Identity: Mission and Vocation in the 21st Century
Check-In is from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Tuesday, May 16
Dinner begins at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, May 16
Conference concludes at 12:00 pm, Thursday, May 18
Registration information has been sent to all clergy by email. Please email Nancy@EpiscopalColorado.org if you did not receive this information.
Benedictine life was monastic and lay, not diocesan and clerical. Its role was not to serve parishes or to develop dioceses but to create a way of life immersed in the Scriptures, devoted to the common life, and dedicated to the development of human community. It was simple, regular, and total, a way of living, not a way of serving; it was an attitude toward life, not a church ministry. Benedict is trying to create a human family. http://TheWorkshop-SA.org
Vocation, or calling, signifies the means by which God reaches out to enlist each of us and our congregations to help enact God’s love and care for the whole creation. Vocational discernment is product of a deep and personal interior life, and is the fruit of community conversation and discernment.
How do commmunities of faith discern their missional call?
How do individuals respond to God’s call?
How do we respond to the needs of the world?
Please join us at the Marriott in Vail, Colorado for Clergy Conference as we explore these important questions.
In our time together we will:
- Consider a biblically-grounded model for discerning the vocation of individuals developed by St. Benedict’s Workshop in its work with members of the Workshop community.
- Propose a strategy for identifying a congregation’s unique “core vocations” – those distinctive ways God calls your congregation and sets it apart from all others.
- Suggest some small group practices that help people focus on where God is calling them and their congregations in the messiness of daily life.
While we are together, we will launch a pilot program for Christian Formation in your parishes developed by your Faith Formation team (http://Faith.Episcopal.Co) in partnership with the Seminary of the Southwest.
This pilot program focusing on Christian Mysticism will be available for beta testing in your congregations.
The Rev. John G. Lewis, DPhil
John Lewis is an Episcopal priest and New Testament scholar. He serves as Interim Director of Formational Outreach at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, a part-time position overseeing the seminary’s non-degree programs that include clergy continuing education, lay spiritual formation, and non-residential clergy training through the Iona Initiative. Since 2001 John has also been Co-Director of St. Benedict’s Workshop, a non-profit ministry based in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, helping individuals, congregations, and church leaders connect scripture, faith, and experience in daily life. John also serves the Diocese of West Texas as Dean of Examining Chaplains and Missioner for Christian Formation. John received a M.Div. degree from Virginia Theology Seminary (1997) and D.Phil. degree in New Testament from the University of Oxford (2004). Before entering ordained ministry, John was a practicing trial lawyer in a large San Antonio law firm, including four years as the firm’s managing partner.
Ms. Rebecca Hall, MSF
Rebecca Hall is the Director of Adult Education and Spiritual Formation at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. She has a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Seminary of the Southwest. Rebecca practices spiritual direction with groups and individuals and leads retreats. She also consults with other churches on how to integrate small group ministry and other adult formation programs into the life of Episcopal parishes. In addition to St. David’s, Rebecca also works for St. Benedict’s Workshop as a theological reflection group leader.