The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio's Winter Convocation will take place January 31 - February 1, 2014, at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. Please download the flyer here, or see below for additional information.
Advance registration is now closed, however, on-site registrations are welcome. Please visit the Winter Convocation Registration Desk beginning at 4:30 pm on Friday, January 31, at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. SAME DAY (IN PERSON) REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Jan 31
7:00 – 7:30 pm Simple Evening Prayer
7:30 – 8:30 pm The Rev. Luiz Coelho – Keynote
8:30 – 10:00 pm Reception
Saturday, Feb 1
9:00 – 10:15 am Opening Session – Welcome and The Rev. Luiz Coelho
10:30 am – Noon Morning Workshop
Noon – 12:45 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm Afternoon Workshop
2:45 – 4:00 pm Eucharist
KEYNOTE SPEAKER THE REV. LUIZ COELHO
Keynote Speaker this year will be the Rev. Luiz Coelho, an Anglican priest, visual artist, and engineer from Brazil. Rev. Coelho works with local congregations in a wide variety of contexts to innovatively create and use liturgy and sacred art as tools for mission in the world today.
His focus with us will be to explore possibilities through which our local congregations can experience "imagery as both missional and transformational" empowering "the people of God to act more effectively in the liberation, proclamation and reconciliation of all of Creation through Christ." Rev. Coelho will also lead workshops in which participants will actually create art for these purposes and which will then be used in our convocation worship.
Luiz Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds degrees in both engineering and image processing (fields in which he is well published). He also has a Bachelor in Theology through Egmont Machado Krischke Seminary (Porto Alegre, Brazil), with an emphasis in Sacred Art, and studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta, Ga.). His main area of interest is the study of the post-modern condition, especially Visual Semiotics, the power of imagery and its multidisciplinary implications in the fields of Technology, Art, Liturgy and Theology (a field in which he is recently published).
GUEST WORKSHOP LEADER - THE REV. DR. ROGER A. FERLO
Our Guest Workshop Leader will be the Rev. Dr. Roger A. Ferlo, president of the Bexley Seabury Federation and professor of biblical interpretation and the practice of ministry. Dr. Ferlo, who is also the author of Opening the Bible (Volume 2 of the Episcopal Church's New Teaching Series), will lead an accessible and interesting workshop about better understanding and interpreting the Bible by better understanding the language and cultural differences between when it was written and our world today.
Dr. Ferlo was previously the associate dean and director of the Institute of Christian Formation and Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary, where he also served as professor of religion and culture. A graduate of Colgate, he completed his Ph.D. at Yale, where he was for six years an assistant professor of English. He trained for the priesthood at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, and has served parishes in Georgia, Pittsburgh, and New York.
REGISTRATION - ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. SAME DAY (IN PERSON) REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE.
Registration Cost: Convocation Registration including Reception (One beer or wine will also be free to each adult participant. Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and one free soft drink or bottled water), and Lunch is only $39.00 for an adult. $10.00 for a child (Age 12 years and younger) $100 for the family rate (for those living in the same household) If you register on or before January 14th.
Registration on or after January 15th is $49.00 for an adult, $15.00 for a child (Age 12 years and younger) $125 for the family rate (for those living in the same household).
Registration cost is non-refundable.
Infant and Toddlers (Infant to 4 years old)
Friday: 6:45 - 10:15 pm
Saturday: 8:45 am - 4:15 pm
A safety process for dropping off and picking up each child will be utilized without exception and at least one parent must have a cell phone set to vibrate so they can be contacted during the conference quickly without disturbing others
Children's Program (5-12 years old)
Friday: 6:45 - 8:45 pm
Saturday: 8:45 - Noon (lunch with parents) 12:45 - 4:15 pm
ONSITE: Kalahari Resort and Convention Center (7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky) is home to the largest indoor water park in the US, as well as spas, shopping, restaurants, and much more for all ages. For $199 you can stay at Kalahari Resort on Friday night and you'll get up to four tickets to the water park, good from noon Friday to at least 3pm Saturday. Tickets to the water park alone are $46 per day for adults and $35 per day for children. For an Additional $99 you can combine your Friday night stay with one extra night (Thursday). That way, for a total of $298 you'll get water park tickets for up to four people to play for three days. Or for you can stay Friday and Saturday for $409. There are a limited number of rooms available. To make reservations at Kalahari Resorts please call, 855-875-7774 and be sure to mention "Episcopal Diocese" event to obtain the special group room rate.
OFFSITE: The Comfort Inn (5909 Milan Road, Sandusky) is conveniently located less than a mile from Kalahari. Each suite has a mini-fridge and microwave. Breakfast is included with your overnight stay and offers hot and delicious options. On-site Restaurant and live entertainment are available. Wi-Fi access, copy and fax services. Guest laundry facilities, a newsstand and game room are located on the premises. All of these amenities are available at a discounted rate of $69.00 per night. To make reservations at Comfort Inn please call 419-621-0200 and be sure to mention "Diocese of Ohio" or "Winter Convocation" event to receive the special group rate.
Morning Workshops (10:30 - Noon)
- Part 1 of 2 Sacred Art Making (ALL-DAY WORKSHOP) – Our keynoter leads a hands-on workshop in which participants explore making liturgical art from and for the context of their own congregation. This is a workshop for everyone, no art experience or particular talent is necessary, just your heart and faith. The Rev. Luiz Coehlo - Salon A
- 2M Vestry/Lay Leadership – Bishop Hollingsworth leads a teaching and discussion around lay leadership in the church. Not only for vestry members, the Bishop will explore our Episcopal understanding and approach in particular. The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth – Ironwood Room
- 3M Wrestling with Logos (or, It's all Greek to me) – What is it like to encounter a page of the Bible as a first-century Greek-speaking reader might have encountered it? Can imagining that experience help us re-imagine our English-language Bible, and then come to it with fresh eyes and ears? An interactive, entertaining session, with absolutely no knowledge of Greek required! The Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo – Crown Palm Room
- 4M Something New Begins! – Hear an update on the capital campaign for the new Camp and Retreat Center and learn how your congregation might participate in that campaign raising funds for both your parish and the new Center. Ms. Katie Ong-Landini – Portia Room
- Part 2 of 2 Sacred Art Making - (A continuation of the morning workshop) Our keynoter leads a hands-on workshop in which participants explore making liturgical art from and for the context of their own congregation. This is a workshop for everyone, no art experience or particular talent is necessary, just your heart and faith. The Rev. Luiz Coehlo - Salon A
- 2A Wrestling with Logos (or, It's all Greek to me) – (A repeat of the morning workshop) What is it like to encounter a page of the Bible as a first-century Greek-speaking reader might have encountered it? Can imagining that experience help us re-imagine our English-language Bible, and then come to it with fresh eyes and ears? An interactive, entertaining session, with absolutely no knowledge of Greek required! The Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo – Crown Palm Room
- 3A What might be? - The Relationships of Congregations and Priests in Smaller Churches – We all know the model of one priest – one congregation is not sustainable in many of our congregations. How do we faithfully function as laity, deacon, and priest in our current and coming contexts? What resources are already available? What traditions do we build upon and where do we experiment? Hear some of what is being discussed and add to this continuing conversation. The Rev. Alan James and The Rev. Percy Grant – Mangrove Room
- 4A Exploring our Unique Episcopal Spirituality - Episcopal spirituality is not just "Catholic-Lite" or "Protestants with Communion". Our church has a clear, practical, and unique way of encountering God both individually and corporately. How can we recover the power of our Episcopal spirituality in ways both accessible and powerful for people of all ages? The Rev. Brad Purdom – Ironwood Room
- 5A Worship and Mission – Are you ready for 200 of your neighbors to visit this Sunday? A group of our congregations have been exploring how we can take worship outside our walls, bringing our church to our neighbors in fresh and exciting ways. Come to hear and discuss new ideas and experiences. The Rev. Gayle Catinella – Tamarind Room
- 6A Faith and Facebook – Want to connect with your congregation and attract more people? This workshop is for parishes that are already a little tech savvy or willing to learn. We'll cover why and how to start a Facebook page, the difference between a personal and parochial page, and how to use Facebook to your advantage. We'll also have a live demo of starting a parish Facebook page. Bring your laptop and let's get your parish on Facebook! Ms. Ashleigh Johnson – Banyan Room
- 7A Living Compass: Connecting Faith and Wellness in a Whole New Way! - Living Compass Ministries, grounded in Scripture and the tradition of the Episcopal Church, is a faith-based wellness ministry that provides resources, coaching, education, training (including a new Congregational Wellness Advocate Certification program), and support to individuals, families, and congregations as they seek to live the abundant life God intends for them. The Rev. Gary Manning (from Living Compass) – Wisteria Room
- 8A Fearless Finances – For parish treasurers, bookkeepers, and anyone else involved in effectively managing the financial accounting and reporting leadership functions of your church, this is a time of review and update, with plenty of Q and A. Ms. Sue Leishman – CANCELLED
- 9A A Conversation about Race – On a Friday in November of 2013, The Episcopal Church hosted a webcast conversation about race and racism in our culture today: Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America. The two hour presentation was moderated by NPR commentator Ray Suarez, and included a keynote address from Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Shori and two panel discussions among notable speakers including Myrlie Evers- Williams, widow of slain civil rights leaders, Medgar Evers, The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, and author and anti-racism activist, Tim Wise. On the two Saturdays that followed, the Diocese of Ohio Commission for Racial Understanding hosted conversations across the diocese involving six locations and over sixty people. Portions of the webcast were replayed and space for safe conversation on this topic was created. Come join with member of the Commission for a viewing of a portion of the original webcast and further conversation on how the dynamics of race are playing out in our lives and in our faith communities in the Diocese of Ohio. The Rev. Lisa Hackney/Ms. Linda Graves – Portia Room
- 10A Discovering Relationships with our Companion Dioceses – As our relationships with The Diocese of Belize and The Diocese of Tanga develop, new experiences and opportunities are arising. Come, learn, and discuss. Members of Commission for Global and Domestic Mission – Guava Room
- 11A A Deacon in God's Church – What's a deacon, who's a deacon, what does a deacon do? A roundtable discussion with deacons from the Diocese of Ohio to explore the role and ministry of the diaconate. Deacons of the Diocese of Ohio – Empress Room
FAQs - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Onsite parking is free at the Kalahari resort and convention center. Follow the signs to Entrance A. Shuttle transportation will not be available from the Comfort Inn to Kalahari.
- Is my registration/ticket transferrable? Yes, please update your registration information accordingly.
- What if my workshop is cancelled? If your workshop is cancelled you will be automatically receive an email notice to inform you of the change.
- Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes, please be sure to bring your printed ticket to the event as proof of registration.
- What is the refund policy? Sorry, there are no refunds for registration.
- Can I get a reduced rate if I only come on Saturday or choose not to eat the conference lunch, etc.? Sorry, there are no reductions in the registration fees because this event is already significantly subsidized to bring the rates this low. All members of the Diocese of Ohio are invited and encouraged to attend, and scholarship help is available as needed. Please contact your parish priest or senior warden and have them contact Brad Purdom at the Diocesan Offices.
- What's included in my registration? General Sessions, Convocation reception, Workshops/associated resource materials, Lunch