2016 Winter Convocation

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In addition to all our regular events and workshops, this year's Convocation will help kick off our diocesan wide Lenten program called "Growing a Rule of Life".

2016 Winter Convocation

Friday, Saturday - January 29-30, 2016      
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center; Sandusky, Ohio

It is very helpful to us in planning when you register as early as you are able.  As an added incentive, we offer a discount for those who do so.

Please note that registration fees includes a heavy hors d'oeuvre reception on Friday night and an excellent lunch buffet on Saturday.

Here are this year's Registration Fees:

Registration is now closed.

Br. Mark Brown - Keynote Speaker

Br. Mark Brown is a priest and life-professed member of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE). His ministries include spiritual direction and leading retreats for individuals, groups, parishes and dioceses in the US and Canada. Currently, Br. Mark is the Assistant Superior at SSJE and among his many duties is also director of music at the monastery, the SSJE internship program, and treasurer. He serves on the Board of Directors for Kids4Peace Boston, an interfaith organization for Jewish, Christian and Muslin youth in America and Jerusalem. A frequent visitor to Jerusalem, he has served as chaplain for pilgrimages at St. George's College and as a retreat director for the clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Br. Mark graduated from the University of Illinois (B.Mus., 1971, M.Mus. 1976) and Seabury Western Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1994).

Convocation Schedule

Friday, Jan. 29

  • 5:30  pm   |   Registration (Coffee Available)
  • 7:00  pm   |   Holy Eucharist 
  • 8:30  pm   |   Reception

Saturday, Jan. 30

  • 7:30 am    |   Registration (Coffee Available)
  • 8:30 am    |   Morning Prayer
  • 9:15 am    |   Keynote Address, Br. Mark Brown
  • 10:30 am  |   Morning Workshops
  • 12:00 pm  |   Lunch, Fellowship, and Table Topic Conversations
  • 2:00 pm    |   Afternoon Workshops 
  • 3:15 pm    |   Adjourn


Morning Workshops

  • A Conversation with Brother Mark Brown – General discussion about religious orders in the Episcopal Church, life as a monk in the world today, and anything else that comes up.
  • Vestry and Lay Leadership in our Church – Bishop Hollingsworth will lead a conversation about lay leadership in the Episcopal Church: its role, origin, authority, value, and practice. Led by Bishop Hollingsworth.
  • Human Trafficking - Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery and one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises worldwide. Each year an estimated 1,078 Ohio children become victims and 3,016 more are at-risk. The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in our diocese have made this their primary emphasis this year. Come learn more and see how your congregation can make a difference. Led by the Diocese of Ohio ECW.
  • Invite Welcome Connect Redux - This past August the Diocese sponsored a well-received conference about inviting people into our churches and helping them connect and stay. This will reprise highlights of that conference and introduce you to this practical aid and process. Good as a review or if you will be seeing this information for the first time. Led by The Rev. Brad Purdom, Canon for Congregations.
  • Tech Strategy in the Local Congregation – Last year St. Andrew/Elyria began an overall audit and strategy for the state and use of technology in their office and toward their mission. In the process they worked with Aaron Gerlach in developing a process from which your congregation may well benefit. Find out more. Led by The Rev. June Hardy-Dorsey (St. Andrew/Elyria) and The Rev. Aaron Gerlach (Trinity/Tiffin).

Afternoon Workshops

  • Fresh Music for the Smaller Congregation – There is a wealth of “official” Episcopal Church hymnals in addition to the 1979 book. Come explore fresh ways to interpret, play, and lead new and old favorites in ways that work well in smaller congregations. Led by Musicians of Church of the Good Shepherd/Lyndhurst.
  • “Fresh Expressions” – You may have heard the term. It comes to us from the Church of England, where it is used to describe a new gathering or network that engages mainly with people who have never been to church. Find out what’s happening there and how it can contribute to our mission here. Led by The Rev. Mary Carson (Redeemer/Lorain) and The Rev. Gayle Catinella (St. John/Youngstown).
  • Prayer Writing - In the beginning, when God brooded over the waters before creation, what was hatched were words: “Let there be.” Let there be light, day, night, plants and animals, and lastly us, someone to talk to, made in God’s image, to speak God’s language: the language of prayer. This workshop explores the language of prayer put into words and placed in classic and innovative forms, and encourages participants to develop their own language of prayer. Led by The Rev. Rosalind Hughes (Epiphany/Euclid) and Ms. Martha Shippy (St. Peter’s/Ashtabula)
  • Pottery and Prayer – Our own Sister Nadine (St. Matthew’s/Ashland and Community of the Transfiguration) brings her pottery wheel and offers prayers and meditations while working her wheel.
  • Youth Ministry in Small Churches – How do congregations with small numbers of teenagers and youth (perhaps 1-4) engage them in effective youth ministry? Learn from folks who have experience and success in these settings. Led by The Rev. Vincent Black (Canon for Christian Formation)
  • Worship and Preaching in Churches without Regular Clergy – Intended specifically for congregations that don’t have clergy every week, join in this conversation about designing, leading, and preaching for Sunday mornings. Led by The Rev. Percy Grant, Canon for Ministry and Ms. Kate Gillooly (St. Luke’s/Cleveland).
  • Social Media and Your Congregation – Meet our new diocesan Director of Communications and learn about best practices in social media and how to choose which social media tool is best for your congregation. Led by Ms. Jessica Rocha, Director of Communications
  • Engaging Personal and Congregational Perspectives on Race in our Culture – Using helpful assessment tools, find out more about your own personal perspectives on race and discuss the role they play within your congregation as a whole. Led by members of the Commission for Racial Understanding and The Rev. Margaret D’Anieri, Canon for Mission
  • Creating a Culture of Philanthropy and “Making the Ask!” – An interactive session about how to put new life into stewardship and transform giving to a joyful and spiritual activity.  And…conversation about “the ask” – overcoming the fear of asking people to give to the church. Led by Ms. Laura Hnat, Chief Development Officer for the Diocese of Ohio and others from the diocese.


Click here to register now for 2016 Winter Convocation. For additional information or any questions, contact Antoinette Taylor at ataylor@dohio.org or 216.774.0476.