithful Future In a changing cultural environment in which establishment assumptions for the church s life and mission are being called deeply into question, how can leaders cultivate vibrant communities of learning, experimentation, and bold witness for the sake of the Gospel? This workshop will draw from biblical and theological sources and some of the best contemporary thinking on innovation. Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Chapel Breakfast with Bob Biehl What the ACA, DBU, DHP and EFH have to do with your parish life? Bob Biehl will provide an overview of the new Diocesan Budget and what it includes as well as how it fits into the new financial realities for the Diocese. He will also speak to why health insurance is an integral part of this change and how our plans relate are affected by the Affordable Care Act. Bob will take questions and discuss your concerns about insurance for lay employees, the ministries formerly included in the Mission Funding process and the ministry of the Diocese. Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 8:15-8:45 a.m. Gregg 1B Conversations With... How often do you have the chance to ask questions and have a casual conversation with an invited speaker to our clergy conference? Conversations With is intended to give you just that opportunity. Choose the speaker, sign up and join a limited group for an unstructured conversation that could take lots of interesting directions! Groups will be limited to 30 persons. Workshop: Tuesday, October 22, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 20 epicenter.org
21 Spiritual Direction Prayer Janet Davis, spiritual director, and Brothers Peter Funk and Michael Gallagher, Benedictine monks of Holy Cross Monastery, graciously give of their presence and time to serve the clergy in attendance at this conference. They are available for private and confidential consultations and prayer. They will be mingling among us throughout the conference. No appointments are necessary. Their contact information can be found in the directory. Janet Davis Janet Davis has an MA in Spiritual Nurture (Western Seminary-Seattle) and works as a spiritual director, writer and speaker. She has published two books: The Feminine Soul: Surprising Ways the Bible Speaks to Women, a reflective Bible study and Sacred Healing: MRIs, Marigolds, and Miracles, a collection of vignettes chronicling her experience of her son s diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from a brain tumor. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the Austin Area Spiritual Director s Association. Janet and Bob, her husband, live in Austin and are members of St. David s. Brother Peter Funk Peter Funk was ordained in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in His ministry has included prison, high school teaching, campus, Tribunal, and parish work. Formerly a monk of Mount Saviour, he came to Texas to begin a men s monastic community with Brother Michael Gallagher in Brother Michael Gallagher Michael Gallagher graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Music and from Villanova University with a J.D. in Law. He studied piano with Agi Jambor in Philadelphia and organ with Eleanor Wyatt in Massachusetts. He practiced international corporate law in Philadelphia from He entered Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, New York in JOIN THE CHOIR This year during HYMN SING one and all will be invited to be a part of the newly formed Clergy Conference Choir. Michael Gallagher will be leading this group of choristers through the hymns selected for Tuesday s Eucharist service, some in English, some in Spanish. No auditions. No experience required. No fancy robes. Anyone with a joyful soul for singing is welcome. 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 22 in the Chapel.